If I had to pick a favorite bug -- it would be the dragonfly.
Every time I behold the sheer, translucent, shimmering beauty of the dragonfly's wing -- I am stunned into silence.
And guess what? There is a crochet pattern that involves a dragonfly. So to speak.
It is Dragonfly Shawl, designed by Lisa Naskrent and is described as being a
'symphony of elegance with a dance in flight.'
Everything about this pattern is a 'symphony of elegance'! The pattern can be found here:
interweave CROCHET winter 2008
Now, given the alternative of written directions vs. a diagram -- hands down, I will always pick the diagram.
I mean -- honestly! I could not wrap my head around any of this:
... s-ch 5 in each ch-5 sp
to first SMK,
[BP-sh-seq, s-ch-5 in next ch-5 sp]
through first ch-5 sp after last
SMK on this side...
What does that mean?!!?
So, thank goodness for a drawn diagram and probably the most delectable yarn ---- Shadow Tonal Lace Yarn in Blue Violet from KnitPicks in the most gorgeous shade of periwinkle (read ---> my favorite color!)
Being a laceweight, I had a super hard time getting used to using a D hook with a size 0 yarn. And yes, I did have to frog my first 20 attempts at getting this started. Getting those first 3 rows going was the most difficult for me.
But, duh! -- after studying the diagram, I realized that the pattern is very, very easy to memorize and now that I can actually see a completely magnificent shawl starting to appear --- I am stealing away as much time as possible to get this done so it can be draped around my shoulders.