Twenty Fourteen

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  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

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  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.

Hexagon Blanket


Opera Shawl started

Opera Shawl started

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.

1953 Opera Shawl

1953 Opera Shawl

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.