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.
I got some wonderful nettle yarn from yarnyarn, who sell really exciting yarns that are ethically and environmentally produced, something I want to focus on a lot more. I wanted to make something that showed the lovely texture of the yarn so decided on this chain necklace. I made a very long chain on a generous-sized hook and folded it over to give 8 strands to the necklace. Then I bound black yarn around the chain at intervals to add some interest, and a chunky clasp that can be worn either decoratively at the front, or hidden away behind the neck. I am very pleased with the result. A statement necklace that has already drawn compliments.
My bag was judged to be very good and I got some very useful feedback, which I have now acted upon. The original handles were a bit flimsy and it was suggested that I put in extra rows of dc above and below the handle to strengthen it. I decided to return to the yarn used for the Tunisian and to do a couple of rows of Tunisian as this fabric was much stiffer and stronger. Dc rows were added as well. The result, above, is more functional and, I think, more attractive.
I’m so pleased. I made this . . .
into this . .
This was my final project that had to include Tunisian and broomstick crochet so I designed this myself. The yarn from Wool and the Gang was great and I think it’s somewhat sustainable. I’ll be looking at it again and I’ve got more ideas for using the raffia and the broomstick. I found the Tunisian hard work, especially with a 4mm hook but am quite taken with the Broomstick. The raffia holds its shape so you can take all the loops off together, instead of trying to prise them off in groups, which can be a pain. All the details are here.