Beddgelert Craft Olympics New 5


This is my last entry for the “new” category in Sylvia’s Craft Olympics.

They are my 1st attempt at crocheted hexagons in an African Violet setting.


I gave the table centre a fancy scalloped edging trying to remember how to increase and decrease in the right places. I think I managed it some of the time.

The yarn came from the Flying Mitten in Jarvenpaa, while with Ulla.


I promised you last time, a little walk in Beddgelert.

We go south of the village past the church.


Along the riverbank,


And across what looks like an open field.


Looking back the way we have come. You can see the setting for Beddgelert- beautiful.


Early fungi- just for you Ulla.


The path leads to a tree


where there are ancient stone markers much worn with age. The modern stone has the explanation:


“Gelert’s Grave

In the C13th Llywelyn, Prince of North Wales had a palace at Beddgelert. One day he went hunting without “Gelert the faithful hound” who was unaccountably absent. On Llywelyn’s return the truant stained and smeared with blood joyfully sprang to meet his master. The prince alarmed hastened to find his son an saw the infant’s cot empty, the bed clothes and floor covered with blood. The frantic father plunged his sword into the hound’s side thinking he had killed his heir. The dog’s dying yell was answered by a child’s cry. Llywelyn searched and discovered his boy unharmed, but nearby lay the body of a mighty wolf which Gelert has slain. The prince filled with remorse is said never to have smiled again. He buried Gelert here. The spot is called Beddgelert.”


“Bedd” means grave in Welsh. What a beautiful and apt setting for a hunting hound. How awful that his much loved master was so hasty. My grandmother always said to give an animal the benefit of the doubt if something looks bad. It gives you a chance to evaluate the animal for yourself.


A little further along the track was an enclosure like a roofless house. Inside was a bronze statue of Gelert to welcome you. Bungle stood next to it and looked little -he is 29″ tall!


A rough coated hound probably like an Irish Wolf hound.



We lined up the pack with just Fluff being awkward facing the wrong way. At 13 3/4, I think it is allowed.  It works out at 96 and 1/4 years. The new lad Carruthers is at the front with Squeak behind in the pink collar, Fluff facing the wrong way, Bungle at the back by the statue.

I hope Gelert enjoyed his fellow hound visitors.

Posted in Craft Olympics, Travels by with 6 comments.


  • Deb says:

    Love your crochet and the colours. When did you get no 4 Pooch? They are such beautiful animals.

  • Tracy says:

    Ooooo…your hexies are BEAUTIFUL, Melanie! And I like the idea of using crocheted ones for a table topper. LOVE this–and the colors! What a LOVELY area around Beddgelert. The church is so pretty too. And, as always, you give us a good history lesson too! The Bungle-like sculpture–such fun! Swee to see all the hounds here today… :o) Happy Days, my friend ((HUGS))

  • Ulla says:

    Excellent work with the African Violets – all I have managed to crochet with this pattern is a couple of test flowers.
    Touching story about the prince who acted before he had time to think. Charming photo of your hounds with the statue!

  • African Violets is what I thought before seeing the words, you are right on. And it looks lovely on your table! Good work!
    Love the Beddgelert story. A faithful guard dog… I guess he had suspicions about a wolf in the neighborhood, is why he stayed home from the hunt. (Too bad humans don’t have those kinds of gifts – we should rely on those that do.) Lovely that the prince had the sense to celebrate his dog’s life and commemorate it with a stone, so we could celebrate and learn a lesson. And thank you for sharing the story with us. Love that about your blog…

  • Stephanie says:

    Interesting but sad hound story. You have a wonderful group of doggies. I imagine they enjoyed roaming the expansive and beautiful grounds. Your crochet is amazing.

  • Lynn says:

    The crocheting is beautiful, I love the colors and the pattern, it looks so intricate and delicate, such beautiful work!
    What lovely scenery, poor Beddgelert. What a handsome pack of dogs!