Well, I mentioned a few posts back that I was thinking and trying to talk myself into making a couple of Valentine themed coasters for our coffee table. I've looked at several places in stores for something I could use, but never really cared for any. Most are a bit too gaudy for me with hearts painted and plastered all over, or the wrong color combinations. So, I always came out empty-handed after trying to find some at the stores that carry holiday themed nick-knacks. As I was sitting at the computer one day, I, out of a whim, went to Google and typed in Valentine Crocheted Hearts. There are dozens and dozens. Some with purchasing the pattern, others free, or again, some free with a subscription...things like that. I wanted something simple in design, yet have a good 'pattern' to the design and not just a single crochet stitch. Also, one that would be quick to stitch up; taking up little time. Y'know, once the sun comes up, I'm ready to be outdoors and not stuck inside when the weather is so perfect most days. This pattern I found online through either Pinterest or a site that is called Crochet Central, I can't recall now. But, I liked its simplicity, ease of stitching in a short time frame, and the sharer's photo of her finished product. I then, bookmarked the site and came back to get it on a PDF file, and saved to my computer. Why do I go through this step? Well, I'll tellya...there have been several sites bookmarked and later in the year, I go back to view them, and they no longer exist. I've learned my lesson to make sure, if I want to read or view [or in this case, still have the pattern for when I WANT to work with it], on the computer with no worries of it being non-existent at a later time. Once I'm done with the file, I can easily delete it. Anyway, coming back to the coasters, I worked these two coasters to the finishing bow I tied with the beginning and ending yarns, both within a half an hour. Extremely simple, fast working, and easily finished off. They're a bit 'elegant' looking once done and the work flattened and blocked with a steam iron. And the stitch used is quite condensed and tight to easily absorb the condensation of a glass of chilled wine or iced drinks. I like 'em. Tho, I made just two for the coffee table for now, I just may use the extra scrap yarn still left and make two more for the two couches' end tables. On second thought, I decided to make two PINK coasters instead...
Heart of Ruby...
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