We'll, it was inevitable. The stomach bug of Taos has found it's way into my home and my tummy. Needless to say, it hasn't been fun, running too and from my in-laws house to use the facilities, as we are still water-less.
So, in between the terrible cramps last night, I decided to join the Japanese flower movement... to help keep my mind off the pain.
Since then, all I can do is obsess over this concept.
After looking in on some extremely brilliant gals sites, I think I've figured it out. Thank you to the lovely Teresa and tireless Lucy of Attic 24 for directing us to the wonderful French gal who crafted a beautiful piece from a Japanese crochet book, Motif-book-vol 4 for sale on etsy . Lots of inspiration everywhere!!!
Well, I ended up improvising mine in (American) half double crochet, not the double crochet that the others have done. I don't know why, but I feel that it gives the flower a little more compact-ness and maybe saves a little yarn.
So here were the first couple of go's... a little chuncky and bunchy...double crochets and a little squishy.
But then I figured it out and have, now, something I'm happy with:
I had a dream last night (I'm dreaming a lot these days) that I did these flowers in embroidery floss. I used to cross-stitch quite a bit, so I have a little stash of it somewhere in the mess. I'm thinking that if I got going now, with a teeny-tiny hook, I could be done with a shawl in 10 years... hmmm... I might just give it a go and just see. Would definitely be a blue-ribbon piece for the county fair...;)
See ya round the (flowery-goodness) corner