Thursday, January 28, 2010

Snow Day

            We woke up this morning to an unexpected flurry of snow.  The forecast was for a dusting.  Traffic in the tri-state area was congested for hours, so I decided to go to work later in the day.  It was a perfect time to take out my crochet project.
I haven't crocheted for a LONG time so I picked up this book, "Beyond the Square Crochet Motifs" by Edie Eckman and decided to tackle one motif a day.  That hasn't worked out quite that way; some days I do none, and other days I do three or four.
My goal is to make a throw with no two motifs the same- a freeform crochet project.  When I have enough, I'll join them- somehow.  
Since I'm at home, I can't upload any photos of the wool or my dozen or so completed motifs, because the little wire for my camera is at work.
I have a wonderful palette of yarns, mostly bought at the Rhinebeck Sheep and Wool Festival, held every October in Rhinebeck NY.  Two of the merino wools are from sheep I actually met!- sadly I misplaced the paper on which I wrote their names.  They each are the natural brown of the animal. 
Besides the browns, I have several reds, one cotton and one merino; a pea green; a deep teal mohair/silk blend; a variegated brown-red-rose; some green-blue-violet silk ribbon; a variegated red nubby cotton; and a few novelty ribbony yarns.
My motifs are not coming out quite like the ones in the book's photos- but they're getting better.  If there is a step I don't understand, I just alter it to something simpler that I can do.
And THAT is why I chose a free-form project!

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