Thursday, 1 October 2009

A Couple of Crochet Projects

Crochet stole/scarfI realised recently that I've never crocheted anything much bigger than my tawashi pot scrubbers, so I've been feeling ambitious to work on something a bit larger - whilst feeling a bit concerned that following a complicated pattern might be a bit outside my comfort zone right now. I am not up to complicated at the moment! I decided to have a go at creating a wrap / stole /scarf (I'm not sure how big it's going to be yet!) made up of smaller motifs which I would join together.

So here's what I've been working on...

I'm using yarn that was an impulse buy on my last Saturday trip to the Co-op (why is
Cucumber Patch right next door??). It's made by Araucania yarns (from Chile) and is called Ranco Multi - the shade is 301, which I gather is now discontinued. It's hand painted in a beautiful combination of sea green, pale raspberry and very muted orange. Lovely to work with and it's very nice to see the way that the colours work in the flower pattern. I'm really enjoying making it, although darning in the ends is extremely tedious.

Crochet booteeFor a bit of a change, and now that I feel a bit more up to the challenge, I decided to have a go at following someone else's pattern. Mostly I make up my own designs so I am still a real beginner at following crochet pattern instructions - especially those without a helpful diagram. I picked up a copy of Rowan Classic Babies (Book 4) at one of our local charity shops recently. Mostly I got it for the designs and ideas, because I don't really knit, but flicking through it I realised that the bootee pattern was actually crochet, so I thought I'd have a go. I've only made one so far, I need to have another daytime session of crochet to do the other one (I can't do complicated in the evening!). It doesn't look too bad (please bear in mind I haven't blocked it yet) - I've used a Sublime Organic DK Wool in a shade called, bizarrely, asparagus.


Caroline said...

Oh, that's coming along beautifully :) What a gorgeous yarn, you're so lucky to have somewhere like that close to you. Much jealousy.

gtlady said...

That scarf looks absolutly fab! I love ones made up of motifs but I haven't the patence, I must try! And that wool looks amazing, there is a pattern in this months inside crochet that uses it, i'm going to have to get saving if it is as gorgeous as your looks!

Gail said...

Looks gorgeous, I love the colours. I'm with you on the evening thing, still trying to muster the energy to work out the next round on the scarf I started 6 months ago.