Crochet mandalas are very popular . It’s the colours peole use and then the visual impact. Great way to use up oddments, spend a happy rainy afternoon or have an on the go project which fills in small amounts of time when you want a break from bigger things. Mandalas look different in home spun wool or yarn. The pattern definition is not as stark and it will look more like a watercolour. Commercial yarn is very even and doesn’t have the texture. You use what you want to create the visual effect which suits your project. They can be framed, used as cushions or bags. They can go on the back of jackets or be grown into blankets or table covers. They are pleasing to the eye and this mandala is a good way to start.
Maria never fails to teach us each week and to encourage us with our creativity. She had a beautifully knitted white beanie with her this week which she could have sold on the spot. It was so white and so soft. It was also striking and different. As it turns out , Maria has made up the knitting pattern herself and used her own stitch and just done what was in her heart and mind. She teaches us a lot about trusting our own judgement and just breaking free once in a while to let our own ideas take shape. Meanwhile she is knitting a beanie in spun wool. Same pattern and it looks totally different. It looks cobwebby and shows the difference between commercial and spun wool. Maria was teaching us about visual effect and how to change things so we can create visual interest.
We are out of our usual venue for a couple of weeks while upgrades go on. The bowling club has kindly taken us in and it’s a very relaxing space for us all. Some of us were spinning. Others brought along knitting or crocheting, or, as in Sheila’s case, a big bag of stuff to sort. We appear to have allowed ourselves an opportunity to breathe a bit and organise our ideas and approach in this time away from our usual club rooms. It’s like a creative holiday.
Sheila had a big bag of cakes and skeins pf yarn which she had spun and dyed. She spent her time sorting through it to see what she had and we got a chance to look at some lovely spun wool and alpaca. There were nice natural and dyed colours.
Our lives get get overly busy at times and it is important to take your time to look through your stash and yarns so you can go forward more confidently. Life is life and it can take over and then you can find yourself with stuff and half finished things and not know which way to go. To free yourself up you have to take a leaf out of Sheila’s book. She has been really bsuy but she is the first one to tell you that creativity cannot be hurried . She will also tell you to take your time and enjoy what you are doing. She used our group time to look through what she had done and sort it out. She would have got ideas from others and would have been thinking out her own ideas as well. We work together in a very connected way. Her plan is to make beanies. You cannot think that out unless you know what your stash looks like and you have a clear picture of what is available to you. First things first and forward is forward even if it does seem to be taking a while to get there.
Mixing colours and making wool batts is creative and can be fun. You need to master the carding skills and then you can use colours and your imagination to come up with original and interesting wool batts. painting them adds hints of colour which creates a richness and colour depth. it is also a good way to use up odd bits of carded fleece which would otherwise go to waste. Hints of colour are what make colourways interesting!