Hdc ripple - working in the front loop only gives a lovely texture to this classic stitch pattern.
The yarn, which looks like a winter sunset, is (yarn purists should look away now) Red Heart Boutique Unforgettable. Yes, it's acrylic - destined for a highly allergic friend. Which leads me to...
Woolly Thought # 2: While reading reviews of the above yarn, I came across a reference to vegan yarn. It left me wondering: if you don't use animal fibres, what do you use when you need to make something warm? Why not use the gently-harvested hair or fleece of kindly-reared, responsibly-bred critters? Vegan readers, feel free to weigh in on this one.
Woolly Thought # 3: Why hasn't someone invented a satisfying left-leaning crochet decrease? One that doesn't leave a gap when subjected to tension? Knitters, count yourselves lucky here - crochet badly needs an ssk. (This Woolly Thought sprang from some technical difficulties with the top-down mitts pictured below.)
Woolly Thought # 4: I've designed some simple mitts to go with the ripple cowl. Should I embroider an initial on them, do you think, or leave them as they are? Advice is respectfully solicited.
Woolly Thought # 5: Why does Christmas-making inspiration tarry until late November/early December? Why doesn't it hit me in July, when I have more time to work out gift ideas?
I swore to myself that this year I would NOT new-design any crochet gifts for Christmas. I would work from existing patterns only. I would start early, finish early, and ship early. Yet here I am, frantically stitching away, and nothing has been shipped yet. (Don't even ask how many projects are stacked up behind this one and due by Christmas. I blame it on the tardy inspiration.)
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This concludes our Woolly Thoughts.
I will leave you with a lovely Woolly Quote from Mrs. Miniver by Jan Struther:
"Susan," said Mrs. Miniver, "where did that knitting come from? I swear you didn't have any on you a minute ago. I believe you materialize bits of knitting out of thin air, the way conjurers do with lighted cigarettes."I feel just like Susan right now. :)
"No," said Susan, "they grow out of my fingertips, like a thread out of a spider. As a matter of fact, my whole inside is made of wool."
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P.S. My dad recently suffered a severe fall, resulting in concussion and bleeding into the brain (though the bleeding has stopped, thank God). As a result, he's been having some very woolly thoughts of his own. Your prayers would be much appreciated.
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