Thursday, December 11, 2008

Twists and Turns

Back in October, you'll recall, I bought a couple of balls of Cleckheaton Bamboo in a lovely orange, and I couldn't resist making something with it straight away.

But alas and alack, I was this close to finishing, and I ran out of yarn. Gah!! Seriously, I had less than 1/4 of the scarf to crochet around (the pattern has you do a row of half-trebles around the entire scarf to finish it off). I reckon I probably only needed 5 or 10 grams of yarn to finish.

I posted on Ravelry to see if anyone had some leftover, but I got no takers - until Ailsa so very very kindly offered to buy a ball for me at her LYS (heh, any excuse for a visit to the LYS!). As soon as it arrived today, I sat down and finished the scarf! (one might think I was looking for an excuse to have a rest from packing...)

Details
Pattern: Boteh Scarf by Kathy Merrick, Interweave Crochet Spring 2007. I love this pattern - it's really easy and looks great I think - a very cool, modern crochet pattern.
Yarn: Cleckheaton Bamboo #57 burnt orange, 3 x 50g balls - plus another 8g for the final bit of the edging! This is a really nice 4ply/fingering weight 100% bamboo yarn - it's sort of a woven construction, so not splitty, but oh so drapey - really very lovely to work with.
Hook: I used a vintage bone hook, about a 4mm equivalent.
Time: 24 October 2008 - 11 December 2008. It only took this long because I had a bit of a gap in November when I didn't work on it. Otherwise, it's very quick!

Big thanks to Ailsa, and also for the little hank of Optim she added - she posted about it a while ago and I asked what it was like - and now I know - it's so lovely!!

18 comments:

Michelle said...

Oooh! I love it! You've done such a beautiful job on it.

Bells said...

Look at that! GORGEOUS. Orange really can be soo god can't it? I just love the look at that - you can see how drapey it is even in the photos.

Ailsa is a good egg!

LynS said...

Looks great. It's almost enough to persuade me to crochet...certainly enough to make me think about crochet.

MadMad said...

Oh, it's beautiful - and what a great story to go with it! Don't you love knitters?

2paw said...

I remember that scarf. How kind of Ailsa to help you and your scarf looks really gorgeous. It is just the right shade of orange!!

Nora said...

Well, you know that you'll be showing me crochet at our next meeting...!

Sarah said...

Oh it's fabulous - definitely a great crochet pattern - adding all of these to the memory banks to try and inspire me to get going with the hook

Donna Lee said...

That is one of the most interesting crochet patterns I've seen. There have been several posted on people's blogs and each one is so different. I love the orange color. It's cheerful without being too much

del said...

I've seen that scarf & it makes me want to learn to crochet so badly. Yours is really lovely.

Alwen said...

Sweet! (And an orange that doesn't leave afterimages on my retinas!)

kms said...

it is lovely, and it does make one think there is value in learning a new craft. hope the packing is going ok xx

Lin said...

Gosh yes, I remember that yarn and crochet. Isn't it beautiful.

Ann said...

The scarf is gorgeous. I recently discovered this yarn too & love it & so happy that my LYS is stocking it.

kgirl said...

beautiful! I love the way it "spirals" around - it's going to feel lovely to wear, I'm sure

Michele said...

modern is right - i love it! it looks feminine and modern at the same time.

PrincessPea said...

Oooh - so pretty! I love the way it drapes. How fantastic to get the yarn in that way - gotta love Ravelry!

kim said...

You really do amazing crochet work! I love the color and the pattern. Really, really lovely!

knitabulous said...

Twists and turns alright - I'm posting this from Ireland - a twist I certainly wasn't expecting.

Very glad you got your orange bamboo, sorry it took longer than anticipated to post - it was a bit twisty at my place around then!

Gorgeous scarf too.

Ailsa
x