Mandala Madness- Complete!

Am I insane?!  I just made a 6ft+ Mandala!  This thing is HUGE!   I have learned many new stitches and techniques. All of them were so very fun.  Each round was something new and beautiful.

I started this crochet project back in August and here, in November,  I am finally putting the last stitch in it.  Yea!  Moments like these deserve a picture:)
I absolutely LOVE this afghan. The colors are bright and bold.  The Scheepjes yarn is so soft and snuggly.

Here are a few pictures:

I even had a little photo shoot with it to celebrate!But everyone knows that a beautiful, SWEET, young, red-head makes a much better model:)And absolutely nothing can beat a cute little 2 year old with his happy smile about being on a new blankey!

It has been an amazing journey.  I want to thank Helen at crystals and crochet for freely sharing this beautiful pattern with all of us.  You can find it here if you are interested in making one of your own.

Now it is time to place this masterpiece in a box with red and green wrapping for my daughter in law since she didn’t get s crocheted creation at her wedding.  I know she will cherish it:)

Thank you for stopping by and smiling with me as I share my creative adventures


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Mandala Madness Almost Done

I am stitching away on this beauty at every “free” moment I can find.  It is large, no really really large.  It is probably 6 feet in diameter.  Each round is taking longer and longer to complete.I can’t believe how long the last orange round took me.  It seemed like every time I would be able to sit and stitch, someone would call or I would be so sleepy that I would stop after one small repeat.  It drove me crazy!

But as I am sitting here crocheting and looking at how pretty it is here on my lap, I just love it:). The feel of the Scheepjes yarn is so soft and the textures are hypnotic.

It has been a  delight!   The next post about this mandala will probably be to say that I am finished and to show you all my completed round afghan.   All that will be left will be the SWEET memories….

Until next time,


Moving Along On My Mandala

This beautiful mandala is slowly but surely coming to an end. There is light at the end of the tunnel:).  I don’t know why, but every crochet project has that middle of the way monotony for me, and this mandala has been no exception.

You would think that with all of the pattern and color changes, the level of excitement would be at an all time high, but no, I still experienced a bit of the middle of the row doldrums. Although with this project, not nearly as much as on a one stitch only type afghan.

The purple and blue, especially blue, sections have been this “push on” section for me.  But look at it now.  It is BEAUTIFUL!

I think that all things beautiful and lovely take time and effort.  I am glad for the moments of every SWEET stitch:)

I wish I could take this with me on my anniversary cruise, but it is way way WAY too big to cart along on a plane!!  So it will have to wait for me until I get home in a few weeks.

If any of you are interested in making your own Mandala Madness, the pattern is free at crystals and crochet.

Thank you for dropping by!


Making it Work:)

I love road trips.  I enjoy being in the car with my handsome husband and looking at the beauty of the earth as we drive to a fun destination.  Crocheting as we go makes the trip absolutely a 10 out of 10 for me:)We just spent 2 days in the car driving to Idaho.  I was able to sew  on my Mandala Madness as I went. Yea!  All went very well until–I RAN OUT OF YARN!!!   I mean, really no more yarn!  The kit I bought from Wool Warehouse did not send enough:(.  

Now, I don’t mean to complain, but I have bought many a kit in my life and usually have enough plus extra for a small project from the scraps.  Not so here.  I am using the correct needle size.  Oh well.  Life happens right?

I finished one section with a similar color from my kit, because I was in the middle of nowhere and wasn’t going to waste those precious hours.  It doesn’t look too bad, but I will always see it.

I went on crocheting and ran out of the next few colors as well.  I ran into a Hobby Lobby and picked up a few skiens of any yarn that would match.  The dark purple was fairly easy to find, but the dusty blue was harder.

Seeing it up close like this really shows the contrast.  Further out, it is better.  I am sure that in the end, these added colors won’t make a hill of beans of a difference, but it was a little frustrating to be sure.

Well, that is how things go sometimes and I still absolutely LOVE this mandala afghan:)

It’s still a SWEET day! –Tracy

Mandala Madness Parts 8-10 / How to weave in the crochet ends

These three rounds have been much slower and quite a bit more tricky than the previous rounds.  Margareta from “At Margareta’s Haus” challenged me to get through round 10 this week.   And let me tell you what, it has been an adventure in time management to be sure! 

The textures of this afghan are so impressive. They are really stretching my crochet skills. I LOVE it!!  It is amazing to me that Helen from crystals and crochet could even figure out how to design this work of art!  It is beautiful  and I am so grateful for her willingness to share her knowledge and talent with the rest of us:)

It was a little confusing at the beginning of part 10, but after I figured it out, it really wasn’t hard.  It just took time changing thread with literally every stitch!

I took some time to weave in the ends.  I know that some people like to crochet in their ends as they go, but I prefer to take my large needle, sit down and really weave them in.  I feel that it is the most secure that way.  I really don’t mind the added step.  I just spend a little bit of time enjoying the back side of my project:). 

I always leave about 8″ of yarn when I finish with a color while crocheting.  This leaves plenty of yarn to thread in my needle and sew with.   I thread and then weave the yarn into the matching color one way and then back on itself the other way.  I do this at least two times maybe three.  

I trim the yarn close to the stitching.  Because it is weaved multiple times, I do not have to worry about it unraveling.  It finishes up so nicely without any knots so it is nice and flat and soft:). 

I am going on a small road trip next week to see my son and daughter in law up in Idaho for a few days.  I am sure I will be doing a bit of crochet along the way.   What’s a road trip without sewing, right?

I’m looking forward to posting about some of the delicious peaches I plan to buy on our way home.  SWEET!!

Until then—Tracy:)

Mandala Madness – part 4-7

Woo Hoo! It is looking so pretty!   I am making Helen’s from crystals and crochet’s Mandala Madness.  Best of all, it is a FREE pattern!  I have totally been enjoying each and every round.  I have learned a few new techniques and believe it or not, I have made a few mistakes:) Lol!

I love the feel of the Scheepjes yarn. It is very smooth and light to work with. The mandala is so soft as well.  I bought the yarn pack designed for this project from Wool Ware House in the UK.  They shipped it to my home in sunny Arizona. Yea!

I have been having an especially fun time crocheting along with At Margareta’s Haus.  We have been having a good time comparing notes.  I’m glad she hasn’t been perfect either, I feel a little more normal:).  Her colors are so fun as well.   I may have to do another with different colors from home….

I think I will give this blanket to my daughter in law #1 for a Christmas present.  All of my other kids have afghans, quilts and then some.  She will cherish it, I am sure.  She is a real SWEET-heart!

Thank you for dropping by:)

Until next time– Tracy;)

Mandala Madness!

I have been quilting and sewing with my daughter for the past few days.  Talk about fun!  I just absolutely LOVE that girl!!  I will write a post about our adventure tomorrow or the next day.  But today I just wanted to sit and relax.   I really haven’t done much of anything but sit in my favorite chair and crochet.  It has been wonderful.  My mandala is really coming along nicely.

I have completed parts 1-3 and am now on to part 4.  I am trying to take it a little slow so that if any of you want to crochet along with me, I won’t be too far ahead.  You can find the pattern at But this is so fun, that it is hard to stop!!

Each round is something new and colorful.  It is perfect for my creative brain.  I always need something new.  That is why I have so many projects going at once:). I just rotate them around as I feel the need for a change.  They all feel new to me then.  Lol:)

It’s been a super SWEET day!  I hope yours has been too:)


Brown Paper Packages Tied Up With String

Oh, It felt like my birthday or Christmas today!  The mail delivered 48 balls of Scheepjes Merino Soft yarn:)!  I was so excited!  Of course I took them out and looked at them and felt them.  Ooooh, they are so so pretty!

So, of course, I dropped all of my other projects and just had to start my Mandala Madness CAL that Esther, from In a Nutshell just finished.  She has even made videos to match.  I have been watching hers grow and blossom into such a work of art that I just had to grab up the yarn pack from Wool Warehouse and make one of my own.  I have a very hard time not wanting to make every beautiful thing I see!  Are any of you like that too?

I headed over to and downloaded the pdf files, whipped out my crochet needle, and started the rounds.  What is it that makes starting a new project so fun?  It must be the new colors and techniques.  I just love it.

Each round brought a new technique and added color and texture. I finished part 1 in no time at all.  The instructions are clear with lots of pictures.   I can tell right now that this project is going to be SWEET!

Thanks for dropping by,  I think I will get back to my needle and thread….