Shawl for my daughter …

12/02/2016 § 3 Comments

crochet shawl

crochet shawl

crochet shawl

crochet shawl

crochet shawl

I promised her this for her birthday in December but hadn’t even started it then.  Fortunately we have a very relaxed attitude to such things and she knew I wanted to make her something special but I needed to be ‘in the mood’!

I’ve so enjoyed creating this – no pattern – but my usual combination of a 3-cornered knitted scarf with crochet pineapple-ish lace edging, to keep her warm as she travels to work and out in the evenings with her friends.

It was going to be just the linen colour, but she has a teal bag (which I love) and I had some beautiful alpaca in the perfect shade and the red – well, we both love red and it’s a deep cherry red – warm and cosy.

I think I may be ‘back in the groove’ earlier than I expected.  Building works will be done by the end of the month and I spent yesterday afternoon in the garden, turning over the veg plots and putting my early seed potatoes on the workbench to sprout.

The sun has been shining just a bit this week and has a remarkable effect – on all the bulbs and winter flowering cherry blossom – and makes me want to dance about!  I’ve booked up some fairs for the year and have listed a few quilts in my Quilt Shop.  I’m linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts on Finish it up Friday too.

Enjoy your weekend, what will you be up to?

Adaliza x

On my hook …

14/05/2013 § 4 Comments

Last year I completed 2.5 scarf/shawls – the .5 was a black one and I’ve never quite finished it, although I did wear it to a wedding in December!  Nobody noticed that it wasn’t finished because the deep lace border was (and still is) entirely in my head!

I’m not in the mood for black crochet at the moment, with Spring flourishing and about to burst into our lives.  As I write, it’s lashing rain and blowing a veritable gale.  It’s pitch dark outside and there have been several nasty banging noises – I hope the shed roofs are still on the sheds in the morning and nothing too valuable has blown down.

My fascination with lace weight yarn continues as I’m creating just for me at the moment – no fairs, no deadlines – I’m having a wonderful time.  It’s bliss!  My favourite shawl from last year was Tea Rose …

Tea Rose crochet shawl

Tea Rose crochet shawl – on block!

I blogged about Tea Rose and Smoke here and here.  They were both worked in Solomon’s Knot or Lovers’ Knot stitch which is basically double crochet with the stitch pulled out a bit!  They’ve been very well worn since I made them at the end of last summer and I’m still wearing them almost every day!  Last week, I began Moss – a heady yarn compiled from baby alpaca, cashmere and silk – from The Natural Dye Studio based in North Devon.  I am finding it very hard to resist treating myself to some more of this yarn – many are named after places from my past – Lynmouth, Withy Pool and Watersmeet.  Oh, I desperately need to go to North Devon very soon.

Solomon's Knot or Lovers' Knot crochet stitch

Solomon’s Knot or Lovers’ Knot crochet stitch – Moss Yarn

frothy crochet

frothy crochet before blocking

I’m planning to do a tutorial for the stitch and the deep lace border that’s definitely going to be added to this project – 3 sides of lace me thinks!  Moss won’t be finished for a while – sometime next month – maybe.

I’ve used the stitch for snoods too – it’s so simple once you get the hang of it …

Red Snood - Drops Baby Merino

Red Snood – Drops Baby Merino

Solomon's Knot / Lovers' Knot stitch

Solomon’s Knot / Lovers’ Knot crochet stitch

This one’s my favourite at the moment and is perfect over t-shirts.  Just one ball, about 80 starting chain and 20 rows makes a whole snood with a row of double crochet top and bottom – simples!  I have a whole collection made from different colours in the Drops Baby Merino collection – it’s wonderfully soft yarn and works up quickly.  I love the soft, stretchy, frothy effect of this stitch – and it’s very warm!

What’s on your hook?


Wrap up warm …

26/09/2012 § 2 Comments

Autumn is here, evenings are chilly, mornings are fresh and dewy.

Gossamer threads appear overnight in our garden, stretched between golden leaves and drying stems. Silken and magical they’ve each taken hours of work by tiny spinning spiders.  My latest shawl is another created using Solomon’s Knot stitch which rather reminds me of lace cobwebs.

It’s so simple – just double crochet with a knot.  I started with a foundation chain of about 70 and then a row of double crochet. The knots are worked in pairs, making a zig-zag. I learnt the stitch from a book I discovered buried beneath a huge pile of ‘stuff’ – my mother’s copy of Weldon’s Encyclopaedia of Needlework and there on page 677 in glorious black and white is a single picture tutorial and half a page of pattern!  Those were the days!

I added a deeper lace border to either end and then blocked (almost) every picot point in the fans – and absolutely every one down the sides!  Tiny, deep dusky pink beads are just about visible in the 3rd photo – to remind me of jewel dew drops!

Since I started it here, it’s taken a few weeks to finish and now I want to wrap it around my shoulders and pick dusky pink sedum flowers – in fact, it’s stopped raining for a minute so I may do just that!

Enjoy the rest of your week.

Adaliza x

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