23 February 2015

Work In Progress







I've had a break from all things technical for a few days.  Just to clear my mind a little.  This morning, however, I felt the need to come and chat to you so here I am.  Hello!  :-)

I bought four balls of Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran in Baby Pink several weeks ago.  I'll be honest, it was a bit of an indulgent purchase because I wasn't terribly sure what my intentions were at the time.  During the course of last week, I decided to crochet myself a scarf.  Similar in style to the Manly Scarf I made some months ago, in a soft rib, but with some very slight differences*.  I don't particularly need another scarf, I just wanted to crochet for crochet's sake - 'comfort crochet' I suppose!  The muted colour suited my mood and the uncomplicated design soothed me.  (I've long thought that the medical profession are missing a trick by not prescribing crochet, seriously!)

Despite it being super long (it wraps around my neck three times), I finished it within a few days, using all four 50g balls.  Me, being me, then felt the need to add a little extra.  A little trim or flourish to make it 'mine'.  I'm definitely going to include the chocolate bow.  I love it.  The edging you see in the pictures is, I think, one of about thirty different attempts though.  I've spent more time faffing around with that than I have making the whole scarf.  And I'm still not sure it's right.  It's been driving me bonkers!

So I've put the scarf down and am ignoring it for a few days.  Ha!

*I started with a chain of 300 (using a 6mm hook) and then crocheted (with a 5mm hook) alternate rows of regular half treble (half double US) and half treble in the back loops.  I only used one chain at the beginning of each row rather than two - it has created a much neater, straighter edge and has stopped the scarf splaying out at the ends.

I must tell you about my latest yarn crush too.  Debbie Bliss Rialto dk.  Have you tried it?  I bought one ball before Christmas to try and, OMG, it's just gorgeous!  It's 100% wool, as soft as butter, drapes like silk and is a total dream to crochet with.  I've reinvested some of my pattern earnings and bought a cheery selection for my next design.  How fabulous are those colours?  I've done nothing more than gaze and occasionally squish them so far but the itch to break into them has already started!

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The title of this blog post applies to all areas of my life at the moment.  I just wanted to reiterate how very much I appreciate your comments and emails which I'm continuing to receive on a daily basis.  I stand by my promise to reply to every single one but it's going to take me a little longer than I'd originally intended for a variety of reasons.  Please be assured that I am reading them and I will be in touch soon.

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29 comments:

  1. That yarn looks delightful, so does your scarf!

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  2. It's very pretty and very girly ;)

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  3. Oh Heather , I totally ♥♥♥ it ! So pretty, and I agree with you about the little bow, its perfect. Personally I'm loving that edge but if I could choose another option I would have to go for a teeny tiny string of bobbles. Don't know if you've seen it or not but the new magazine #crochet, issue 2 has a really simple pattern for a bobble edging and its so delicate.
    I've never tried the Debbie Bliss Rialto ( and I have to say I'm very surprised you haven't sniffed it as well as squished it ) but I'm so going to have to rush out and buy some now !
    Big hugs,
    Kate xx

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  4. Beautiful yarn - but a smidge expensive! Enjoy playing x

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  5. Gorgeous scarf Heather...and very you. The little bow is a keeper I think. Your new yarn is scrummy.
    Marianne x

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  6. The scarf is lovely. The white dainty edging finishes it off just right!

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  7. Your scarf is so darling! Wonderful work. I love the edge, but a scalloped edge is pretty much all I know how to do!

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  8. Goodness that yarn literally made me drool!! Your scarf looks lush too. I like the edging - it sets it off nicely! J9x

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  9. A gorgeous colour scarf and lovely texture too. I know exactly what you mean about comfort crochet, I always need something mindless that I can pick up when needed. I'm between projects at the moment and it's most unsettling. You're right, it's very therapeutic. I hope you have a good week. CJ xx

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  10. Scrumptious yarn :) A scarf is always my go to crochet thing when in need of soothing. Yours is a lovely colour and the edging you've added is perfect
    Jillxo

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  11. Gorgeous. I love Debbie Bliss Rialto...indulgent but so lovely! And the scarf is the colour of pink milk which is apt :-) x

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  12. Beautiful scarf, and such a lovely colour xx

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  13. Your scarf is beautiful!!! I love the colour. And the edging!!! Don't worry about the other, it will come as and when! xx

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  14. Pretty! I think the trimming is just perfect: like whipped cream on a latte:)
    Jenn

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  15. Loving the new scarf. It's very you. I'm a big fan of rialto, in fact in wearing a knitted cowl made from it as I type! I think I'm going to start saving balls of it to make myself a blanket in it. I love it. The colours are fab too. X

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  16. What a gorgeous shade of pink! I haven't yet used any Debbie bliss but have seen so many people using it now that I am seriously tempted to splurge. I'm really hoping for some money for my birthday!! Sharon x

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  17. What a gorgeous shade of pink! I haven't yet used any Debbie bliss but have seen so many people using it now that I am seriously tempted to splurge. I'm really hoping for some money for my birthday!! Sharon x

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  18. Your pattern for the scarf is brilliant, I have used it at least twice but will take into account your helpful hints when I make my next one. And yes, I have used the Debbie Bliss Rialto. I made a scarf for my Mum out of it using mauve, duck egg, and 2 other colours. It was a dream to crochet and she loves it. She said lots of people have commented on it when she's been out walking the dog. Picture of it here: http://pebblecollecting.blogspot.co.uk/2015/02/its-all-gone-bit-pete-tong.html (if the link works!).

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  19. Your scarf is so pretty and very 'you'. I might try one myself as I've started to knit a scarf in Rowan Creative Linen twice now and frogged it both times. Maybe crochet is the way forward. Thank you for sharing the pattern, and I agree that crocheting is good for you :)
    Cathy x

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  20. I think your scarft is so lovely and very pretty also mug with birds!!have good time

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  21. Beautiful ice cream colours for your scarf, I love it. As for medical crochet, well I used it when I was supposed to be teaching maths and English to ex-offenders and adults with mental health. The men loved it, picked it up really quickly and found it calmed them in a way that maths just doesn't. It meant we could talk or just be without them struggling with eye contact and stuff. Yes it soothes all sorts of souls. X

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  22. By the way, blinking Instagram has me tapping all photos now, x

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  23. Debbie Bliss is a yarn that gives good stitch definition, but be careful when washing and dry it flat! I carefully dunked my newly finished top in bowl in the sink....could not believe the shape and length it stretched to...panic! A quick spin in my little spinner and then dried it flat ,on towels. Went back to its original size huh...weird stuff....wouldn't use it again.

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  24. Beautiful scarf,so pretty and delicate looking,love Debbie Bliss,but isn't it very expensive.I am allergic to wool so need alternative with patterns for wool.Love your cheeky birdy mug too.Hugs xx

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  25. What a straight edge! New to your blog today. I have really enjoyed poking around and looking at your designs. Jo from Three Stories High

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  26. Hope you are doing ok my lovely! I love the edging on your scarf, it's just divine :)

    S x

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  27. I could have sworn I'd already left a comment here ... I think Blogger must have eaten it. Anyway, it was full of admiration, and some colour love too :)

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  28. Heather, I love your scarf. The pattern and color is just yummy. I have wanted to try some Debbie Bliss yarn for so long. I will break down and buy some once I find just the right project to use it on. Especially with the indulgence of the price.

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  29. I have a stack of rialto in much the same colours, not sure what to do with it so cant wait to see how you use yours, its too good to just make any old thing!

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