Shetland four ways

This is a catch up blog, just because I love the yarn and I wanted to share it.

Earlier in the summer I finished a long running (yes, again and over 2 1/2 years long) spinning project.

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The wool is shetland and its spun from four shades – white, a lovely grey, beige – mid-brown and chocolate. You need to look at more than one image to see all four shades!

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I rotated from one shade to another creating a thick and thing single. I need to improve the tension because the thin bits are quite over spun, however, I like this as a feature.

For now, its living in the stash, looking a good project!

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Going freeform

I’ve just finished my latest crochet project. But, this time its a bit different.

Our craft group recently had a class led by a lovely spinner, crocheter, felter and multi-talented lady. She inspired us to learn freeform crochet and it was great fun. Basically, anything goes.

Typically, I was determined to finish off such an interesting project and though it has taken a few months, its finally done. Well, the freeform part anyway!

I loved the way with freeform crochet anything goes. I combined lots of different shapes (stars, spirals, blocks), stitches (bullion(!), trebles, doubles) and then went really off piste and combined patches of knitting and felting.

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I was up-cycling old tapestry yarns and the colours were rather random but I kept bright colours for sea creatures, and greens and blues for the water/background.

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It kept on growing like an amorphous mass so I eventually took a tip from our tutor/inspirer and made a template, stuck to it and filled in the gaps.

Ultimately, it may be a cushion, but for now, I’m really pleased with my rock pool!

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