Venus Crochet-along WIP

Venus WIP

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!)

15 Comments on Venus Crochet-along WIP

  1. RMW
    April 15, 2013 at 16:14 (5 years ago)

    Never suit your wardrobe? No, but it might suit a cold evening on the sofa in front of the TV with some stitching, cozy lap cat, and a cup of cocoa………. :-)

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  2. Karen
    April 15, 2013 at 16:21 (5 years ago)

    Ah, it looks great Julie! That yarn is an amazing colour too! xxx

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    • julie
      April 16, 2013 at 10:24 (5 years ago)

      Not too bad for my first try at knit-chet, eh? ;)

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  3. pam
    April 15, 2013 at 17:14 (5 years ago)

    That scrumptious color will suit MY wardrobe just fine!!! :-) And the color – makes my eyes soooo happy!

    And isn’t Tunisian crochet fun! The perfect “cross-over” for those of us who enjoy both crochet and knitting?

    What a wonderful project to share with your aunt. Love this idea. And she may be “kicking your ass” right now but that is only because you have been dabbling around in so many projects! At the rate you work – you will catch up in no time at all!!

    Can’t wait to see the results! It’s a beauty already!

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    • julie
      April 16, 2013 at 10:26 (5 years ago)

      Thank you, Pam! I’m trying to catch up – I do have such a problem with starting too many things at once and then wondering why they all take so long. :)

      I love doing a long-distance project together when you’re far from someone you miss! It’s such a fun way to keep in touch!

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  4. Tasha
    April 15, 2013 at 19:28 (5 years ago)

    Oh jeepers, I love that! I have done some tunisian crochet – and it might be a good way to use up the many balls of pale pink alpaca lace weight I have. hmmmmmm

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    • julie
      April 16, 2013 at 10:27 (5 years ago)

      Do it, do it! Perhaps it could be a good project for your new commute time? For the body section, there’s really not much to keep track of, so it’s a good one to pick and put down without worrying about losing your place!

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  5. Chrissie
    April 15, 2013 at 19:52 (5 years ago)

    Oh that does look like fun, I’ve been curious about Tunisian crochet, and a gorgeous yarn like yours might be the way to start…keep us posted on your progress! Chrissie x

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    • julie
      April 16, 2013 at 10:30 (5 years ago)

      I definitely will! And give it a try – it’s so much easier than I expected it to be!

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  6. Caroline
    April 15, 2013 at 21:30 (5 years ago)

    Oh, I love it :) Gorgeous pattern, and what a lovely, lovely colour! I think I’m suffering stash envy…

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    • julie
      April 16, 2013 at 10:28 (5 years ago)

      The yarn was a special treat just for this project – if only I could play with such amazing yarn for ALL the projects FOREVER. :)

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  7. lilirious
    April 15, 2013 at 23:02 (5 years ago)

    that’s beautiful! I’m attracted to crochet patterns a LOT, but like you, it’s not my preferred method of yarning (I think that’s not an actual word).

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    • julie
      April 16, 2013 at 10:30 (5 years ago)

      I think yarning absolutely should be a word, it describes exactly what I meant! :)

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  8. Kathy W
    April 16, 2013 at 01:28 (5 years ago)

    Oh, you mean like that entire box of complete cross-stitch pieces waiting to be made into ‘something’? Ha! Welcome to my world. This is a gorgeous shawl.

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    • julie
      April 16, 2013 at 10:30 (5 years ago)

      Haha, yes, exactly! I’m glad I’m not alone. :)

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