The Mystery Woolly Thing

No, I’m not going to do a big reveal.

A woolly mystery!

A woolly mystery!

Just a small, tantalising glimpse of what I’ve been doing with my lunchbreaks at work, as a break from the hand-quilting needle and when I can’t face the weeny stitches of the hexagon Car Quilt or other item that requires anything by way of thought, memory or concentration. Now that I’m doing it again, it’s a lot easier than I feared, and growing faster than I dreamed possible.

I live in a hot, humid climate. In summer, the air conditioning is on whenever we’re home. It’s very efficient, and when I’m sitting on the sofa, I get a sharp jet of cold air on the back of my neck. If I’m up and down a bit, this doesn’t matter (and if I’m very busy, it’s even welcome), but when I’m sitting still for a while, sewing, reading, watching TV or even just talking to the Husband, it gets very cold and a tiny bit nasty. The Husband is a perennially warm person (wonderful in the winter to have someone to warm your feet on!), and in any case sits out of the direct stream of the air. He doesn’t feel it. But he would feel it very much if the aircon was turned off. So I need something to protect the back of my neck and head. Similarly, the bedroom is kept very cool at night. We both sleep much better in a cold room. But once again, I’m on the breezy side of the bed. So when I’m sitting up in bed in the morning, sipping my delicious cup of latte (thank you, Husband) or trawling through my WordPress Reader, stats and comments, I need  something around my shoulders. It’s all the wrong way round, I know, needing a Woolly Thing in the summer, but that’s how it goes.

And this is where the mystery project comes in. I’ve picked up my crochet hook for the first time in about 10 years, apart from making my square for the Snail of Happiness’ Masterpiece project. It’s taken a while to get back into the swing, and I’m not even going to consider fancy stitches. But I’m happy with how it’s looking, and most of all, with how it feels. The bouclé yarn is a mixture of wool, soya and acrylic. There are two different texture yarns, one with more bobble and one with less, so not only do the stripes change colour, they change texture too, and you get shallow ridges, which I like. It’s soft, cushy, warm and thick. It doesn’t tickle. The colours are lovely.

Let’s see if I have the patience to finish what needs to be quite a substantial object. I have decorative plans for the finishing…

10 thoughts on “The Mystery Woolly Thing

  1. gentlestitches says:

    It looks very interesting. I too have many projects on the go at once and take them to where ever I need to be at a given time! Glad you have picked up the hook again.

  2. I know exactly what you mean about keeping the chill off in aircon. I used to have an office blanky to wrap around me in summer when I worked in an office in Sydney. The blokes would have been sweating if it were set to a temperature I found comfy.

    • katechiconi says:

      Exactly! And it’s worse because it’s directed straight at the back of my neck! Just one more reason to keep growing my hair… Maybe one day it’ll be long enough to keep my upper arms warm, too!

  3. tialys says:

    I consider myself a fabric person until I’m in the mood for knitting when I consider myself a yarn person. I’m a Gemini!

  4. samkbell says:

    I always do so much more knitting and sewing in the winter just to feel the warmth! The colours of your fabric are absolutely stunning and it looks so cosy, I’m quite envious!

    • katechiconi says:

      The silly thing is that it’s bloody hot here! Middle of summer, temperature over 30C for weeks on end. My timing for a lapful of wool is, as always, impeccable. But the colours are nice, aren’t they? Even better in real life when not washed out by the camera flash.

  5. Kirsten says:

    This looks very cozy! I often make scarves in the summer – although our summers are probably no where near as hot as yours (abnormal weather or not). I think it’s because I prefer the cold weather so I want something to look forward too! I’m am probably 50/50 on the yarn/fabric stakes.

    • katechiconi says:

      I do like never having cold feet… I used to get dreadful chillblains in the winter in England. I like that you don’t have to put on so many layers before you leave the house that you break into a sweat. I like that the Husband is enough central heating for the bedroom in winter… What I don’t like is a cold draft on my neck, hence the Mystery Woolly!

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