Sunday, April 29, 2007

Learning curve

This is the result of me trying my arm at crochet.

Let's ignore the fact it's not exactly the weather for wool scarves, a photo opportunity is a photo opportunity after all.

I didn't tell the full story in the first line - this is the result of me trying my arm at crochet without reading the pattern thoroughly.

This is a version of the One Skein scarf in the Stitch 'n' Bitch Happy Hooker book. I admired one made by blogless (to my knowledge) Ella, who goes to Glasgow Knit 'n' Stitch and had a brief look at her pattern and decided to give it a bash in a very gung-ho manner, and of course, let's lengthen it, and of course let's sub a different yarn of a totally different weight. Let's not worry about the fact you're not very crochet-savvy.

Well, it came back to bite me in the bum! The foundation row, or cast on as I will call it, was far too tight in comparison to the body of the scarf, meaning it curves in a rather astonishing manner! It seems that the Happy Hooker would have you use a hook 2mm larger for your initial row, which makes perfect sense now that I read it after the event.

Anyway, it IS wearable, as a sort of collar pic #1 at the neck of your coat to keep the wind out.

Pic #2 shows you the nice colour of the Twilley's Freedom Spirit (2 1/2 balls) in "Bliss" shade 508and my Swarowski love heart brooch.

Pic #3 shows you how much it wants to curve curve curve.

Enjoyed making it, and I will wear it and LEARNED A LOT about crochet. x K

Pic #4 is Lindsay the Llama who finally came up to the fence at Balcary Bay.


Midsummer night's knitter said...

Looks to me like it was always meant to be like that!
PS It looks good :0)

Ali said...

Lovely scarf and very cute little brooch :) looks the business to me!
I also wanted to ask you if you can recommend anywhere in Dumfries and Galloway for a holiday. DH and I have decided to go there for the first time but don't know where to go and from reading your blog I've noticed you go there a lot! So who better to ask? We'd like to be by the sea - any ideas would be most welcome???

Wee Minty said...

It's smashing! Even TB was suitably impressed!

Gonna have another look at my hooker book!

heather said...

It's a very lovely learning experience Kathleen ! Lovely colours of yarn too :0)

carol said...

Looks fine to me - if fact I like the curve, it will make it easier to wear. Pretty brooch too, just perfect for the scarf.

Flavaknits said...

Lovely scarf and brooch - seems like you've taken to crochet very well.

Linda said...

At least you have started crochet unlike me who buys books about how to do it the chickens out.

Anonymous said...

Wow! What a fab scarf! I agree with India - it looks like it's meant to be like that. I love how the colours have come out using crochet.

Midsummer night's knitter said...

Hey Kathleen - 12 months....I've actually tried to remove that from my blog, but I can't for some reason - so I'll just have to pretend that I'm a real angel!

Sarah said...

I love the colors! I wouldn't know there was anything wrong about it, crochet is sort of free-form anyway, I like it!