Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Corner View- "..."

This week's Corner View is "...", meaning blog whatever you want about your little corner of the world.

You have to look closely, but there are signs of spring here before March even gets here. Most are tiny little wild flowers that you might miss if you aren't paying attention.
This last is my hardy cyclamen, which was green all winter long. Perhaps it will bloom soon! 
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Sunday, February 26, 2012

Soon to be released- Trillium!

Well, I am having a great time coming up with the designs for my challenge, "12 Shawls in 2012". I hope there are lots of folks following along. March's offering is named "Trillium".
Well, the yarn I was playing with just begged for a floral theme. Initially I was thinking that if I crocheted triangles, I should be able to join them together for a triangular shawl, right? Well, it seems my triangles were a bit rounded, and what I came up with was SO. MUCH. BETTER. than I had originally planned. Sometimes stuff works out that way; that's when I know the divine is taking a hand in my designing.

As you can see, the roundy triangles formed really cool tesselating shapes that created circles within circles. Also, the trillium is "an ephemeral spring flower", meaning it doesn't stick around long, and ironically, it starts as a white flower that turns pink as it ages, which I think is well represented by the multi-tonal quality of the Supersock Select Semi-solid I used. It evidently harms the plant to pick a trillium flower, and it is in fact illegal to do so in several states. But it won't hurt a thing to pick these trilliums. An appropriate choice all the way around for the month of March, don't you think? Watch here for the release on March 1st!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Corner View- Market

Today's Corner View theme is "Market".
I had to think about this one. I have not been to any interesting markets lately, just the plain old grocery store. But I don't tend to take pictures at the store. So a search through my blog led me here, where I blogged about a trip to Austin, Texas, where there was a weekend flea market going on, which I discovered on a (second) trip to a wonderful yarn store there in Austin, Hill Country Weavers.
It's the best I can do, folks, as I am still feeling WAY under the weather.
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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Corner View-Old, New, Borrowed, Blue

This week's Corner View theme is Old, New, Borrow, Blue. Most people think of wedding stuff, but since I didn't have any "wedding-y" things to post, I had to improvise.
Something old (You may remember this and some other old patterns from my post here)...Click the link below for something new.
(New spring lambs and their shenanigans)
This owl let me borrow his time long enough to get a picture last week, before he flew away.
And these are some petunias at my Mom & Dad's house (with a yellow sulfur butterfly) from last summer.
So there you have it...something old, new, borrowed and blue!

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Sunday, February 12, 2012

12 Shawls in 2012- February's selection

So, I am doing really well with keeping to my deadline to release a new shawl pattern on the first of every month so far (Okay, so we've only had 2 months so far, but just so's you know, I am on track with March's design, too!). But, I have been remiss at posting here and on the website about it in a timely manner. So...without further ado, here is February's shawl.

This is made in the lovely Patons Lace. I love the long color repeats of this yarn. Self-striping yarns in general seems to often have such short color repeats that the striping is lost with crochet. But not so with this yarn. It comes in several lovely colorways. I chose this colorway, "Woodrose", because it's kinda Valentine-y. The colors remind me of my fave Valentine's Day treat, Chocolate Covered Strawberries, so that's what I am calling this shawl. Now we can all enjoy this treat without any calories. In fact, if you crochet this at a crazy, fast and furious pace, perhaps you can burn enough calories to enjoy a few of the real things!

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Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Corner View- Light

 The Corner View theme today is "Light". Light is something that often captures my attention, whether I see it at home...
 Or while camping. Here is a sunset over beautiful Lake Ouachita.
 I also find light reflecting off of clouds while flying to be very striking...
 As well as sunsets,
and sunrises.

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