WIP Wednesday: Going Round in Circles

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After much wrestling with my memory and organisational system (shush, I have one, it’s just…unique), I finally managed to get myself, my projects and the camera all in the same place and the same time.

I know, nobody faint.

So this is more of a picture post than usual, as I make the most of the modicum of light and an actual camera – my phone does okay, but the real thing is so much better.

Craft: Crochet
Pattern: Sweet Eleanor Scarf
Yarn: Drachenwolle (4-fach-sockenwollen in NebelPetrol)
Notions: 4.5mm hook

I started this scarf on the plane to Portugal, and I reckon I’ve got through about 2/3 of it. At this point, it’s actually more a case of carrying on until you get bored or run out of yarn, so it could actually go on for a while longer! The pattern warns you that each row adds to the length as well as the width, but since I like my scarves long and wrappy, that’s not a problem. It’s the perfect ‘talking’ project. Not too big to cart around, not too complicated for making while chatting, not too boring for doing on the bus. And I love the yarn! It’s a bit hard, but it gets softer the more I work it, and after blocking, I think it’s going to be a great spring staple in my wardrobe.

Hmmmm. Looks like it’s going to be a wordy post after all πŸ˜‰ As you can tell, I really like the things I’m working on at the moment.

This is my ‘B’ project for my stash-busting group.

Craft: Tunisian Crochet
Pattern: Basketweave from Comfort Knitting and Crochet: Afgans, although the original is knitted.
Yarn: Cygnet DK Merino
Notions: 6mm Tunisian hook with cable (Thanks, G!). And lots of patience.

Oh yeah, baby. This one’s a monster. I couldn’t get a good picture to give you an idea of scale. Winding it didn’t work:

and I had to put one hand on it to stop it from curling for close-ups:

Hopefully the sofa picture at the top gives you a decent sense of it. This thing is longer than I am tall, and I haven’t decided yet how wide it’s going to be. The original alternates blocks of garter and stocking stitch, with garter stitch rows in between. Because I couldn’t face that much purling (the best Tunisian imitation of garter stitch), I’m alternating Simple and Knit stitch, with a Purled row in between.

I really like the effect, although I’m thinking I should have maybe started with a shorter chain row! I just chained the number of stitches that the pattern said to cast on. All 270 of them. You can imagine how thrilled I was on finishing row 4 to find that I’d made a serious mistake at the beginning of row 3. Especially since Tunisian rows are made up of 2 passes and therefore take twice as long.

Yeah. That’s what I said as well.

But it’s been worth the effort. Two rows are about 1.5 balls of my Cygnet yarn, of which I have LOTS. It was the yarn I first started buying when I first started crocheting, and since I kept losing track of what I had. It’s great for amigurumi and beginners, but now I tend to buy nicer yarn, most of it has been languishing at the bottom of my stash. No longer! The colours are lovely, and it’s going to be a great project to lug around over Christmas. The joy of making blankets is that they keep you warm as they go!

And finally at the moment, I’m working on a sekkrit Christmas project, that I can let you have a tiny glimpse of:

No guessing! But isn’t that a lovely colour?

To see what everyone else is working on this week, head over to Tami’s Amis here or click the picture below.


12 thoughts on “WIP Wednesday: Going Round in Circles

  1. Oooh, that is a lovely colour, one of my favourites in fact. Lots of hard work going on with you at the moment, but it’s great to have a good selection to choose from at Christmas.


    1. I love that sort of greeny-aqua as well – it’s easy to wear and nice and bright.

      It’s really good having a selection of things to cycle between, none of them too complicated!


  2. Can’t imagine doing so much Tunisian crochet. I mean to do some more … but not a blanket as I already started to get bored making a dishcloth (OK – really stiff, inflexible yarn probably didn’t help!).

    Love the scarf and the secret project – that colour is just wonderful!


    1. Heh, I deliberately picked a stretchy yarn, and I’m using a nice big hook, so the blanket it pretty easy to work. And the rows do get a bit tedious, but they’ll be great for evenings in front of the TV over Christmas.

      Thank you! Can’t wait to show it all off!


  3. I’ve been tempted before by that Sweet Eleanor scarf, and now I’m even more tempted—yours looks amazing, the yarn is perfect for it, it looks so light and pretty!


    1. Aw, thank you! It’s a really nice, easy pattern, and very clever. I love how it works up, and that I can just keep going until I run out of yarn.

      Would love to see your version if you decide to make one πŸ™‚


  4. The secret project really is a beautiful colour πŸ™‚

    Your Tunisian crochet looks fab, but it seems like such a long chain! I don’t know if I would have the patience πŸ˜‰ Can’t wait to see it as it progresses though, and it’s fab that you get to use up some unloved stash too πŸ™‚


    1. The Christmas present really is fabulous yarn to work with, can’t wait to tell you all about it.

      Heh, yes, I was a bit surprised by the blanket size myself! I’m fine, as long as I tackle it in small doses. I’m not sure I could manage more than a few rows at a time!


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