Snow now started falling heavily earlier today, about an hour before we went out for our daily stroll.
I don't have a special secret in making pompoms ;-) . I wrap the yarn very tightly, as much as I can fit around the maker and then some more. And maybe a little more yet, being careful not to break the maker. I cut as advised in the instruction booklet accompanied with the maker and then I trim. I trim generously; with a pair of extremely sharp scissors, I keep turning the pompom to make it even on all sides. I waste a lot of yarn in this process but this is the reason why they appear so tight. The yarn is crushed tightly around the center and it gets looser towards the outer edges and if you trim generously, you are going to trim away those looser edges.
I was going to give you an update on the sock knitting today but since I finished the crocheted scarf during the weekend, I want to show you that instead. I took the scarf out of blocking Saturday night, it did soften some but not much, but now it is big enough to be used over the coat. I was happy with the way it was, but somehow it felt like the project was finished abruptly, like it came to a sudden halt and I was not yet done.
You all know I love knitting. Crochet is more new to me and every single project seems to be an experiment, I never know what to expect in the end, but I am beginning to love it as much as knitting. Knitting in my mind is sophisticated and polished where crochet has more of a homemade feel. This might seem like this to me only, because I am more skilled in knitting and my outcome is better in knitting than in crochet. My stitches seem to keep their tension in knitting, while in crochet, all of a sudden, I might wake up and realize that my work started out skinny but is gaining width or the other way around. I don't let that bother me too much; I have been knitting for decades, and crocheting on and off for few years only. Some of this homemade feel in crochet might have its roots in the memories of the 1960's and 1970's crochet items. You might remember/know what I am talking about. I love that homemade feel; I love the rustic appearance. Anyway, this is how my thoughts went on Sunday; rustic and homemade.
I opened my recycled button jar and without too much thought, crocheted two rows of buttons to the scarf.
I am not sure.
I used my handspun singles of Finnwool and Istex Einband for the scarf, little more of grey handspun than green einband. The hook was 2,5mm Clover Amour (which I enjoy). The scarf measures about 40cm in width and 200cm in length. All the buttons are from my button jar, collected and inherited over the years from various places.
I could not let go off the trellis yet, so... I have started another one.
Stay warm, wool with you, xx