Category Archives: Crochet

my viking

I had a request for a Viking helmet with a detachable beard. I got Rob to try it on so I could attach the sides of the beard in the right place:

vik 1     vik 2

Verdict: “warm, cosy and very very stylish. Especially if you’re a Viking”.

Incidentally, Vikings didn’t ever have horns on their helmets! According to wikipedia, this concept was an invention of 19th-century Romanticism, when Carl Doepler created horned helmets for the first Bayreuth Festival production of Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen in 1876.

 

un-Tyrolian hat

Sharon found this book in a charity shop. How we laughed at the hats!

tyrolian 4 tyrolian 3

… then I realised that three of the styles were very similar to some of the hats I make myself! hahaha – maybe it’s just the photo that’s dated :-)

I decided to try the green “Tyrolian” hat, top left in the pic. Shaped hats are difficult to achieve with crochet, even using thicker and less flexible yarns, so maybe there was some secret to this pattern?

tyrolian 1 tyrolian 2

Nope, there wasn’t. I have ended up with an un-Tyrolian hat – the crease will not stay, however hard I thump down on it, and the brim will not stay up at the sides, however hard I shout at it. Consequently, I have a completely different style of hat that I really really like. With some flowers or a band or a brooch pinned on, it’s versatile, warm and very vintage-looking. As in old-fashioned but in a good way.

Happy Sunday to all of you :-) x

hot fuzz

I was asked to make a hot water bottle cover in black furry yarn, so you have to admit that ‘hot fuzz’ is appropriate here.

hot fuzz

It doesn’t photograph well, but the top is a separate little crocheted dome with elastic round the edge which fits nicely over the sticky-out spout bit. I’m not sure how much heat it’s going to let through but it does look lovely. And feels nice – like a big furry and very squashed cat.

I enjoyed the knitting, it’s a nice change from crochet every once in a while (even though that bloody furry fuzzy stuff isn’t my first choice of yarn). So I kept my needles out (or the knitty sticks, as Rachel would say) and cast on for a garter stitch beanie:  rikke hat

knit 1

I’m using the new Print colours in Elle Pure Gold DK from Saprotex, there are 6 shades and each has lovely flecky bits of various muted shades offset against a solid base colour. The rikke hat is ‘la Fonda’, it’s my favourite so far. I’ve crocheted some hats with three of the other colours:

paint 1 paint 2

It works up like a dream. And chop-chop. You know how I love chop-chop.

nine

+ 41 pixie hats =

bag counter

And two more talented crochet people have got on board, so I’ve been distributing yarn all over the place and hope to be collecting beanies very soon from Eunice, Gladys, Berenice, Janet an Martli. Work those hooks, ladies!

And in other good news, the City of Cape Town has reissued the trading permit for the Yew Street Market – next market day is 27 June :-)  (article re closure).  I’m very pleased for Kim, and excited to be getting in on the ground floor with this project.