Busy Busy bank holiday! Trying to get through all our jobs, but we have one down: the garage is gutted! We had a lot of stuff leftover from when we moved in (most of that went), a big cupboard at the back (where the gap in the paint is) and a carpet on the floor (icky… that went) and now it looks beautiful! A blank canvas! The floor even got a wash!
Today is sunday dinner, that makes it a write off; no chance of painting and moving stuff when I’m full of yorkshire pudding and cake and custard! So we’ll see how tomorrow goes.
I did have a small mishap when I tried to start my mirror project…. I may have somehow managed to smash the mirror while trying to take it out the frame…. I just don’t know where my hulk strength comes from! I think next time I may just tape it up rather than try to pull it out. However I do still have a functioning frame so I’m going to use it as chalk paint practice and if it ends up looking acceptable then it can be a photo frame.
As for the coaster I’ve been planning for about a month… yeah I still haven’t started them.
I’ve been feeling a bit low on crochet projects recently, there’s so much to do around the house that the DIY seems to be coming first at the moment. I did enjoy todays project though; I wanted something a little more lacy, a bit more detailed than my virus shawl so I decided to go with this lovely pattern for a Gemstone Lace Shawl by The Lavender Chair. This is a really lovely pattern once it gets going but I have to admit I wasn’t quite trusting it for the first few rows…. I couldn’t feel the repeat and my little triangle was splaying out very dramatically. I neglected to take any progress photos of this of course; I was crocheting in bed and was pretty sure this project wasn’t going to happen so no need to take pictures.
After few more rows I began to get a feel for the repeat, it’s a bit more complicated than the virus shawl but it wasn’t too long before I was hooking away without the pattern in front of me anymore. It does take a bit more thought though, a bit of concentration…. A few times when I was going over a row I discovered I had missed the little ‘gem’ stitch on the previous row but I decided to plod on, it gives it personality right? Well once I was blocking it I couldn’t even find the bits I’d missed so I’m glad I just left it.
The yarn worked out beautifully for this project. I used my Strawberry and Cream Caron Cake which has such beautiful colour changes! I particularly like the coral colour, quite muted compared to other Caron Cakes but a lovely spring/summer colour. The colour changes didn’t happen quite where I wanted them (ideally exactly at the end of a row!) but I don’t think you can tell too much in the final project and you get a lovely striped effect getting thinner as it goes up.
This project used just over 1 ball of caron cake yarn, using the start of the next ball for the edging. You could probably leave off the edging if you wanted to use 1 ball however I feel like the edging really makes this shawl. My yarn started to turn from green to orange a bit sooner than I would have liked on the edging so I cut the edge short 1 row, making the shell part of the edge to be the only part that was orange.
I still wasn’t sure if I was ok with it: part of the orange edge is thinner than the rest because of when the colour change happens but I put it out to public opinion (ie. the fiance and his friend) and they couldn’t find anything wrong. Good enough for me! A quick block and off we go!
One addition I did make to this pattern was that I added little tassels to the top corners; for some reason my corners didn’t look quite right so I used some of the leftover orange yarn and it finished it off quite nicely.
I’m getting a rather large collection of shawls now… might be time to start giving some away!
What are your favourite caron cake projects? Comment below and show me what you’ve made!
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