I started out slowly, ripping out each row until it held the correct number of stitches. Proceeding to the next row and next, until the thrill of learning another new stitch, the popcorn stitch. I was like a cowgirl in the rodeo arena wrapping and wrapping the rope around a cow, calf or steer??? Well, I was crazy with speed, wrapping the yarn around my crochet hook and fingers, getting tied up in my own yarn! I loved it but soon realized that I better slow down in order to have a finished product that somewhat resembled a round disc, and consequently a beautiful round pillow.
After going to find yarn for three days in a row... I came up with two types of pink yarn, one a man made bright pink and the other a cotton, that fades in and out of pinks and white. I also used the white from the popcorn stitch again in the flower and a cotton aqua. There is most likely some rule/guideline about types of yarns, weights etc. to use in a project. Following pattern directions would be a good start for me! But, I was possessed with this project. I could not wait for each new row and the challenges (for me) it presented. I did feel like I was back in Junior high school, going to the fabric store trying to find the perfect fabric for a skirt when it only existed in the workrooms of the designers whose garments I would drool over in Seventeen Magazine. I did get a scoop on a farm about 30 minutes away that is operated by an 18 year old girl who raises her own special sheep and cards, dyes, etc. etc. the wool. She then offers her own yarn for sale in a wonderful shop for a very pretty penny (deservingly so)... out of my budget and more importantly my talent for the moment.
I love my beautiful, round, popcorn stitch, flower pillow. I love it. I Thank Nicki Trench and Zara Poole for the directions for this wonderful project in Vintage Crochet, by Susan Cropperand Alicia Paulson for her help AND all of the crocheting she has shared at Posey Gets Cozy. Last but not least, my beautiful friend Jean who started me off in this wildly wonderful adventure.
I am VERY excited about a NEW design plan! I am sooo excited. The possibilities are vast! I can not share right now, but will as soon as I can.
Stay warm out there on the east coast, Spring is near.