At first sight this scarf might not look like a challenge at all. I have after all made rather a lot of corner-to-corner scarves already, so what is special about this one?
Well to start with none of the yarn was mine, I was using up a friend’s stash, and so the colour palette is hers. Secondly I didn’t buy a single scrap of yarn to add to the project, so there was no background base-colour that I knew would bring everything together. Finally the scarf has 12 different colours of yarn in it, including different textures and weights and in very varied quantities.
So what do I think I achieved? The thing I am most pleased with is that to me the scarf has a cohesiveness that does not suggest that it was made of scraps. There is a loose six-stripe repeat, which allowed me to space out the dominant red and turquoise colours evenly between some more neutral shades, and finally I used pretty much every scrap of yarn that there was!
I have shown the scarf to my friend, and she is pleased with it, and with her agreement it will soon be winging its way to Knit for Peace. They currently have an appeal out for items suitable for teenage boys – and I am hoping that this will fit the bill.
Two more bits of yarny goodness that I opened on Christmas day.
First are some very sweet crochet hats, which are the exact size of a Ferrero Rocher chocolate. They were given to me by my daughter who knew I would appreciate their quirkiness.
Secondly I have six 25g balls of Jamiesons Shetland spindrift, which seems to be the equivalent of 4 ply and is 100% wool. They are in lovely brown and mustard colours and are calling out to be made into…..I am not quite sure. A ripple scarf? A beret? All ideas gratefully received (including from the present giver!)
Yesterday was the big reveal for my Secret Santa present and I have to say I had such fun opening it and discovering all the yarny things inside:
My present cam from Quiet Water Craft along with the most lovely note:
It is hard to say what my favourite part is. I LOVE the Octopom, I am looking forward to using the Lion Brand Landscapes yarn, which I have never used before, and there is a sweet little yarn-shaped necklace which missed the photo as I was wearing it all of Christmas day.
I think overall the nicest thing was that it made me feel really special, which is surely the best Christmas present ever. Thank you Hannah xx
P.S. If you want to see what I gave pop over to Mollie and Claire, and huge thanks to Sewchet for organising Stitching Santa.
Season’s greetings to you all. Wishing you peace and happiness for the New Year.
With thanks to Knit for Peace for the cut-out dove idea.
The background is in linen stitch. This is a crochet blog after all!
Some of you will know that the North of Scotland has had rather a lot of snow this weekend. So I have finished these just in the nick of time…
The pattern is by Keira at Kiki’s craft corner, who also taught me how to make them. They are very cosy and the cable is especially so as it is made in a double layer. Made in Scheepjes merino soft ‘Michelangelo’ on 4.5 and 4mm hooks.
Today saw the end of my August yarn-drought, and it is time to report on what has been achieved:
I think you can tell from the picture that quite a bit of yarn has been used (and I promise that I didn’t just move it all out of the frame!)
So what has made the difference? I have made two ripple blankets, three hot water bottle covers, two twiddlemuffs, numerous dishcloths, jellyfish, crabs and spiders; and I have experimented with some new things using old yarn – octopuses and the beginnings of a corner to corner scarf.
And what have I learned? Possibly to try harder to buy only one project ahead at a time (I know, it’s easier said than done) and definitely that I don’t need to buy new yarn to try new things. Oh and I have found out which bits of my stash are still there after all this endeavour!
Now does anyone have any suggestions for a worthwhile project using 28 balls of recycled cotton??
Despite my having made 26 charity blankets so far this year I have found that my wool store is not diminishing.
Indeed it seems that any space in the cubby holes is quickly filled by new and exciting stash that has simply leapt into it, almost without my help!
So I am going to try and have a month of yarn-drought. I certainly have enough yarn to crochet with for a month and more, and a few projects that I have bought yarn for and never quite started (does that count as a WIP?) so if all goes to plan August will be an opportunity to do just that.
Watch this space!