Growing up, I remember my Grannie having a small pewter hanging in her kitchen that read “take time to smell the roses”. I seem to recall asking her about this one day as it made little sense to my pre-adolescent self. I believe she told me that it was a retirement gift (I’m sure she’ll correct me if I’m wrong once she’s read this – Hi Grannie J) Looking back, I believe that at age 10, the thought of needing to take time to smell roses seems like a silly thing to make time for. To me, this probably seemed like nothing more a nonsensical way of getting closer to a bee than was truly needed.
Does anyone else find roses to be as romantic as I do? They’ve always been my favorite – whether as flowers given to me after a show in my childhood; or adolescent, romantic daydreams of “Prince Charming” bringing home flowers.
“Where’s the crafty tie-in!” you ask?
Well, my Sunday started with me finishing up a new cowl. I saw pictures of this great cowl at MaybeMatilda back in the fall, and was convinced that I could figure out the pattern on my own…..THINK AGAIN, HOLLY. I tried variations of what I thought Rachel may have done for a couple of Christmas gifts; but it was a complete struggle of trial and error, cursing, and frogging. The two Christmas gifts were completely different when finished and I didn’t 100% love either version as a long term pattern for my use. My penny-pinching self held out though (sorry Rachel!), and I believe that I have finally figured out the correct combination of base chain, “infinity crocheting”, hook, and number of rounds to create something very similar to what I first fell in love with last fall.
“What's the big deal with the roses you yammered on about 2 pages ago!” you ask?
a different rose pattern on the cowls I made at Christmas. These roses turned out pretty, but were 3x more time consuming to make and weighed about 5x more than the one does!
Once I found THIS pattern, and I played around a bit with different hooks and one vs. two strands of yarn; they became (just as Lucy warned….)
For anyone who is curious, I’ve settled on 2 strands of worsted weight yarn and my trusty Susan Bates “L” hook. The one on my cowl was made with my favorite “K”hook and measures about ~3” across while the ones I now prefer with the larger hook are ~3.75” across. Now you know!
There’s 15 of them sitting there. I made all of them last night.
I still need to go through and sew them, etc. [which I’ll likely hate every
second of], but I just LOVE them!
ALL THE ROSES = ALL THE FUN!
Can’t wait to see what I decide to do with them all ;-)