The build up to Christmas was absolutely manic, for Mr.H’s business but also for me getting all last minute orders out and finishing gifts, so once all festivities were out the way, (Happy New Year to you by the way) I sat there on January 1st thinking wow! No deadlines!
I had a sense of crochet freedom, bare in mind I’ve still wips left from last year, but there’s no rush, so I’ve cracked on again with my mandala madness from Crystals and crochet and I am just madly in love with it, Helen Shrimpton has to be one of the most talented designers ever, simply beautiful patterns, but the mandala madness is free!!! I’ve been using women’s institute DK acrylic yarn in black white and grey for mine, from Hobbycraft its really lovely stuff on parr with Stylecraft special DK, but they don’t have very many colours
This photo is up to round 70 I’m on 73 now, but I really want to get it finished so I can start on helens new star of wonder. In the pattern Helen writes that she found (us terms) DTR then BPSC combination by error, what a fabulous error! It adds so much texture to the blanket.
Anyway, she’s just launched a new pattern Star of wonder, not a freebie or a CAL, you can find her pattern through her blog page and clicking on the link to ravelry, it’s simply beautiful. I’ve pinched a picture to show you, this isn’t mine!
Isn’t it magnificent?!
Now on her blog she also talks about choosing your own colour way. If you’ve been reading my blog for a bit you’ll know I’m not very creative when it comes to colour, however helens blog has really helped me.
She says that as a guide you should chose your main colour, now I’ve got a new sofa coming in black, and I think grey is really nice at the moment and it would go with my sofa, so my main colour is grey, she then said to pick 3 shades of your main colour, so I’ve gone for graphite, grey and silver, then she recommends to pick a colour on the opposite side of the colour wheel, so I should of gone for a blue, but to be honest, I’m really not a fan of blue so I went a little to the other side and chose lime then finally to chose a neutral light, dark or medium, too much choice for me! So I stuck with white, but how lovely they all go together?!
I really think this will compliment my new black sofa, and quite pleased with myself for stepping outside of my comfort zone! And a clever way to help choose colours I think. These are Stylecraft special DK, I’ll be using them as follows:
Colour 1 – silver
Colour 2 – grey
Colour 3 – graphite
Colour 4 – lime
Colour 5 – white
Anyway, in going to crack on with my mandala, and hand it over to my sister….
Happy hooking xx