Friday, January 28, 2011

my Sunburst Garland

Uh-oh, looks like I'm sitting on the naughty stool, cause I said I'd list ten favorite pillows, and I only listed nine.  It's true - I confess!  But, you know, the darn mosaic-maker won't allow for ten.  If I had listed a 10th pillow, it most surely should have been Junebug's rainbow pillow, by popular vote.  Apologies all around!  Next time it'll be 9 and the rules have been duly updated.

{Stepping off the stool now and promising to be good}

Guess what? I have something to show you!

Last night it came to me that I CLEARLY do not want to combine my bright and not-bright sunburst squares.  I haven't touched the yarn since that post last week, when I invited your shiny thoughts on my dilemma.  And, then - poof - the decision appeared in my mind with mysterious clarity.  I love how giving myself some space will do that sometimes.  Doesn't that happen for you?

So, yes, I decided to separate the sunburst squares, and AND I also decided that what I really, really wanted was to make something with them now.  And, so, a garland. 

Sunburst Garland

I do like!  These are the brighter squares and they are so happy, are they not?  The bright springy colors are just the thing to battle the winter gloomies.  I know that it has been said around blogdom, "I can't wait for spring" and "I'm so ready for spring", but you haven't heard that here.  Not-uh.

Today I realized that's because I'm subconsciously associating spring with the duty to plant another vegetable garden.  Gardening seems to equal less crafting.  Tis a dreadful concept.  Quick, let's move on.

bright & happy

To connect the sunburst squares I simply crocheted a long series of chain stitch for starters, then single crocheted or slip stitched along the tops (slip stitches helped keep things square-ish) and used 6 chain stitches between each sunsquare. There happens to be a nail in the brick above our fireplace from some time long ago, so I fastened my garland as fate would have it and called it a day.

Happy Friday!

9 comments:

  1. i love it, rachel! so cute!

    not anxious to start gardening here either. in fact, i am thinking of just a few tomato plants and calling it good. don't want all of that work!

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  2. Super cute! I was pondering what you could do with those for several days, but the best I came up with was a rectangular pillow (the same dimensions as laid out on the credenza) or stitching them into your sheer drapes, sort of like your shower curtain. But I think this definitely suits!

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  3. It's looks Gorgeous. I'm attempting to make a heart one myself.

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  4. Yes, I'm trying to talk myself "down" this year. I'm thinking 4 tomato plants, bulbing onions, green onions, and pumpkins (because I have sooooo much room, and that'll make me feel like I'm doing more!).

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  5. Just the thing to look cozy and colourful at the same time..I'm definitely going to be making one or some of these next winter!

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  6. I was going to suggest a garland along with the lamp shade, thinking you could use them temporarily as a garland until you decided otherwise, but just loved that lamp shade so much. But now I love this garland even more!!! I haven't learned to crochet yet, except for what's needed to finish off my knitted items. After seeing everything crochet on AMH's blog and now this, I really must -- maybe I can find a youtube video?

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  7. Very cute, my dear! And I usually agree about the garden work, but I'm itching to get started this year. Last year I was big and pregnant, and then I had a newborn, so I spent zero time on it. I'm ready to make up for it this year!

    Oh, and about blog reading- It was too much of a time commitment for me too, so I ended up narrowIng my reader down to 50 or so of my absolute favorites, ones that I am happy to read every day. Much more enjoyable now!

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  8. I've noticed that it can take me an hour to read through all my blogs each day. I'm thinking that's probably a bit excessive...

    Thanks for your comments about the garland!

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