Friday, 3 March 2017

Denim love

I've been having a yarn clear out (you know - use more wool, make space to buy more wool...) and this gorgeous ball of denim has been sitting on the shelf for a while.

It's made by Twilley's of Stamford, and I can't find it for sale anywhere other than eBay or online vintage wool shops, but I had 3 x 50g balls and no room for new stuff, so decided it must be project time!

It's a tricky one to work with.  Not like the easy-going Stylecraft Special DK I've been working with all through the winter.  This yarn feels like you're crocheting denim.  And it behaves like denim too.  The care instructions warn you that it will shrink with the first wash, then subsequent washes will create a gradual fade, just like denim.  And it lets you know that it means business.  My fingers were aching after a few rows and I realised I'd have to loosen things up a bit.  I also realised I loved it.  Like I love my jeans.  Hardworking, strong, made for doing stuff.  This is no gentle scarf yarn.  These little balls are going to make me a 'get out there and carry my stuff' kinda bag.  Well, a little bag...I only have 150g... a 'get out there and carry my little stuff' bag.  So actually quite cute, really.

I'm using the herring bone stitch, which creates a tight, structured pattern.

Front and back done, and they're having their 'shrink wash' while I have my cup of tea.

Come back soon - I'll share the herring bone pattern with you with some basic instructions.  It's really easy.

Happy making,whatever is on your hook right now!


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