The pincushion is finished! I’m not sure that I chose the best combination of colours. A little more contrast wouldn’t hurt. But it was really just an experiment and it produced a nice little gift. I switched the order of the colours on the second half but I prefer the side with the pink clusters rather than the wine.
I’m taking a step in a more advanced direction with my two current projects.
When I signed up for Lillabjorn’s Crochet newsletter, so I could keep up with the Peacock Tail Bag CAL, I received a link for the Macaron Pincushion. So a couple of nights ago I made half of the pincushion (which was all I had time for that night as it got really late).
It turned out to be the perfect intro to the designer’s writing style and techniques, so that when I started the Peacock Tail Bag last night (again, way too late) I could understand it easily.
The pincushion and bag both use overlay crochet techniques, which just means stitches add texture by being made over the top of plain stitches in previous rounds. The patterns recommend very small hooks for the type of yarn, and I am using a 3.5mm one as I find anything smaller splits the yarn and also is too tiring.
This is the yarn I’m using for both projects:
Deramores Studio DK, 100% acrylic. It’s very soft and nice to work with. These colours are from the Gemstones Pack that I bought some time ago but it’s still available. (That link will take you to the main site and prices in UK pounds, but click on the thingy at the top for the currency of your choice. They ship everywhere. Very reasonably.)
This is the first half of the pincushion:
And this is part one of the bag CAL – it seems we will be crocheting the front and back of the bag at the same time. The front will have the fancy overlay stitches, the back is plain stripes. I now have to wait until the middle of next week to get part two, but that’s fine – I’d rather progress slowly than fall behind with too high of an expectation.
Later I can finish the pincushion and even add to my ripple blanket.
Have you done any Crochet- or Knit-alongs?