On this cold, dreary January day, I’ve decided that 2014 is going to be my year of color. I want to experiment with all kinds of color combinations, and get a bit out of my comfort zone. I recently discovered http://design-seeds.com/. Wow! Talk about inspiration. I have to be careful or I’ll find myself spending hours going through the different color combinations. Another great site for inspiration is Attic 24 at http://attic24.typepad.com/.
Last year I mostly concentrated on shawls. I crocheted and knitted them, designed them, and started one after another throughout the whole year. This year I seem to be leaning more toward motifs resembling handmade Spanish tile. The more color, the better. I predict colorful shawls, scarves and blankets in my work basket.
To get my year of color started, I participated in a hexagon blanket crochet-along Ravelry. We used a pattern called Hexagons by Julie Yeager. You can find the pattern at http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/hexaghan. Here’s a photo of my finished blanket.
I haven’t been keeping up with my blog like I should. I hope to do a better job this year by adding more content, tutorials, and inspiration for all my fellow yarnies.
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Here are a few of my finished crochet project. August was a busy crochet month.
This one is a birthday present for my daughter-in-law.
So far I’m happy with my selection of yarn. I’ve switched my hook to a 3mm and like the results so far. The hook in the photo is an Addi Swing hook. If you haven’t tried these yet, I highly recommend them. They do take a little getting used to, but they are so much easier on your hands. They remind me a little of a toothbrush handle. I use a pencil hold when I crochet, but I think they would work just as well for the knife hold. They are a bit more expensive as crochet hooks go, but in my opinion, worth every penny.
This is a vintage pattern from 1953. I’m doing a Kal/Cal in the All Things Vintage Ravelry group.
I’ve swatched several yarns and was pretty unhappy with most of them. I tried dk, fingering, lace, thread, and some light mohair. I’m also trying to stick with stash yarn. I need two colors that work together unless I decide to do a one color shawl. I found that the pattern would work with any of the yarns, but the trick was to make something I would really wear.
I’ve finally decided on a light lace weight alpaca silk blend. It will take me forever to crochet this shawl because this is such a thin yarn, but I think it will be lovely when I’m finished. I’m planning on adding beads somewhere, and I’m not sure about the fringe. I’ll make that decision later.
This crochet/knit-along started May 1 and runs through July. That should give me plenty of time. I hope.
My latest pattern, Lady Viola, will be available in May. It’s on Ravelry at http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/lady-viola