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Friday, April 1, 2011

Having a daffodil dazy day!

Merry April Fool's Day!
Today I am in a Daffodil Daze.
My first daffodils have bloomed, and they make everything look soooo cheerful!
I also have one giant grape hiacynth. No more, never has been. I have no idea where this lovely came from but I sure do like it!


“If you've never been thrilled
to the very edges of your soul
by a flower in spring bloom,
maybe your soul has never
been in bloom.”
~Terri Guillemets

Daffodil crochet afghan:

MaggiesCrochet.com
1-888-454-2101
from 40 Free Patterns

I apologize that the picture is not better. It's what came with it.

38. Daffodil Afghan # 2
Size: 46” x 66”
Materials: Worsted Weight Yarn; Lt Yellow (Y) 24 oz, Gold (G) 22 oz, and White (W) 16 oz
Gauge: Square Motif = 4 ¾”
Crochet Hook: I-9 (5.5 mm) or size needed to obtain gauge.
Diamond Motif: (Make 32)
Rnd 1 (right side): With W, ch 1 (center ch), ch 4, (dc, ch 1) 7 times in center ch; join with sl st in 3rd ch of beg ch-4.  (8 dc)
DO NOT TURN EACH RND.
Rnd 2: Sl st in next ch-1 sp, ch 4, * (dc, ch 1, dc, ch 3, dc, ch 1, dc) in next ch-1 sp, ch 1, dc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1, (dc, ch 1, tr, ch 3, tr, ch 1, dc) in next ch-1 sp, ch 1, dc in next ch-1 sp, rep from * around; join with sl st in 3rd ch of beg ch-4.  (20 sts)  Finish off.
Rnd 3: With Right Side Facing, join G in any ch-3 sp between 2 tr, ch 3,  (dc, tr, ch 2, tr, 2 dc) in same sp as joining, *2 dc in each of next 4 ch-1 sps, (3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc) in next ch-3 sp, 2 dc in each of next 4 ch-1 sps, (2 dc, tr, ch 2, tr, 2 dc) in next ch-3 sp, rep from * around; join with sl st in 3rd ch of beg ch-3.  (54 sts)  Finish off.
Flower Motif: (Make 45)
With Y, ch 12, sl st in first ch to form ring.
First Petal: 
Row 1: Ch 2, hdc in same st as joining, 2 hdc in next st. (4 hdc) Ch 2, turn eaCH row.
Row 2: Increasing at beg and end of row hdc across. (6 hdc)
Row 3: Rep Row 2.  (8 hdc)
Row 4: Decreasing at beg and end of row, hdc across.  (6 hdc)
Row 5: Rep Row 4.  (4 hdc)
Row 6: Rep Row 4.  (2 hdc)  Ch 1, turn.
Sl st along side of petal back to starting ch.  Sl st in same ch as last of Row 1 of Petal.
Next Petals:
Row 1: Sl st in next ch of starting ch, ch 2, hdc in same ch, 2 hdc in next ch.  Ch 2, turn eaCH row.
Rep Rows 2-6 of first petal.
When 6th petal is complete, work the following rnd:
Rnd 1: Sl st along side of rows 6 and 5 of petal, * ch 3, sl st in side of 5th row of next petal, working behind petal, ch 4, sl st opposite end of row 5, rep from * around, ch 4, sl st in same sp as joining.  Finish off.
Flower Center:
With Right Side Facing, join Y in any unused lp of beg ch-12. 
Rnd 1: Working in unused lps of beg ch-12, ch 2, (2 hdc in next ch, hdc in next ch) around; join with sl st in 2nd ch of beg ch-2. 
(18 hdc)  Ch 2, do not turn. 
Rnd 2: Ch 2, hdc in each st around.  Join.  (18 hdc)  Finish off Y.
Rnd 3: With Right Side Facing, join G in any st, ch 1, sc in same st, * (sc, ch 3, sc) in next st, sc in next st, rep from * around; join with sl st in first sc.  (27 sc) Finish off leaving long end.
Next Rnds:
Rnd 2: Join W in any ch-4 sp of Flower Rnd 1, ch 4, dc in same sp, * ch 1, (dc, ch 1, dc, ch 2, dc, ch 1, dc) in next ch-3 sp, (ch 1, dc) twice in next ch-4 sp, rep from * around; join with sl st in 3rd ch of beg ch-4.
Rnd 3: Sl st in next ch-1 sp, ch 4, (dc in next ch-1 sp ch-1) twice, * (dc, ch 3, dc) in next ch-2 sp, (ch-1, dc in next ch-1 sp) 5 times,
ch 1, rep from * around; join with sl st in 3rd ch of beg ch-4.  (42 dc)  Finish off W.
Rnd 4: With Right Side Facing, join G in any ch-3 sp, ch 3, (dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in same sp, * dc in next ch-1 sp, 2 dc in each of next
4  ch-1 sp, dc in next ch-1 sp, (2 dc, ch 2, 2 dc) in next ch-3 sp, rep from * around; join with sl st in 3rd ch of beg ch-3. (84 dc)
Finish off G.  Weave in ends except for long one.  Use long end to tack cup of flower flat as shown in photo.
Finishing:
Sew 5 Flower Motifs Across and 9 Flower Motifs Down.  Fill the spaces in between by sewing in the Diamond Motifs.

shaped soaps from www.SatinAndBirch.etsy.com

here's a simple daffodil for you to color: 

A simple card technique:
These cards are a form of dimensional card making. It involves having several copies of the same picture. You can make these on a copy machine, just watch that the ink doesn't run.

1. In my Daffodil Daze, I would choose the daffodil ones! You start with the first one, the whole flower.
2. Then you cut the second one, with only the leaves and bottom layer of flower. Glue on top of the first.
3. Third, you cut out only the center of the daffodil, and glue in place.
These especially pop if you use double sided sticky foam dots - you can find these in most hobby/craft stores now. Definitely in a rubber stamping store if you are fortunate to have one in your area.
.....You can also make it look more realistic by slightly curving the top 2 layers over a spoon or wooden dowel before glueing in place.
4. Optional: you can brush a clear coat of acrylic sealer like JudiKins Diamond Glaze (my favorite) or Ranger has one that is also good, over the flower.

c.1912

A special gift from my sister. Those really are daffodils in her garland!


Here is another darling Joan Walsh Anglund paper doll for Spring and Easter:
yes, there is a daffodil in her bonnet!

"Everything is blooming most recklessly;
if it were voices instead of colors,
there would be an unbelievable
shrieking into the heart of the night."
 

-   Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters of Rainer Maria Rilke  

Go look for some blooms today! Make it a search and find with the kids when you take a walk! Practice addition with them while you are doing it!
inkspired



 

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