Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Did I mention it's yellow?

"Yellow" needs a a better name.
Sometimes it is hard to resist a yarn sale.  Such as in the case when Leslie of WoolMountainDestash announced on Twitter she had some yummies for sale. LOL  From her stash came 10 balls of Lemon Yellow Moda Dea Baby Talk yarn. 

My problem: not a big fan of the color yellow. 
My solution: listen to the yarn!

We were going through several raw days of spring rain when I decided to listen to the yarn. I had no pattern, no preconceived ideas of what I was going to crochet.  I was merely the hands holding the hook and the yarn.  The rest, I think, is pure magic. 

Once the body was completed I needed a border.  I was thinking my father secretly wanted it, as I found him eyeing it repeatedly as I worked my stitches. Thinking this, I wanted to find a "boxy" (manly) looking border.  This led me to Edie Echman's book, "Around the Corner Crochet Borders;" where I took one of the border patterns and "complicated" it to look like lattice work.  In fact, I complicated the border so much, I had to work 2 rows at a time to ensure everything went smoothly!

And maybe this all went too smoothly.  You know what I mean: the coming together of the yarn, the hook, and the stitch. Did I mention it's yellow?  And did I mention Mr. Dee now has his eye on it too???

Maybe the color yellow isn't as bad as I had originally thought.  If my journey in the fiber world has taught me anything it is: be prepared for personal growth.  Me & yellow - buddies!  Who knew!?  :)


Anonymous said...

It's pretty! (I luv yellow.) And the border is elegant. How do you crochet two rows at once? said...

Hi Marianne,
Since the main stitch for the border featured 8-wraps each and then some somewhat complicated stitch weaving, I wanted to ensure each "grouping" was correct before moving on to the next. To save me time, each time I completed a "grouping" and proclaimed it correct, I then crocheted the final row of stitches by starting a fresh skein of yarn and working them only over an approved "grouping." So the flow went like this: *work "grouping", drop loop from hook, pick up loop from new skein, work final row stitches over "grouping," drop loop, pick up other loop, repeat from * around, ending with completion of final row.

Yes, this does mean that later I had a few more ends to weave in, but I'll take that over the possibility of finding an error and having to frog several series of 8-wrap stitches. ;)