This morning, as I sit here, barely awake, and cursing my pomeranian for waking me up early–still the same time of 4:45 am, as normal, but my body does not want to wake today–I find that I am completely, and utterly, uninspired to write. Which, I guess is fine, considering that there was nothing all too notable that happened yesterday. (Hey…not every day can be bells, whistles, and attacking birds.)
So, this morning, I will be giving a very brief post, before starting work on my daily square.
I will write, in very simple detail, about the two granny squares that I worked yesterday. Nothing more, and nothing less. (Sorry…I just cannot find it in me to give the witty humor that I normally deal. Hopefully, it is back tomorrow.)
So, the first square I made–square 25 from the list at YARNutopia–was one that, for the first three rounds, was worked entirely with double crochet clusters. Just the post before, I wrote about how much fun I was having working this stitch, and how it was one that I had not yet come across. So, you can imagine my surprise, and delight, to get to work this stitch two days in a row. The square came out absolutely beautiful. I chose to work the first round in silver. Round two was lavender, followed by a softer lilac for round three. Round four a pale blue. And the final round–a frame of single crochet stitches–was worked in royal blue. The color combination is one that I find completely captivating. When I worked this square, and when I look at it, even now, it reminds me of a Winter Wonderland. It looks entirely elegant, in my opinion. Even my husband loved it. (Again, he mentioned that, when this project is done, he would be thrilled to have a blanket made from the squares worked. “Make those squares, Mikey,” he said, looking at me as I wove in ends. “Create all those wacky granny squares to make a fun blanket for me.”)
For the second square, worked immediately after, I decided to work a square, that would allow me to have a bit of silly fun…one that brought out the inner-child in me, as I worked it. One that, as it turns out, was the PERFECT square to work…one that I totally NEEDED to do! I worked a pirate granny square. For the first three rounds, I used tan yarn, which would come to be the face of my pirate. These rounds are worked in a circle shape. Round four, I joined red yarn, and created chain spaces, which I would use to work the rest of the granny. Rounds 5,6, and 7 are all your fairly standard shell and chain one stitches, typical of the basic granny square.
(I should mention that, as I was crocheting my pirate square, I was softly singing “This is Halloween,” from The Nightmare Before Christmas. This is, in my opinion, the BEST Halloween movie…EVER!)
Once my square was done, I crocheted a blue bandana, which I fixed at the top of the head. I also crocheted an eye patch, that I fixed directly under the bandana. Then, the final parts….using my tapestry needle, to make an eye, a mouth, and a little gold yarn earring.
As soon as I finished this square, I looked at it, and started smiling at it. It was a square that made me completely happy. And, odd as it may sound, it was this square–a simple thing, that was crocheted in under an hour–that was finally able to FULLY take me out of my funk.
So, that is it. Two more squares down. One rather elegant, and the other totally cute. And, today, I was able to finally understand the calming, and happy effect that crocheting can bring, if you only let it. In the days past, I have been working the squares, because I HAD to. I was looking for simple ones. The passion to do it was (temporarily) gone. Crocheting had become a chore. Granny squares NEEDING to be worked to meet a deadline. But, when I finally allowed myself to have some fun with it–when I brought the joy back into crocheting, by working the pirate square–it had the miraculous ability to shift my personality entirely.
Today, I fear, will be a one square day. An early morning optometry appointment. New glasses should be coming my way today. And, of course, more solution to dilate my eyes. (Oh boy! Don’t you just envy me?)
32 squares down. 433 to go!
And, through it all, still on track, and still going strong!
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When proposing my concept to my tutors at university I was met with a lot of blank stares ad questions. Unless you’ve been watching the catwalk trends recently, then a lot of people don’t understand what Iridescent is.
Iridescent is an object or material that when shone at different angles reflects the colours of the rainbow.
I decided to create a series of posters that had descriptive words that explained what Iridescent was in different ways. This is to help someone understand it in more ways than one. For my final major project I may turn this into a book that is extended even further with descriptive sentences, materials etc.
The backgrounds I have used are macro shots of Iridescent material taken at different times of the day to encourage different levels of colour. Some of the other backgrounds are ombres I created out of lines in Illustrator.
It’s so interesting how far-right internet bloggers have to project their sexual inadequacy into literally everything they say and do. You cannot have a debate with one without them either leaning into a caricature of hyper-masculinity or just outright saying that they’re better at sex. Lol it’s almost like fascism is an ideology that capitalizes off of fear or something