I expect those yarn addicted blog followers amongst you can not have failed to notice that Yarndale took place last weekend, up in Skipton, North Yorkshire.
Attic 24 a wonderfully colourful, yarny blog which I always enjoy visiting. Recently she posted about the Starflower Mandala made from a free pattern
found over at Zooty Owl's Blog. It was perfect for a visual display she was organising for this year's Yarndale and a few other friendly bloggers offered to help her out by making one or two themselves.
I came across this event too late this year to be able to get myself up to North Yorkshire, as it is quite a trek from down here in South Devon! But, I have already put it in my diary for next year when I hope to rectify the situation. Anyway, I am telling you all this so you understand where the inspiration for my mandala came from! I instantly fell in love with the colours and the size so decided I would make myself a bit of Yarndale!!
I have some gorgeous Planet Penny Cotton which is so easy to work with and comes in a range of cheerful, bright colours (Planet Penny - another wonderfully colourful, yarny blog!). There are about 18 rounds to the pattern so I chose just 9 colours, deciding to start with red through to blue and back to red again.
I made a start .... the first 4 rounds
Now up to round 9!
and I'm afraid that is as far as I have got! So far it is about 10" wide from point to point. I am aiming to work on this over the next few days but if I had taken time to finish it before I wrote this post I wouldn't have had time to write the post. To finish or to post? Catch 22 I think!! I should be able to show you the finished article next week. Watch this space.
I would just like to share one more little snippet with you. I have been thinking of doing a bit of dressmaking for a while now, but it's not easy making things to fit when you have a few lumps and bumps in the wrong places! Anyway, I thought I would start with something simple and have chosen to make a sleeveless top. First hurdle - to find a pattern. I came across this one Sorbetto by Colette Patterns which is free to download.
It prints out onto about 20 sheets of A4 and comes with really easy instructions on how to print it out to the right size and easily matches up using those little black diamonds you can see in the picture below. Here it is all pieced up and ready to go.
It was easy to work out which size to follow, once I had measured my lumps and bumps, and there were also finished measurements so you could chose the perfect fit. I'm going to try making it first using calico so I have the opportunity to make final tweaks if necessary before tackling the real thing!
I'll keep you posted on how it turns out.
Off to finish my Mandala now, thanks for reading :)