Stardust Melodies –
An almost forgotten project
April has gone, May has come and my days are still busy …
Although the weather is too chilly for this season, some of our perennials are starting to bloom. I did some gardening, pulled weeds, cut back and planted some lettuce and herbs in the cold frame.
And besides the usual housework I finished some crochet tests.
Pam Knighton-Haener from A Yarn of Serendipity designed another lovely 12inch square. Her tests are always run in different phases so I am afraid it still will take some time until the pattern will be released and I can show the results.
Also worked on a test for another blanket designed by BebaBlanket. The pattern will be released somewhere in August.
And I am still working on the last rows of a beautiful test for Moi-Raya. It‘s a square made in Carreaux Crochet and – as soon as I’ve finished it – I will tell more about it in another post.
When I had a deep dive in my craft corner to find a suitable Aran yarn for Pam‘s test I came across some squares made from a pattern I bought 5 years ago
Stardust Melodies – the pattern
Stardust Melodies is a design by Polly Plum – 24 beautiful, textured afghan blocks.
All are named after famous old songs like Dream a Little Dream of Me, Fools Rush In or It Had to Be You, just to name a few of them.
Sometimes I like to listen to this old music, sung by Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, Elvis, Cole Porter and all the others …
Stardust Melodies was released in 2017 as a Cal, consisting of 12 free squares and the option to buy an eBook with 12 additional squares. The skill levels vary between easy, intermediate and advanced.
I liked both, the designs as well as the idea of naming them after old songs. So I bought the eBook 5 years ago, not knowing that this will become one of my long-time-projects.
Stardust Melodies – my project
I always have some WIPs around me as I like to switch between different projects. I finish most of them in a reasonable time, but there are some that stay with me for longer. They sometimes disappear to live in a drawer but only to reappear when the time has come. And so it happened to Stardust Melodies.
I originally started this project in 2017 but put it aside after making a few squares. I wasn‘t happy with the color I had chosen and I also have to admit that I found some of squares quite difficult to make at that time. So I‘ve probably lost interest a little.
About two years later I stumbled across the pattern again and was fascinated again by the varied but matching designs. So I had a second start. I tried different yarns to see what works best. And the break also showed me, how much I had learned within the past two years – the squares weren’t difficult at all.
Stardust Melodies – my yarn
My yarn choice was King Cole Cottonsoft DK, more or less leftovers from another project. I still like the result very much.
I think now the time has come to finally end this project! I will have to sit down to work out how far I can get with my leftover yarns. As far as I have seen two of my colors are meanwhile discontinued and the other two are currently out of stock. Hm….. we will see…..
Stardust Melodies – some impressions
Here a selection of the squares I already made. I will have to take fresh photos when the weather and the light are better …
From left to right:
- Begin the Beguine
- Just One of Those Things
- Don‘t Fence Me In
- No Moon at All
From left to right:
- Fools Rush In
- Mack the Knife
- Where or When
- I‘m Beginning to See the Light