Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Crochet a Rainbow





I love Noro yarns  and would probably use nothing else if they weren't so expensive. The colors and textures are just amazing and guaranteed to make the simplest of projects look spectacular. I had a single ball of Kureyon Sock yarn in a wonderful rainbow colourway in my stash - bought it in a sale ages ago.  A quick search on Ravelry brought up some lovely examples of the Eva Shawl crocheted in this yarn and my mind was made up.  The pattern is very simple, just two rows of double crochet and then an eyelet row, repeated until you run out of yarn.  It was quick and easy and looks great.  The Noro yarn can be a little rough and I am hoping that it will soften up a bit when I wash it.  It will be severely blocked to stretch it out a little larger. I hope to have some pictures of the completely blocked shawl soon.
Also ready to be blocked is the Crescent Moon Shawl.  I didn't actually have the pattern for this shawl - it is from a Japanese crochet book and quite hard to come by.  I love the shape and texture of this shawl and the fancy fringing is the perfect finishing touch. After examining lots of pictures of completed shawls I thought I should just have a go at it. This first attempt is made from some fingering weight pure wool  yarn that I had in my stash.  The yarn is very old - possibly from the 1960's or earlier.  It was another of my amazing charity shop finds.  The yarn is in good condition but feels very dry.  Hopefully some fabric conditioner in the first wash will restore some softness to the wool. Some action shots will follow soon! meanwhile, Alfie has taken a bit of a liking to my latest creation... 
I think what I have created is fairly close to the fabulous original and I am now ready to try it in a gorgeous space dyed yarn to bring out the full glory of the design.  Two balls of Rico Poems Sock yarn should be arriving any day now in a lovely Tropical colourway.  The yarn looks a bit like Noro but is considerably cheaper.  Can't wait to get started!

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