Exploring the dark side
I remember making a crocheted handkerchief case during Thursday craft afternoons at Broke Hall Primary school. It used three strands of cobalt-blue yarn and I complained about it the whole time. I have a vague memory it was double crochet. It came out slightly lopsided but Mum sewed a nice blue glass button on it anyway and I never crocheted again. Until now...
Picked up a crochet book from Knitty Couture, with a bamboo hook and some splitty orange yarn. Crocheted a mangled lump in Star Clipper while Hubby was browsing the wares, and an unintentional triangle when I got home, the rows kept getting shorter. I'm used to being good at yarn craft and my crochet stinks. I haven't been this bad at something since I learned to knit when I was seven.
What I want to be able to do is the stuff from Creepy cute crochet, amigurumi zombies and robots and a Cthulu. What I need to be able to do is a basic single crochet edging on this scarf:
That's a Lumiére Midi scarf made with handspun 3-ply Polwarth, with a 45yd skein of handspun 2-ply merino/bamboo for crochet trim on the two ends. I'm now over halfway through the scarf and I don't want my edging to look bad. Ideally I'll have a couple of rows of single crochet and a scallopped edge. Right now I'd be lucky to end up with something that doesn't look like the cat yacked it up on the carpet.
Regardless, I am loving my handspun to knit with. The Polwarth yarn is next-to-soft and the look of the 3-ply is wonderful, even if the yarn is over-twisted. The scarf will need vicious blocking to stop it curling up, and I'm considering running a ribbon through the eyelets on the sides. It's a scarf for decoration, not warmth, which is a first for me.