Tulip time is coming and here is the first tulipfield dress! I'm looking out my front window and waiting for my 120 'Mistress' tulip bulbs to bloom. They look to be a couple of weeks off yet. Maybe in time for Easter? That would be wonderful. This will be the first year for these bulbs for us. We ordered them last year, when this trip to the color-striped tulip fields inspired the creation of a few tulip-striped crocheted dresses. Miss Mina is the first of the those for which I have (finally!) written a pattern. You can find the Mina Crocheted Dress pattern (and big huge pictures of the dresses) here.
I'm (finally!) really happy with this one. It's done entirely in half-double crochet (my patterns are written in American crochet terms, by the way; Brits will have to translate terms and measurements out of inches) and I would say an advanced beginner — one who knows how to chain, do hdcs, change color, and increase — should have no problem with this. The pattern is sized for 0-3 months (6-12 months, 12-18 months, 18-24 months, 3-4 years). It also includes a measurement diagram thing (what do you call those?).
This dress is also totally seamless, done from the top down. You still do it in rows, however; you just join the ends of the rows in the back, making a visible seam up the back to the opening, but I still prefer that to seaming, personally. When I'm done, I like to b done. I tell you how to join here without the twist that can sometimes happen. I have photographs showing you exactly where to put the hook in each stitch, but if you get stuck just let me know and I'll help you.
Photos and yarn details about the Mina dresses can all be found on my Ravelry project page. I also made the largest size in oatmeal tan with purple striping but I forgot that I never finished the belt or photographed it so I will try to do that this weekend and put it up there, too. I just simply can't believe it is already the weekend again.
Some other things I keep wanting to mention:
1) Portlanders, do not forget to get your Avett Brothers tickets for July 16 in Salem! They go on sale to the general public at 10 a.m. PST this morning. We will be down in section 4 somewhere — can't remember what row we are in. I can't wait.
2) I am doing an internet radio interview for Pat Sloan's Creative Talk Radio on Monday, April 11 (this coming Monday) at 4 p.m. EST (1 p.m. PST). You can listen to it live (and participate in the chat) or download it as a podcast afterward. I think I am on in the second half-hour of the show.
3) I read an entire book in one sitting a couple of days ago which I have never done in my entire life (I'd heard people talk about it but I never really believed it was possible). It is called Chosen by a Horse: How a Broken Horse Fixed a Broken Heart by Susan Richards. I heard about it last summer when our friend Ken visited and said that he sat next to the author on a plane ride back from Europe and she gave him her book for the ride (I think this is how it went). I picked the book up the other day and started reading it at 2 p.m. and finished it at 6 p.m. I was BAWLING at the end, couldn't even see to read. Like our mortgage broker says about this k.d. lang video he had us watch in his office (yes, picture it — awesome), "If this doesn't make you cry, you're missing a gear."
4) I have no idea why I keep reading and watching such sad things lately. The pioneer books? You guys. I've finished five of them now, I think. We have to talk. I will say that after the first two I had already decided to only read FUNNY BOOKS for the summer. More on this. . . .
5) Thank you to everyone who has sent emails because you thought I would love Jillian Tamaki's gorgeous, and I mean gorgeous, embroidered book covers for a new series of Penguin classics. Do. I. EVER. Wow. I might have to break my funny-books-only rule and get this version of Black Beauty.
Okay, I'm gonna let you go get your Avett tickets now!!! Hurry!