Friday, April 4, 2014

Ha Ha! A Finished Project and a New Published Design

Happy Friday, everyone - the sun is shining here in the Pacific Northwest - spring has definitely sprung and not a millisecond too soon.

So of course I'm right on time completing a project I started last fall. Hey, it's done, and I am pretty darn proud of it - behold the lovely One if By Hook Cardi:

And, for those of you who are interested in the back of the work:

I used the worsted weight wool gifted from Vivian (Bits and Pieces) for the body and the lower sleeve colorblocks. Lion Brand Amazing in the violets colorway comprise all the edging bands (done in tunisian crochet 1 x 1 ribbing), and the upper sleeve colorblocks came from a cone of light worsted weight from an lys. I particularly like how all the purples work well with each other. I know the body color looks more pink, but it's really somewhere closer to a very light mauve tweed with deeper purple and yellow flecks, and while the Amazing has subtley changing color runs, they definitely have personality. Three quarter length sleeves will make this a perfect little topper in the cooler weather here and for summer evenings. And you know I just love the purple buttons I found to coordinate with the yarn:

And now for the newly published design, which can be found in the summer edition of Crochet! Magazine:

The Fan Play Cafe Curtain turned into an homage to art deco graphic goodness, although I was simply aiming for a curtain with an asymmetrical element. These photos were taken in bright sunlight last fall (see, it really doesn't rain all the time here in the Pacific Northwest), so while the lovely green colorway is somewhat washed out, the strong graphic design certainly is not.

The top and bottom edgings are easy yet pretty fan and puff repeats. Covered plastic rings complete the cafe curtain look. I used easy care Nazli Gelin crochet cotton in a very pretty green colorway:

While I used the individual balls for the sample, I'd suggest getting a cone - much more efficient.

Definitely now head on over to Andrea and Wisdom Begins in Wonder and check out all the other fiber activities this Friday - whether with or without sunlight.


  1. oooooooh, that cardi is absolutely adorable! I love it. The design and the colors are perfect. Your curtain design is wonderful. I love the fan/sail design in it and the edging at the top is lovely.

  2. The cardi is wonderful with all of the different purples together... but OMGosh, I love that curtain panel... literally made my heart skip a beat. LOVE!