Day 15 – kites
🎵 Let’s go fly a kite
Up to the highest height!
Let’s go fly a kite and send it soaring
Up through the atmosphere
Up where the air is clear
Oh, let’s go fly a kite! 🎵
Oh goodness, today’s Trip to the Seaside makes are impossibly cute! We’re making two teeny, tiny kites and I just adore them. You can make them any colours you like – go crazy, if you want!
I decided on a red and white kite to start with. You’ll be starting with the bottom point of the kite and creating a little triangle shape:
The first row of the second colour is worked into the back loops:
I then worked decreases to the beginning and end of each row up to form the top of the kite. I thought that my kite didn’t look as pointed as I wanted, so I worked an extra row between row 7 and 8. Let’s call it row 7 and a half:
Row 7 and a half: dc2tog, 1dc
Row 8 : dc2tog. Finish off.
Working slip stitches in RED all the way round the bottom of the kite and WHITE round the top, gives a more defined edge to the kite:
After fastening off my ends, I use mouse grey to stitch a line down the centre of my kite and a horizontal line across the middle where the colours change:
I made a second kite in BLUE and WHITE and gave them both a good blocking using a spritz of spray starch.
When the kites were dry, I was ready to attach the ‘strings’. I cut the florist’s wire (did you wonder what it was for when you first opened the box?!) in half, folded it over about 2cm at the top and twisted it to make a little loop.
I stitched in and out the loop a couple of times and sewed a few more little stitches along the wire at the back of the kite to secure. Finally I threaded the end of the wire through the very bottom of the kite from back to front.
I cut short lengths of different coloured yarn for the kite ribbons – but not too short or you’ll find it hard to knot them onto the wire. I added 4 to each kite tail:
and then, using the bodkin, I separated the yarn strands:
(It looks my hair in the 80s after an ill-advised love affair with a hair-crimper)
To finish, I cut the ribbons down to about a centimetre either side of the knot:
I can’t wait to add these to my wreath but, in the meantime, an old Little Box of Crochet friend (who remembers Little Donovan Lamb, our wonderful @kornflakestew design from a few years back?) said she’d like to join us all on the beach for an afternoon of kite flying xxx