Monday, March 22, 2010

~interweave crochet, winter 2009~

Recently I purchased a copy of Interweave Crochet (W09) for the first time.  I've often scanned it at the counter in my LYS but have never actually bought one, because there wasn't anything I immediately wanted to knit (that's my magazine buying criteria!)


But this time there were 2 neat little jumpers vying for my attention and some interesting stuff on Tunisian crochet, so into the shopping bag it went.

I love this little Tatiana Pullover, by Marlaina Bird.  I already have the yarn chosen - some grey marle wool that my mother handed down to me, patiently unravelled into balls from it's previous incarnation as someone-else-in-the-family's jersey.  A little bit itchy next to the skin, it will be fine over a cute top, and will sassy up tailored trousers or a skirt. 

Last night was spent swatching and I got the required gauge, but the required size isn't there!  Neither 32" nor 39", I will have to adjust gauge to get something in between.  The lace is fun to do - I find with crochet that after one pattern repeat it is easy to follow and more intuitive than knitting.  And I'll be putting 3 buttons on the sleeve and 5 at the waist, as I just think odd numbers look better.

And the Luna Sweater, by Kim Guzman is also very me.  I haven't read the instructions yet, but a quick squizz reveals I will be learning some new techniques, as the sweater has crochet cables and is worked vertically.  Should be interesting.  No yarn is chosen yet, but there's no rush according to my queue....

And speaking of yarn...
I found some chunky in a pretty colour with tweedy flecks that I thought could be ideal for a future project that I have planned - the Cropped Jacket by Anne Farnham.  I'm trying not to do this one in charcoal!  So I excitedly bought a ball and as soon as I got home, cast on for a gauge swatch to determine it's suitability.  I kept stopping to admire it after a few rows, fondling it to assess whether the eecky acrylic component wasn't too ghastly, and trying to convince myself that the fabulous colour made up for all that, and then stopped to admire the pretty tweedy colours again, when...

Why does the ball of yarn look a different shade to my swatch?
Why does the inside of the ball have shades of fuschia in it??
And shades of red in it???

Ravelry to the rescue - A quick look at finished projects in the same yarn reveal - rainbow-like projects!!
Patons Shadow Tweed is actually a variegated yarn, and my project would end up striped!  Enter curse word! 
I am so glad I didn't take the plunge and purchase all 7 balls, and have only one ball that will probably end up as a hat. 
One day.
Too much acrylic content anyway...

Note to Patons - please make it clear on your labelling that your yarn is multicoloured, especially when it is not obvious at first sight!

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