It's the dead of winter (or at least it feels like it), which means that I've been seeking out bright and cheerful colors to combat the low daylight blahs. This motif was inspired by an intricate tile pattern, and evolved from there. It makes me happy, and I hope it lends you some cheer as well! Click below for the pattern details.
Well, here we are. January 20, 2017. I'm gearing up for the women's march in St. Paul tomorrow, and thought I'd quickly share my pussyhat pattern (a la The Pussyhat Project). I know it's last minute, and you probably won't be able to whip up a hat in time for events tomorrow, but thought I'd put it up here anyway in case anyone wants to make their own for future use.
Recently, my friend Susan Regalia (@suregal27 on Instagram) posted a photo of a sample crochet motif she'd spied at Joann Fabrics. Unable to source the pattern, I decided to try to design a similar one from the photo. Mine isn't an exact copy, but more of a riff on the original design. I hope you have as much fun playing with the pattern as I did designing it!
A few days ago, my sister hinted that she wanted me to make her some coasters to match her living room decor. At the risk of setting a precedent, I told her she just needed to ask, and I'd be happy to design and crochet some. She asked, I said sure, and these sweet little quatrefoil coasters were born. I chose the shape to match the pattern on her throw pillows.
Thank you to my lovely Instagram followers who expressed interest in trying out the pattern. This one is a little fussier than some of the other patterns I've written, and I've included some notes along with the pattern below.
First blog post of the new year! And what better way to kick off the new year than with a new mandala pattern? I've never been one for New Year's resolutions (too much expectation, too little follow through), but I do like to use the flip of the calendar page as a time for reflection. Designing and crocheting mandalas is as meditative an activity as any for me, and creates the perfect space for mindful reflection. At least when I'm not cursing the fact that I'm off on a stitch count.
I hooked up a version of this African Flower Mandala months ago without ever having written down the pattern. A freezing cold day and (mostly) completed chores were enough of an impetus to make another one last weekend.