Copper Kettle... I just love this color, and its so fitting for the season. Last week I took a quick visit to my favorite yarn shop and my intention was to pick up a particular yarn I was told would be in stock... and of course... it wasn't. I strolled down the last aisle and heard whispering voices....look over hereeee... and noticed the Caron Simply Soft Copper Kettle skeins neatly stacked. Well you know what happened I skipped out of the yarn shop as happy as a horse galloping through the woods. That same evening I entered my crochet realm.. fiddling with the yarn, wondering and chanting... what will you become... what will you become. I decided I would make a cardigan and started out creating the back panel in half double stitches. I continued a few days later with the front panels and as I worked the front panels an idea came to mind... to do something different and did the front panels in two different stitches... the top in single stitches and the bottom in half double stitches. Today while waiting in the dentist's office I worked on the project and again was struck with another thought... what if I crocheted the front panels together...? Well, I left the dentist's office annoyed and anxious... b/c I need root canal work done...ugghhh, and anxious to get started on seaming up the front panels. Anywho, after getting over that disappointing news I dived into crocheting the front panels together.... and totally content with it... now on to the sleeves....... ohhh boy... I am hoping that it will not end up laying around like my Wild Oak Cardigan... stay tuned....
This project started off with "I want to do something different".... so I hooked on some Black Simply Soft yarn and my groove was on... my hook was flowing with ease, no tension in sight... about 8" later I went another route and pulled out some White Caron Simply Soft yarn and played with a couple of rows, alternated between black and white. After a couple of rows, decided I did enough playing and continued working in white. In my mind's eye a project was slowly formulating and over a couple of days, I continued working this piece in the round in single crochet. A week later I went in search of crochet and knit magazines to inspire me and after looking at various mags that focused on fall wear... I decided I would do a pullover sweater... once I had completed the body of the sweater I wanted to add a twist and created the sleeves doing open stitch work... and a piece was borne.
This project is working up faster than I expected... I created the cardigan using Lambs Pride yarn in Wild Oak and did three pieces in single crochet stitches with an E hook. The pieces consist of the back, left front and right front panels. This is my first time working with Lambs Pride blended yarn, which is 85% soft wool and 15% Mohair, and must say it has great stitch definition and a smooth touch, I read somewhere that this yarn produces a garment of subtle loft and softness. Right now the project is awaiting the next step... the sleeves, and then the collar and closure... I am a tad bit concerned b/c I have 3 skeins left (each skein is about 190 yds)... 2 of them are Roasted Coffee colors... which I was hoping to use as a trim.. I am going back to the drawing board and cross my fingers and hope that I can finish the cardigan with the remaining skeins... stay tuned....
Last weekend I had the pleasure of attending Sue Rock's Charity Meet-Up (Sue Rock Originals)... where the discussion focused on Survivors of Domestic Violence.. and how we can make a difference. I enjoyed the meet-up immensely... meeting new people of like-mind and getting to know a little more about each person. Its always a joy to hear about how someone started crocheting or knitting or sewing, and the projects that they have worked on, and some of their challenges. In between the chatting... there were bins of yarns from basic acrylic... wool/mohair... to silk blends.. and more... Ohh and the colors were vast. So to kick start the charity and with the fall season approaching... I decided the Car Coat & Newsboy Cap would be a perfect contribution to the cause.. experiencing a feeling of contentment that my contribution along with others will give the survivors of domestic violence renewed self-esteem and hope. I left the meet-up bursting at the seams with a bag full of Lambs Pride wool/mohair skeins in Roasted Coffee and Wild Oak... right now the project thats floating around in my head is a Cardigan... so off to the drawing board.