Friday, August 2, 2013

Rockin' Out

The lacy crochet rocks I created in June were just the beginning!
They're so much fun that I just can't stop!
And, I have extra incentive...I had a request from Benita to make one for her.

Here are my newest creations...

Benita's only preference was to have green thread and a tan rock.  I tried to find a tan rock but didn't have any luck.  So, I got started working on a gray rock.  I thought a flower sounded like fun.
And, it seemed like something Benita might like.  I got started while I sat in a Starbucks in Long Beach and waited for my daughter's flight to come in from her Utah trip.  

It was a free-form pattern.  That meant lots of crocheting, ripping and
re-crocheting until I got it just right.  The flower part was easy.  It was the chains that 
create the netting/lace that surrounds the rock that challenged me on this one.

Eventually, I decided that this flower didn't want to be on that rock.  It just wasn't working.
Then, I found a tan rock!  It was a perfect fit and finally worked. 
I think the contrast of this green on the gray rock was nicer (in real life...not the picture)
than the green on the tan.  But, it creates a subtle, soft look.  It's about 3" x 2 1/4".
Here's the front...

And, here's the back...

I wasn't thrilled with the way that one turned out.  So, I made another one.
I'm pretty sure Benita likes red.  Her car is red and she has a red rose pin that I made.
This is similar to one I made in June.  I love it!  It's about 3 3/4" x 3".

Here's the back...

I was still determined to make one in green so I created another covered rock.
This one is a birch leaf made from a pattern.  However, the leaf doesn't
show up very well now that the lace has been crocheted around it.
I think it has an interesting look though.  It's 2 3/4" x 2".

I like the back...

After that one, I got the idea to make a pink flower with green leaves.
The flower and leaves are from various patterns in a book I bought when I was in Long Beach.
I think it turned out really cute.  I like the three colors.  It's 4 1/4" x 2 1/2".

Here's the back of it...

I'm having so much fun and the more I make, the more ideas I have.
The next one I want to try is to make red rose-like flowers with green leaves and white lace.
I have some wonderful flat, larger rocks that could work really well.  I'm excited!

In case anyone is interested in the book I's "100 Lace Flowers to Crochet"
by Caitlin Sainio.  It has wonderful photos of LOTS of flowers and leaves that have
been crocheted and easy to understand written and charted patterns for each one.
I've only used a couple of the patterns so far.  But, I love it already and have a feeling I'll
use it a lot.  HERE'S a link to the book on Amazon where you can see inside.

Benita...let me know if you like any of these.  If not, I plan to have more soon.  :-)

P.S. What do ya'll think about my blog's new look?  :-D


Patty Antle said...

I love your new look! I brought back the perfect rocks from the Bahamas for this but am afraid I could never figure it out. Your work is just lovely.

Cindie said...

These are great and I was thinking I needed the name of that book and there it was further down your post. Now all I need are more hours in my day!

Love the soft green of your blog.

Bernadett Rauski said...

Lovely crochet rochs...I love the green one...:)
I love your new blog.It is pure green as nature...:)
Have a wonderful weekend.:)

benita said...

I love the new look of the blog. It looks so fresh.

You know, I love the tan rock with the green yarn. It just really speaks to me - very woodsy in color. And I love the flower you put on it.

Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

That is just so neat!! I don't crochet, but I do love the look!! And your blog site is really nice. And I am going to make some of the wine socks using your instructions if you don't mind. Thanks for the inspiration and Ideas!

Roxie said...

So you are going to send Benita a box of rocks?

It looks like you are having a ball with this! Are you going to try dying rocks? (Give them a bath in food color and see what you get)

knitalatte said...

Love these! So pretty and creative. I enjoyed stopping by to see what you've been up to. Thanks for stopping by and checking in on me.

Maggie said...

I`ve not seen rocks as pretty as these before, the tan one looks prettierthan the grey IMO. I`m sure Benita will love it.

hula-la said...

These totally ROCK!!!

Carolyn ♥ said...

You have a beautifully creative mind... love how you've dressed the rocks.

Carrie P. said...

what a fun thing to do.