Day 20 – Eucalyptus
I’ve been looking forward to this one – it has a CONSTRUCTION element to it (and by that I mean there’s a bit of wire involved)
I thought I couldn’t possibly ever love anything as much as the poppy heads (full disclosure, I’ve not made any of the fruit yet so it’s likely I’ll combust at that point) but love is fickle and here we are: I’m not able to think of anything but these eucalyptus stems and I imagine us running off into the sunset (well, me sort of lolloping and carrying some of these with me). They. Are. GORGEOUS.
Interesting that so many of the foliage bits and bobs start in the same way, with our good friend the magic loop. Now there’s a skill to have isn’t there? Who knew it could take us to the dizzy heights of eucalyptus leaves. If you haven’t mastered it yet, have a look here:
First tip: leave a tail long enough to grab hold of (you’ll need it later) and don’t crochet over the ends. No good for this fella.
First two rounds on all of the 3 sizes of leaves are no probs. Neither is the 3rd round OBVS (else I’d be laying on the floor crying) but I will give you a tip: Kate will tell you if you have to put more than one stitch into a stitch on this round. If there’s a comma after the stitch, move on, if she says “a dc and an htr” that means you put those 2 things into the next stitch. Does that make sense? Did I need to say that? Probably not. If you visualise your little leaf as quite flat at one edge and then bulging out and around, it will make following those stitches quite intuitive I think.
Right then, that last bit on each leaf, making the little indent: let’s have some photo help shall we?
Oh so yeah here’s another thing, given you have tied those ends of so tightly, do you think there’s any issue with snipping them off close to the back rather than sewing them in? That’s what I’ve done. No one tell the crochet police ok??
At this point I should probably admit that I’m rather liking having a photo-heavy post so shall we continue in that vein? Shall we? We’ve got some wiring to do so we might as well. Come along then and feast your eyes on THIS: yes folks, it’s the most pointless and dull photo in the world ever. Enjoy it…..maybe get a cup of tea and a biscuit so you can ponder if for longer…..
Ta dah! I totally and utterly love them .
I am genuinely concerned that I’ll be able to cope with all this gorgeousness in one place. *Thankfully, I’m gifting my finished wreath so i should be ok. Phew.
*and by “thankfully” I mean “what the actual heck was I thinking”