A little bit of hooky …

27/01/2012 § 6 Comments

Maybe it’s because there’s a chill in the air …

would that explain my sudden desire to crochet?

Or could it be this most delicious collection of yarn, that’s got me in the mood?

Last October, or thereabouts, I happened across Getting Stitched on the Farm – Kristin Nicholas’ blog.  I was hooked (excuse the pun) and am a regular visitor, sharing in the highs and lows of farming life in Massachusetts.  On this particular day, the very first time I visited, Kristen’s yarn Julia – a heady mix of wool, alpaca and mohair – had just been discontinued and was being offered for sale at a discount from Webs.

Now, anyone who’s anyone from over-the-pond will doubtless be familiar with Webs, but I had to know more!  There I found the yarn, in glorious technicolour,  the colours made me swoon!  It was cheaper to buy it and get it shipped than it was to buy the equivalent yardage from a local store.

I purchased a box full and could hardly contain my excitement when it arrived (despite having to pay the import duty which I wasn’t expecting)!  Then, in December, my great friend who lives in NY popped over for a visit and brought me some more for my collection!

I’ve uummmm’d and aarrrrgh’d over what to make and a while ago I settled on my pattern …

My original choice of colours included a vivid scarlet and a couple of others, but this stuff was selling out as I was clicking on my basket!

I’m making a blanket – for me, well us – the family!  It’s my Gypsy Blanket – those hot, tangy hues are full of character and charm.

I’ve been hooking away in quiet moments now and then, but want this to be a gentle make.  No deadlines to meet, or market date for this one.  I’ve put together 36 squares but I’m thinking I may stop there and work outwards with a border, to give maximum drape.  What do you think?

As usual, when in doubt, I dug out one of my crochet books …

I love this book and use it as a reference so often.  The projects actually interest me less than the stitch library.  I think I’ve settled for this stitch …

a textured tweed that requires little brain power and will enable me to interlock colours all around instead of simply working in stripey rows.  What do you think?

Have you used this stitch?

Will it drape well?  Let me know your thoughts.

Now, I’m off to walk the dogs, dodging the downpours, hopefully!  What happened to the glorious sunshine from this morning when I was still in work?

Note to self … must get on with planning early retirement!

Enjoy your weekend …

Flora’s loving the rain!

Adaliza x

PS Just added in the link to Webs yarnstore, in the US.

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§ 6 Responses to A little bit of hooky …

  • mcrafts says:

    loving the colours of your wool! I need to get one of those crochet books for the stitches. I haven’t see that stitch before but it looks like it will really show off the colours and just be that little bit different – keep up posted on progress Mich x


  • Susie says:

    I love that crochet. We had a housekeeper years ago who did crochet all the time, but she used cotton and I have a few things she made (still, yes, I guess those things are at least 45 years old!). I will get some photos up eventually. I always wanted to learn to do that, it is so intriguing! Your blanket is so beautiful, the colors are just eye candy!
    And Flora, she makes me smile. It’s so windy here today tho, she would blow away. 🙂


  • Oh my goodness – this crochet blanket is to dye for!!!! Gorgeous. I will probably link to you in an upcoming post. Just beautiful.


  • adaliza says:

    The wool is the most wonderful I’ve ever worked with. Wait till you see the border! I’ll send you a photo tomorrow. Love to Nessie, Phoebe & Kate, from our girls Misty & Belle x


  • Susan says:

    I have looked at your afghan a thousand times….it is stunning. Would you consider sharing the circle in square pattern? I’m not extremely experienced but have looked several places and tried several swatches but can’t seem to get it just right. Thank you so very much for taking your time to share your talent.


  • adaliza says:

    I’ve done it! Thank you so much for asking. Here’s the tutorial http://adalizatutorials.wordpress.com/gypsy-rose-blanket-blocks/


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