Monday, 26 May 2014

A mandala for Yarndale

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!

Amy

41 comments:

  1. I wouldn't know where to begin doing that. It looks very impressive. I think you will definitely need to visit it!

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  2. Amy, it's lovely! :) Even more so when it is your own design. Mine is wrapped and ready to send tomorrow.
    Lucy's raindrops stitch makes a nice close fabric. I'm really pleased with the cushion I made. Enjoy your Bank Holiday. x

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  3. That looks really impressive. Yarndale sounds like an amazing event, if ever you do go, make sure you take loads of photos to show us.

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  4. You did a great job there and I love the colours you chose. And yes, you should definitely go see your mandala in situ at Yarndale.

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  5. Good luck at Yarndale, pretty little Mandala!

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  6. I love it - love that you came up with your own design and kept the purpose in mind, love the close stitches and love how your mandala is TOTALLY unique from all the others I've seen - great job. Sher

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  7. What a lovely mandala Amy, it is so pretty and I love the colours. I got the impression it was a festival of colour as well as the wheel motif Lucy was looking for so if it had colour it was perfect. I love that you've really thought it through and adapted it to make it work. I also like your slightly sneaky plan to put pressure on your hubby as you now need to go and visit it in situ at Yarndale...very clever!

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  8. Now I know what they are...I like the colour scheme!
    Jane x

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  9. I think you did an amazing job. It looks perfect. I attended the opening of the Tour when it was in Rhotterdam (Spelling?) a few years ago. My niece was living in Amsterdam so we flew over for a day or two with her, then we all went to the prologue, it was great fun.
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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  10. What a great job, and your own design, I'm suitably impressed. I'm not that far from Skipton but missed Yarndale last year as it was the weekend that Daniel was moving to uni so I'm hoping I can make it this year.

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  11. Wonderful creation and I adore the combination of colours. I would say that you definitely need to see it on the wall, so to speak.

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  12. It came out very nicely and I'm impressed that you came up with your own design. You haven't been crocheting very long, if I remember correctly, so that's pretty great.

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  13. That looks great - it is a nice change to see a mandala without holes !

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    1. Most of my previous ones are pretty holey! I did like the change of pace with this one though. xx

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    2. Thank you. Mine are usually pretty holey, so this made a nice change. xx

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  14. It is really gorgeous. I love the colours you chose, they work really well with the design. And well done on creating your own beautiful pattern! x

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  15. Hi Amy! Oh, I love it. Being a crocheter myself, I always have a hard time making a circle lie flat and I can't even see where you joined the colors! Great job, my friend.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  16. Hi Amy, your mandala is very pretty. I had no idea what a mandala was. I looked at Lucy's blog link and realized how pretty they are used as an art grouping on the wall.

    Wow, the sky is the limit with croquet! Have fun.

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  17. Its lovely Amy, and I particularly like the colour combinations,
    Kate x

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  18. The mandala you've designed and made for Yarndale is lovely and I hope you get to the Yarndale event in Yorkshire!

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  19. Your mandala is GORGEOUS Amy! I love the colours that you chose too.
    love Jooles x x x

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  20. Amy this is BEAUTIFUL, well done! :) x

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  21. I really, really like this design! You are so clever to do this, I would never be able to create such an interesting and beautiful pattern! Of course you should go and visit it!!! :) Chrissie x

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  22. I think you have to go and visit it! I like the design, and think stitches like that would work well for a blanket - although it would be slow going compared to somewith worked with trebles.

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  23. First of all thanks for all your visits to my blog. I somehow lost you in the cracks and didn't have you in my blog list. That is being corrected today!

    I love the wheel effect and yes, I see the spokes and it will work perfectly for your project.

    Thanks again, and I'll make sure you are on my list of blog friends.

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  24. It's absolutely lovely, clever you. I'd love to crochet a blanket, but I don't know where to start. I do think you should try and visit your mandala at Yarndale, it would be wonderful to go. Have a good week Amy. CJ xx

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  25. Its very pretty love the Spring greens and blues.
    Clare x

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  26. The colours are gorgeous and fresh. It's just lovely and your absolute ticket to Yarndale!

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  27. Love the colours, love the closeness of the rounds, perfect, you will have to go and visit it! I can imagine a stripey blanket in this styles in those colours.

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  28. I would say so lady!!! Your piece is gorgeous! It is just so crisp and cool! I love it! The most perfect colors by the way! And I hope that you are able to go because how wonderful would that be?!?!!? Wishing you an outstanding week friend! Nicole xoxo

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  29. Its very pretty Amy, I have yet to make one & I keep on saying I will. Hope you mange to wangle a trip to Yarndale I would love to visit but it certainly wont be this year.

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  30. Your mandala is really pretty - I love the colours you chose - I too have made a mandala that will be winging it's merry way up to Lucy this week.

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    1. I look forward to seeing yours when you are ready to share it Lorna! xx

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  31. Oh so pretty! How could anyone turn that Mandala down -- I'm sure Lucy will love it!

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  32. Oh gosh, well done Amy, this is really beautiful. And these are all my favourite colours which made me love it even more! It looks so neat...just perfect!

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  33. It's really lovely Amy and I do like the colours you have chosen. A blanket in similar stitches will be fabulous...and what's another wip among friends :-)
    Tracey xxx

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  34. Pretty Mandala - there is a pic on the Yarndale FB page and I think your Mandala is there - assuming you've posted it already that is!

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