My crochet journey recently has been a complete game of two halves. I’ve been working very hard trying to stash-bust by yarn “collection” (ahem….to make way for new yarn…?). As a result I’ve been trawling through my yarn, using it to inspire by project choice, rather than scrolling Ravelry for temptation!
That has led me to two complete ends of the spectrum in terms of recent projects. I have been alternating between a lace-weight project using a 1.5mm hook and a blanket project using a 6mm hook!
Picture for context…I think you can guess which hook is which…!!
The lace-weight project is is this gorgeous 1950’s doily pattern, which I’ve re-imagined using this gorgeous green (its called “Spruce”) colour of Scheepjes Maxi Bonbon / Maxi Sugar Rush.
If you’ve not used this yarn before, its a lace-weight (2ply its called) yarn made from Mercerised Cotton. I’ve found that makes it a little “stiff” for creating any kind of clothing from, but something like this doily, originally intended to be crocheted using crochet thread seems to work perfectly.
This called for use of a 1.5mm hook. The hook bit is so small you can hardly see it! It took a bit of getting used to but I’m so pleased that I persevered as I love the end results!
I’m also making another “Joy’s Journey” blanket (see this post for my previous blanket, which I gifted to my friend in Perth Australia). This is a free pattern from Dedri Uys on her “look at what I made” blog. It really is a “mindless” project so I’m enjoying using this to unwind after the concentration required on my doily!
I hope you’re all having a productive weekend, whatever you’re doing! I’m going to go back to Joy’s Journey now!!
That doily looks great. Lately I have been wanting to crochet something finer than chunky. Had too much mindless stuff of late. Need something that takes focus.
I’d reccomend that pattern. its not too hard to follow plus lots of other people have made it so you can look at pics if you’re not sure! there are lots of gorgeous ones on Ravelry though. I’ve got my eye on a lace tablecloth pattern next!!
I’ll look into it. Only so many shawls you can make. Look forward to seeing a table cloth project from you.
I love having two opposite projects like that, it stops me getting bored with either of them when I switch between the two. Your doily looks amazing, how long did it take you?
Thanks! I made it over a week so a few hours I guess. I did it because I needed a break from the pressure of conceiving, creating, designing, frogging, writing, etc, my own design. I just wanted to enjoy crochet for a bit. Unfortunately it has totally inspired me to design my own so I’m off again with the crochet chart software! 🤦♀️😂
What?? You must crochet at lightning speed, I was expecting weeks and weeks!
not me no! 😂 its only 25 rounds about 23″ across so quite small.
Still impressive, I reckon!