Although I don't as yet have any plans to go to Yarndale - a conversation that I need to have with hubby - when I saw that Lucy at Attic 24 was seeking donations of mandalas for this years crocheters contribution to Yarndale I just had to join in. Especially as I am in full mandala love at the moment - as you know!
It was a harder proposition for me though than you might think. All of the mandalas that I have made so far have been far bigger than the 7 inch across maximum that Lucy was asking for. Also, my designs have tended to be a bit on the frilly lacy side and Lucy was thinking of them as being wheels to coordinate with the Tour De France which is departing from Yorkshire this year (where Lucy lives in case you didn't know!).
So I needed to do something a little different. After a bit of fiddling around I came up with this design which I think looks very much like a wheel, it is not at all lacy and has a round and round and round feel of a wheel I thought and also the feel of the spokes of a bicycle wheel as well.
The colours are a bit subdued for what I imagine that Lucy has in mind, but I hope that she will still think that it is suitable to be included in the mandala display. I enjoyed making it though and will send it off in the hope of it being accepted.
Making this mandala has however given me a little problem. I have never crocheted anything that is all so "close" and doesn't have lots of gaps between the stitches. Seeing how my mandala came out that has inspired me to perhaps try and make a blanket using stitches in this sort of way. Of course I need another blanket project like a need a hole in my foot (only having two on the go at the moment!). Anyhow, it might be the start of something new perhaps, or at least another mandala for me to keep.
Perhaps now that I am sending this off to Yarndale I will see if I can go and visit my mandala, what do you reckon!