Caroline Bawn is the owner of online yarn store, Gorgeous Yarns. She made a new year’s resolution to learn to crochet, and we’re documenting her journey in the magazine and here on the website.
“I’ve been busy! As soon as I saw the lovely bag by Nicki Trench in issue 67 [above], I just knew I wanted to make it. I have made it with Nurturing Fibres Eco Fusion which is a gorgeous blend of cotton and bamboo; the yarn has silky threads from the bamboo which add a sheen to the bag, and it’s hand-dyed and ethically produced by Carle Dehning and her team in South Africa. The bag was a dream to make, the wavy pattern of coloured stripes is so sunny and fun, and my bag has already been for a (chilly, with a flask) picnic to the beach one evening last week.
“I have been thinking about all the people around the world crocheting… wondering what they are making and what yarns they are using. I know Nurturing Fibres have a following in South Africa, and the news is spreading about how fabulous the yarns are. Cotton and bamboo yarns are perfect for summer projects don’t you think?
“A friend sent me a postcard from Greece of an elderly woman sat in the sun on her doorstep crocheting, and I wondered what she was making. It looks very fine and delicate, and my mother-in-law saw ladies doing the same when she went to Malta on holiday. I wonder what yarns they are using? Cottons and bamboo yarns would be cooler to use than wool base yarns – or perhaps they are using silk…”
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