Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Yarn Along

Happily joining Ginny and the gang over at small things for this week's Yarn Along.
I've never tackled a big project in crochet...made mostly small practical things. I would say that I'm ready for something finer. something wearable. for me.
And so it was that I began to make myself a cardie. Once I got the neckline done, I tried it on to double-check the tension and when I glanced in the mirror I saw a crochet collar.
I have for some time been wanting to make myself one of these curiousities. I love the vintage feel of such an accessory...timeless really. Hence, I've abandoned said cardie pattern for the moment. Going to have fun playing around with this idea for now. I made up the red border. I've also made up my mind to rip this part back and re-fashion the next row(s). Funny how plans change ; )
I'm loving this departure from wool.
The blue's pure cotton, the red's pure silk. (So friends, the latter's Debbie Bliss right, but what's not so blissful about it, is that it has that really over-spun feel and I continually have to straighten it out as I go...any ideas...? You can see the 'twisties' in my photo)

This is my busiest time of year work-wise so I'm not reading anything at the moment. Rumi still graces my bedside table though and I love to flick open a page now and then, it helps me remember to breathe : )
Look forward to seeing what you're up to and thanks so for all lovely comments on last weeks post. M

Wednesday, 9 November 2011

Yarn Along

Happily joining Ginny and the gang over at small things for this week's Yarn Along.
Following on from last weeks post, my head and hands are still full with small projects, with young beginner crochet students in mind. Inspiration for this red envelope came from here. Great fun : ) I'm enjoying this break from knitting and
 I do so love doing crochet with pure cotton...makes for quite a strong, hardy  piece in the end too.
  Clover make my all-time favourite hooks. I picked some up when I was in my old stomping ground of Ashland, Oregon last summer and my dear aunt sent me some more this summer. Hooks widely available here at home are uniformly grey. And being that we see a lot of grey out our windows I rather see a glint of gold as I stitch away. 

And for some rejuvenation...Rumi.

First, lay down your head
then one by one
let go of all distractions.
Embrace the light and let it guide you
beyond the winds of desire.
There you will find a spring and 
nourished by its sweet waters
like a tree you will bear fruit forever.