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!)