Well sort of.
I haven’t really talked much about one of my main keeping sane hobbies – my fibre arts.
That’s actually because most of my most recent projects (“works in progress” or WIPs) have been gifts or surprises so I haven’t really been able to publicise them.
I’m planning on getting back into the dyeing groove in the New Year (I am desperately awaiting my warping board) so I thought I might do a “Look Back on 2017” sort of thing.
At least for those projects now safely with their recipients.
So these are from a Swapalong. The idea is that we all completed a questionnaire stating what we were prepared to make and what we would be happy to receive and in preferred (and not preferred) colours.
As I can really only make shawls yet out of the stated options, I decided to make them a bit more special and one of a kind (OOAK) by dyeing up the yarn myself.
So in the summer came this:
This was a crocheted special and yes it truly was that big.
In the winter came this:
I chose the purple rather than the multiway.
Note: the pastels were caused by using a protein fibre dyeing method on a 50:50 Merino:Cotton blend – 50% protein and 50% cellulose.
This one is knitted, and I had discovered knitting with beads by this point.
Such fun to do 😆
As it was smaller than the first, I popped in a skein of the Wonder Woman sock yarn I covet so.
Both giftees seemed very happy.
In parallel to this, I was working on a much bigger project in 80:20 Alpaca:Silk (such gorgeous yarn to both dye and crochet with).
A friend and former colleague was diagnosed with that bastard cancer and I wanted to help, so I decided to make a “you will kick this thing’s backside” blanket.
This is one I am very proud of.
The darn blanket got stuck in customs, but it found it’s way to her in the end.
I’m finally working on something for myself now – I have a yarn advent calendar with an exclusive pattern 😃👍🏻