“I am so pleased with my latest project for the Bramble Jelly cowl by Shirley MacDonald from issue 60 [right]. The cowl introduced me to a new stitch, a raised double treble, which gives the cowl a basketweave effect I really like. The button bands had me flummoxed so I do confess I ad-libbed a bit, but I’m still very pleased with it. I managed to keep the edges straight and the tension even, so it is just a case of practice and a bit of stitch counting.
“I used Perran Yarns Merino and Silk Aran in Cambridge Blues. It is a beautiful yarn to work with, smooth and soft and very ‘smoochy’ as a cosy cowl.
“I have been thinking about the yarns I use to crochet with. I can’t decide whether I like solid colours, semi solids or variegated for crochet. I love the shapes and twists of the different stitches, and these show up better with the solids or semis, but the variegated yarns are just so beautiful as the colours move and blend and change. So far I have only used wools and wool mixes, but as spring comes into view, I’ve also been thinking about lighter yarns. To this end I have a fancy to make a crochet tote bag in a cotton so it’s washable, and ideal for the beach and summer picnics. I wonder if a crochet bag will be tricky… Gorgeous Yarns are getting a range of cottons over the next few months, so I will be spoiled for choice, and back to the dilemma of solids, semis or variegated again!
“I’m enjoying learning to crochet very much, and my knitting projects at home don’t get picked up much these days! Let me know what projects you are working on, let’s share the love!”
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