Tuesday, 19 December 2017

Crochet Mandalas

I've been having fun creating colourful crochet "mandalas", which is just a new age word for doilies.

I love that every row is different and I don't get bored making them.  I love experimenting with colour and different types of yarn and I especially love that they will last more than a lifetime.

I want to be sure that I don't lose the pattern for this one so am posting it here

Crochet Mandala 
Made with 4ply crochet cotton. In this picture I used both Sullivans Natural Crochet and Knitting Cotton Patons 4 ply Regal.

Special Stitches:

V-stitch – DC, ch2, DC

Treble Stitch – yarn over hook 2 times, insert in next stitch, draw up a loop (4 loops on hook), yarn

over and draw through the first two loops, yarn over and draw through the next two loops, yarn

over and draw through the final two loops – one loop should be left on your hook

Double Treble Stitch – yarn over hook 3 times, insert in next stitch and draw up a loop (5 loops on

hook), yarn over and draw through the first two loops, yarn over and draw through the next two

loops, yarn over and draw through the next two lops, yarn over and draw through the final two

loops – one loop should be left on your hook

Small shell – 6DC into the indicated stitch

Large shell – 9 double trebles into the indicated stitch

Cluster – work the first part of a DC (= yarn over , draw up a loop, yarn over draw through the first

two loops – 2 loops left on hook),into the indicated stitch, repeat in the next three indicated stitches

– 5 loops on hook, yarn over and draw through all five loops.

1.     Round 1: Starting with a magic circle, chain 4 (counts as a treble) work 15 more trebles. Join into the fourth chain

2.     Round 2: Start working at any point in the space BETWEEN the stitches of round 1, 1DC, ch2 in each space around. Join to the top of the first DC (or equivalent chain)(48) (cut and tie yarn)

3.     Round 3: Starting in any 2ch sp, work 2SC in each space, and 1SC into each DC of round 2 Slip stitch into the first SC. (48) (cut and tie yarn)


4.     Round 4: Counting the SC worked into the DC in the previous round as the third stitch, work 1 V stitch into the first SC of each repeat (it will look like the bottom of the V is directly above the DC of round 2), join with a slip stitch into the first DC of the first V-stitch. (64) (16 V stitches) (cut and tie yarn)

5.     Round 5: Starting at any V stitch in round 4, in the first DC of each V-stitch, work 3 trebles, ch2 slip stitch into the top of the first treble (or the fourth chain) (80) (16 repeats) (cut and tie yarn)

6.     Round 6: Starting in any chain space - SC in the chain space, work small shell in the middle treble of each triplet from round 5 (112), end with a slip stitch into the first SC. (16 shells, 16 sc) (cut and tie yarn)

7.     Round 7: Start in any SC. In each SC from round 6, work 4DC, chain 1. Work 1SC in 4th DC of the shell in round 6, chain 1. Finish round with slip stitch into the top of the first DC. (112) (DO NOT cut and tie yarn)

8.     Round 8: Continuing from round 7, ch2 (counts as the first partial DC), work the first part of a DC in the next three stitches as described in the cluster stitch above. Yarn over and draw through all four loops. *CH10, skip the SC, work a cluster in the next four DC from round 7, repeat from * CH10, join with slip stitch into the “eye” above the first cluster. (16 clusters, 16 ch10 loops) (cut and tie yarn)

9.     Round 9: SC2 in any chain loop, ch3, work 1 treble in the top of the cluster, ch3. *3SC in loop from round 8, ch3, 1treble in top of cluster from round 8, ch3. Repeat from * until you return to the starting chain loop and work 1SC, and sl st in the first worked SC to join round. (16 trebles, 48 SC, 96CH) (cut and tie yarn)

10.  Round 10: SC in second SC of any repeat in round 9. *Work 1 large shell in treble from round 9. SC in next SC.** Repeat from * to ** until you return to the first SC – join with slip stitch. (16 large shells, 6 SC) (cut and tie yarn)

11.  Round 11: Choosing any shell, start working *1SC in the second DC of the shell. Work two more, then in the next (peak) work 2SC, work 1SC in the next 4 stitches. Decrease: draw up a loop in the next two stitches, yarn over hook and draw through all three loops. **Repeat from * to ** until you

return to the first SC – slip stitch to join.



Friday, 8 December 2017

Earth to Heaven
I've been doing a course called Earth to Heaven and each week we explore one of the seven Chakras.  I will go back and create a post about each Chakra but just for today I want to post this image as it's a quote I want to meditate on this week.
Along with my affirmation from this week's course.

I release everything that no longer serves my greatest good and my highest power.

Thursday, 7 December 2017

What I did during the winter we didn't have.

It was a very mild winter here in Brisbane but for those living on the streets the nights still carried a chill.  I broke out the old loom and made about 40 beanies in all different sizes and a few different shapes (some planned, some not).

I then joined a group called Knitting for Brisbane's Needy and donated my beanies to their cause.  KBN provide amazing support for the homeless around Brisbane and do their best to provide them all with beanies and blankets all year round.

I will do this again before the start of next winter.

Recent Reads


I’ve done a bit of reading of late.  Here are two of my favourites.

 Two Steps Forward
I loved this book about Zoe and Martin walking the Camino. I didn’t know much about the Camino but now I feel that I understand why people want
the experience.  I don’t, I think a walk on the beach or even just through
the streets is plenty for me, but I like that other people want to walk the


The Rosie Project
I read this straight after Two Steps Forward as when you find a writer you like why deviate until you run out of titles (I also feel this way about items of clothing).  Totally different book, but just as enjoyable with a few more giggles.

A Long Time Between Posts

I don't know where I've been. I think back on the 20+ months since I last posted and I wonder why it's taken me so long to get back here.

Although I haven't blogged, I still love a simple life, I like time to myself to potter and create.

For a few reasons the last 12 months have taken a little turn down a more spiritual road.  More meditation, more yoga, more time just noticing the importance of breathe, and the sights and sounds that surround me.

There has been time spent exploring things like energy fields and the belief that we all belong to one consciousness and maybe we can develop the ability to see the aura of a person and touch their energy.

And just maybe there are beings that I can't see that are guiding me gently in this new direction.

I wonder ................................................

Friday, 1 January 2016

A Brand New Year

A Brand New Year and a Brand New Day it was time to find a different walking route.  It's amazing what is going on so close to home but out of sight from our everyday routine.

Beautiful flowers, a gorgeous flame tree and knitwear for trees and signal posts.

It was a beautiful morning and a great start to a New Year with my two favourite dogs, Layla and Lupin.

Saturday, 5 December 2015

Tomato Soup

Once again we have an abundance of cherry tomatoes that have popped up without us planting them. They self seed each year and not always where we want them but we put up with them to get these little beauties.  I'm about to make my favourite Cherry Tomato and Chili Jam blog post here and last weekend I made some roasted tomato soup.  I know it's not really soup weather here in QLD but I work in a really cold office and as I'm not a Coffee drinker, soup is a great thing to have for morning tea.
It's healthy gluten free, dairy free and nutritious so it ticks all the boxes.  I read a few different recipes but then just improvised.   
Here's what I did with around 30 grams of cherry and small roma tomatoes. 
I cut them in half, put them in two baking trays and drizzled them with olive oil.  I cut the top of a garlic bulb and put one in each tray.  I then baked them for about 40 minutes at 180 degrees.

I then transferred the tomatoes to the Thermomix.  I squeezed the garlic out of the cloves and then blended it all on speed 9 for a couple of minutes. At the end of the blending it looked like tomato puree and there were no skins to be seen.  I added about 2 cups of water and a couple of tablespoons of my vegetable stock - recipe here.  I then cooked it on 100 degrees for 15 mins and finished it off by blending it for another minute.I didn't add any cream as I'm dairy free so just ate as is, and it was delicious :-)