Monday, 23 June 2014

Mandala in Bloom

Well the day has finally come and Mandala in Bloom is well and truly blooming.
It took a few months to get here but today was the day it finally happened and Mandala In Bloom got itself published and was sent on it's way on the world wide web. 

It was all new to me when I started on this journey, I knew very little about crochet, only that I enjoyed it, found it to be relaxing and I was quickly becoming quite good at it. I could sit for hours, playing, experimenting and trying different things, all the while staying off the cigarettes which was the reason I started crocheting in the first place. 

 I started to keep notes on what I had done while hooking away, just for my own records really...nothing else, but when I posted a picture of the finished mandala online, people started conmmenting on it in a very positive way and asking if there was a pattern available. Of course there wasn't......but now there is.

A lady I met through a fabebook group invited me to join a private group dedicated to designers and testers where we can swap ideas and help each other develop patterns. And this is where the real education began.

I requested five testers who would be able to test and deliver photos of their finished mandala within a two week period. During the testing period we were in contact continuously where they would make suggestions or say where they were having difficulty with my terminology. Lets jusy say if I were writing a book on nuclear physics......there would have been a lot of explosions.

Some of the testers would post pics of their progress as it happened while others waited until the end. The same applied to notes, some sent suggested amendments during the process and others at the end. I learned very quickly that different people have different interpretations of what you are trying to convey. (this is where it would have helped if I had known a little more about the process of crochet pattern writing before I started) and it caused some confusion at times, but we got there in the end.

I must say I really enjoyed the whole process and I will definitely do it again......Only this time I will not be progressing to the next round until the one I am working on has been written down in the most minute detail and photographed until it's colour is fading from the flash :-)

I hope you enjoy the photographs, some are mine, some are from the testers. 
I would like to express my gratitude to my testers. They were an absolutely wonderful team and a pleasure to work with. Without you all I would not be writing this post.....Thank you al again. xxx


Thursday, 19 June 2014

Little Ray Of Sunshine

I was snooping around the net this morning and came across this little beauty.
It is such a simple design that gives major impact. How could you not be happy looking at this first thing in the morning?

 The site appears to be written in Portuguese and as the pattern is in jpg format it cannot be translated but the photography is so clear you could count the stitches and wing it.

To visit the original source CLICK HERE

Saturday, 14 June 2014

Apache Tears in the round

 Just a little something I have been playing around with. I really like the effect. Must write a pattern for this.

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

A Little Light Reading.

I just thought I would share with you all the book which got me hooked  (pardon the pun)
It explains all the stitches you will need to get you started in the world of crochet. There are lots of patterns for different types of stitches, from lace to there are loads of edging designs for finishing off your projects. To get you started there are 20 complete patterns for things like baby booties and blankets to cushion covers. It's a great book and a must have for beginners and advanced crocheters alike.

You can buy it on Amazon by following this link:
Crochet Step by Step, by Sally Harding

Thursday, 5 June 2014

Squares of Care

My friend Kathleen of The Little Wool Shop has come up with a little idea

Squares of Care is a place for crafters to do their bit for charity. Everybody has been touched by some degree by cancer, whether directly or indirectly. Our aim is to raise funds for cancer research and support services. 

All we ask of you is to knit or crochet a 6 x 6 square or squares, in the pattern of your choice, include a touch of pink in your design, pop it in an envelope and post it to us.

When we receive it, we will lovingly partner it with complimentary squares and create a unique blanket which in turn will be auctioned with the proceeds being donated to breast cancer research and cancer support charities.

The more squares we receive, the more blankets we can make and the more funds we can generate. It's as simple as that! So what are you waiting for?.

Here are some that have already been donated:

Send your completed squares to:

The Little Wool Shop,

Baker St / Friar St
Co Tipperary,
Republic of Ireland.
Thank You for visiting Squares Of Care.


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