Wedding Necklaces

20190610_140607 I’m going to a wedding in August and I’ve been experimenting with necklaces to wear with my coral coloured shift dress. I may wear a grey jacket, depending on the weather, so it was a good opportunity to try out the beautiful charcoal coloured linen yarn I bought at Wonderwool. Here are the results:

This necklace is from this book by Lily M Chin. It’s a very simple spiral design with beads added. I’m very pleased with the result but my husband said it looked like a christmas decoration so we’ll see.

These two necklaces are my own design. The first is made of four chains, two of the charcoal linen and two of lurex thread, plaited together. I really like the slightly stiff result. The second one is a long chain of linen yarn with beads crocheted in. You can see the large ones but there are also tiny coral ones. This is the favourite to be worn on the day and I will make earrings to go with it.

This one is a bit different. It looks red/orange but is, in fact, a soft coral. The pattern in the book is for strips of raw silk but I used two strands of DK cotton and a 7mm hook. It worked well but I’m not sure it’s something I’ll wear.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Pearl’s Garden Shawl

I made this shawl for Pearl’s birthday because she loves her garden. The idea is that it’s a lawn with flowers around the edge. I used DK cotton and bamboo because Pearl doesn’t get on with wool and I don’t like acrylic. The bamboo was really soft with a nice drape but it did split a bit. I used 4/5 mm hooks. The flowers were all made individually and I managed to sew them on without showing coloured yarn on the opposite side. I’m pleased with the result but I can see that it’s a bit mad. I’m not sure what Pearl will make of it but I’m hoping she can drape it over her shoulders on a chilly early morning in the garden.

 

 

 

 

Wonderwool 2019

img_20190505_170653This was my first ever yarn festival and it was quite overwhelming at first. I thought I had a plan but it turned out I didn’t. I just walked around marvelling at the beautiful colours and textures and eventually bought skeins of random colours that I loved, mostly without a project in mind. My well-thumbed brochure was very useful and I got to all the stands I wanted, my main mission being to try and locate sustainable and fairtrade yarns and colours. This meant avoiding acrylic and superwash although I wasn’t very vigilant about enquiring about the nature of dyes (chemical or otherwise). Interestingly, Janie Crowfoot had written about this very topic in her newsletter this week.

img_20190505_165950Blacker Yarns are from Cornwall and I struggled to choose something from their stand, which was full of beautiful, unusual yarns. In the end I chose this wool/linen mix but I have no idea what I will do with it yet.

Namolio was a relatively small stall with some amazing linen yarns. These are quite tough and shiny so I think they will be ideal for jewellery. I got two big skeins and a little sample pack of different colours. I also bought about 700g of hand-dyed wool that I can use to make a new jumper.

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Wooly Chic had a small stall with a lovely friendly owner and a huge range of organic cotton. I was spoilt for choice of bright colours but, in the end, opted for black and grey as I want to make a tapestry crochet evening pouch, which I will bead, to brighten it up.

I couldn’t resist these yarns from Watercolours and Lace who, it turns out, come from somewhere near Diss. The colours and yarn mixes are absolutely beautiful and in the end I chose 100% baby camel; lambswool silk; and alpaca/mohair. I can’t wait to try them out. Similarly, the silks from Willow Knits were beautiful colours and all silk.

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Manos del Uruguay produce fairtrade yarns and I chose a pack of contrasting colours in a merino wool/silk mix. Various sellers stock them.

I bought one more set of mini skeins – Scheepjes cotton, which is not organic but I really wanted some more colours of cotton. And I visited Midwinter yarns on purpose because I wanted to see their linen (I believe linen, like wool, is environmentally friendly). Unfortunately they had not been able to bring their linen range to the show but I took this photo so I can order online.

As well as buying luxury yarn, I also went to two workshops. The first was Jane Crowfoot’s beaded crochet masterclass and the second was spinning. It was great to meet Jane Crowfoot and see how she worked and I picked up some really good tips from her. She also admired my freeform bag!! I made a little beaded motif that I hope to turn into a card for Gill. I had already tried some spinning so it was great to get advice from an experienced spinner. I am not proud of my resulting yarn but I did learn where I was going wrong and I think I would like to pursue spinning when I have time. It could be a very relaxing hobby. I also met Pauline Turner, who was full of energy and tried to persuade me to sign up to part 2 of the Diploma. I’m not tempted as I’m so busy at the moment and I want to do it when I have time to savour it. In the meantime I need to finish a shawl I am making for Pearl, a teddy I am making for Yuki, Gill’s card and the evening pouch for me that I haven’t started yet. Then I need to start making my jumper and, most importantly, start exploring the wonderful yarns and ideas I have for making necklaces.

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Archive 1 Jumpers

I have made many items that I have given away either as gifts or to charity shops. This is an archive of all the items I crocheted before starting the Diploma that I still have in my house.

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Aran jumper, brown, now used for decorating.
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Aran jumper, natural wool. Very heavy. May unravel and reuse wool.

 

 

Necklace experiments

Success . . 

20190322_112657This is so simple, but so nice. It’s made of DK man-made fibre, which is a bit shiny.  I crocheted 4 long chains using a 3mm (I think!) hook and then braided them together. I made it to match a new dress I bought. It doesn’t really look crocheted and it’s perfect with my dress. I need to do some calculations for how much yarn I need for a length of braid to avoid wastage.  I was so chuffed with this necklace that I made this . . .

 

 

Flop . . .

20190322_112742The idea was to make a necklace for Sarah’s birthday. She loves orange and I wanted to see what happened when I used two colours. This is man-made DK but without the sheen. The green was on the outside of the four strands and the orange in the middle.  This created two vertical stripes down the length of the braid. The result is like a wooly, garish snake – more suitable as a child’s toy than a grown woman’s necklace. You live and learn!