Whenever Dave and I go on a road trip, I always have to take a crafty project with me to keep myself busy and to help pass the time. I can’t stand having nothing to work on. It makes time seem like it’s standing still and the trip seem so long. Plus, I always feel a sense of accomplishment after I’ve finished completing something.
When we planned our trip to Colorado, I knew I was going to need something creative to work on during the 10-hour drive each way. I hadn’t crocheted for a while and I’ve been wanting to make some crochet-covered stones for years after seeing the beautiful work of Margaret Oomen’s. So I thought this would be the perfect time to try out her famous free pattern and tutorial she did for Purl Bee.
Some lovely work by Margaret Oomen via Purl Bee.
The pattern was pretty easy to follow and I love how the stones turned out. I decided to make one for each of my three pen pals. So, Jennifer, Monica and Robin, tell me which one you want (in the top photo). Just leave a message for me in the comments. Whoever calls dibs first gets the one they want. If I don’t hear from you, I’ll choose one for you.
I want to start experimenting and make up my own patterns. I love how intricate some of Margaret’s designs are. I think I like the colored threads better than the neutral colors. Now I’m on the hunt for some brightly colored Valdani and pearl cotton threads. Anybody know of some good sources?
[Edited to add: I’ve discovered that Purlsoho.com has a wide range of embroidery threads. I’m going to have to buy some!]