Wednesday, August 7, 2013

For the love of color...


I'll admit it... I love color.

 Color is one of the main things that attracts me to beautiful yarns... and the creations they become.


Then, of course, there is the design element, too... Shape and form... 

The same things I love in watercolor.... or gardens... or home d├ęcor...  or food (plus taste, of course)...


And, we can't forget texture...

These are some luscious wools that were sitting in my stash.  The brightest green is Madelinetosh Light, leftover from my Sweet Dreams shawl; and, hands down, it feels the most wonderful sliding through my fingers, though I love them all.

 
I'm practicing Modified African Violet Pentagons with these little discs.  Crochet is NOT my usual territory but I'm giving it a try (yes, Vicki, I am).  They've gotten better as I've gone along.  However, I still have trouble trying to figure out where to start and how to count these stitches!  LOL!  Forever the Student.   Forever on the learning curve.

 I am convinced it is good to strain your brain and this is certainly filling that bill.

And...  it is helping to avoid The Unloved (knitting project that is sulking in its basket for lack of attention).  {sigh}

"It is the artist's job to create sunshine when there is none."
~ Romain Rolland


I hope you are out there creating your own sunshine... in whatever form you enjoy!! 

blessings ~ tanna

p.s. Let me know any thoughts on the color combos.

37 comments:

Mereknits said...

I think African Flowers can be a bit fiddly with all the joining at the end of a row. I have had a lot of trouble trying to make it look nice and smooth. Yours look wonderful and the colors are magnificent.
Hugs,
Meredith

Susan said...

Now you are crocheting? Your talents are endless. Good for you. I have just ripped out by second attempt at Sweet Dreams. I truly believe this time I will succeed..

TexWisGirl said...

sweet little flowers!

Margaret Adamson said...

HI Tanna These are lovely little coloured flower.

Laura at Beehive Rugs said...

Oh my!!! I have to see these!! They are fab!!!! Way over the top!!!! They are simply super fantastica!!!

Judy S. said...

Well, don't those look like fun! Do you sew them together in the end? I just checked out your Unloved project. It sure is a pretty color! It looks like the book it's from is called Endless Knits? Could that be the problem...........

Amanda said...

Oh my goodness! I'm on pins and needles waiting to see what this little project becomes! Such happy colors and a much needed bright spot in my loooong week!! :-) love you!! Xoxo

Cheryl @ TFD said...

I can't wait to see what you're going to do with these little pretties! I love all the colors. Enjoy the rest of your week!

Pondside said...

All those little flowers are bound to turn into something very pretty!
I love your description of yourself as an eternal student- it's a good way to be!

Debbie said...

Oh please forgive me for starting to giggle the instant I read the part about the unloved.

I have decided in my head that I'll actually be disappointed if it ever gets finished. It's just so Debbie of you to leave it half done.

steph said...

love the colors.....love the design......(i can't get beyond granny squares with crochet..these are lovely!)---ah, what we will resort to, to avoid the unloved!!!

Catherine Holman said...

I'm so in love with color too. I crocheted a huge octagon granny afghan in various colors for my bed. You color choice for these flowers is perfect. Can't wait to see what you make with them!

Mary Bergfeld said...

At the rate you're going, you'll be teaching crochet in no time at all :-) That of course means the "unloved" will have to be attended to before it starts to haunt you. I'll bid you a good day on that happy note. Blessings...Mary

SouthernHeart said...

Poor little unloved project - she's actually exquisite and can't help it she's not going to be your favorite: a shawl! LOL! I would offer to finish it for you if I weren't still a beginner!

I love the colorful African flowers and have no doubt that you will excel at crochet as beautifully as you have knitting!

Blessings,
Dianne
www.sweetjourneyhome.com

Betsy Brock said...

that is a pretty combination of colors...I've always loved brown and blue together!

Jill from Killeny Glen said...

BEAUTIFUL COLORS! I am VERY attracted to bright colors (NEED bright colors) as well...I just saw some pottery at a Farmer's Market with these colors...and LONGED for it!
What will you do with these discs? I once had a jumper (at about 6 years) made out of crocheted disks (it had a liner.) It was beautiful. Now, I must go to my Mom's house and look for a picture of it. :)

Wanda said...

What lovely colors. I'm having fun knitting my dish cloths in many colors and sharing them with friend...making a little sunshine.
Love and Hugs,

Christine said...

I couldn't wait to tell you that you are sooooooo thoughtful! Thank You!

Now for my opinion about colors, well, you have such fine taste. It would be telling Monet how to paint!
Not even going to go there. But do show us the finished product.

Donna said...

I do believe I like the ones with the dark border and the green petals the best, but all of them are lovely and all of them together are amazing....I'm sure they want to be something...table runner?
I love learning new things, too....like how to build a porch this week!
Crochet is on my list because I want to make a colorful granny square blanky....
Love, d.

Catherine said...

Dear Tanna, These African flowers remind me of the blankets my grandmother would crochet. They are beautiful and not seen as much anymore.
She taught me how to crochet and it is very relaxing and the time passes quickly. Stick with it Tanna it is much easier than you think and once you get the hang of it, you will love it.
I do love color too. It makes you happy. Blessings dear friend and hugs. Catherine xo

Cindy said...

Oh yes, I love the colour combinations, I love colour too and that's what attracts me to fabric. I walk through a fabric store and honestly, I want every colour that I see! I especially love the ones that are so soft to the touch!
Good for you for straining your brain, I need to find something that will do that for me.
Have a good weekend!

Stitchy Mc Floss said...

If ever anyone created sunshine, it is you sweet friend. Your blog is always so lovely and inspiring! :)

I love, love, love that you are hooking! Awesome. The colors are mouth watering, too.

You make me smile how you can put your hand to anything and do it so very well...you are talented in so many ways..

As for the knitting project that you don't want to knit on anymore...frog that puppy right now! Life is too short to knit something you don't love!

Blessings to you always my sweet friend. :)

kathy b said...

You have a such a knack for putting colors together!! I love your crocheting.

The colors of the yarn against the wood is beautiful!

karen said...

Well it looks like your territory! Lovely colors and the way you pair them up, gorgeous. That is one thing crochet has over knitting the color possibilities in a circular fashion.

podso said...

I'm totally smiling with all this richness of color! And to see you crocheting! Yes counting is hard but then again crocheting is so forgiving! I find knitting hard if you lose a stitch; I rarely find it again. Anyway, these are sweet, what are you going to do with them?

Betty@SouthernGrace said...

I love color too. I'm sure whatever you make will be beautiful!

Vicki Boster said...

Oh Tanna- these colors are magnificent-- I love the African violet pattern. You are SO brave to tackle this crochet project-- I couldn't do this in a million years! Another beautiful creation from your hands:)
Vicki

Sandy said...

I am also a real lover of color and these combos are gorgeous! Hope you'll keep us posted on progress as you go.
Have a good weekend!!

Pride In Photos said...

Tanna, oh I do so love color and texture too...what would our world be without these two amazing components??? Cute as ever...
Blessings, Laurie

pembrokeshire lass said...

I love the colour combo....they all just go so well together!! I recently put a pinky red together with an orange in a bag that I'm crocheting and it went really well.....I think!! I love to use all colours and the brighter the better!! Well done on picking up your hook again. It's definitely something that you should do more! The African flowers are rather fiddly, though, but so worth it!! Thanks for visiting me and for leaving your kind comments! Joan

Deb said...

love all those colors...so pretty...

Linda said...

I also love colour...and I absolutely love these creations!

Shug said...

Oh.....I love these colors! So pretty and vibrant! Having such fun colors to work with would have to make you smile. :)

Jennifer Holmes said...

You crack me up with the unloved sulking in the basket!!! Boy do I so know that! Your crochet is speaking to my first love! Colors are perfect and I can't wait to see the artful creations that will become of them.

janice smith said...

I loved these in person and I love them here. You've photographed these sweet little discs beautifully. Color...texture...design...words that make my heart go pitter-patter! Thanks for the inspiration! xo, janice

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

I love the color combinations of your little crochet circles, Tanna! They could be used to make many pretty items....I can't wait to see what you do with them!

The scarf you made in the prior post is gorgeous--and I love it on the back of your couch as it looks like it was made exactly for that purpose!

Tricia Buice said...

You are the sunshine Tanna! These are beautiful and the color combinations fantastic. Stretch that brain!

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