Sunday, 24 April 2016

Literal mandala madness...

No time with hubby this week, so we've had no trips out, so my days off have been crochet focussed.

I had intended to continue up into even more darker shades of purples and blues on this basket, but
       decided to stop, for no other reason than I liked the shape it had become at that moment.

I went back to get some more washing line but they didn't have any, but I found some thicker rope    instead, so it will be interesting to see what form this one will turn into.

                                  I've made a start, using up the smaller rope to start the base.

I have a load of ideas of different stitches i'd like to try on these baskets.

The mandala has continued to grow this week, although I confess it has been 1 step forward, 2 steps back, no my concentration has not improved!

I was so proud to have completed week 4, and made a start on week 5, until I was supposed to work into the stitches on the back, but found I didn't have any!

Revisiting and trawling the pattern I found that I had missed a complete row out! I hate frogging with a passion, but I had no choice, I couldn't continue without those vital stitches. Typically it was the round of bobble stitches that had to be undone (the most laborious, time consuming round, can you feel my pain!).

So it took a whole afternoon of feet up, Prince videos on the tv and grit and determination to put it right and get back to the beginning of round 5 again!

I'm loving both these projects at the moment and itching to get any moment to get working on them.

I did manage one little trip to the beach, where I basked in the sunlight, sat on the pebbles, and sat and wrote a letter, on good old traditional paper!

The cycle of the sea at the moment, means I don't get to actually see much of it as the tide seems to be out whenever I venture there!

Until next week...


  1. I love your crocheted baskets. And the mandala is so lovely but I feel your pain with having to undo the stitches. Have a fantastic week, Pat xx

  2. Love how the basket turned out and the mandala is beautiful. I understand your pain and having to correct a mistake so annoying but worth it in the end.

  3. Part of the design and making process is knowing when to stop, I love the basket, the size looks ideal.
    Your Mandela is coming along great, I'm loving the colour scheme.

  4. I do like your baskets. I can thing of a thousand uses for them. The mandala is beautiful too, and a bit scary as it looks so complicated.

  5. Your basket looks perfect as it is, and I love your mandala