Crochet Meets Punxsutawney Phil
Here in North Carolina, we're hunkered down awaiting a big snow (we actually spend more time preparing for snow than watching it snow).
So I'm all ready to snuggle into the couch and work on a scarf while watching Kristin Omdahl's Crochet Me Workshop, Innovative Crochet: Motifs on DVD.
You may recall that I'm in need of a scarf. I think I've finally hit on the right one (I know, I know, I could have made five by now.)
A while back, I became fascinated with Kristin Omdahl's Infinity Shawl (Interweave Crochet Winter 2008). It's remarkable to me how you begin on the outside of one swirl and the inside of the other swirl, then work increases and decreases in mathematically precise ways until the whole motif is done. Once I started, I couldn't stop. Soon I had five infinity motifs.
Then somehow the project eased its way across the room, to a corner where it languished until last week.
Worked in many colors drawn from the wool stash, the motifs are worked at a smaller gauge than Kristin's original design—perfect for a scarf.
So I set about working the outer echoes of crochet that join the motifs and widen the piece.
I have high hopes of wearing this very warm scarf when we go out to build a snowman after the blizzard hits.
As for the DVD: Kristin is an expert in motifs large and small. And she is a fabulous teacher who speaks clearly and stitches expertly. And though I have seen in person how speedy she is at crocheting, on film she works deliberately so you can see her every move. Happily, Kristin is now part of the Knitting Daily TV team, as host of Crochet Corner.
Here, you can get a taste of her teaching technique, in a clip from Knitting Daily TV Series 400 that focuses on a motif afghan:
So settle in and pick your own favorite Kristin pattern to work on (the DVD includes a link to a free pattern for Kristin's Farrah Wrap from Wrapped in Crochet).
Depending on whether Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow tomorrow, you may have your own snow days coming.
p.s. In case you need help deciding on a project, here's a suggestion: Featured on cover of the DVD is Kristin's Forest Flower Pullover (Interweave Crochet Spring 2009), which I turned into a cardigan last year. It's an addictively fun pattern to work in linked crocheted, with triangular motifs around the yoke.