Glow in the Dark Flowers

On the weekend my mom was going through a stack of old (vintage, perhaps) knitting magazines. The reason escapes me, but the point is she made me take one of them.

It was the First Ever Vogue Knitting Magazine.

Published in 2004, the mag came out when that fluffy, scruffy, leafy, ridiculous eyelash/fur yarn was super trendy. Incidentally, this was the year I taught myself to knit while isolated and bored over a long winter in Smithers, BC.

My inspiration to learn? I wanted to make my sister a fluffy eyelash yarn scarf. Embarrassing as that is to admit, I’d like to think I’ve come a long way since then.

My suspicion for the retro-gift, is because there are a couple arm warmer patterns in the mag, and, well, I don’t think you can have too many arm warmer patterns. While they were interesting, what really caught my eye were the gaudy flowers on the sweaters and bags of those poor waif-like models.

I’ve never tried to figure out things like flowers or other such accessories, but I was thinking flowers on hats would be very fun. So, I grabbed the pattern and have tried, and tried, and tried to get it.

But it’s not working!

It would be frustrating, if the task weren’t so ridiculous. This should be the easiest thing in the world, and yet, I can’t make it work. Now, I know these prototypes kind of look like rosebuds, but therein lies the rub: They’re supposed to be…well, I don’t know what exactly. Not roses.

The green flower is too heavy, the yellow one is too tight. The third one is still in pieces and I’m running out of patience.

Anyway, I’ll give it a couple more shots. I’m pretty excited to use the yellow yarn because I picked it up on clearance for $.50 a ball and it’s glow in the dark.

Let me know if you want a prototype.