Oh, the indulgence of it all! Sunshine, bird song, tea and *s p a r k l y * yarn!
Doesn’t take much to make me exceedingly happy!
This past weekend a new haberdashery opened in a nearby village. I took the girls to the grand opening Saturday morning, and of course I just had to show my support by making a lovely yarny purchase!
I simply could not resist the sparkles. I mean, look at them! Sequins and metallic threads are so on trend, but I hadn’t succumbed...til I saw this beautifully textured yarn, in my favourite taupe shade, with the subtlest silver sequins. I remembered a lacy scarf pattern in Erika Knight’s Crochet Workshop book, which only uses two balls of yarn, so I added that to some fun fabric and a needlefelting kit for Bunny and a purple bead kit for Little Flower. A lovely little haberdashery that I will be happy to visit again...and again...and again...!
Also basking in the springtime sun is a freshly made mandala:
This little lovely was designed by Wink for Simply Crochet, Issue Seven. I made this for a close friend’s birthday, in colours that suit her kitchen. I also wanted to test out one of the mandala patterns for next Monday’s Crochet Clinic, because a handful of the hooksters will be learning how to make mandalas.
I will be making one for myself – it really is a wonderful project, and I can understand why mandalas are so fun to create. Each round is repetitive enough to allow you to hook without constantly looking at the directions, yet not so large that it becomes boring to work over and over again. The colour changes allow any palette that strikes your fancy, and cotton yarn is usually inexpensive.
I’m using Drops Paris, which is used frequently in these patterns. The colours are wonderful, but golly is this yarn splitty! The strands separate like crazy, which I can deal with, but I wonder if a pricier cotton yarn would yield easier results. I’ll have to investigate that one. But I do love the colours of Drops Paris, and it works up into a soft, sturdy fabric...
I’d love to say that I must dash because I have chores to do or children to fetch. But honestly, I’m leaving the dishes in the sink, the dust is quite comfortable waiting for me on the shelf...I’m going back to sunshine, my tea and sparkles!