“Izumi” wrap/shawl/stole thingy: begin!

What do you call these large lacy rectangles?  Are “wrap,” “shawl,” and “stole” used interchangeably?  Well, in any case, I’ve started one using the Izumi pattern by Bernadette Ambergen, and it’s for my wedding!

The decision to make one of these items for my wedding was almost last minute, so I needed to make something crocheted (a knitted item would have taken too long).  I purchased 3 skeins of Dye For Wool’s Merino/Baby Camel fingering weight yarn (55% Merino, 45% Camel) from their Etsy store in the colorway Burning Fuchsia:

DyeForWool yarn in Burning Fuchsia

It has a SLIGHT variation in color, which gives it that special hand dyed look (which is good, since it is) without taking away from delicate stitch patterns, and it perfectly matches one of the wedding colors.  I believe it took less than a week to get here, too, all the way from Germany!  Oh, and NO KNOTS!  :-)

This yarn is a super soft single ply yarn, and I’ve done a review on it (in another colorway), so click here for more details about the yarn!

The pattern isn’t as hard as it looks; it has 3 main sections (A, B, A) & a beautiful border on each end which you add last.  Here’s my progress through the first section:

Izumi crochet

I actually had to go down 2 hook sizes to get close to the gauge required (and even so it might be a little extra wide once blocked, but I’m OK with that), so that took a little trial and error, but once I got it, it started to speed along.  That might have actually been because I’m using a light fingering weight yarn instead of a lace yarn as the pattern suggests.  Oh well, I love it!  Here’s the second section:

Izumi crochet

You can see the ripple-y zig-zag-y pattern on the white background, even without blocking, and I can’t wait to get more done (it’s a fun pattern)!

I maaaaaaay have been taking it to work and crocheting in some of the groups I’m not leading, but my boss recently took up knitting and crocheting (and she’s really good!) so she agreed that it’s good to sometimes demonstrate to our clients that we as counselors need to use coping skills and have productive leisure activities, too.  Some of the clients have actually expressed interest and have asked if we could start a crafting group in the afternoons while everyone is waiting for their vans to come pick them up.  I think that would be super fun!

Well, that’s all for now.  I’ll update again soon because I’m speeding right along through this project (which is really good since I have a deadline less than 2 monthss away!).  Thanks for stopping by!

 

Phoenicia ta-da!

2015 is starting off pretty productive (as far as yarncrafts go). My latest knitted wrap/shawl thing is complete! Introducing… Phoenicia!

Phoenicia knitted shawl/wrap on NotYourAverageCrochet.comThe pattern is available on Ravelry for $5.50 (click here).  There are many ways to make this shawl, but I followed the designer’s method (except I left off the picot edging).

I used 305 yards of DyeForWool’s Fingering Merino/Baby Camel in the Dyeing Rose colorway.  This is the leftover yarn from the hat I made when I reviewed this yarn a while back (click here for the full review).  This yarn is so lovely and soft and warm!

Closeup of Phoenicia shawl/wrap on NotYourAverageCrochet.comI really like the fan type lacy pattern of this one — it’s different from the very popular leaf style that seems to be all the rage these days, so it seems refreshing.

After blocking the wingspan was 70″!  Can you believe I got that much out of just 305 yards of yarn?  I couldn’t either.  Super impressed with this.  And finally, to demonstrate how it looks on:

Phoenicia shawl/wrap modeled on NotYourAverageCrochet.com

Plenty of room to let it hang loosely, and it won’t fall off due to a short wingspan like many shawls I’ve seen.

I love it and I can’t wait to wear it with the hat I made with this yarn!

Thanks for stopping by!

 

 

“As You Wish” wrap: Ta-da!

Here’s my last FO for 2014:

As You Wish knit wrap completed by Hannah at notyouraveragecrochet.com

It’s the As You Wish wrap/shawl by Boo Knits (available on Ravelry for a small price).

Yarn used: KnitPicks Hawthorne Fingering in Belmont colorway, 1 skein

Needles used: US 7, 8, 9, and 10, respectively

Size: about 64″ across once blocked (163cm)

As You Wish wrap - more photos and link to pattern at notyouraveragecrochet.com

The wool/nylon blend yarn is nice and soft, and the colorway is GORGEOUS.  The photos don’t really do it justice.  It’s a pretty decent price over at KnitPicks, too.  It blocked nicely and has a lovely drape:

As You Wish wrap - more photos and link to pattern at notyouraveragecrochet.com

This wrap/shawl is a good weight for winter here in South Carolina; we’re averaging lately in the 50s and 60s (F) so it’s not near freezing or anything.  For other, chillier areas, this would probably be good for Spring or Fall.

Here’s a photo of the right side of the work:

As You Wish wrap - more photos and link to pattern at notyouraveragecrochet.com

And the right side of the ends:

As You Wish wrap - more photos and link to pattern at notyouraveragecrochet.com

I really like it, and the pattern wasn’t hard to follow — it wasn’t frustratingly difficult or boringly easy.  You really do mix and match parts of the pattern to make the shawl quite literally as you wish.  For details on exactly how mine was constructed, visit my Ravelry project page and check out the notes.  And can you believe this decent sized wrap just took one skein of yarn?  I’m really happy about that.

Well, Thanks for stopping by, that’s all I’ve got for today!  See you soon!

browzing the interwebz

Well, really just browsing Ravelry…  Do you ever do that, too?  I mean, just looking at patterns without thought for what yarn/hooks/needles you have or what skill level you’re at, just saying “ooooo, pretty!”  I’ve added tons of faves lately and I wanted to share since I haven’t done that in a long time.  I’ll start off with some free patterns by Silvia Bo Bilvia, who is now in my fave designers category.  Click on the pictures to go to the pattern pages.  I love the name of this first one:

A Blanket For Seriously Cold People; uses super-bulky yarn

The Lace Mess Shawl; uses bulky yarn so should work up fast!

The Lonely Tree Shawl; uses worsted yarn

Common Bean; also uses bulky yarn

She has more such shawls, which I think are nice because they don’t use fingering weight yarn like many other shawls do.  Those take FOREVER to make!

These next pieces are by various other designers, and are also free:

Pathways

Nine Dwindling Cables

Knitted and Scrunched Beanie; you can loosen the ribbon tie so that it’s more slouchy if you like.

Molly

F498 Worsted Merino Superwash Spring Beret; I’m going to make this together with my friend!

Cruiser

Cupcake Mittlets

Black Death

I’m sure you noticed these were all knitting patterns, but I’ve shared a zillion crochet patterns already and haven’t added more to my Ravelry faves recently.  Most, of these patterns are worsted weight or thicker, which is what I look for in knitted projects since they take longer than crocheted ones for me.  I’m planning on making some of these to sell — the friend I’m making the above hat with has very graciously allowed me to use some of her rented shelf space in a local store, and so of course I’m going to break into my stash and get moving, since Winter is Coming.  Haha, Game of Thrones.  That reminds me of this item I pinned on Pinterest:

$18.50 from KellyConnorDesigns on Etsy

Tee-hee!  I don’t need another project bag but just looking at this one makes me smile.

Well, it started raining as I was writing this up, so I think I’m gonna spend some time snuggling with my dog on the couch under a crocheted blanket, drinking wine and eating blueberry-french-toast cupcakes (there’s an awesome cupcake foodtruck that I visited today) while watching a slightly spooky movie — maybe the 4 hour long version of “Jane Eyre.”  Scary movies aren’t fun at all for me, but just a little creepiness is OK.  Sounds like a good evening to me!  If I feel like it I might start up one of these projects, too!

That’s all for tonight, ya’ll have a great evening!

while you wait…

I know you’re probably eager for news about the giveaway.  Well, there are lots of entrants, which is great!  But right now, I want to share with you a pattern that I came up with yesterday and today.  It’s for a shawl-like neck warmer.  It’s made in the usual triange/half-circle shawl shape, and if you put it on with the point towards the front and wrap the ends around your neck, you can fasten them underneath the point part under your chin with a button, if you like.  I hope you like it!

in-a-day wraplet

And if you like, I just put it on Ravelry so you can put it in your favorites or in your queue if you like.

Hope you enjoy!

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