Sunday, August 12, 2012

In the End I Was Selfish About It.....

My little crocheted rosettes, in case you're wondering what I'm talkin' 'bout. I had a few comments as to what to do with them, both on-line and in "real" life. They were all great ideas, and I may do those in the future as I still have enough colorful yarn bits to make some more. But for now, they're MINE!! ALL MINE!!!!!

What did I do with them? Something kind of random. I've spent weeks thinking about just the right thing to use these for. I loved putting them all together into one big colorful, leafy bouquet and looking at the rainbow yarn explosion. Not that I do that a lot, it's not a bedtime ritual or something nutty like that. Sometimes I just sit and look and wait for inspiration to hit. Wanna see what I did? Here's a "hint":

It took two sticks of hot glue and one burnt finger, but I am madly in love with the outcome. In a super-geeky, odd, "I'm worried about that girl" kind of way, teeheehee.

After playing with a random layout and a heart-shaped layout (my original intention), a simple circle seemed the best way to go. I bought a twelve inch square canvas, traced a dinner plate for a guide to place the flowers, and hot glued those lovelies down. Then I went back and did the leaves. I used those 3M Command Strip thingees to stick it up--those things are kind of nifty. You wouldn't think they'd hold something but boy do they ever!

There are very few projects that I enjoy every last minute of, and this was one of them. The flowers were quick to make, as were the leaves. And gluing it down took no time at all. The most difficult part was deciding what to do with my little bouquet. I'm glad I waited. This suits me down to my toes :)

That yarn sure did go far--I got a very generously-sized throw out of it, a wreath of roses, and still have some left. Sweet!!! If you were interested in making something similar you can give Lucy's pattern for the flowers and leaves a whirl. My pattern came from an older issue of Mollie Makes, but Lucy's produces a very similar result. The yarn is a sport weight (I believe that's DK in the UK?) but a thicker weight would work just as well. I may play around with yarn thickness and hook size with some yarn I have leftover from this cushion for some fall brooches, perhaps.

So that's what I've been up to. I had a very productive weekend--sewed a bit, cleaned a LOT, made the above, read (I have 10% of Les Miserables left, according to my Kindle), and held a baby. I've got some cute photos to share with you. You should get excited. See you soon :)

Linking here this week:


  1. It's so cute Beth! I love how you've arranged the colors in a rainbow way!!! You should be proud!!


    ps. Have a great week!!

  2. Really lovely! What yarn did you use?

  3. When I seen the little thumb nail photo with all the color, I just had to click on it. What a great project~Love what you did with your yarn roses!

  4. This is way better than sewing them on a pillow! It looks so cute! =)

  5. This caught my eye at a link party. Wonderful project! Great colors. I am your newest follower and I'd love to have you stop by my blog when you get a chance:

    All the best,

  6. This is so beautiful. I admire your crocheting skills and also your perserverance with Les Miserable. I only made it to about half way through when I read it 25 years ago. It is on my bucket list to read it again in it's entirity.

  7. Gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous! I am going to definitely try this! I love to crochet as well, so this is right up my ally. I found you through Making Monday marvelous and am following you now!

    Come visit!


  8. Lovely! I see so many cute things I wish I could crochet!

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  10. Such a Beautiful Crocheted work of art.

    Thanks for sharing!

    BTW~ I found you through Someday Crafts--Now Following.

    my space on web~ visit me sometime!

  11. This is so pretty! I love the rainbow colors.

  12. This is beautiful work. I love this wreath. I'm your newest follower. I have a link party on Wednesdays, and I would love it if you would link this post. It is called Wednesdays Adorned From Above Link Party.
    I hope to see you there. Have a great Day.
    Debi Bolocofsky
    Adorned From Above

  13. I love it, beautiful!!!!! Thanks for sharing!!!! You did a beautiful job with the crocheted flowers!!!!!

  14. This totally caught my eye! Beautifullllllll!

  15. I don't blame you for being selfish about it, it looks fab!

  16. I love the juicy colors of the flowers. pretty indeed, Bethany! And definitely making me wish I paid attention to my dad when he was giving me crochet and knitting lessons. ^^) I am totally pinning this! thanks for sharing this with us at the Crafty Saturday Party. I can't wait to see what you have for us this week.


  17. Hi Bethany,
    You make me laugh. I love this wreath, and your knitting is beautiful. I have a website where I sell handknits, so I know how much time this too. Thank you so much for sharing with Wednesdays Adorned From Above Link Party last week. This weeks Link Party is opened at
    Hope to see you there. It is open until Sunday night.
    Debi @ Adorned From Above

  18. What a stunning creation. Dropped by from Hani's blog where you are featured.
    Cheers from Bangalore, India

  19. That is terrific!!

  20. Oh, wow! The wreath looks amazing! I love how you combined different colors. Thank you so much for linking!

  21. This is beautiful! Is there a tutorial for the roses and the leaves?? I would love this to brighten our house!

    1. Thank you Christina--here's a link to the whole shebang:



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