You've probably seen, as I have, these flowers popping up on many a blog recently. I originally discovered them via the ever delightful Attic24 who also found inspiration in the international pages of blogland. Delightful aren't they?
Well, here's what happened. I saw them, I found them to be pretty, colourful and lovely. Did I feel the urge to make them? No. Admire, yes. Make myself, not so much...
Then I found the exact yarn that Lucy used, in my local John Lewis. I saw it a few times, I stroked it a bit but did I buy it? No....
...until about the fourth time I saw it that is. I had absolutely no plan for it, but I brought it. I'm not entirely sure why.
As I wound it from hanks to gloriously usable balls, I started thinking what on earth I would do with it.
Such luxurious yarn did deserve to be made into something to be worn, maybe a shrug or shawl but not a flower scarf. As lovely as those wraps are I wanted to do something else, something original.
That flower granny motif did look very good in that yarn though, I thought to myself. So, I'd find a different motif and make something similar but still different. So I opened up my new Japanese Motif book and had a nice long browse amongst it's pages and spend a few pleasurable hours testing out patterns here and there.
Many, many variations. But, the only one that I really liked, the only one I was really drawn to was...
of course... that same flower pattern I'd seen everywhere else. Sometimes you just can't fight these things can you!
It turns out that same motif was in my book too and although I made a few little alterations to get the exact shape I wanted, basically the flower is much the same. So much for me and my originality!
After that slow start and no intention to make one, I am now very happy with my Japanese Flower Scarf or Etole Fleurs if you prefer!
Lucy was right about another thing too, it's quite a hard thing to take a picture of. And as usual, she had absolutely the best idea of how to display it.
A fab chair shot fits the bill nicely. Although, I'm still a bit fan of the 'detail' shot!
So is it just me? Have you ever ended up making/buying/loving something that originally you had no plans to?