It happens every year. There’s a warning on the news that the temps are expected to dip below freezing. I go into panic mode: “It’s going to be soooo cold! All I want to do is cuddle up near a fire, watch the snowflakes swirl across my window… and crochet.” I quickly flee to my local yarn dispensary and gather up supplies for the impending cold.
It also happens that every year I decide to crochet a scarf. They are easy (hello! It’s a rectangle!), inexpensive, and completely portable for road trips, coffeehouses etc.
I am always on the look-out for non-wool yarns, as I am extremely sensitive to it. (This makes me devastatingly sad because I LOVE everything wool, but I absolutely will scratch my skin bloody if it touches me!) A few years ago I stumbled upon an organic cotton yarn by Lion Brand Yarns. The hand is lovely, its organic and the colors are earthy:
Last year I was inspired by the color purple. I had next to nothing among the violet range in my wardrobe, and thought certainly it would be a great complimentary color to have on hand:
Guess what happened last week? Yup. You guessed it. I was looking for something entirely different at Jo-Ann’s and everywhere I turned there was yarn! And then of course the weather here has been absolutely frigid…
So this weird hank spoke to me from the bottom row of a yarn bin:
Yeah, it looks like it is already crocheted. It’s a variegated chain of thick cable…Of course I would find the one yarn in the whole store where all of the skeins were without their paper labels! After enlisting 2 store employees to hunt down the price, we found one lone label stashed in a random bucket nearby. Here’s a link to the cowl pattern (featured on the label) here: http://www.redheart.com/free-patterns/hand-crochet-cowl-0
While I thought I would just use one of my ginormous crochet hooks to do something cool, I think I will try the “arm crocheting” technique they are talking about first. I’ll let you know how it turns out. Of course, it could be a few years…
If you’ve tried making anything with this yarn or have any tips for working with large yarn like this, I would LOVE any input. Happy cozy yarn days!