Dora Does Ideas
For my fist post, and to introduce you all to Dora Does, I decided to focus on the theme of ideas.
As this new venture begins, I have so many ideas buzzing through my mind about what I want to do, where I want to go and how I want to get there. But where do these ideas come from? And how do I know whether they will keep coming?
I’ll stay out of the science but Psychologists have spent a long time trying to bottle inspiration. It seems to be a combination of mind state, environment, context and practice but it’s a precarious recipe.
My hands down favourite entrepreneurial blogger James Altucher talks about exercising the idea muscle by writing down 10 ideas every day. They can be outlandish as you like, the only condition is that the idea has to have a ‘next step’ to put it into practice. So even if your idea is to yarn bomb the moon, you could still start by writing to NASA, you never know…(let me know what they say!)
In my reading on the subject, one thing I keep coming back to is that inspiration is contagious – both within and between us. The more ideas you scope out, the more ideas or alternatives you come up with like a giant idea spiral. There’s a school of thought that says you are the average of the 5 people you spend most time with. This is hugely powerful when you think about it. I know that after spending time with certain people I feel uplifted, motivated and generally positive about life! Imagine if all the people you interacted with did that for you and you for them?
The internet has opened access to people I never would have come across in the real world. I’m inspired by so many clever, creative, hardworking and funny people on line who I would love to get to know in real life, most of whom have no idea they have had that impact. Time to come up with a way to change that (*adds to ideas list!*).
I believe anyone can have great ideas, not just cockney bank-robbers stuck in a bus on a cliff edge trying to save their gold ( I’m showing my age here so if that means nothing to you, then go and watch The Italian Job). So in the spirit of sharing, I’d like welcome you all to my site with a free pattern for my quick Bright Ideas Lightbulb to encourage and inspire everyone to get creative!
Before you start, this is what you should know…
I use US crochet terms and am left handed so please allow for this when looking at photos! I’ve assumed knowledge of the basic crochet stitches. Numbers in brackets represent the number of stitches in the row.
This pattern works in a continual spiral so you may want to consider stitch markers (I use scraps of contrasting yarn) so you don’t need to worry about counting!
Materials and size
I used a 3.5mm hook with a small amount Rico essentials cotton DK yarn in Pink, Blue and Yellow in various combinations. I’ve indicated colour changes in the pattern but you can work with your own colour scheme… get colourful!
End each lightbulb measures around 12 cm. I used hollow fibre stuffing to fill the bulb.
stitches and abbreviations
st = stitch
sc = single crochet
yo = yarn over
sc2tog = single crochet two together – insert hook, yo pull up a loop, insert hook into next st, yo and pull up a loop, yo and pull through 3 loops to complete st)
Starting with your first colour (I used pink in the illustration)
Row 1: work 9sc in a magic loop, you will work in a spiral so do not join to the first st (9)
Row 2: starting on the first sc from Row 1, work 2sc in each stitch around (18)
Row 3: *1sc in the next stitch, 2sc in the next st* and repeat* 8 more times (27)
Row 4: ch1, *1sc in the next two st, 2sc in the next st* and repeat* 8 more times (36)
Row 5 – 13: 1sc in the next 36 st (36)
Row 14: *sc in next 2 st, sc2tog* repeat* 8more times (27)
Row 15 – 17: sc in the next 27st (27)
At this point you might want to make sure the tail from the magic loop is secured and start stuffing the head of the bulb. I continued to stuff the bulb as I moved through the pattern but you can save it to the end if that’s your preference.
Row 18: *sc in next st, sc2tog* repeat* 8 more times (18)
Row 19 – 22: sc in the next 18 st (18)
Row 22: *sc in the next 4 sc, sc2tog* repeat 2 more times (15)
Row 23 –25: sc in the next 15 st (15)
Fasten off and sew in end.
Join new yarn colour
Row 26: *sc in next 3 st, sc 2tog* repeat* 2 mote times (12)
Row 27 – 29: sc in next 12 st (12)
Fasten off and sew in ends and making sure you have finished stuffing the bulb
Join new yarn colour
Row 30: sc2tog 6 times
Fasten off leaving a long tail
Sew round the final 6 st pulling them in tight to close the hole
Fasten off and you’re done……go…light up the dark!
As always, if you have any comments or feedback about the pattern, go ahead and contact me or leave a comment!