February 19, 2009

Crocheted Daffodil: A Pattern

4 feet of gardening wire
~A few yards of a green yarn
~A few yards of a yellow yarn
~A yard of an orange or yellow yarn
Crochet hook of any size

Note: Colors can be varied

Chain 3
Join ends and continue single crocheting around until stem is at desired length, generally around 6in
Finish off, leaving a few inches of yarn

Chain ~12
Single crochet next row until end of row, finish, and leave an inch or so of yarn
Repeat for second leaf
Add as many leaves as wanted

Row 1: Chain 2
Row 2: Single crochet 2 stitches in 1 stitch to increase
Row 3: Single crochet 1, single crochet 2 stitches in 1 stitch
Row 4: Single crochet 2, single crochet 2 stitches in 1 stitch
Row 5: Single crochet 4
Row 6: Single crochet 2, single crochet 2 together
Row 7: Single crochet 1, single crochet 2 together, and finish, leaving an inch or two
Repeat for ~5 leaves
Join petals together by threading the excess yarn on the ends through the bottom stitches of the other petals until they are all conjoined securely.

Cup (that bell-shaped part):
Chain 3
Join ends and continue single crochet around, increasing by single crocheting 2 stitches in 1 every few stitches
After cup is 1 inch – 1.5 inches tall, finish and weave in excess yarn
To attach bell to petals, thread excess yarn from bottom of bell into the bottoms of the petals.

To assemble all parts together:
Cut a 2-foot length of gardening wire.
Bend in half (gently) and thread both ends up through the stem. Pull wire up through stem, making sure the bottom of the wire bend is at the bottom of stem, and not poking out past it.
Thread ends of wire through the middle of the petals-and-cup conglomeration multiple times around until secure.
Make sure the ends of the wires are safely tucked into yarn, so as not to poke a flower recipient and cause harm.
To attach leaves, cut a two-foot length of wire. Thread the wire up then down through both leaves, leaving about an inch of wire at each end.
Thread the wire ends into the bottom of the stem, through and around until secure.
Make sure the ends aren’t sticking out in a position to poke people.

Snip any visible excess yarn or wire, and you have yourself a daffodil.

February 10, 2009

What's Cochineal?

I am not a science person. So the reason why I decided to take Advanced Engineering as an elective this year is beyond me.

Well, now I know! I'm going to be making natural dyes, and dyeing myself some nice pretty wool to work with. SWEET, no? I think so :)

So, I suppose I will soon be sharing my exploits in dye baths.

Wacky and Weird

Tomorrow the high is projected to be 60 degrees. The month is February.

I'm confused.

In other news, my friend has informed me that I am going to end up a linguist.

PS: If you're in an RSS reader, go look at the actual page! It's been modified to look like me :P