I have to come clean, I've started a crochet project, without finishing my last project. Shockingly undisciplined, I know.It's the scarf you see in the picture above, and it's a pattern I've worked out myself, inspired by someone who's crochet and colours I aspire to, Sarah London. She has a fabulous blog, which you can go to here. Infact, she's been doing a mystery crochet project over her last few posts, in which you can join in, by following her superb instructions. Why not pop on over to her blog to see what the mystery is? I know how you like a bit of mystery.
I don't know if you remember these photos from a past blog post? I was showing you my "Granny Zig-Zag Scarf". This is the scarf I've abandoned for a short while, because I'm getting on with the new scarf. I've been working on it a little, here and there, and was working on it when I started my knitted "Hourglass Sweater", the pattern by Joelle Hoverson, from her book, "Last Minute Knitted Gifts". I have finished that sweater, but need to take photos of it, before I can show it to you.
Hmmmmmm, that's a few patterns to write up for you, isn't it? Let me apologise to those of you waiting for patterns for two of these scarves. I started to do a step-by-step pattern for the Little Squares Scarf, but it just kept on going wrong, or the light wasn't good enough to take photos. It takes a surprisingly long time to create those step-by-step tutorials, I was surprised just how long, when I did the pattern for my crochet square, that went into the Sisterhood Crochet Blanket. (Tutorial in the sidebar to the left, just incase you're wondering).
Anyway, back to the subject of the Sarah London Scarf. I'd like to show you the inspiration for the scarf, here. Sarah was doing these fabulous squares, that would make the most delicious blanket, if you made lots of them. The images of her squares have been lingering around in the recesses of my mind for a while. I decided the diagonal lines would look fab in a scarf, so I got crocheting Sarah's squares. But that didn't work out, the lines were zigzagging all over the place, when I was joining the squares together, and I thought that sewing lots of squares together wasn't what I wanted to do. So I had a think about what I could do to just make one continuous strip of diagonal lines, and after a bit of trial and error, I managed to work it out. So I've done all the trial and error bits for you, you'll be delighted to know, and now I have a healthy working pattern (not written out yet, but will be). I also worked out how to get the pointy bits on both ends, which you can see in the top photo.
This is the first time I've done any of this major "figuring a pattern out" malarky, and although it's really only a minor bit of working it out, I still feel I've achieved something.But I couldn't have done it without Sarah's help. I've already e-mailed Sarah a picture of my scarf, and explained what I've done, and asked her permission to put up a pattern. She's very happy for me to post my pattern, which I was relieved about, I have to admit. I'm very conscious of not stepping on people's toes, and so I think it's very important to o.k. something like this with the person who's pattern inspired you, keeps everyone happy, and makes everything 'above board'.
Talking about patterns, Sarah has beautiful crochet patterns available on her blog. Some are free, some she charges a small fee for. I can't find a section in which all her patterns are conglomerated into one list, so you'll have to scroll back through her posts, but it's very enjoyable, you'll get the most enormous colour fix you've ever experienced.
And talking of colour fixes, aren't the yellow leaves above beautiful? Especially contrasting with the soft blue/green of my gloves, and the pink on the walls of my studio. I collected these three leaves while out walking the dogs yesterday, and spent the entire walk holding them in my gloved hand. You see I didn't want them to get crushed by being put in a pocket or bag, which is what normally happens. It was only at the very end of the walk I realised how lovely the yellow of the leaves was, against the colour of my gloves.
I thought to myself, "I'll photograph my gloved hand holding these leaves, for the blog".
Then I saw a ball of yarn.
This is a colour in the Debbie Bliss 'Baby Cashmerino' range, and it's a completely new colour to me. Oh boy! I LOVE this colour! And I thought it would be the perfect finishing touch in my leaves photo.
I don't know about you, but I love Debbie Bliss's Baby Cashmerino yarn, it's just wonderful to work with. I know it's not cheap, but it is so very 'worth it'. I hope Debbie Bliss will carry on adding similar bright shades in other colours, to this range.
Oh yes! Hugo and I are going away for a short holiday. While we're away, we'll be having our seventh wedding anniversary. It really doesn't seem like seven years we've been married, it's whizzed by. So I'm going to love you and leave you for a short while. I should be back blogging next Thursday hopefully, to tell you about our adventures, where we went, what the weather was like. And hopefully I won't be reporting any arguments. It's times like these, arguments happen, isn't it?! I'm sure we'll be just fine! We're going to a beautiful place, but I'll tell you where on my return. Take care, and I look forward to 'seeing' you when I get back. Ta-ra and cheerio, love Vanessa xxx