Crochet Cowl ~ work in progress

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This was a little surprise project from the Big Adventure in New York City. I was visiting this-divine-yarn-store, and was looking at all their fabulous scarves and other knitted and crochetted goodness.

Of course, most of the lovely projects were knitted, but I did find one rather scrumptious crochet number. It was called Knitty City Crochet Shoulder Shawl by Susan Haviland. If buying the yarn at Knitty City, the pattern is free.

I decided on some gorgeous Koigu yarn. I love the mix of pink and golden tones. Koigu is a lovely 100% merino wool yarn, hand dyed in Canada.

For Aussies / New Zealanders, try Yarn Glorious Yarn for a lovely selection of Koigu, and I’m pretty sure the shipping is free.

Of course, I know it’s meant to be a shoulder shawl, but I’m just not that into shawls and decided to make a scarf. After way too many rows to start again, I realised I hadn’t made it long enough for a scarf, so I’m thinking I will join it very neatly and very invisibly at the end and make a cowl! What do you think? Will that work?

The pattern is really simple, fast and effective I think.

PS: I forgot to mention, please excuse the chewed dining chair – Moo seems to like the taste of them!

Spring Blanket

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Last week I got a text from my mother, asking me if I’d knit or crochet her a throw rug / blanket to keep her warm during evening telly-watching. I was rather ridiculously excited about this proposition, I’m actually a little bit thrilled that Mum likes my crochet. She’s a rather Modern Mother, and not normally into all-things-granny.

Of course, as Mum wants this throw rug sometime this century, knitting was not going to be an option, ha!

After many discussions, yarn store visits and cups of tea, we decided that the only way to proceed would be two blankets – a Spring / Summer Blanket, and a Winter Blanket.

Our original plan was to choose a colour pallet, then choose 3 or 4 different granny squares, and make a mix and match blanket. But after a  late night of furious crochet last Saturday, it just wasn’t coming together how I’d hoped.

Of course, this called for more tea and mother / daughter discussions, and this is what we decided on. Just one square, repeated 8 x 8.

We’re using Rowan Glace Cotton Yarn, in Ivy, Shoot, Black and Bubbles (aren’t those names delicious)? And the square is called Willow.