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Crochet has been a new-found passion the last couple of months. I have been working on smaller pieces I hope to eventually “stitch together” later into something wearable for the coming fall and winter. I have actually been knitting and crocheting my scarves in recent years, that is why I only buy fabric scarves, but I haven’t really gone beyond that.
I think I’m finally ready to try and craft something from the bits and pieces I have gathered in various ziploc bags, but I am a bit wary of how it will come out. I have grouped them into patterns based on color and type of yarn and hope to create a good mix of the many pieces instead of just pulling in similar ones for a project. I bought a grey fleck (speckled?) yarn that I hope to piece the rounds together with against an all black background. (I am hoping to post the work in progress after the weekend.)
Meanwhile, I have been intrigued by this Icelandic sweater crochet pullover I’ve been seeing online, but a pattern for which I cannot find. I am hoping to mimic it for the sweater tunic I’m making out of the Bernat blanket yarn I am experimenting with. I also stocked up on the Caron one pounder which went on sale over at Michael’s around two weekends ago. That, plus an additional 25% off coupon, allowed me to buy it at half off the original price.
I try to stick with the cotton and acrylics so that I don’t have to worry about fabric care later on. When working with yarn, it’s always a good idea to check fabric care before purchasing it so you know it’s I remember knitting with some fancy wool-blend yarn years ago and when it was washed, it became a rag. (I had given it as a gift to my mother-in-law.). Back then and even now, I worked with fancy threads and yarns for my knitting projects because I couldn’t do the complicated stitches. I would work designs into the scarves by switching yarn or needles. Crochet is a different matter altogether, because I had learned this firsthand in grade school. I can even read patterns in both the word form and diagram.
Switching yarns and needles is a little trickier for me in crochet, because I worry about how the finer and softer yarns would hold up against the tension or pull of the actual piecework. It would be horrible to see parts of the final project fraying or hanging loose because it was carrying too much weight. But then again, I wouldn’t know until I finally pulled it together. I am trying to confine the finer yarns as embellishments to the chunkier, hardier spools. The set you see below will be part of a bigger crochet collage.
I will try to focus on getting a “draft” layout of the collage going this weekend, and trying to work piecing them together as I have envisioned it. Sometimes planning one thing turns out another way when you actually execute it, and I want to see how it works on a small piece before going for the entire thing. I guess my weekend is cut out for me.
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