Saturday, February 27, 2010

This one's finished!

This is my shawl I've just finished in the last few days.  It's made with Cherry Tree Hill Alpine Baby, a mohair, silk and nylon sport weight yarn.  It's such loopy stuff that it's almost like trying to crochet with velcro.  It's almost impossible to unravel.  It took me a while to find a pattern that I thought would work with this yarn.  I finally settled on the Country Cotton Shawl from Lion Brand.  I tried several sizes of crochet hooks before determining that a size I would handle this loopy stuff.

So here is the finished product.  My skein of yarn has about 1000 yard in it and I used nearly all of it.  Even though I hated crocheting with the yarn, I really do like the finished product.  The color path runs from greys to blues to a speck of white here and there.  This shawl weighs less than 8 ounces - isn't that amazing  for the size.  It's warm and light weight.  I'm thinking of adding a button or two to the front so that I can keep in closed a bit easier.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

This and That

Wow!  It's been more than a month since my last posting. 

Persistence is what I've been practicing.   I've started over on the osprey piece 4 times, finally settling down on a purely colored pencil piece.  That might have been a mistake, as it took me weeks to get  the sky done.  The clouds have been nearly impossible, although they are coming along.  They don't look very cloud-like to me.  I'm starting on the bird now.  I hope this will pull everything together.  Maybe I need to practice the 10-10 rule.  Every 10 minutes, step back 10 feet and look at your work.

Some of you know that I have another blog,  I find that I can't keep both going.  So I'll just be posting everything to this blog.  That means that there will be more than just art here.  I also crochet, knit, sew and occasionally cook gourmet.  For example, this winter I've made 3 shawls and I'll be posting about them soon.  Just recently I  made French moelleux au chocolate.  

Thanks for being patient.