ADDING A LITTLE COLOR

This morning I wrote a scene in my latest novel, Whatever Goes Around, in which my protagonist, Claire Kincaid, is shopping at a garden center.  The setting is Dallas, Texas, the month is late February, and Claire is longing for the colors of spring. Knowing it’s too early–even in north Texas–to plant outdoors, she chooses daffodil, crocus and hyacinth to create an indoor container garden.

After finishing the chapter, I had a compelling desire to add some color to my own gardens. After a summer of triple-digit temperatures, my only surviving plants are sage, salvia, honeysuckle, jasmine, sweet potatoes, gardenias, begonias, hydrangias, coleus, oxalia and shasta daisys. I love their lovely multicolored leaves, but none of them are blooming.

So, I visited my favorite plant nursery in the hope I would find some colorful plants. Alas, the owner informed me that, although we are experiencing 80 degree weather at the moment, the heat will return next week. She advised me to wait a few weeks before adding verbena, snapdragons and dusty myrtle and, in a few more weeks,  add pansies and geraniums. Sadly, I took her advice and left empty handed.

Back at my house I saw my craft basket filled with all the colors I wanted to see in my garden. If I couldn’t produce blooms outside, I could do so with my trusty crochet hook and knitting needles.

The following directions will produce countless blooms that you can use as hair accessories, jewelry or even attach them to clothes or shoes.

Give it a try.

Lion Brand® Vanna’s Choice® BabyGAUGE:Exact gauge is not
essential to this project.NOTES:1. Yarn quantities
listed are sufficient to make multiple flowers, use colors as desired for
Flowers.2. Flowers are worked in continuous rnds. Do not join and do not turn at beg
of rnds. A marker is used to indicate the beg of rnd. Move marker up as each
rnd is completed.

3. Flowers for each barrette or pony tail holder can be assembled in two
different ways; 1) One Small Flower, or 2) One Small Flower on top of one
Large Flower. A Leaf can then be added to each Flower, if desired.

SMALL FLOWERWith color as desired, ch 2.Rnd 1 (RS):Work 6 sc in first ch.Place marker in first st for beg of rnd.Rnd 2: (2 hdc, sl st) in each sc around – 6 petals at the end of this
rnd.

Fasten off.

LARGE FLOWER

With color as desired, ch 2.

Rnd 1 (RS): Work 6 sc in first ch.

Place marker in first st for beg of rnd; move marker up as each rnd is
completed.

Rnd 2: Work 2 sc in each sc around – 12 sts at the end of this rnd.

Rnd 3: *2 hdc in next sc, (2 hdc, sl st) in next sc; repeat from *
around – 6 petals at the end of this rnd.

Fasten off.

LEAF

With C, ch 4.

Rnd 1: Work 2 dc in 2nd ch from hook, hdc in next ch, 3 sc in last ch;
working across opposite side of foundation ch, hdc in next hdc, 2 dc in next
ch; join with sl st in beg ch.

Fasten off.

FINISHING</B

>With color as desired, embroider a French knot in the center of Flower.
Arrange Flowers and Leaves as desired and glue to barrette or tie to pony
tail holder. Weave in ends.

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About Sharon K Owen

I am a fiction writer, a university professor, a copy editor and an online writing teacher. My first Romantic Suspense: Thicker Than Water (Brands Crossing Series) was published in 2011 and the second book in the series, Whatever Goes Around, will be published in 2016. My short stories and poetry have been published in Descant, Concho River Review, Iron Horse, American Literary Review, Trinity Writer's Workshop newsletter and collections of Christmas stories. I am blessed with a loving, supportive family, a multitude of friends and the good fortune to share a cozy sanctuary in North Texas with my two cats (Matt and Cinders).

Posted on September 11, 2011, in Arts and Crafts, Book Recommendations, Gardening, Needlework, Writing and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. I have been using your pattern to make headbands for my granddaughter. They turned out great. Thanks for the pattern.
    Ann

  2. You are very welcome. I love making the flowers because they work up so fast.

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