Saturday, July 9, 2011
Last October I was at my usual Saturday morning knit and crochet session with the Queanbeyan girls when Carrie brought along some gorgeous hand dyed merino/cashmere/nylon sock yarn to show us. I was lucky enough to snaffle a skein which had red tones - burgundy, scarlett and a little sparkle of pale red.
The quandary then was how to use it. I was on my "10 shawls in 2010" mission back then, but as the skein was only 400 metres long I wasn't too sure I'd get much of a crocheted shawl out of it. I came across a pattern called "Pretty Triangle Scarf" by Kim Miller, and decided it was the perfect pattern for my gorgeous skein of red. It was a little shawl, worn like a kerchief. I knew I'd get a lot of wear out of it.
The yarn is gorgeous - soft, warm and springy. It was lovely to crochet and from memory the pattern only took me a couple of weeks to complete. All I had to do was block it and make the tassles.
And of course that took me until this week to do. I was home sick with a bad cold, and some lovely warm sun was streaming through the spare bedroom windows. I took a chance, used my new blocking wires, and it was dry by the evening.
I was doubtful that the tassles would look any good. But I like them now they're attached to the scarf. They work as a balancing weight against the rest of the scarf.
I'm on such a scarf and shawl bent at the moment. I have another red shawl currently being blocked on the spare bed which hopefully I'll be able to show you in the next couple of days. It's big and snuggly and I think I'm in love with it. I can't wait for it to come off the blocking wires (hopefully by tonight - my cold has me banished to the spare room, and that's the blocking bed!). Here's a sneak peak.
I'm supposed to be in the Blue Mountains at Wintersong with my friends this weekend, but my blasted cold has kept me away. I am consoling myself with lots of hot tea and lots of crocheting and sewing. It's not the same as singing, but it will have to do.