Size: 54" wide by 25" long
Materials: 437 yds. lHandmaiden Sea Silk, Mini Maiden, or other light fingering yarn - main color (Dandelion)
20 yds. contrast color (Periwinkle)
Size 5 (US) needles
2750 8/0 seed beads (Miyuke #1827)
74 Czech pressed glass bellflower beads (tanzanite and citrine)
Skill level: Intermediate - crochet hook beading and chart reading
Gauge: 5.5 st. = 1 inch
Could there be a better day to kick off the Garden Variety Collection than May Day?
I don't think so...
CROCUS POCUS HAS ARRIVED!
When I was young I would laboriously endeavor to render my very best May basket out of construction paper, crayons and scotch tape, then wander through our yard, plucking a tulip here, a daffodil there, some branches from our lilac bush, and a few dandelions just to be cheeky.
I would hang my homemade largess on the nearest doorknob, ring the bell and run. My mom always played along, poking her head out of the front hall with a theatrically bewildered look on her mug, declaiming loudly,
"Oh my goodness! SOMEONE left me a beautiful May basket. I WONDER who it could be?"
Mom was a good sport.
The crocus are in full bloom today, if not outside in my yard, then along the pathways of my imagination and the byways of the blogosphere.
What a great way to kick off a new month and the beginning of the blooming season!
All the info is on my sidebar; I got the seed beads from Foxden and the flower beads from a local source. I have found the flower beads many places on the web. Google "Czech glass bell flower beads and you should get lots of options.
Here are a few I found:
And while you're at it, give Knitty Noddy's sea silk and mini maiden a gander. I tell you, this stuff is too addicting to be legal!
And if crocus are here, you know what that means.
Can Iris be far behind?