Hyrna, an Icelandic Shawl, & Continental Knitting

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Completed Shawl!

My time spent in Iceland last year holds a special place in my heart.  So many good memories of such a beautiful country, warm people and happy sheep!

I keep meaning to write more blog posts about my trip…they ARE coming…but as I’ve said before, it’s so hard to capture the experience in pictures and words.

Recently though, I completed a shawl from a yarn kit I bought while I was in Reykjavik.  It was a yarn kit created by Gudrun Bjarnadottir, the owner of Hespa.  Gudrun takes Einband, a single ply Icelandic wool yarn, and dyes it naturally, mainly with native Icelandic plants.

Perhaps letting her speak for herself is a better idea:

“I teach Botany at the Agricultural University of Iceland at Hvanneyri. I spend all my spare time collecting plants and coloring yarn. I also make my own yarn from the Icelandic wool. Plants, knitting and nature are my favorite things and I am so lucky to be able to combine them all in my work and life.” (Etsy Owner Description)

At the end of  our Hiking with the Elves tour, we had a workshop run by Gudrun.  She explained her process and discussed the various plants and lichens used to create the various colours of yarn. Continue reading Hyrna, an Icelandic Shawl, & Continental Knitting

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Solid Skull Scarf Crochet Pattern – Now available en Français!

 

IMG_8254If you haven’t yet seen my online free pattern for the above scarf, it was posted in English earlier in 2015 in this blog.

It has proven to be quite popular.  Popular enough that a fellow Raveler offered to translate it into French!

The French version can be downloaded here.

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Skull projects! Are we surprised? Nah.

The past few weeks have been an awesome and yet ridiculous and blurry mishmash of back-to-back work assignments, custom orders, teaching crochet and a last-minute trip to Florida.

Not necessarily in that order.

I’m not complaining at all!  I like to keep busy and Florida…well, there was no snow…

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….’nuff said.

And I had a ton of time to work on some knitting projects, so overall, pretty happy with how things are progressing.

The fall out to being so busy is that I don’t update my blog nearly as often as I should.  So, for this post, I thought I would show a few of the items I have completed over the past couple of weeks.

They are all skull patterns.  I know.  You’re not surprised! 🙂

I’m especially proud of the acrylic version of the Solid Body Skull Scarf that I made as a custom order.  (Pics and description at the bottom of this post!)

Believe it or not, I do have some other projects on the go as well…but they’re works-in-progress and there isn’t much to show…yet.

The weekend that I taught crochet in Cambridge (see my blog post about that here), I also completed a few skull shawls for Black Orchid Designs to sell in their shop.  They had requested a few more shawls so the week leading up to the classes, anywhere I went, I was crocheting.  On the subway, in a waiting room, getting my hair done, even while walking…hooking, hooking, hooking!

The extra awesome thing about selling with Black Orchid is that the owner, Kerri, is willing to ship the items if they sell online, so they are also listed in my Etsy shop.

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I haven’t made a light white/grey variegated shawl in a while. While on a shopping trip with Kerri, we came across this yarn and it was just begging to be made into a shawl. With fringe of course, for some extra movement! Available in my etsy shop.

 

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I crocheted this shawl with super bulky acrylic yarn…skulls as big as my hands! Available on Etsy.

 

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We HAD to have some red happening! This shawl I started awhile ago and then it got lost in the never-ending drawers of yarn in my craft room. Quite an interesting yarn with glittery, shimmery sections that seem to make this shawl a tad more formal than the others. Available in my etsy shop.

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In addition to shawls for Black Orchid Designs, I have also been working on a couple of custom orders.

The first one was so much fun to make…mainly because it is made from alpaca and I LOVE working with alpaca fibre.  The black base is a worsted 80% alpaca/20% acrylic brushed fibre, twisted with a teal alpaca/silk lace weight yarn. The awesome part is that it weighs practically nothing!

The black base is a worsted 80% alpaca/20% acrylic brushed fibre, twisted with a teal alpaca/silk lace weight yarn.  The awesome part is that it weighs practically nothing!

The second custom order was a bit more challenging.  The customer wanted a skull scarf that was similar to the original red/burgundy/grey/black wool scarf that I made a few months back, see the picture below. (I also provide the free pattern here.)  
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But… she wanted it in acrylic so I had to spend some time visiting yarn shops and trying to match the colours.

Eventually I found some balls of lace weight acrylic that seemed to do the job.  I had to use a smaller crochet hook than for the wool scarf above and it took me quite some time due to my schedule…but it is complete and on its way to Scotland!

And here is the completed acrylic version!  The colour changes are somewhat sharper as the wool yarn (above) is variegated and the acrylic scarf was made with four separate skeins, but I’m pretty happy with how it turned out!

Skull scarf in acrylic....It was hard to match the colours and I had to create the colour changes myself...but not too shabby if I do say so myself! :)
Skull scarf in acrylic….It was hard to match the colours and I had to create the colour changes myself…but not too shabby if I do say so myself! 🙂

So yes, incredibly busy these days…but still creating and playing with yarn!

In other news, I have been teaching myself brioche stitch…now THAT is an adventure in patience and soon to be its own blog post!

Ciao!

 

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