First blog in days and days…! What with a very long weekend in South Africa (5 days, from Freedom Day to Workers’ Day with 1 working day in between that most people seemed to take off anyway), some freelance work, too much socialising and a throat infection, I haven’t managed to do much knitty crochety crafty stuff, but there is a bit to show…
These are the first two tassels I have made for my belly-dancing friend. I know she has them in her little paws although I haven’t seen her myself today, so I’m hoping the feedback is positive. Even if they aren’t what she had in mind, I certainly enjoyed making them, and I can always use them to decorate something or other around the flat.
I also managed a bit of progress on my shell shawl:
I’ve wanted to make this shawl ever since I first found it on the internet, and am using Marble double knit because I have no idea what the equivalent would be to the Sausalito yarn that was used in the original pattern. It’s 100% acrylic, which actually suits me very well – the only natural fibre I can wear is cotton, anything with real wool in it makes me itchy and scratchy.
I seem to be going through a strong attraction to teal and turquoise and sea-green and aqua at the moment, I used to be much more pink and red! This Marble was quite cheap at R15,00 for a 50g ball, and I bought 6 instead of the 5 that was recommended, just in case. Nothing worse than running out of wool and then not being able to get the same dye-lot again. I still have some really lovely bamboo and cotton blend from Vinni’s hand-dyed range and, when I get an idea of the finished product, I will also try it in that, if it doesn’t make it too heavy and drapey. I liked this shawl because it doesn’t have a deep V at the back, which makes a nice change.
And that’s it for the handy stuff. I am going to Johannesburg for three days, leaving Friday, so I must be sure to pack at least one crochet activity that will keep me occupied on the plane and then also during the in-between socialising bits. Maybe something with small squares to be joined together later.
To be continued…