Monday, September 19, 2016

Mandala play

I bought this wonderful crochet book a while ago: Mandalas to crochet by Haafner Linssen. Yesterday I decided to give one of the most simple patterns a go. I choose the granny cluster mandala and some Tilda yarn in blue and red shades. It was pure joy to make. A granny cluster mandala might look simple to make but to get it flat, I think following a pattern is essential.

Haafner has included diagrams in her book for all patterns. The written instructions are short and easy to read. As a graphic designer, I really love the layout of the book. It is clear, photos are light and sharp, it is functional and easy to read. Pure pleasure to flick through. Well done Haafner. She also has the most wonderful Instagram feed @byhaafner, pop over to see for yourself.

It rained all day yesterday and the temperature dropped quite a lot. I bundled up in knitted sweaters, Nordic Wrist Warmers and sat outside crocheting. My tea got cold too quickly, but I stayed outside for quite sometime, inspired by my mandala. I decided to made another mandala but in a different color order. The idea is to crochet them together over a pot coaster in cork. I'll show you when it is done.

Someone on Instagram commented that the colors matches the colors in my Autumn Poncho I'm making - true. The colors also matches my Nordic Wrist Warmers and many other things in my wardrobe... I think I have a weak spot for the blue and red. It speaks Scandinavian to me. Maybe that is why. I feel at home with blue and red shades. Jeans. Gingham red. It couldn't become more Scandinavian to me. :)

You can find a sweet little Scandinavian Yarn Pack with 30% off listed in my Etsy Shop if you would like to give these colors a go. I can make the Scandinavian Yarn Pack bigger if you want. Just send me a note and I'll make you a customized order. I think these colors would make a lovely little Isak's Blanket (see this post). Pattern will be released any day now.

Stay tuned. There is more to come. I'm thinking of clearing out my studio. Make a big DESTASH SALE. Fabric, trims, yarn and more. One has to restart sometimes. It feels like it is time for me to start real fresh. Out with the old and in with something new. Don't you agree that we need a little bit of that sometimes?

Happy Monday all. May your week be filled with joyful crochet!


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  1. What a beautiful book. I have several patterns marked to try out!

  2. Hi Annette,
    I also bought this book last week but didn't get the change to make something yet. haha.
    Have a nice day.

    Sweet greetings,

  3. This is just so beautiful ♥

  4. I like the idea of making the pot stand, I always wonder what I would do with mandalas should I get the bug. I love your embroidered cloth too, also very Scandinavian. It must be nice to have a definite style to identify with. I don't feel we quite have that.

  5. How lovely, enjoy! I too feel the need for a change and I am knee deep in it at the moment, de-cluttering and de-stashing my craft room.


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