I first became aware of this beautiful pattern a couple of years ago but only plucked up the courage to get stuck in last month. Parts 1-3 can stand alone as a mandala, and completing it was a great way to gain the confidence to finally start working on the Universe. The pattern is magnificent – not only beautiful but incredibly detailed in terms of instructions, photographs, pointers and links to stitch tutorials.
My mandala is not perfect, but in the making and sharing of my work I discovered that a small mistake that’s blindingly obvious to me is most likely unnoticeable to anyone else, and ultimately won’t take away from the finished piece as a whole. Indeed, the designer herself, Dedri Uys, commented on my Instagram, telling me that she keeps at least one little imperfection in every project – and she complimented me on my neat tension, and my colours! I’ve not been that excited about a brush with celebrity since the first time I saw my elusive neighbour Russel Crowe in the village café 😁 And with encouragement like that, how could I not grab my hook and yarn and start Sophie’s Universe immediately! I’m just coming to the end of Part 3 now, so almost into exciting unchartered waters 🙂
As an aside, while I was working on the mandala, I listened to Marie Segares interview Dedri on the Creative Yarn Entrepreneur Show. Dedri talks a lot about the creation of Sophie, and is very candid about her experiences as a designer. It’s a fun and inspiring podcast and well worth a listen. I’m quite new to the world of podcasts in general and crochet podcasts in particular, but I’m already finding some great crochet chat out there – I’ll compile a list to share soon. Please let me know if you have any faves 🙂