Poinsettias in May

Today was a long, exhausting day that began far too early and came to a close with the Leesville Road High School Ninth Grade and Concert Band Spring Concert.

The spring concert is, in its way, the kick-off event for what will, in retrospect, be a month jam-packed with too much to do. I will, no doubt, at some point be pining for one of those stultifyingly hot days in late July and early August where the heat and humidity seem to conspire to keep a person in one place, but for now, I am destined to ferry my youngest son to and from the various events that mark the end of year.

I like to get to my crochet early in the day, but due to the number of items on today’s schedule, I did not do any crochet of note until early afternoon when I got out my copy of Jean Leinhauser’s 101 Crochet Squares.

Last week I spent most of my time on the Granny Square Sampler and the Cookieghan and I knew that if I didn’t make at least two squares this week, I was in danger of once again falling further behind in the crochet-a-long.

After surveying the yarns closest to me and consulting the Red Heart Multi-Color Coordinate List, I used Red Heart Super Saver bikini, shocking pink, and lavender to make the most recently assigned square, Square 39. While I made a number of errors when working this square, I eventually got it right:

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Crochet Square 39

Emboldened by having worked through the self-made challenges on the first motif, I decided to face my demons and work one of the Christmas squares. In honor of my son’s concert and the role that poinsettia sales play in raising funds for children’s music programs everywhere (at least everywhere here in North Carolina). I only finished the flower:

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The center crochet flower of square 86

but if it were up to me, that is where I would stop.

I probably will go on to finish this flower with the squared off granny of the original, but I think the flower stand on its own, and one day, I will make a dozen or so and assemble them into a scarf.