Sunday, January 31, 2010

bits & scraps

Winter Daisies Pillow:
Scraps of unfit (meaning too thin for rug hooking) wool fabric. A bit of crocheted daisy flowers, an abandoned scarf project (all those endless chains...). I used the incredibly easy envelope back pillow tutorial here.

Coral Strand Necklace:
A bit of Berroco Mica yarn to make a chained and slip stitched cord, with spare button and looped end. Some scrap yarn of Berroco Seduce yarn, leftover from my knit Baktus scarf. The jumping off point for the necklace is Coral, a free crochet pattern from Berroco. I wove the slipped cord through the holes of the Seduce Coral to make my Coral Strand. Depending on my mood, I can wear it spread out or scrunched up.

Friday, January 22, 2010

new boy in town

He sings, he's athletic, he looks good in red, he's
Another brilliant design by Aleta Fera

Monday, January 18, 2010

Sock Star Scarf Reveal

I was so thrilled to be a finalist in Berroco's Sock Star competition! Now I'm even more thrilled to see my crochet scarf, which Berroco named Olney St., in the upcoming Sock Star Pattern Booklet. The scarf is crocheted using one skein of Berroco's Ultra Alpaca Fine wool. The pattern booklet will be available in LYS' soon and directly through Berroco. If you voted for the scarf back in the Fall, a huge thank you to you, and I hope people like the scarf if they crochet it. These are a few photos I snapped before I had sent it off to Berroco in August.

In September I crocheted it again, using the Redwood Mix colorway. I gave it to my sister, Bonnie, a small thank you for all her support and continuous inspiration.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Cowl Happy

I was totally happy when I received my very own Chickadee Cowl knit by my sister, Jackie. I love the colors. Sheep Shop 2 yarn if I remember correctly. Thanks, Jackie!

Then I was way happy at the beginning of this week when I finished knitting my Buttermilk Sky cowl designed by my sister, Bonnie. Knit in Berroco Pure Merino. Such a great texture and great fun to knit.

Cowl Happy

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Crochet for a Winter's Day

I've been crocheting a few different items as I try out my Habu mystery yarn samples. The doily pattern is from the Kyuuto! Lacy Crochet. I love the claw-like petal/leaves and its simple design. The Habu yarn is a laceweight linen so I used a small 1.75 mm hook. The yarn has a beautiful natural color and texture and draped nicely with blocking.
Sometimes it's very satisfying to complete something from start to finish in just a matter of a couple hours. The Habu yarn I used for this simple necklace appears to be a silk paper/ribbon yarn. It's bronze color seemed to be the perfect compliment for some peach seed beads I had left over from a scarf. I played around with several hook sizes before deciding on a 1.75 mm hook for smaller chains. The necklace is long enough that it can be worn in single strands or doubled up around the neck.

This motif reminds me of a passion flower. I'm not sure what this will become. I had just enough of this yarn to make two circle motifs. I may combine it with some linen or wool fabric to make a brooch. Plenty of winter days left to ponder its use.