I like it when someone else does the hard work for you! Sara over at Tangled Happy searches the web for new and interesting knitting and crochet patterns, so that you don't have to.
Recently she posted a link to a beautiful crochet motif called Little Spring Mandala by Barbara at Made in K-Town. I couldn't resist making it.
I used a 3mm hook and double knitting weight yarn to produce a finished mandala measuring 16cm across. It's more than just a just an ordinary, standard motif - look at the lovely use of colour and stitches.
Such a clever idea. I've stuck it up on the wall as part of our ever-increasing woolly wall decorations.
And then I thought, I could also make it using crochet cotton...
and incorporate it in a card design.
The crochet cotton version measures 9cm across. This card is for Eve - a good luck message for her up and coming exams.
The motif would also make splendid coasters - I'm sure I'll be making plenty more of this design. But now, the latest edition of Mollie Makes has just dropped through my letter box.
So I'm off to put my feet up with a cup of tea and indulge in some crafty inspiration.