So Many Daisies!


My crochet adventure has landed me smack dab in the middle of a field of daisies! Well, sort of. While perusing Pinterest, I came across the most adorable pattern for a granny square with a daisy in the center.

Seriously, how cute is this?

The image took me to Tillie Tulip, where I found a free step-by-step guide (with visuals!) on how to make the daisy center. It took some practice to master a treble crochet stitch, but it was well worth it to get those petals to puff.

An additional link on the daisy page, will take you to another page that lays out steps to add rounds in order to turn the daisy into a granny square. It’s a simple process that requires basic crochet knowledge (chain, double crochet). The only trick is figuring out how to space the shells.

Once I got the pattern down, it was all about color choice. While I love the colors in the sample blanket image, pastels really don’t fit my house. So, I decided to model my daisies after the Black-Eyed Susan and the plain white daisy.

That gave me the color scheme of brown, yellow, and white. I went with ever popular Red Heart yarn in Coffee, Gold and Soft White.

It sounds awful, doesn’t it? However, the overall effect creates a very autumn-like and cozy feel. Perfect for a granny square afghan!

Even though I used only three colors, I was able to create 9 different squares simply by switching the order of color in each round. This created a more interesting effect in the color distribution throughout the blanket.

To join the squares, I used a simple single crochet chain stitch, but through the back loop of the joined stitches on each square edge. This made the chain lie flat and it was easier to join corners.

For the border, I stitched five single crochet rounds. The first two were done in coffee to match the border with of the joined squares and then I did single rounds of Gold and Soft White, with a final round of Coffee to create a balance between the interior and exterior borders.

This afghan turned out better than I expected, especially since I’m a new crocheter. Who knew I’d have this much fun with a little yarn and a hook?

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c.b.w. 2017

Bright Blooms in the Garden: Part 2


As promised, here are more beautiful and bright flowers from my garden! My muse was also inspired to write a couple haikus to go with these lovely blooms.

I’m not sure what kind of flowers these are, (does anyone know?), but those orange and red petals definitely pop out against the green grass.

Firestorm petals
set green aflame with fury
Delicate souls bloom

Photo by: c.b.w. 2013

A bright yellow daisy brightens up a space near the rosemary and raspberry bushes.

Yellow sunburst bloom
golden rays brighten the day
Love me, love me not?

Photo by: c.b.w. 2013

The biggest surprise of the season was the appearance of a giant evening primrose plant. To date, it’s grown over six feet tall, while its brothers are holding steady at four feet. At dusk, they are all covered in little yellow flowers.

A giant evening primrose! Photo by: c.b.w. 2013

My garden rabbit better be careful or he’ll get lost in the wildflowers.

It’s a jungle out there! Photo by: c.b.w. 2013

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How is your garden growing?

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c.b.w. 2013