Mission Falls 1824 wool in beautiful colors, soft and delicious to work with. Size J crochet hook. Evenings watching TV, but not entirely wasted. I've gotten this far with a pattern I figured out myself after studying these photos. Now I'm awaiting the delivery of a fresh batch of "curry" color yarn at my favorite new local yarn shop, Knit Happens in Scottsdale, to complete all the finishing & joining.
These colorful crocheted circles were originally intended to be turned into hexagons ("Plan A") and joined. But to be honest, if I can figure out how to turn these into properly balanced squares ("Plan B") that simpler shape might now be my preference. Or not. So I'll probably have to test both.
Originally I'd planned to do random colors for each block's outer border, so the hexagon shapes would be emphasized by the varied colors. Then somewhere along the way, I decided maybe the colors all show to better effect against the "curry" color background. Simpler. But then the graphic impact of the hex shapes is diminished. With hexes the circles will be offset, but with squares they will be in grids. Hmmm.
Here I've laid a curry-colored cloth behind the circles. This was how I decided that I wanted to go with the single color background instead. Truly, I fear I'm too much of a control person to be able to do the random color thing that many others do so well. Random is a huge challenge for me.
Well, the new "curry" dye lot should arrive next week. Meanwhile, the circles are stacking up. I've got about 130 made and figure I've got another 70 or so to go before the square vs. hexagon dilemma must finally be resolved.