As I said, I’m all about the knitting this week (I’ve just about finished my first Honey Badger sock, which I started Saturday evening) but there’s one other yarny project I’m working on that provides the same kind of soothing mindlessness: the Venus shawl by Aoibhe Ni. I’m pretty sure I’ve never once posted about crocheting here – although crochet was actually the first yarn-related craft I learned, it turned out to be more of a gateway craft for me. I do enjoy the occasional crochet project, but it’s not my favorite way to play with yarn.
But this project is special! I’m working on this as a crochet-along with my aunt, who lives in the States. I’ve wanted to do this shawl for ages – it’s so much more delicate than most crochet shawls I’ve seen, and even though it will pretty much never suit my wardrobe, I just wanted to make it for the sake of it, I suppose. Do you ever have projects that are totally impractical but you’re helplessly drawn to anyway?
Anyway, I’ve just started and hope to get in some good time on this tonight – Venus is done in Tunisian crochet, but I get the impression these stitches are an adaptation of your usual Tunisian crochet? I’ve never done any before, so I don’t have anything to compare to. Now I’ve gotten used to the stitch, it’s going pretty well, though I did have to order a wooden hook because tiny laceweight stitches were just too fiddly and slippy on a metal hook. I hope the wood helps, because I have some catching up to do – my aunt is kicking my ass on this, she’s already finished the body section!
(My yarn is the amazing Alpaca / Merino laceweight by Old Maiden Aunt in colorway Midnight. If you’ve never used an Old Maiden Aunt yarn before, you really must – the colors are so amazing, I have a whole wishlist of colorways I’d like to play with!)
Before it gets so far from the holidays that the moment has totally passed, here’s a quick show-and-tell of what I made for my family for Christmas:
For my brother, a lap quilt …
… completely from stash other than the Kona Steel (or was it Iron?!) that I bought for the back. Named for a song by the glorious Loretta Lynn.
A pie-themed patchwork trivet for my pie-making father, packaged with other pie-related items …
Liberty fabric pillowcases, with tiny crocheted edging, for my mother …
… and I will be making a pair of these for myself for my upcoming bedroom redecoration as well. I also made her a bobbin lace butterfly …
… and framed it. Those of you following my bobbin lace progress might have wondered where that disappeared to, but it’s only ’cause I was keeping it on the down-low. I’ve got a (huge) new piece of lace started now, but I’ll hold off on sharing new stuff until I’ve finished catching you up on a few more things!
There’s a few more photos of these projects over in my Flickr stream if you’d like more detail!
It’s been a crazy week here at the Button house, a lot of serious family goings-on, and now as things begin to calm, I’m realizing that my silly little blog got neglected in the process! Because of all the goings, I don’t have too much to share – I’ve knitted almost a whole sock and done a little more on the embroidery I’ve been showing you (only four more words to go!), but neither are at terribly photo-worthy points right now.
So just to say a little hello, so you don’t forget me out there, I wanted to pop in and share a few things with you. Also, a pretty awesome thing happened last night – Ms. Bari J., of the lovely fabric and the new-and-great We Love French Knots (and whose beautiful boards I also just found and followed on Pinterest, so I’m sure she thinks I’m stalking her now – hi Bari! I swear I’m not a stalker!) mentioned MY BLOG on Twitter. ME! Swoon! That’s a pretty darn big deal for me, and I thank her heartily for the attention. I hope some new people (hi!) have stopped by and liked what they saw. I promise to try and keep interesting things up here for you all to look at.
In the meantime, here’s a few vintage / charity shop pretties to keep your eyes entertained. The dishes were found at a semi-local shop that I like to visit any time I’m able, and aren’t they precious? I’m gathering up quite a collection of vintage plates, but I just can’t resist them! I really need soup bowls and that sort of thing, but who could pass up these gorgeous green plates? Just imagine them with a piece of fluffy white cake, or a perfect little cupcake. Yum.
The doilies were something I’ve been looking for for months – would you ever think old doilies would be something difficult to find?? I saw this doily lampshade and wanted to make it immediately — I really thought I’d just walk around the corner and grab a pile and ready for action. I’ve been volunteering at a local charity sorting warehouse for a while now and mostly you sort junk, but sometimes you find treasures. When a stack of doilies came out of the bag I was sorting a few weeks ago, my heart stopped. It was a really, really good stack, the charity wanted none of it, so they were all mine for a small donation. I’ve gathered all the materials I need, now I just need a little time to get to it!