As promised, I want to show you more about the recent new crochet projects that I started during the last two weeks, as mentioned in my last post.
The Lacy Feather and Fan Wrap
This is one of those amazing patterns that I had long favourited in my ravelry account, but at the time I was not ready to try it out!
Lacy Feather and Fan Wrap on Ravelry
This pattern is available as a free download.
If you check out the various projects from this pattern you will be amazed just how versatile and beautiful it is!
The basic pattern is based on 76 stitches which will have 3 shell and 4 feather sections. Of course you can vary the amount of stitches to a different width (multiples of 19 stitches).
Here is a first glimpse of my own work in progress! Isn't it pretty?
|Lacy Feather and Fan Wrap|
The story behind this project
Ok, back to the beginning. It began with an email that informed me about a brand new yarn by Louisa Harding, called Pittura. It is inspired by great painters. I fell in love with the shade Kahlo!
So I looked it up where I could get this online (after phoning my local wool shop which did not yet stock it). And I found a new online shop called https://www.tangled-yarn.co.uk/ where I decided to order from.
Whilst browsing their fabulous yarns, I came across a brand called http://www.walkcollection.com/en/ . Cathrin dyes her yarn in small batches by hand in Germany. The colour combinations are gorgeous. Her batches sell out fast!
So, suddenly I decided to order a skein of delicate Merino from the Walk Collection, in the shade called Salina. It has got a dark hazelnut brown, lighter brown, Rust, Lichen. Mushroom, Aqua Blue, bright Turquoise in it. All these colours remind me of my recent walk in the woods to see the Bison!
When my package arrived, I was thrilled with the new yarn!!!
|Louisa Harding Pittura (Kahlo) and Walk Collection (Salina)|
Here is Salina, in a skein, then unwound and after winding it into a nice squishy yarn cake!!! It is Heavy Lace - 600m to a 100g. The colours are really difficult to show on a computer!
I decided to make a swatch to see how the pattern would look like and how it was put together. I had wanted to try a chevron, zigzag or ripple pattern for a while. What I like about this pattern is that the number of stitches remains constant in each row!
After that little swatch I was ready to get started!!!
|My lacy Shawl together with my new spring flowers|
This time I am using my Addi hook 4mm, and I am crocheting so very loosely. This shawl will need some serious blocking afterwards. I have just done some maths and realised that I need to get a second skein!
So, you can see from this story, whilst I set out to find out about an advertised yarn, I actually ended up (also) with an entirely different yarn and entire new project!
The Windowpane Cowl
As you might remember, I recently made the first Windowpane cowl. You can read the post here! It also tells you more where to find this free pattern.
I liked this pattern so much that I decided to start another version, this time with a different yarn. I found some Drops Alpaca in a Teal colour in my existing stash. Oh, this wool is so soft with a kind of fuzzy halo. Some of the fibres actually looked green amongst the blue.
Below you can see the swatch I made from cotton yarn and then the new swatch from Pure Alpaca Yarn above it. The cotton swatch looks much crisper!
You can see I am slowly making progress. I love holding it in my hands, it feels incredibly soft!
As for the Louisa Harding Pittura yarn, I have already found a new project idea in that new Simply Haekeln Bookazine that I bought in Germany! I am itching to get started, but I better continue with these two projects, plus the green Spring Airy cotton Top, first blogged here.
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