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New Crocheted Shawl – A Spine of Skulls

A few months ago, I came across an acrylic yarn with a metallic sheen to it.

I’m not one to necessarily buy loads of acrylic yarn but the glossy, polished look of this yarn drew me in and I find myself going home with a number of metallic black skeins.  I had no plan in mind…

***My fellow fibreartists, I KNOW you have been there too! “Ooooh, pretty!  I’ll just pick up a couple of skei-….No, probably should grab four-….five!  Five!  To be sure I have enough for whatever I decide to do with it.” Your head is nodding along to this…right?  I’m not alone here!***

…so, no plan in mind but I figured I’d come up with something.  Eventually.

Some time later, I was visiting Len’s Mills in Kitchener with a friend and we came across a variegated version of the same yarn:  black with shades of silver grey and splashes of a metallic grasshopper green.

I admit that description doesn’t make it sound all that great but it isn’t as bad as all that.

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Close up of the variegated yarn

But my friend dared me to grab a couple of skeins and make something with it.  So of course, I did.

***It was a DARE!  I HAD to! (Because you know, it takes a lot (read: a wee bit) of convincing to get an yarn addict like me to buy more yarn.)***

Both colourways sat in my craft room for a time until I finally decided to tackle a new skull shawl project.

I knew I didn’t want a shawl made completely of the variegated yarn.  It’s incredibly busy and I find it camouflages any pattern you try to make.  Your eye can’t focus on the overall shape because the colour splashes are too intense.

But as granny skull squares within a body of black…I like it.

The skulls in this pattern are based on the Skull shawl pattern by kungen ooh marks but the rest of the shawl is from my brain and I haven’t written it down…yet.

In case you do wish to try your own version, I used three skeins at the same time, one black skein on either side and the variegated skein for the middle portion.  So each row had me switching between all three and back again.

I’m really happy with how this shawl turned out.  It’s pretty sharp and, in addition to functioning as a lovely shawl, it works well as a extra layer, for those of us who like to dress a bit more bohemian with tons of layers 🙂

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Modeling it over two long  full skirts and a pair of Docs.

It’s somewhat large in size (84″ across the top and about 38″ from top to point) but I like the flexibility the size gives to its function…it can be worn so many different ways and drapes so nicely!

I considered keeping this one…but it’s headed to my Etsy store today!

Walk Along the Skull-y Edge

A few weeks ago, I found myself brainstorming ideas for new skull shawls.  I wanted to do something a little  different and I decided to try and solidify the pattern of the body while keeping skulls along the edge.
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I think this was influenced somewhat by the skull scarf pattern I shared about a month ago.  In that pattern, I decided to create a solid body around the skulls and this shawl is a sort of extension of that idea.

I used acrylic to create this experimental piece, along with an H hook.  It didn’t take too long due to the thickness of the yarn.

I like the look of it and am curious to see how it translates into a smaller lace weight.   Granted, THAT will probably take quite some time to do.

Now I just have to decide what colours to use next! 🙂

A wrap, a cowl, a scarf, a hood…Couldn’t decide. So I made them all…

This week has been amazing!  And humbling.

And absolutely chock FULL of crochet and knitting!

Last week I kicked off a Facebook campaign for Stitch Noir.  I didn’t know if it would make much of a difference but I figured it couldn’t hurt.

In the last 6 days, my page likes have tripled!  Very unexpected and humbling.  So many nice comments, not to mention people sharing my photos and my albums.  Never in my wildest dreams did I expect such a reaction!

If nothing else, it has inspired me to keep working on patterns.  Altering them and making them my own.  I discovered some software that allows me to create crochet charts so I have been trying to learn the ins and outs…plus I have been trying to create stock for my Etsy store….but although I have SO many ideas, I only have two hands and sadly only 24 hours in a day.

Next up, we are headed up to the family farm for around a week.  Cows, pigs, chickens, horses and SHEEP! My plan is to use up every sunny day sitting out on a hay bale, scratching the ears of Claire (the lamb who loves scritches! 🙂 and crocheting.  Well, perhaps I’ll also find time to take out my bicycle!

I’m pretty certain I’ll also find time to take pictures.

For now, I’ll leave you with the gallery below.  This is the project I completed today: A Skull Cowl that is multi-talented and can be used as a hood, a cowl and a scarf 🙂  This pattern has received quite a bit of attention on FB.  It is meant to be a multi-tasking accessory…thus the description in my shop:

“Imagine an air conditioned theatre. It’s not cold outside so your shoulders are bare, but inside….well BRRRR! If you’re wearing this lovely cowl around your neck, you simply pull it down over your shoulders. 

Driving when it’s chilly outside…but driving with a bulky jacket on is annoying…throw the coat in the back and pull your skull cowl down over your arms. 🙂

Unexpected precipitation? Pull this lovely cowl up over your head and you have a lovely hood!

I love this piece. Dressy or casual…can be made with or without a skull. Perfect for those moments when you’re chilled but aren’t going to put on a bunch of layers!”

It’s a pretty straightforward pattern to create and credit must be given to both Kungen O. Majkis for the skull inspiration and Lorene Haythorn Eppolite for the Zola cowl pattern.

I’m pleased with how it turned out and already have another three planned and yarn purchased for each.

Back to limited number of hands and hours in a day.  So frustrating! 😉