African beads crochet table cozy

On the calendar at my house, March 14 (also known as Pi Day) does not pass without notice.

My youngest son wears his pi t-shirt (thank you Think Geek!), and no doubt I will be prevailed upon (with success) to get a suitable dessert that coordinates with the occasion.

So, in advance of both Pi Day and the impending arrival of house guests, I got out this long mothballed project and worked on it with the hope that I would be able to move it from the UnFinished Object pile and put it to use covering the table top of my outdoor office before the next week starts:

My as-yet-to-be completed crochet table cozy for my outdoor office
My as-yet-to-be completed crochet table cozy for my outdoor office

Based on the African beads circular throw, one of 25 very original pieces in Melody Griffiths book, Crocheted Afghans:

Melody Griffiths' Crocheted Afghans
Melody Griffiths’ Crocheted Afghans

I eliminated the first round, and instead chained a large loop that created a round hole in the center

The throw, while not exactly small, is still of a size that I could take it with me to my son’s trumpet lesson. Here is the edge of the project before the trumpet lesson:

The edge of the crochet table cozy before the trumpet lesson
The edge of the crochet table cozy before the trumpet lesson

and here is the edge of the project after the trumpet lesson:

The edge of the crochet table cozy after the trumpet lesson and before dinner
The edge of the crochet table cozy after the trumpet lesson and before dinner

Because there are 16 repeats and because it had been over a year since I last worked on it, my progress was not as rapid as I had hoped, but progress is progress, and the stitches of this throw are very interesting to work:

Detail of the African beads crochet throw
Detail of the African beads crochet throw

Just as I was starting to once again get the hang of manipulating the two different colors of yarn that I was using in alternate stitches, the sun started to set on the day. I was able to get this last photo before it got dark:

The African bead crochet throw inspired table cozy
The African bead crochet throw inspired table cozy

Tomorrow with some luck and even more diligence, I am hoping that I get to celebrate Pi Day by sitting down to an after dinner cup of coffee at a table festooned with this psychedelic throw.