Happy Monday! Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. I got lots and lots done around my house and a bit of crochet, too.
Five Flower scarves are blocked, and boxed up ready for the trip to my sister. They are made from 100% cotton and are so fun for spring and summer.
I made one of these last year for myself and I have to say I wear it more than most of my knit or crochet items. When I wear it people stop me and ask where I bought it, which is a compliment and an insult all at the same time, if you know what I mean. Last year when wearing it at a fancy smancy mall near me I had four people stop me, a record. So hopefully someone out in Etsy land will like them, too.
You know I love to keep track of my finished projects, so here we go. The two crochet baskets will count as one finished project and two scarves will count as one. So that puts me at 13 1/2 finished projects for the year so far.
Until I know if more flower scarves are needed I thought I would try and work on this lovely sweater from Interweave Crochet Winter issue. I spent yesterday afternoon making swatch, after swatch, after swatch, and not getting it right.
This yarn is so thin it actually is weaving thread. I don't think I have ever used yarn this thin. It reminds me of dental floss. Super fine yarn is apparently not my thing. I had to put on my reading glasses because I couldn't see where to insert my hook.
In order to get gauge I had to double the yarn and go up two hook sizes. This of course creates the dilemma of running out of yarn pretty quickly. So I am going to experiment, this could be a major bust! I am going to alternate square colors so I use an even amounts of yarn. I am going to start at the back and work out on both sides equally. And I am going to make it into a vest instead of a sweater to save on yarn.
I think because the colors are somewhat muted that alternating the squares will not make it too busy. I actually drew out the pattern to see how it would look. It is a giant rectangle with openings for the arms, very similar to the blue vest I recently finished. This could be a colossal disaster or the work of a genius, only time will tell. I think what will happen is it will be fantastic and then the styles will drastically change to super tight, cropped sweaters. Well too bad, I am going to wear it anyway. That is if I don't run out of yarn first.