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Sunday, 21 May 2017

Glitterball Mandala


crochet mandala

I've been playing around with this mandala for a little while, getting the hang of creating a round, flat doily thing that doesn't get warped and wobbley.

Then I found some delicious gold and silver thread while away at Phillip Island a month ago.
I avoided metallic threads for many years as I thought them a bit tacky. I was so very, very wrong! I used some in my Unicorn Poop Arm Mitts, then decided to chuck a bit of glitter in this very glittery mandala.  And I love it!

I have also been having massive Eargasms listening to the glam rock stylings of Suzi Quatro, The Sweet, Thin Lizzy and David Bowie lately. The music I listen to when I crochet has a huge impact on my colour choices.

As I crochet and sing along to the tunes crackling out of my record player (for you Gen Y/Zers, record players were what we oldies used a long, long, long time ago before CDs were invented. Think of them as being like black CD discs but way bigger. And no lasers!!), I found myself wanting more colour, more crazy!

Even now I have a strong yearning to throw neon in with the silver, aqua and hot pink. That's the power of vinyl Crochet Brothers and Sisters!

I called this mandala 'Glitterball' because it reminds me of all my favourite tunes such as Ballroom Blitz and the glam/ glittery iconic symbols of the 70s rock scene: Aladdin Sanes' lightning bolt, glitter coated platform shoes, crunchy guitars, and fantastic androgynous makeup.

So are you ready Steve, Andy? Mick? Alright fellas!

Let's gooooooo!!!!!*

*Ballroom Blitz opening lyrics, not mine. Go listen to the song if you've never heard it. It's the coolest thing next to your eardrums.

What will you need?

A combination of cotton yarns in the colours below (or your own choices). The gold and silver will probably be acrylic or polyester.

A 3.5mm crochet hook

Scissors and darning needle

Stitch Abbreviations

(U.S. Crochet terms are used)   



ch

Chain

dc

Double crochet

fo

Finish off

hdc

Half double crochet

sc

Single crochet

sk

Skip

sp

Space

ss

Slip stitch

St

Stitch

tr

Treble



Colour A

canary yellow

Colour H

disco ball silver

Colour B

hot pink

Colour I

grass green

Colour C

light pink

Colour J

purple

Colour D

flamingo pink

Colour K

emerald

Colour E

blush pink

Colour L

aqua

Colour F

teal

Colour M

gold

Colour G

storm blue



Grab your hook and let's get started!

Round 1: Starting with Colour A, crochet 6sc in a magic ring. Ss to beginning sc, then FO. [6]
Round 1

R2:          Join Colour B to any sc from R1. *(Ch2, dc in same stitch, ch2, ss in next st). Repeat from * 5 more times. You will now have 6 sweet little petals. FO. [6 petals]
Round 2

R3:          Join Colour C in the top of the middle dc of any petal from R2.  Sc in that same st, ch4, *(sc in top of the middle dc in next petal, ch4). Repeat from * 5 more times and finish with a ss to beginning sc. FO. [6sc, 24ch]
Round 3

R4:          Join Colour D in any ch4 space and ch1 (counts as 1st sc). 5sc in this same ch4 sp. Then *(sk sc, 6sc in next ch4 sp). Repeat from * 5 more times and finish with ss to beginning sc (which was a ch1). FO. [36sc]
Round 4

R5:          Join Colour E in any sc of R4. Ch1 (counts as sc), then sc in each st around. Ss to beginning sc (which was a ch1) and FO. [36sc]
Round 5
R6:          Join Colour F in the sc that is at the point of each side of this little ‘hexagon’. Ch1 (counts as sc), ch7, sk 5 st. *(sc in next st, ch7, sk 5 st). Repeat from * 5 more times, then join with ss to beginning sc (which was a ch1). FO. [6sc, 42ch]
Round 6

R7:          Join Colour G to the beginning of any ch7 sp. Ch1 (counts as sc). Crochet 9sc in same ch7 sp. Then skipping every sc, crochet 10sc in each of the remaining ch7 sp. Ss to beginning sc (which was a ch1). FO. [60sc]
Round 7

R8:          Join Colour B to any st from R7. Ch1 (counts as sc), then sc in each st around. [60sc]
Round 8

R9:          Join Colour H to any point of the ‘hexagon’ as indicated by the photo below.  Ch1 (counts as sc). Sc in next 2 st, hdc in next 2st, 3hdc in next st, hdc in next 2 st, sc in next 2 st. *(sc in next 3 st, hdc in next 2st, 3hdc in next st, hdc in next 2 st, sc in next 2 st.) Repeat from * 5 more times. Join with ss to beginning sc (which was a ch1). FO. [72st]
Round 9
R10:       Join Colour I to any st of R9. Ch2 (counts as sc and ch1), then sk next st. *(sc, ch1, sk st). Repeat from * around to the end. Join with ss to beginning sc (which was a ch1). FO. [36sc, 36ch]
Round 10

R11:       Join Colour E in any ch1 space. Ch2 (counts as sc and ch1), sc in same st, then ch1 *(sk next st, sc in next ch1 sp, ch1). Repeat from * 5 times. Skip the next st. Now to complete to round: #(in same st {sc, ch1, sc}, then ch1, {sk next st, sc in ch1 sp, ch1} 5 times). Phew! Repeat from # 4 more times. Join with a ss to beginning sc (which was a ch1). FO. [42sc, 42ch]
Round 11

R12:       Join Colour J in any ch1 sp. Repeat R10. [42sc, 42ch]
Round 12

R13:       Join Colour K in any ch1 sp. Repeat R10. [42sc, 42ch]
Round 13

R14:       Join Colour A in any ch1 sp. Ch 3, dc in same sp then ch1. *(in next ch1 sp crochet 2dc, ch1, sk next sc of R13). Repeat from * around to the end. Join with a ss to top of beg ch3. FO. [84dc, 42ch]
Round 14

R15:       Join Colour D in any ch1 sp. Ch3 (counts as 1sc plus 2ch). *(sk the 2dc of R14, sc in ch1 sp, ch2). Repeat from * around to the end. Join with a ss to beginning sc (which was a ch1). FO. [42sc, 84ch]

R16:       Join Colour L in any ch2 sp. Ch1 (does not count as sc). *(in same ch2 sp: sc, hdc, dc, ch3, sl st to 3rd ch from the hook. Skip the next sc. In next ch2 sp: dc, hdc, sc). Repeat from * around to the end. Join with a ss to beginning sc. FO. [You will finish up with 21 ‘rays’]
Round 16


Round 16

R17:       Join Colour J to the point of any ray in the ch3 loop. Ch1 (counts as sc), Ch6. Then *(sc in the top of the next ray point, ch6). Repeat from * 20 times. Join with ss to beginning sc (which was a ch1). FO.
Round 17

R18:       Join Colour B in any Ch6 sp. Ch3 (counts as first dc), 7dc in same ch6 sp. Then *(8dc in each ch6 sp skipping each sc). Repeat from * around to the end. Join with a ss to top of beg ch3. FO. [168dc]
Round 18
R19:       Join Colour M in between the 2dc above the sc of R17. Ch10 (counts as 1sc plus 9ch), sk 8dc of R18. *(sc between the 8th and 9th dc of R18. This should be above the sc of R17. Ch9). Repeat from * around to the end, only crocheting the sc between the 8th and 9th dc of the previous round. See photo for clarification. [21sc, 189ch]


Round 19
R20:       Join Colour D in any ch9 sp. Ch2 (counts as fist hdc), 8hdc in same ch9 sp. Then *(9hdc in each ch9 sp skipping each sc). Repeat from * around to the end. Join with a ss to top of beg ch2. FO. [189hdc]

Round 20
R21:       Join Colour L to the first hdc of any 9hdc section. Ch1 (counts as 1st sc), then in the next 8 stitches: sc, hdc, dc, 2tr in same st, dc, hdc, sc, sc. *(sc, sc, hdc, dc, 2tr in same st, dc, hdc, sc, sc). Repeat from * in each of the remaining 20 ‘9hdc’ sections around to the end. Join with a ss to beg sc (which was a ch). FO. [198st]

Round 21
R22:       Join Colour H to the first sc of the previous round. Ch1 (counts as sc), then sc in each of the next 4st, ch3, sc in next 5st. *(sc in each of the next 5 st ending with the 1st tr of the previous row. Ch3, starting with next tr: sc in each or the next 5 st of the previous row). Repeat from * around to the end. Basically in this round you sc in each stitch but with a little ch3 between the 2 high trebles in the middle so you make it a little bit more pointy. Join with a ss to beg sc (which was a ch). FO. [198st, 63ch]


Round 22. Doesn't the silver make it looks super cool and glam?!


And you're finished!  Block your mandala just so those points sit out nice and pointy.

crochet mandala


I would love to see your mandala. Pop on over to my Facie page and post a photo of your finished Glitterball. Or tag me on Instagram @red.haired.amazona.crochets
I love love love seeing everyone's finished projects!



Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Holy Morgan Freeman I'm Old! and Figs.



Summer has apparently finished.

Fortunately the seasons don't just stop dead in their tracks, tip their hat and say, "See ya losers!"  The change from one to another is a gradual process that takes weeks and sometimes months.

Down here in the bottom of Kangaroo Land we have escaped the heatwave that has affected the rest of the country and had a fairly mild summer. Not a single day over 40 degrees which I feel is an achievement. Well done Melbourne! You make my decision to move here 6 years ago feel justified!

Now we are cruising deliciously into a warm, sunny autumn.

The Rainbow Lorikeets which swept in at the beginning of February have flown home to their usual place of residence in the palm trees near our local train station. But not without first demolishing the nuts on the small conifer at the front of my driveway.

I pulled in one afternoon when I had finished work to see these guys. I immediately stopped and took this photo through the windscreen so they wouldn't get startled and fly away!




Although I have been busily crocheting and writing up patterns for my Winterlude Keyhole Scarf and Mandala, I haven't had much to report in bloggy land. I've been out enjoying the sunny days with friends and family!




It was Sister Amazonas birthday last week. She lives very close to an amazing place called the Unwind Craft Cafe.

It is located in Keilor East just slightly north of the Melbourne CBD.  You can bring your knitting or crochet along and have a coffee and Panini while crocheting away and not feel like a weirdo that everyone is staring at (like I normally do when I crochet in other non- craft cafes) because everyone else is crocheting or knitting too!  On this particular day, there seemed to be a crochet class in the back room, and down the front they were running a knitting clinic. If you are stuck with a knitting problem with one of your WIPS, you could bring it along for some help. How awesome is that?

The owners were 2 lovely ladies who must have thought I was a total fruitloop. I was so overwhelmed by all of the wonderful fibre pieces and yarns for sale that I did 3 whole circuits of the entire shop, decided to buy a whole batch of Bendigo Woollen Mill yarns, then promptly changed my mind because I couldn't decide what to buy!



An old friend Natalie drove up from Geelong for a visit on Sunday.  We have known each other for nearly 40 years as we lived in the same street back in Canberra.  I was 5 years old and she was 4. Holy Morgan Freeman I'm so damn old.

She brought over some beautiful flowers for little OLD me!



We took the kids down to the Esplanade for a walk and play.





Right in front of the Altona beach is a lovely medium sized park with playground. To the back of the park is the original Altona Homestead. On weekends it is usually open and free for people to wander in and check out the original house and there is also a little space at the back where you can have Devonshire Tea.  I had never been inside so we decided to check it out.

Photo courtesy of vhd.heritage.vic.gov.au

Do you see the gorgeous old crochet blanket in the cot?




In the dining room was this amazing/ macabre/ sad/ fascinating glass cabinet. It was the original taxidermied hummingbird display.  Apparently back in the 'good ole days' people like to collect these beautiful little creatures, kill them, stuff their teeny carcasses and stick them in display cabinets.

Aren't you so proud of your ancestors right now?




You know, as much as we all would love to have our own collection of stuffed hummingbirds, it much nicer to have crocheted stuffed hummingbirds, don't you think?

Like this!


(Shameless self promotion 'hint hint'. Click on the link above to see my Pearly Hummingbird pattern which is available to purchase for the super amazing price of US$5!!! Yes, just US$5!!))


"I wish I was crocheted!"

I have continued to work on my bright blanket. It's not very big. I would say cot sized or lap blanket sized.  Some lovely people on my Facie page gave me excellent name suggestions such as 'Tutti Fruity', 'Skittles' and 'Fruit Salad'.


I first started working rows of single crochet all around the edge. Now I've decided to add a green leafy round, then a little flower top similar to a round I incorporated in my Happy Flower Mandala. However I am not happy with the corners. See how they're a little rounded?

I'm enjoying the fruit and flowers in my garden before they finish for the season.

This flower carpet rose is divine. It's currently in a pot but I'm hoping it can find a permanent place in the garden before next spring.


Every couple of days I check the fig bush to see if the figs are ripe. I've been a bit worried the possums or birds would get them before I did.
I have never managed to pick them in time.

So I have been waiting for them to turn purple. Because I thought all figs turned a bit purple. So I went over to have a look and a squeeze.


I squeezed gently (Gosh that sounds rude), and the 3 big ones in the photo were soft! I searched in the Google and the Google told me that you CAN get green ripe figs. So I went inside for scissors and a bowl.

Get a load of these geezers! They're so ripe, some of the fruit is starting to split. Like fruity stretch marks!


I had to eat the flesh with a spoon! It was like jam! So sweet and sugary...  
**update: the Google just told me this is a variety called 'Battaglia' which is known for it's goopy innards resembling strawberry jam. For once the google is telling the truth. Pity it didn't tell me the truth when it told me 8 years ago I was experiencing menopause. Turns out it was pregnancy...**

Battaglia Figs: so yummy!

The good old lemon tree is full as usual...


So that's what I've been up to lately. What's been happening in your part of the world?
xox
Louise
The Red Haired Amazona