Thursday, August 24, 2006


Dentists are evil but necessary. Ok, I shouldn't say that about my dentist. She's a real sweetie. In fact, her whole team is wonderful. But I still don't enjoy a trip to the dentist. Half my face is still frozen and slowly thawing out. I hate that tingling feeling. It's going to hurt later. Ugh! While sitting at the dentist, I've been trying to think of things that could be worse than a trip to the dentist. Childbirth might be close.

On the bright side, I think I might have corrupted one of the assistant...she was fascinated by my sock knitting. Heh!


When I was four or so, my parents sold our house to some people who had a daughter a few years older. I remember they came over one night to do some paperwork and Belle, the daughter, was crocheting granny squares. It was one of my first exposure to fibre arts of any kind and it was the coolest thing I've ever seen! This even predates knitting for me. She was making granny squares to sew together to make a blanket. She taught me the chain stitch and the double crochet stitch. At that time, I didn't know what these stitches were called.

Years later, out of curiousity, I picked up a crochet hook and made a couple of granny squares. Other than a pair of really ugly slippers (it's amazing what you can do with very oversized granny squares!) I made for my husband years ago, I don't crochet. I understand the principle behind it. Crochet is for picking up dropped stitches in your knitting.

A week ago, I came across this and thought how nice this would look in handspun. Better yet, in energized handspun single. So, that's what I did. And crochet this...

The singles were really kinked up and hard to work with so I washed and stretched the yarn to dry. Once the scarf was finished, I washed it again and let it dry without stretching. This seems to put the the "energy" back in the singles and I got all the kinks back. In using a thinner yarn, I got a thinner scarf. I joined the ends of the scarf together to make a big loop instead of having them flap free. I like my scarves better this way. Spinning the yarn thick/thin gave the scarf more texture but it made the clovers less distinct. I joined the flowers a little differently - through the middle instead of going through the side petals. The wool is a Polworth roving that I had dyed lime green/chartreuse with splashes of black. Spun up, it gave me the darker bloches of green.

My first crochet project - other than granny squares.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for coming over to my blog, Lavender. That crochet scarf is cool. I find however that crochet only looks cool if you use alot of colors like in granny squares but you made crochet look somewhat elegant (which is hard to do in my opinion).