Tuesday, 5 July 2016
My favourite season, Winter, is in full swing! Yippee, for this pluviophile! I've had my hands very busy and warm making lovely chunky beanies, with Charity Seriously Chunky yarn. It's been difficult finding this yarn, though. I was surprised but it seems stocks were depleted way before Winter and suppliers have struggled to re-stock their shelves. I managed to find a few balls, enough for the project, at WolmartAfrica, and they were a really good price too! This is not a fancy yarn. It's a 150g ball of 100% acrylic and comes in a variety of yummy bold colours. I did expect it to hook up rather stiff but using a 10mm hook it turns out all soft and squishy and 10/10 on the " does this keep my head and ears warm" chart.
This is truly a Fishermans beanie! And very appropriate for our Cape of Storms! I imagine a little boat out on the deep granite-grey seas, bobbed about by frothy waves, a bunch of burly, weather-worn Fishermen hanging in, but all with delightfully bright, cheerful looking beanies. Then I imagine their boat is capsized and all that remains of them are a few rainbow coloured beanies washed up on a deserted beach. Oh dear, my INFJ imagination is never far away! LOL! Not that I'm laughing at the thought of dead people, oh no. I'm too soft-hearted for that.
These Fishermen Beanies are an order of 14, which my youngest daughter wants for her shop. She's an artist but also dabbles in clothing design. She loves shwe-shwe fabric and has developed a small range of clothing from it. These colourful beanies will be amazing accessories!
Initially, I wasn't going to take on this project. Chunky yarn, 10mm hooks...um, just no way. I have small hands and a dodgy neck from carrying around heavy babies, sometimes two at a time! I was imagining the pain at the end of this task. However, I found a lovely easy pattern HERE, which I adapted slightly. And after the third one it seems I became chunky yarn + 10mm hook fit...and now I'm chugging along quite comfortably.
We are starting with 14 beanies, and I'll take "refill" orders as they sell. Of course, this means that over the past few days I have had to set Frida's Flowers CAL aside. VERY SAD FACE. On the plus side, it made me stick to finishing up the order as quickly as I can so I can get back to FF!
Because I couldn't find a large selection of colours I bought a few balls of Chunky ( half the weight of the Seriously Chunky ) and crocheted two strands together. This was fun to do and worked out beautifully, and was easy to crochet up. They suited the simple ribbed design so I'll just carry on then. :D
And so I will love and leave you and wish you many hours of happy hooking!
Stay warm or cool, wherever you find yourself on this mad, bad , beautiful planet!