Saturday, 16 March 2013
Dangerous Yarn Adventures!
Ahhhh crochet, how I love you. Above is a baby blanket I'm making for a GP mama, to gift her sister. Ambivalence has dogged me so far, I initially started using a deep strong teal and a strong dark green. I wasn't feeling it; that was frogged, I re looked at my colours and chose the above colours; but felt there wasn't balance, I've since picked up a few more greens; a soft green and a lovely soft lime green, which should compliment the above scheme nicely and provide more balance :-)
The owl wall hanging was finished and posted. I must ask the recipient to take a photo, weather has been so rubbish here and the light so dark, I wasn't able to get a decent photo. Pleased how it turned out. I think single motifs on the corner of baby blankets would look lovely too! I've also been comissioned to make a purse out of these motfis. Bit of a new challenge for me; adding a zip - not something I've done before. I really wish I could get one of those sharp crochet hooks, specifically for crocheting onto fabric, that would make life sooooooo much easier - actually my small hooks might be sharp enough to poke through...hmmm will test. I do love the creative process; being inspired, sketching ideas, adding colours, textures, working out stitch patterns if not using an existing pattern... fun, fun, fun!
Another make was sent out; I'll let you go and have a look on my Etsy page if interested; it was a stripey willy warmer; gosh, I had a giggle fest taking photos; laughing so hard, tears ran down my face!
Oooh and a tale I have for this yarn! Last September a client gave me a voucher for £20 for a LYS, as a thank you for minding her daughter. Today, I found it, I'd completely forgotten about it, I needed greens for the baby blanket (yes, those greens; lovely yarn, it's by KingCole, called Comfort, and acrylic/nylon mix - very soft and scrummy), so ideal, and well, while there I decided to treat myself - I love James C Brett Marble Chunky, and the red yarn, is a actually a weird almost fillet crochet ribbon; looking forward to experimenting with it for my freeform projects.
The tale? Heart stopping - almost literally for me! The yarn shop I went to is in Dover, and the drive from here to there was wet and very windy, the car was buffeted a fair bit. On the way back, half way home, this object, out of nowhere was flying straight toward my head, I ducked, as you do - not that it would have mattered of course had it hit the windscreen. Phew, thankfully it didn't; but it did hit the roofbox with an almighty thud. Very proud, I kept my cool and not a swerve in sight..... pounding heart, stomach in mouth.. but otherwise ok.
Initially, I thought it was a seagull, but the thud I heard had a metalic sound. Heart sank back down into my chest as it dawned on me.. the wind had blown the grill off the front of the car - and that is why it suddenly appeared from nowhere. Thank goodness no other cars were behind me; it could have caused an accident. I am very unhappy, you may remember, the grill fell off 24hrs after I purchased the car, and I had a bit of wrangling with the dealership to get them to replace it..... that it's come off again, has made me an unhappy bunny. I've now had the nearly a year though, and of course the grill isn't covered by the warranty... isn't that typical. I shall be writing to Vauxhall and declaring my unhappy bunnyiness! In the meantime, Zaffy is a bit naked at the front :-( Poor love.