After finishing my year of teaching preschool, I suddenly have some time in the evenings to do something other than lesson planning, cutting, laminating, and preparing crafts. I decided to take a breather before jumping into projects for others and make something for my house. I have not done this in a long time.
I rambled around Ravelry, searching for ideas. I came up with one potholder that just did not look quite right. Perhaps I will try it again another day. Then, I happened upon these lovely Fanciful Flower Potholders by Claudia Lowman. I like for my potholders to be thick, so these seemed like good ones to attempt. Since we have our red, white, and blue tablecloth on the table for Memorial Day through Independence Day, I decided to pull out my cones of red, white, and blue cotton yarn. (Where did I get cones of these yarns? Sadly, Elmore-Pisgah has sold their space in NC, where I used to order cones directly.)
I discovered that I need to pay a bit closer attention as I work this pattern. Can you tell which one ended up not quite right? I ended up adding one too many petals and have one hot pad that is off center. Once I discovered this, I counted petals and wrote notes down on my copy of the pattern, so I hopefully will not make such a mistake the next time. I could blame my mistake on watching the third part of Hatfields and McCoys on my DVR while trying to complete the second one. If you want to follow my lead and mark your copy of the pattern to have the same size sections of colors, I count 17 petals for the first three rounds (first color), 22 petals for the second color, and 49 petals for the last color.
What is in your project bag this week?