My Leaflet – I truly love the pattern but the yarn just wasn’t doing it for me. The content states it’s a blend of 55% Merino, 33% Acrylic and 12% Cashmere goat and with this blend, I honestly I expected the yarn to be super soft. Instead (to me) it’s very “commercial” feeling, stiff to the touch and almost feels like there is too much acrylic in it. So, the yarn is off to a new home and I’ve frog the cardigan.
Snow Cone Cup of Tea Socks – So either it was me, the yarn or the needles, and maybe even a combination of the three but after four attempts with the pattern, I have given up and moved on. I’m keeping the yarn and plan to use it for socks, just haven’t found a pattern yet.
With my stash of Merino Handspun, I have tried the Big Waffle Boomerang, Close to You and Multnomah. Yes, three patterns tried and all three frogged. I hope that I have finally found the right pattern for my handspun Kernel by Bonnie Sennott.
On a brighter note, I did finish two projects this week. My crocheted Half Granny Square Shawl that I turned into a cowl and a crocheted Venus Shell Slouch Hat. For both of these projects I used my stash of Berroco Millefiori in the color Azalea. For the finished cowl, I used a total of 1 1/2 skeins of yarn and for the hat, one complete skein of yarn.
The shawl design is fun to make, and I’ve made several over the last few years. When I started this one, I had the full intention of making a completed shawl but due to the weight of the project, I decided to stop where I was and create a cowl instead.
In the picture below, you will see that I took both ends of the shawl and crossed them to form a closure. I then used a mattress stitch on both sides to keep the edges neat and in place. It turned out really well and I’m quite happy with the results.
For the shell hat, I followed the pattern until it was time to make the brim. In place of double crochet on the brim, I did a single crochet, which gave the effect of a woven piece. I love the hat, very slouchy and vintage looking. Both pieces will be fun to wear in the cooler months and the colors are perfect!