I have had a really lovely weekend this weekend, being a bit of a tourist in Buckinghamshire with a friend of mine. Lots to write about there, but right now I really wanted to write about my current crochet WiP before I finish it. I know I am pretty behind the curve with this one as it was doing the rounds a while ago, but I still really like it, and this one only has a small few hours' work left to do.
I first saw the Japanese flower scarf over at Attic24, and another at (the sadly now ended blog) Crochet with Raymond. A few Google image searches and I had many more sources of inspiration – but no clue where to start!
Then I stumbled over this fantastic step-by-step photo tutorial at Revlie. The pictures are ideal for me, I seem to be much better at looking at how something is done (plus just a smidge of guidance) and working things out from that, rather than from wordy explanations.
My first attempt involved using just one ball of leftover wool, as I hadn’t really gotten the hang of crocheting from a circle yet and I didn't want to waste a whole new batch of yarn. My spare ball of wool only stretched to 6 flowers (and then I had to adapt the last flower slightly as there wasn’t quite enough yarn for all of the stitches) but I was too chuffed with the end result to not keep it, so now it sits under the fruit bowl :)
Next up was a full scarf (no pictures of this one I’m afraid as it was pre-blog and given as a gift once it was finished). It was made using various combinations of two colours, and I was very pleased with how it turned out. So now I’m on my third go, and this one is destined as a present too. I’m using a self-patterning yarn this time around, simply because I saw the colours and knew they would be perfect for my mum. I was also excited to see how the colour change would come out in crochet – and I really like the effect. (I also like having fewer ends to sew in – is that really bad?)
|Look at all those books behind there - I think I might have a problem!|
I haven’t found a good yarn shop near to me yet, so I had to order extra balls from the internet. I really need to work on figuring out how much yarn a project will use, as obviously this is not the best approach to take! The new yarn has just arrived though, so progress can continue and I can crack on with hooking up these delicious big, soft flowers. Fingers crossed the colours will match up well and my mistake won't matter...
|That ripple in the background was my first ever project - I looooove it!|
There is not much left to do at all, just a few big smooshy flowers to fill up the final row:
Then I will have to crack on with something else from my overly-full WiP basket (I love this basket - my husband bought it for picnicking, but when we had such a wash-out of a summer last year I decided that I had a much better use for it. I'm looking forward to getting a sewing machine and making a lovely new lining for it...)
I'm loving this current scarf and I can't wait to give it to my mum and see what she thinks of it. Might even have to make one for myself after that...