After showing how inspiring it is to see crafters in other fields, I thought you might like to know a little about the process that I use to create my crochet. One of My ‘things’ is experimenting by using different techniques, which means that I have to learn those techniques first, then use what I have learned to create a design, or a course.
I learned how to make crochet cables quite a while ago, I experimented a bit using a book 63 Crochet Cables (Anne’s blanket in this post was made using this book) I designed a workshop (part of my next steps course) where I also designed a scarf to be made during this session. I have now been given the opportunity to run a workshop at Ally Pally (The knitting and stitching show at Alexandra Palace) for which I bid a Crochet Cable cushion. So now I need to design the cushion and decide what we will be doing in the 1 hour that we have.
My first step is to learn more about Crochet Cables, so I signed on for a Craftsy course, which is by a new to me crochet designer Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby (I found by accident the Shibaguyz website, and I looooove what they do!) I am part way through, and have made a sample with a variety of cables, I really enjoy making the cables, and very please with the result as the cables lie lovely and flat. I have started the next pattern which is woven cables. I am making these samples in a Double knit, wool mix yarn.
In contrast, I also have on my hook a design that I have started for an independent dyer. The yarn is amazing, and a real challenge, as you can see from the pics below, it is the finest of yarn, cobweb, for comparison I have put ordinary double knit yarn next to it!
Lace is always interesting, it starts off looking very rag like, but hen it is opened up you can see the beauty. I am using a 3mm hook which seems large, but give the right amount of laciness.
What do you have on your hook? Do you have lost of Crochet or Knit WIP’s (Work In Progress) or do you work on one project at a time? I would love to see what you have on your hook (or needles!)