The Lovely African Flower Afghan, part III

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Hello, hello and happy…yes, well, it isn’t even close to Friday, in fact, it’s the Wednesday after next.

I’m beginning to find my sea legs at our lovely little pre-kindergarten.

The teaching absolutely delights me and I thrill to their little sea of faces gazing up at me, hanging on every word.

We are having so much fun.

The home life– meals, clean clothes, nurturing the children– has not suffered nearly as I had feared.

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Though I am pretty tired! At least during the week.

I’ve bounced back quickly on weekends now that the first few days are past.

I have had exactly ZERO energy to crochet. I was afraid of this. The good news is, I went a bit crazy at summer’s end and made piles of projects, photographed them, and will continue to dole those out week by week on the blog until my cro-jo (crochet motivation) returns.

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Not the first time I’ve had a dry spell, and likely not the last.

Today I’d like to share the joining on my lovely African flower afghan. Like the majority of my projects, here I go winging it again. I’ve had some miscalculations, but mostly managed to get it right the first time on this project, always a good ting!

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I’m edging each set of seven hexagons with two rounds of complimentary colors.

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Joining as I go, of course, you know how I dislike sewing. 🙂

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The brighter, more contrasting the yarn, the better!

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The aqua is my favorite of all the colors. I love how it looks with the salmon (officially called strawberry on the label, but I never saw a strawberry that color in my life…)

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I love the rainbow zig-zags!

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And my little dear-heart, who has started tap dance this fall with a wonderful studio…showing off her precious new (to us) shoes!

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May you have a lovely week!

We’ll chat again soon. 🙂

The Lovely African Flower Afghan, part II

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Hello and happy weekend to you!

Week two of my fabulous new job complete and I am ready for some crochet time! ❤

I showed you the start of my pretty flower blanket last time (if you missed it, see here: https://thesparklytoad.wordpress.com/2015/09/07/protea-or-osteospermum-the-lovey-african-flower/ )

Piles of lovely flowers:

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Adding the contrasting edge…and the beginnings of a layout design…

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I mulled over the possible hexagon pattern design for several weeks before choosing a simple granny hexie. Transitioning from the African flower motif to a circle, square or hexie for joining is NOT easy and I have been foiled before. Often, pattern options look nice on paper but do not lie flat or come out evenly.

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I must have a join-as-you-go motif, too, as my patience is severely limited in the sewing department.

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I am quite pleased with the result, a modified hexie granny of my own design, easy-to-count stitches and easy joining.

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My family appreciates it when I develop crochet projects that do not make me crabby over excessive stitch-counting or joining. 🙂

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All laid out on a big sheet on the floor, no two colors adjacent. Not an easy task! This part is a bit like quilting…you lay it out, then have to keep track of your pattern pieces as you join.

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I stacked mine in order and laid the vertical pile in a box.

Easy to know which was next! The one in front.

 

 

It was an ugly box, or I would have taken a photo. 🙂

The joining is all finished now, and I am working on the borders. More next time!

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In family news, I took my little butterfly to the park this morning for our local festival. ❤

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It is a gorgeous day.

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That, and my computer misbehaving caused a bit of a posting delay, sigh.

I shan’t complain, the dryer died this week and my husband fixed it for $4.33.

For a family of six, a working dryer is no small miracle.

So we are counting our blessings. All of them.

See you next week!

Protea or Osteospermum? The Lovey African Flower

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Hello and happy holiday weekend!

I am rested up form my first exciting week of my new adventure and ready to post! See more about that here:

https://thesparklytoad.wordpress.com/2015/08/11/toad-ally-awesome/

And, well, you probably know I love flowers…the colors, that shapes, the incredible beauty and detail…

The crochet African flower is one of my favorite patterns. So may options! Moogly has a dozen fun patterns collected here:

http://www.mooglyblog.com/free-african-flower-patterns/

And if you haven’t seen Heidi Bears ADORABLE amigurumi designs…check those out on ravelry here:

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/lollo-the-african-flower-bear

Plotting my blog, I was curious. Is the design based on a REAL African flower? The answer seems to be no, but I enjoyed the search! Here is a lovely osteospermum:

And then the African national flower protea, also called sugar-bush:

So pretty! But not much like the crochet pattern.

The African flower pattern lends itself very well to scrap-ghans, using leftover bits to make dozens of flowers. Here’s my first gathering of Caron Simply Soft extras out of my bins.There is little I love more than rummaging through my piles of yarn to make new color combinations. Color makes me happy.

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I like charts better, so I downloaded a handful of those and chose a hexie pattern, to start. If you are in need of a written pattern, here is a good one: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/african-flower-hexagon-crochet-tutorial

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Such pretty little flowers, and they work up quickly.

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Now, how to join?

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Another day, another gathering of colorful half and three-quarter skeins…to make MORE!

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Ooo, found a bit of yellow! That will brighten things up a bit.

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I plan to join them with a pretty white…some sort of lacy border…and edging motif.

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Crochet flowers make me happy.

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More next time! The blanket is nearly finished, but I must pace myself now that I am a working girl. 🙂

This hooker will settle in with her stash and crochet a quiet holiday afternoon away…after I finish my lessons…I hope!

May you have a lovely Monday. ❤