I hope you’ve all had a fantastic week! It’s a grey and windy Friday night here and I’m feeling relief that it’s the weekend… almost… one more day of work for me tomorrow, then a day of freedom!
I am so completely thrilled at the joyful response to the granny tea cozy over the last few days! It’s just great…. has anyone started to make one yet! Tell me!
Today’s post is not about tea pots, but the next one will be, and I can’t wait to do THAT post! I just need some decent daylight to get those perfect photographs, so watch this space! Today I thought I’d post about one of the pot holders I’ve made during the pot holder frenzy that has been taking place at my house! I’ve been giving them as gifts, getting them ready for Christmas presents, hanging the ornamental ones above my stove and even *gasp* USING one for it’s intended purpose!
The one I’m posting today is a granny mandala pot holder… I must give 100% full credit for the inspiration for this to the gorgeous Casey from http://plus3crochet.blogspot.com ! Oh dear, WordPress is making is very difficult to insert a link tonight, so I’m linking the ugly way! I must say, I’m getting a bit sour on WordPress and wondering how to change my blog to blogspot and if it is difficult to do that……….
Back to Casey…. Casey was the first person to use the Granny Mandala for something other than… er… a mandala! I loved her pot holder and have been meaning to make one for soooo long, but have never been a pot holdery type of person! And now that I am, I’m getting a bit too excited by this! (Make sure you pop over to visit Casey as she has a large collection of lovely pot holders happening!)
I like photographing the process of creation… it’s fun to watch something emerge! I made a small mandala…… (click on the pattern in the side bar if you need to check it out! No linky’s happening tonight!) then made a plain backing circle in white! Yes! White! Me! I know… unusual…..
Make a magic ring, ch3, 11dc into the ring, join with a slst to the 3rd chain of original 3ch, pull magic ring closed. Ch3, dc into same stitch, 2dc into each stitch in the round, join with a slst to 3rd chain of original 3ch. Ch3, dc into same stitch, 1dc into next stitch, 2dc into next, repeat sequence until end of round. Repeat this sequence, each round adding 1dc between the 2dc as you increase. e.g next round 1dc, 1dc, 2dc, 1dc, 1dc, 2dc… next round 1dc, 1dc, 1dc, 2dc…….. until it is the desired size!
Then I hooked them together in single crochet and made a mini shell stitch edging by making 1sc, 1hdc, 1sc into same stitch, slst into next 2 stitches… repeating the sequence until the end of the round!
I noticed that both of the GM pot holders I made needed a good blocking… the African Flowers pot holder (pattern in the side bar) didn’t and I wonder if that’s because it has a nice solid centre so it keeps it’s shape better….
Never mind, this one looked smashing after a good dose of being pinned in the sunshine!
And it is now hanging ornamentally above my stove, bringing some rainbow happiness into my cooking zone!
OK… This is just a short and sweet one because I am literally falling asleep at my laptop….
Have a beautiful day everyone, wishing you much happiness and indulgent yarnplay!
Lots of love from Alice and Raymond XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX