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Summer Throw Completed

I completed the Summer Throw yesterday. It was a perfect day for blocking so out it went on the garden table in the sun after a nice soak in some Wool Wash from Kerry Wollen Mills. I like that soap and I most definitely like the sunny weather we are having these days – it’s just perfect for blocking.

crochet summer throwCrochet Summer Throw © Irene Lundgaard 2011

The result of my labour is this colourful rosette of happy yarn. It’s a throw that’s about 1 meter square and it’s  made in Schoppel-Wolle Zauberball which is a German sock yarn. I have said it before and I will say it again, I like sock yarn, it’s such a versatile yarn. It has pretty colours and it’s practical and not least very washable. I really like the practicality of that!

There is no pattern for this little throw, it’s just a fun thing that came out of my head and through my precious fingers and my hook. There are a few moderations I would make if I was to crochet it again; the most prominent change I would make is to work the double crochet part on a larger hook, I was thinking a 4 mm hook, but I actually think it would work better on a 4.5 mm hook – to loosen the fabric, it’s too rigid compared to the rest of the fabric. I realized my error too late and have decided that I will just take a mental note for future reference and live with the Summer Throw the way it is now.

Would I make another one? I definitely would!

Note: More photos can be found here.

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Thrilling Yarn Experiments

Crochet throw in mulitcoloured yarn by Irene LundgaardOne of my favourite aspects of designing in crochet, or knitting for that matter, is matching the right yarn with the right project. I primarily enjoy this process in the creative sense as the yarn can make or break what is potentially a good idea. At the moment I’m experimenting with sock wool, I love sock wool. First of all, on the whole, it’s really good value as there are many meters of good wool in each ball but more so because of the fantastic colours of sock yarns that are available at the moment. There are colour changing ones, solid coloured ones, self-striping ones, tweedy ones and much much more on the market, and they come in many different yarn weights too. And the bonus is that they are so easy to wash.

At the moment I am experimenting with the delicious Schoppel Wolle Zauberball Sock for a little throw.  The colour-way is simply delicious and if my idea works out, I think the throw just might end up being quite pretty. It’ll be another while before I know as I’m working on a size 3.5 hook…

I am really enjoying this one. Really, really, really enjoying it. So much so that I squeeze in a minute of crochet here and there and can’t make myself go to bed, I just need to do one more round. The thrill of an exciting project is second to none. I’m sure you know the feeling!