Wow, I can’t believe March is over already! Here is a quick recap of the month and the projects I have planned for April!
March was definitely a month of growth and learning. I’ve met some amazing bloggers that continue to impress and inspire me. I can’t wait to check my notifications every day to see what everyone is doing, growing, crocheting, cooking, sewing, knitting, and so forth! Thank you all for the very hard work you do not just with your gorgeous makes, but with the amount of time and effort it takes to post your blogs! I appreciate it!
Crochet Projects for March
Mindful Mandala – This project has been so much more rewarding than I could have ever imagined. By using the Osho Zen Tarot cards for inspiration I have gained so much insight into myself personally. The added bonus has been that I absolutely am in love with this design and have learned quite a few new stitches and techniques. It is challenging but not so much that I feel put off. Just enough that when I finish a section I am really proud of what I’ve accomplished and learned. Both personally and crochet-ly. 🙂
I have always loved watching as a project builds under my hook. From the foundation chain to the finish I am continually amazed at what I am ‘growing’ with yarn. My Mandala has been completely blowing my mind. It feels like a flower unfurling and blooming with every round!
Donna’s Poncho – This was actually the most viewed crochet post for Tanglewood Knots this month! Thank you all so much for your lovely compliments on this poncho! It was fun and easy to make. This was the first project that I really used Caron Cakes for and I loved the way that the self striping worked for this.
Spring Sweater – This little cardigan was actually a test run for a pattern that I want to use to make myself and my daughter Aimee some long duster style sweaters. I love the pattern, it’s easy and builds up pretty quick. I also used Caron Cakes for this but was not as thrilled with the self striping effect. My eye goes straight to the color change rows.
Tankini Style Summer Top – A little tie in the back tankini top that I made following my own design – which only means that I didn’t follow any written pattern, just used common sense crochet techniques and fairly basic stitches.
Woven Tartan Plaid Blanket – An easy technique for creating a woven plaid design. I used the Clan Tartan colors for my husbands family name, but this technique can be applied to make a countless number of plaids.
Non Crochet Topics for March
There were several not crochet related topics for the month of March too.
- On March 1st I redesigned Tanglewood Knots website appearance.
- We all discovered Stitch Fiddle thanks to a post I read by Texas Purl Designs
- I shared what I hope was some helpful blogging and WordPress tips
- There were some poems and other non crochet related interests of mine which led me to create Tanglewood Tapestry to be the new home for all of those tidbits. I’m still building content on this but have made a few posts. Recipes, Scary Saturday, World of Warcraft, and Short Stories, so far – I will be adding Reading Tarot Cards soon.
- And there were some nominations for Blogging Awards – Thank you again for your nominations!
These are some of my goals for April and some crochet project plans.
- I want to find and follow a minimum of 10 other crafty blogs per week – I absolutely love going on WordPress Reader explorations!
- I want to do a series of posts dedicated to Hairpin Lace crochet – I love this technique and have some project plans in mind
- Design more summer tops – I have several designs in mind and will try to write patterns for ones that I feel are truly unique and provide basic instructions for the ones that are really just basic stitches. My lovely friend Danielle has agreed to be my design model so I will be posting these as I get some America’s Next Top Model quality pictures to go with them!
- I have one leftover WiP that has been sadly neglected since January that I must finish! It is a shells pattern blanket that my Mother-in-law asked me to make for my sister-in-law. I’m not really sure why it’s taking so long other than it’s a repeat pattern that I’m only using one color for so it is too easy to get distracted by shinier projects. 🙂
- And my Mindful Mandala – I will be choosing a new inspiration card tomorrow, hopefully we’ll be getting back to the more happy, flowery, cheerful, positive type of cards – if not I will deal with whatever the Universe decides – I can handle it now!
Thank you all so much for reading my posts! The comments are so thoughtful, kind and funny! Thank you to everyone that comments for giving me mini Christmas/Birthday gifts every time I read them!!
I’m looking forward to April and can’t wait to get after it!!
Thanks for reading!