No, I’m not going to do a big reveal.
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…