I used to be such a naturalist with the colors in my life. When I crocheted and knit things often it was in browns, beiges and black. Then my sister Denise told me she'd found a blog I should check out. What is a blog? I mean I had heard of them but had never visited one. I went to Attic24 - Lucy's blog and was instantly smitten with her colorful crocheted items, her lovely manner of writing. I began checking out other blogs.. Denise also found Alicia Paulson's blog and I was wowed by her writing style and special and unique photography. I also joined Ravelry, the "We Love Lucy" group and was further inspired by all of the other people who loved Lucy's colorful style. Then I thought.. I might like to try blogging. And I did. Just a little background on how I got to the point of filling my life with colorful crochet. Below is my Diagonal crochet piece that I've been working on. I must tell you, there were a LOT of ends to weave in! :-)
When I first started this project, it was in honor of a fallen comrade, Vanessa Cabban, an inspirational blogger that died very recently. I'd corresponded with her about diagonal crochet a few years ago. I was using colorful cotton yarn and decided I would make a square, then fold in the points to make a doubled hot pad. This will be the back and I will sew it up this afternoon.
This will be the pretty side. Now that we have a family of 6 people living here we eat at the dining table a lot and need hot pads for hot dishes. What is funny about how I'm doing this, is when you fold in the corners, the diagonal design becomes horizontal!
I have this project that has been waiting in the wings while I started and completed many others... It's Drops Alpaca and will be a shawl.. someday. The flower pattern is done in just 3 rounds.. and you join them with a JAYG - Join as you Go technique. I got the inspiration from Lucy, but she uses a slightly different technique. You can use any flower design for this, a google search should turn up something. :-) Try searching for "Japanese Flower Shawl". I just did and found several patterns.
Here is my palette of yarn.. it's rather like an artist with oil colors squirted upon a palette, only this is soft and dry. :-) It "lives" in my "Lucy Bag" which was another inspiration of Lucy. All her patterns are on the sidebar of her blog. Free. She's very generous with her time. She has a "Donate" button on the sidebar which I've used a few times to repay her for her wonderful patterns and inspiration.
After I sew my hot pad together I vow to add a few flowers to this. I'm not even sure which size hook I used for this. Oh dear!
Here is my well-loved and well-traveled Lucy Bag. I used some cotton yarn to make this and it traveled 5,125 miles with us when we pulled our trailer to Oklahoma for a family reunion and back through MANY states while I worked on my rainbow granny stripe blanket.
The sky is grey here and there is a slight drizzle of rain. We're relaxing by the fire and Dayle is watching "Elektra" on TV.. it's an odd little martial arts comic book movie. Well, I better finish up my project. What are you up to?
Are you bringing color into your life? ((hugs)), Teresa :-)