Right, nobody faint, but this week I’ve actually got myself organised enough to post a picture of what I’m working on right now.
This is a version of Doris Chan’s All Shawl, made in King Cole Riot. One the big complaints from crocheters is that self-striping yarns are usually aimed at knitters. A colour run that might make a lovely stripe in a pair of knitted socks can look blotchy in crochet. Not so this yarn! Ever since I got to the third row I’ve had ‘I can sing a rainbow’ stuck in my head, mostly because ‘I can crochet a rainbow’ doesn’t scan terribly well.
I started this yesterday morning and added the first couple of rows of the edging this morning. So what you’re seeing there is the product of about 3 hours work with a 5mm hook. There are times when I really love how fast crochet is. The yarn is a light DK/4ply weight, and I’ve made it much denser than the pattern suggests, as I really want a little shawlette for wearing at work to keep out the chill of the air conditioning. Also, the photos really don’t do justice to the brightness of these colours, and I think if I’d made it bigger, it might have been rather over-powering.
I’m going to wear this to the Knitting and Stitching show on Friday (so if you’re going and you spot a girl in glasses and a rainbow shawl, that’s me!), which makes me excited and nervous in equal measure. Doris Chan is going to be there on the Tulip stand, and she’s promised a hug to anyone wearing one of her designs! The only problem is that I tend to get horrifically tongue tied when I meet people I admire, so I hope I can manage to do more than blurt out “I love your work!” and turn bright red.
Wish me luck. Oh, and I’ll probably be Tweeting through the day, so if you want to see what a really embarrassed Laura looks like, tune in then!
To see what everyone else is working on this week, head over to Tami’s here or click the picture below.