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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

And now for something completely different...

Yes, that is crochet. Just to recap, back in October/November sometime when we first found out we were moving (it's all a blur really - I went from October straight to March) I got a catalog from Garnet Hill and I saw this throw. I couldn't get it out of my head.

Now anyone who lived through the 70's saw crochet at it's scariest, but I was doubly traumatized because it was all done in acrylic. I am allergic to acrylic - seriously, I get a rash in 30 minutes. So when a great aunt lovingly crocheted me an afghan, I ended up with an itchy rash. It was really quite enough to put me off crochet for the rest of my life. (Before I start getting hate comments from lovers of crochet let me again point out: the 1970's and a rash - it's not personally against you, it's my own personal childhood trauma.)

So, the throw stuck in my head but what with the staging of our house in VA, getting it on the market, house hunting in TX, buying the house and moving to TX, there was just no time for me to really mess with the crochet. I did pick up the Visual Quick Tips Crochet book (there's a big one too, I got the pocket one) and later got the Beyond the Square Crochet Motifs. I haven't gotten any yarn yet and only played around with the little hexagon you see there in some leftover sock yarn. I clearly have to figure out how to handle the yarn ends but I'm thinking more and more about ordering some yarn to do my own crocheted throw. I haven't yet decided what yarn I want to use, but I know I want a fingering weight wool that comes in a decent range of solid colors (the outside ring of the hexagon above is Louet Gems Merino in Fingering weight and that might be the yarn I use). Anyone have any other yarn suggestions that will fit the bill?


Blogger knitbysue said...

Would Knitpick's Palette yarn work?

10:20 AM  
Blogger Suna said...

I think the Gems collection really has some of the nicest colors, and reasonable prices, too. The Koigu KPPM semi-solids might also work, but probably cost more. Lorna's Laces also has some lovely semi-solids.

But, for nice solid colors that are interesting and blend well, the Louette Gems would be my choice.

12:20 PM  
Blogger Angie said...

Coming out of lurkdom to say I have to agree with you and Suna, Louet Gems would be my choice if I were to do a throw like you are...come to think of it, it sounds like a really GREAT idea. If only I had more knitting/crocheting time, sigh.


1:00 PM  
Blogger Judy H. said...

I'm not really familiar with Louet Gems, so I can't say how they compare, but Dale of Norway's Baby Ull has a huge range, and is superwash (which I personally think is important for an afghan).

3:13 PM  
Blogger trainlady said...

I want to second the nomination for Baby Ull. I'm making baby Penrose blankets. They're soft, pretty, and they're washable.

9:23 PM  
Anonymous Joanne said...

I saw that Garnet Hill catalog as well and fell in love with the Haverhill throw and scarf. I made a version of the scarf using Dream in Color classy from my stash. You can see the scarf on Ravelry (I'm Globallooping). I called it the Haverhill scarf look-alike. I used worsted weight, but I know they have a lot of colors in fingering weight as well.

3:23 AM  
Blogger Kary said...

Good luck Melanie!! I love that Garnet Hill throw too.... will be following your journey as I *don't* crochet ... yet! gggg

7:32 AM  
Blogger Tiny Tyrant said...

What about Blue Sky Alpaca's sportweight?

Not quite fingering, but the colors available are great and it's just so soft.

They have a Melange line that is the same weight that you can use with the sportweight line.

2:34 PM  
Blogger Betty Catherine said...

What I do with yarn ends in crocheting is lay the ends along the previous line of work, and crochet over them. Much easier than weaving them in for knitting.

3:05 PM  

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