Sometimes when you are just minding you own business, innocently trying to make an African Flower baby blanket, something jumps off your computer screen and demands attention. I felt that way when I saw the Flower Power Valance by Robin Sanchez at Once Upon A Pink Moon. I just about screamed with happiness when I saw this valance, could anything be cuter for a window? I knew it was a matter of a few hours before I started it. I jumped in my car and drove to Joann's for some yarn. I bought a cone of Sugar'n Cream white yarn and got busy.
This is all I had left over when I finished last night. This was a very, very fun project. I loved every flower. Robin did a fantastic job creating this pattern, it was well written and easy to follow.
Well what do you think? I took these at 8:00 PM so the light was not that great, I took more this morning that looked even worse, but you get the general idea. My craft space is looking pretty good if I do say so myself. I love this valance, it adds so much charm and coziness to my little area.
I measured my window which is 72 inches across, I made 11 flowers for the top row and 10 flowers for the bottom row with two half flowers on the side. Robin has directions for the whole flower and the half flower, they were very easy to make. The yarn cost $9 with my 40% off coupon, and the rod was about $6 at Home Depot, fun and inexpensive, you have to love that.
I am loving my little bit of flower power, and with this project completed I am up to 21 completed projects for the year with 9,880 yards of yarn used so far in 2013.
Do you all know Pammy Sue of Scotty's Place? If you don't hop right over there and get to know her, Pammy Sue is so funny and my goodness she is fast with a hook. She creates amazing crochet projects and will make you laugh all the while you are on her blog. Pammy Sue sent me a link to this pattern (aren't bloggers the best?) She said it reminded her of me, well you know what it reminds me of me. I had seen this a while back, but of course now that I have been sent the link I have become obsessed.
This is the Keila Top by Handy Kitty. You can download the pattern for free on Ravelry.
I got busy scrounging around my craft space. I still have the bottom of number one dress, the dress I put the arms in upside down and had to throw out the top, this might be perfect. I also have this gorgeous Malabrigo yarn that is supposed to be a Christmas gift, but who needs a cowl right now? I mean it is summer after all. I think this might be a very fun project to work on this weekend. Pammy Sue I am holding you responsible for not finishing my African Flower baby blanket.
I am leaving you with this. My buddy went back home on Tuesday, boy was I tired and in this picture he was, too. He fell asleep in his lunch. He was talking away to me while I was cleaning the floor, and suddenly it was silent. I looked behind me and this is what I saw. Priceless. He is very happy to be home with his family, and I am very happy not to have my floors spectacularly clean. Remember the days when your little ones were crawling and no matter how hard you tried they always had dirt on the top of their feet from crawling on your floor? He is a cutie that is for sure.
Happy Friday to you!