This little jar of Spring has made me ridiculously happy today, I've been smiling at it adoringly and drinking in it's sweet beauty.
The pussy willow came from a local nursery who've been selling buckets of it this week, I got a whole bunch of big branches for £1.50. It is incredibly soft and reminds me of my Mum and my childhood.
Do you remember last week I had a go at crocheting a daffodil? It's quite a hard flower to get right and I ended up re-working it a number of times, making small changes each time until finally today (fifth attempt) I got it spot on.
When I design a pattern, I always try and make it as simple and user-friendly as possible, even if the end result looks quite complex. Cos I always have in my mind that I will be sharing the pattern, and my wish is that everyone will be able to give it a go no matter what hooky ability they possess.
Creating effective, beautiful designs that are simple to work is not always easy, it's quite a challenge actually. But ohmygoodness, I love doing it sosoosososooooo much! When an idea comes out of my mind and into reality, and I feel it right in the pit of my stomach that it's a success, well, that feeling is amAZing. Like a shot of pure joy. And it's why I continue to do what I do, to share my patterns freely and with love.
The idea for making these daffies came about as I'm beginning to make an Easter wreath. And everyone knows that Easter wreaths absolutely have to contain daffodils. And eggs, yes they must have eggs too. But I thought today that this little daffodil would also make a lovely Springtime brooch, and would add a little shot of handmade yellow loveliness to a garment. Plus I've been told that tomorrow is the 1st of March and is Saint David's Day, where it is the done thing to sport a daffodil on your lapel.
Oooooooooooo sweet little hooky daffies, I really am smitten by you!
I dug deep in my stash and unearthed a very, very pale yellow baby cashmerino which I bought by mistake ages ago (I ordered it on line and it was far too pale when it arrived). It's the perfect shade for a daffie though, and in real life I love those very pale yellow ones with bright yellow centres.
So this morning I had the luxury of a bright sunny day + some child free hours and I managed to perfect the pattern and photograph a tutorial. I'm about to go make a big mug of tea and get cracking uploading the pics and writing the pattern for you.....will post at the bottom here to let you know when it's ready. I'm right on it.............................
Whoop-whoop! THE PATTERN IS READY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! go HERE to find it. Happy hooking my friends, I hope to see lots of pretty yarny daffodils blooming very soon!!