As some of you will know over the past few years I have made rather a lot of jellyfish. I have used lots of different yarns and paid quite a lot of attention to what colours work well. We also have quite a few jellyfish hung around the house, and they often give me cause for a wee smile as I pass them.
Recently however I was visiting the lovely shop that sells my jellyfish and noticed that some of the tendrils were distinctly longer then others. They are all made to the same pattern, and when they are ‘fresh’ the tendrils are pretty uniform so it was clear that the change had happened over time. I wondered if it was down to the weight of the yarn (I have noticed that cotton tends to sag with time) but the worst offender seems to be Sirdar snuggly which is acrylic and certainly not heavy.
A friend who is a knitter suggested that when acrylic yarns stretch they don’t recoil in the same way that wool does. Another friend who is a spinner thinks it is down to how much ‘twist’ has been put into the yarn during the spinning process and that baby yarns tend to have less twist to make them softer. I would be interested to know what other folk think too.
It has been a useful lesson for me in learning that it is just as important to understand the fibre you are working with as it is to choose the colour. So what is the best way to avoid saggy bottoms?
I have been playing around with making some extra-large jellyfish, and this morning I had two volunteers to show them to you:
Made with Scheepjeswol XL blue apatite, amazonite and crystal quartz. Single stranded on a 6mm hook for the smaller jellyfish and double stranded on a 10mm hook for the larger one.
A friend suggested that I might make a sparkly jellyfish, and I had no hesitation in taking on her suggestion.
Made in Sirdar snuggly Pearls DK Pearly turquoise (the darker blue) and Hayfield baby sparkle DK Little mermaid (the paler blue) on a 4mm hook.
I made it for a small person who I think will appreciate the glitter factor!
I have had a request from a friend to make some super-bright jellyfish for her grandsons’ Christmas presents.
They are far removed from my usual palette but I have to say it has been a pleasure to make them. They do say beauty is in the eye of the beholder, so I hope they will go down well.
Made in Patons Fab DK Rainbow on a 4.5mm hook. Other colours from stash.
There is a Christmas fair coming up in the next village to ours, and I have been asked by a friend to share a table with her. She makes the most beautiful felt work, and I know that her presentation will be very professional. So what to make for my half of the table? Well I got a bit carried away and made rather a lot of jellyfish, and a display that I hope people will find attractive.
Made in Patons fab dk Aqua and Sirdar baby crofter dk Archie, Scottie, Skye, Walt, Coralie, Fergus and Logan. Other colours from stash.
The label is new too – thanks to some sustained encouragement from my husband.
What a pleasure it is to visit a yarn shop and come away, not just with a bag full of yarn, but also a head full of ideas of how to use it. We live in a fairly remote part of the world (there are 8 houses in our ‘village’, the nearest shop is 7 miles away and I rarely visit our nearest town, which is over an hour’s drive from us) and my opportunities to see, touch and smell (!) yarn are few and far between. So it was with some excitement last week that we ventured into a lovely yarn shop in Edinburgh, and came away with some new yarn. Here are the results:
The large jellyfish is made with Rowan pure wool superwash worsted in teal wash, and Rowan wool cotton dk in ship-shape, cypress, larkspur and celadon, on a 4.5mm hook. The smaller jellyfish is in SMC select extra soft merino colour in petrol marine, and Rowan wool cotton dk smalt also on a 4.5mm hook. The yarns were chosen for my son, who requested a jellyfish in deep colours. I think they are my best yet, and you will be pleased to know that he approves.
I had the most lovely trip to the jellyfish shop the other day. It is a charity shop and is manned by volunteers so I have not yet met everyone who works there. I popped in to see how things were going and was greeted by a lovely lady who was most enthusiastic about my wares, and passed on the news that my last batch of jellyfish sold out within a week.
So time to get back onto the production line….
Made in Patons Fab DK lime, ocean blue, airforce and Patons Fab DK spray print aqua on a 5mm hook. Other colours from stash.