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Yellow Daisy Squares and Black Orpheus

This weekend I made several of these yellow daisy granny squares for what is going to be my “Daisy Beach” blanket. I also ordered a very large box of coral, aqua, and white yarn for the project – it’s officially happening or I’m a little yarn-obsessed.

Ready for this project!

For the daisy granny square I followed this awesome pattern by Melanie Ham, and then added an extra round in yellow, and another round in white. The plan is to make a multi-colored blanket with prominent beach colors like coral and aqua with pops of yellow and probably some other colors I haven’t decided on yet.

Yellow Daisy Squares

While crocheting the beginnings of my Daisy Beach Blanket, I watched the film Black Orpheus for the first time, now streaming on HBO Max. I refreshed my memory a bit and read a quick catch-up of the Greek myth of Orpheus, who traveled to the underworld in an attempt to bring his wife, Eurydice, back to life by playing his enchanting music.

Now that I’ve watched the film, and have read more about the myth, I’m remembering more and more interesting parallels, like how Orpheus and Eurydice point out the “baby sheep” in Eurydice’s beautiful scarf of zodiac animals in the film, and how in the myth Orpheus accompanied Jason and the Argonauts on their quest to find the Golden Fleece of the golden-woolled winged ram Chrysomallos.

Black Orpheus Poster

The film is a beautiful tapestry of colors, taking place during Rio de Janeiro’s Carnaval. The film Black Orpheus (Orfeu Negro) was the crowning achievement of French director Marcel Camus. It stars the endearing actors Marpessa Dawn and Breno Mello as the lovers Eurydice and Orpheus who brought a believable attachment and naivety to the story.

Orpheus and Eurydice

The film was based on the stage play Orfeu da Conceição, which was an adaptation of the Orpheus story.

May my blanket be a fraction of how colorful this film was.

I give Black Orpheus 8/10 balls of yarn.


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