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Friday, August 16, 2013

Magnificent Butterfly Afghan

I finished this up on Monday. I think it was the most difficult afghan I've ever made. There were many color changes involved and it's a lot larger than I thought it would be.











It's from an on-line pattern offered for free from Crochet! Magazine from April 2012. It was designed by Susan Lowman who many of you crocheters may know from her wiggly trivet patterns. (I've made many of her designs). 

  Here's Susan Lowman's ravelry page with this Butterfly afghan information on it.

It's tunisian crocheted with a Susan Bates Size J Silvalume extended crochet hook.
It's made mostly with I Love This Yarn from Hobby Lobby.
There's also Red Heart Frost Green for the leaves and red Heart Rust color in the flower.
Coats and Clark Wiggles yarn in purple on the butterfly and pink on the flower. (This gives some really nice textures to the afghan).
Finally, for the border there's Decadence Yarn Bee yarn in the color Peridot Twist, (also from Hobby Lobby.) I wanted the border to look like grass with bits of flowers speckled into it and looking like you were high above it like the butterfly and huge flowers in the design.

When I started this, I wanted a project to take my mind off things going on in my family. My Mom had just been brought to the hospital and diagnosed with a faulty heart valve. She is now in a nursing home and in the process of "actively dying". 
It's so painful to see her this way and I know I can't do anything to help her now but visit her and give her comfort and support; and so I crochet.

Last week, my Mother-in-law has been put in a nursing home. Her mind is failing and she can no longer take care of herself. My husband came home over the weekend after seeing her and it kills me to see his pain and anguish. I can't do anything about it but give him comfort and support; and so I crochet.

And now, as if this was not enough, our dog of 12 years died Sunday in a vet hospital we drove to that was open, (thank God!), at three in the morning!!!!!! My children grew up with this dog. She'd been a part of our family for so long. We're just now going through the "she's not there" moments as this week unfolds and it's so hard.

(You may recall my afghan I made of the she-beast in my "Evil Nostrella; Mistress of the Underworld" post a while back.)

Anyway, to end this post on a lighter note, our youngest son has noticed a beautiful yellow flower that has begun blooming just outside his window in the gutter. (His room is on the second floor).

Here it is from the inside of his room looking out.

This is the outside. His window is on the left there.



This is an up-close shot.

I like to think that she's placed that flower there to tell us all that it's all ok and she's fine and happy now and that we shouldn't be sad anymore. Just be at peace.
For that is her real name after all.
Peace.


5 Comments:

  • I love the afghan! I also love your sunflower story! That is what I call in my garden a "volunteer" plant. A bird must have dropped it there (under the direction of Peace of course) It will have sunflower seeds in the middle when they turn black the birds will be eating them at Mike's window, how nice is that! :)

    By Blogger CC, at 3:35 PM  

  • I love your butterfly afghan! You did a wonderful job on it! Please post photos of it on your Ravelry page for others to see.
    Susan Lowman (the designer)

    By Blogger Susan, at 7:53 AM  

  • I love this afghan I like the colors on yours better than the colors of the one on Ravelry could you tell me the exact colors and brands you use so I can get it right. Thanks

    By Blogger Candace Batcheller, at 5:56 PM  

  • Hi Candace! I'm so glad you like it. I made this three years ago and the only place I recorded what yarns I used were here in my blog. So, all I've got down was Red Heart Frost Green for the leaves, Red Heart Rust color in the flower, Coats and Clark Wiggles yarn in purple on the butterfly, (that outlines the purple), and pink wiggles on the center of the flower.
    the border has Decadence Yarn Bee yarn in the color Peridot Twist, and mostly it's I Love This Yarns from Hobby Lobby. That would be the black, light yellow, turquoise (light and darker), purple, the background green color, orange petals, white. I'm not sure what that hot pink color in the flower was. I just used what yarns I had. I'm sure you can just wing it and have fun picking out your own colors too. It's a beautiful pattern. I'd love to see yours when done. Good luck!

    By Blogger Becky, at 9:36 AM  

  • Thanks Becky it might take me awhile I'm pretty new at crocheting only been doing it like 8 months. I will try to remember to post on here when I finish. Thanks

    By Blogger Candace Batcheller, at 3:37 PM  

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