Sunday, August 24, 2008
A bit of reassessment, digging in the stash, frogging, and rework yielded this:Still cute! I got to play around with a bit of embellishment sooner than I thought. Can't you just see a little person bopping along with the braid bouncing around? Now to pick a new color for the next one...
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Anyway, this realization that the stash had grown was just the excuse I needed to dig into my first ever project with Noro. I mean I have to use the yarn in the stash right? (Never you mind that it hasn't even been in there long enough to find itself a nice niche. It's stash yarn.)
What is responsible for my leap into Noro after three years of crochet? Three words: Silk Garden Sock. I'd never seen it before, and fell instantly in love with this colorway of purples, blues, and greens. Yum! I snapped up enough to make a shawl and crossed my fingers that the right pattern to show off the colors would appear. Ravelry to the rescue and I'm now crocheting away. Look how nicely it lays out the colors!When I pulled this from my work bag this morning I heard ooos and aaaahs from the ladies nearby. I love it when that happens! They were as fascinated as I am with the way the colors are moving across the shawl. I'm looking forward to seeing what happens as it gets bigger. Of to crochet. See ya!
Sunday, August 17, 2008
Well, from all those ideas leapt this precious hat design by CraftyRahRah. (Follow this Ravelry Link for the cutest pictures!) It is the Brrr Baby Beanie she designed for the little toddler of her household. It is offered in both American and UK terms on her blog. I could not resist! Down went the two scarves and two shawls I've been working on and out came a fresh hook. In no time flat there was this! This rather sedate, but still adorable, model is destined for one of the yearly winter hat and scarf drives that pop up everywhere around the holidays. The Moda Dea Washable Wool should be care friendly to whomever gets this precious hat. I know I am going to have to make some more of these and add embellishments like tassels and curly cues.
Sorry, no cute toddler around here to model. You'll just have to use your imagination on this one! Happy Sunday morning everyone. =-)
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
This shawl is quick, easy, and had the added benefit of my not needing to look at my hands. All stitches except those which end the row are worked into the spaces. I love how the top edge can be folded back to make a bit of collar.
Soon, unless there is someone out there in blogland that knows of a person needing a comfort shawl, this pretty will be headed for the Prayer Shawl Ministry at a nearby church. But, please, if you personally know of someone, give me a shout!
Now for the Silky Goodness. Remember that skein of Claudia Hand Painted I drooled over and subsequently purchased when it went on sale? It has been swatched!
Three and a half repeats plus the 4 inch wide border of Celeste! This is one of those times where I didn't dare proceed without a swatch. Why? I mean it is a shawl and I don't usually swatch shawls. Well, I've never worked with 100% silk before and had little idea how it would behave. I was surprised to find that the swatch did not grow vertically at all. Horizontally it didn't grow much either. Just the amount to smooth out flat! I didn't even need to apply pins to get nice points on the edges! I will of course be a little neater with the picots on the final shawl (I must admit to experimenting a bit).
Overall, though I am very excited to have a little peek at the silky goodness to come! I promise a progress picture soon.
Monday, August 11, 2008
So, thinking that the silk etc. would make the mohair easier to frog I set off on my plan of making an offset fillet crochet wrap. Hmmm. It is easier to frog. It did work. But, the color looks much darker once worked so the wrap looses the ethereal quality I was looking for...