So, I got a little sidetracked the past few weeks from knitting, and spinning, and all the things I usually do with yarn, and found a few videos on Youtube on how to make these things. I am just beginning and as with anything, there is a learning curve. So here are my few attempts at making Ojo do Dios, or an Eye of God!
This is my first one and I am pretty pleased with it. I feel like I should be doing more with the ends of the sticks though, but I guess that will just come with creativity once I get better at making these. I’ve seen people do tassels, and beads, and buttons, and clay. I don’t know what I want to do yet though.
My second attempt. Had to figure out how to do that dark purple on the outside edge myself. Found it later in another vid, and it appears I did it right!!! 😀
One just for 11 yo ds in yellows and greens. The middle is a bit loose on this one, but that’s partly my fault, partly his. When you wiggle the sticks it loosens things, and first I saw it a little loose and tried to fix it, and then when he took it to hang he bumped it around a bit and made it looser. Oh well, we’re learning. And he still loves it, and that’s what matters, eh.
And here is the one where I learned how to do those darts that come out. They are easy to do, but I misjudged the yarn usage there and didn’t have enough for the last dart. See if you can tell which one it is that isn’t the same in the next to last color. And then I did the same as the second one for the outer edge ~but~ I learned a new trick, wrapping the yarn to the end of the stick, and then back in. I call it the Captains Wheel. Too much Pirates of the Caribbean around here, me thinks. LOL
Besides that the kiddos have been coloring mandalas for a little while. Some of them get very very detailed, and it keeps them so quiet, I have to go check on them often. I’ve gone and got a compass and protractor to create my own Mandalas, but the kiddo’s couldn’t wait that long, so we went to a website to find some. Here is Jim’s Mandala page… http://mandala-jim.deviantart.com/ and a place where you can print many many many designs to color… http://www.iheartmandalas.com/ It reminds me of snowflakes in a way, because no one colors a mandala the same way twice. Now I just have to trim these up, and put them all in frames, for some nice colorful wall art!
In other news… we popped on Skype with some of dh’s family in Hawaii for the first time ever, and they looked at him, and then I popped in the room and sat down to chat, and his step sister said, ‘Oh my god! You’re hippies!!!!’ LMBO!!! Ya think? 😀 I think I love his family!
Ok time to check paperwork, and then some spinning time. This afternoon I am going to go sit for a while in the sunshine on the back porch with my knitting. It got down in the 20’s here last night, and I don’t think it’s gonna get out of the 40’s here today. Blah! But I need some sun, so I’m going to try and sit and knit. It might become a putter around the yard to keep warm kinda day though. 🙂