Skein Passion

Luscious 'fioro' hand died merino-silk yarn skeins from The Yarn Bowl in the shades sepia rose, abalone and plum purple As Valentines day approaches sprinklings of pink hearts and cutesy romance sayings start popping up all over the place. Yarn sales are overflowing with red and pink colourways and patterns are dotted with love knots.  But I want to talk about Passion. That deep intense desire you experience when you touch that divine squishy yarn skein, you know the one I'm talking about, that skein that makes your heart sing. It's a magic colour, squishing it is like touching a cloud with the lustre of angels. The yarn of your dreams. Where were you when you had that experience the first time? In a specialty yarn store looking at the silk-alpaca blends? I'm willing to bet it wasn't, more likely it was at the discount store passing the bargain aisle and this little ball of fluff caught your eye and you sighed and squished it and wished you had the skill to turn

Free Crochet Pattern - 6 Petal Poppy

The 26th April is ANZAC (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) day. 

It's our own version of Remembrance day, you can learn more here.  This year was the ANZAC day centenary.
As usual I missed the boat and discovered too late about the incredible 5000 Poppies project.

I'm getting started for next year when the the excitement of a big centenary has worn off and extra effort will be all the more important by crocheting my own poppies. According to Wikipedia poppies have 4-6 petals so I made mine with 6 petals.

I used a 2.5mm crochet hook and red embroidery floss to make my flower. I also added a black button from my hoards of buttons and stitched a safety pin to the back.

6 Petal Poppy Crochet Pattern


ch - chain stitch
sc - single crochet
dc - double crochet
hdc - half double crochet

Round 1

ch 5, slip stitch into first chain to create a loop

Round 2

12 sc into loop, slip stitch into first sc

Round 3

ch 3, skip one ch and sc into next stitch, *ch 3, skip a chain and sc t into next stitch, repeat from * to end, slip stitch to close round

Round 4

Into first ch 3 space, sc, hdc, dc, dc, hdc, sc
into second ch 3 space * sc, hdc, dc, dc, hdc, sc
repeat * to end, slip stitch into first sc

To finish 

Add your button and safety pin if desired so you can wear it on your lapel or pin it to your bag.

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