The Framed Peony Afghan was inspired by my garden. Living on an old farm I have some older plants that make up my yard, things like lilac, and those hearty purple iris, some others that I never really know the name of but they smell nice, and peony. It is the time of year again that they are blooming, they have a beautiful scent and just a bright burst of color (red, pink and white…however they never seem to be in bloom at the same time, they seem to stagger, red, then white, then pink). Anyway, I was playing one evening trying to get a stitch to work in a new way for me, and I happened upon this motif, and it reminded me of my peonies.
Then I have Flowered Up Flip Flops. This design is based out of my thriftiness. My daughter loves shoes, but out grows them so fast. So last summer I decided to embellish some regular flip flops that she already had in her closet and give her a “new” pair of shoes. It was fast and easy, (and the beads added great color!). This was a fun project, and my daughter has already asked for another pair for this summer, as yes she has already out grown the original ones.
Check them out if you’d like, the patterns are available in the current issue of Crochet World (currently available on newsstands, or download on line).