In a previous life — Before Blog — I occasionally crocheted. I’ve never learned to knit, knitting requiring two needles, which necessitates far more coordination than I’m capable of, but crocheting I can do — a little.

One year, I made three shrugs for Christmas. One was in black wool shot with gold filament, and given to my now-ex-sister-in-law. Below are photos of the other two. A shrug, by the way, ย is a shawl with sleevelets.

This is our classmate from theology school, in a variegated-wool shrug of a straightforward pattern. (The slice of manhood belongs to my sonnyboy. )

And here is E.g. in hers, in a more open stitch. The blue-green wool was hand-dyed in Nova Scotia. I was more — umm — experimental with this one, but E.g. does wear it, on chilly evenings at home.

I’ve also crocheted a number of pairs of slippers. These are probably the only plain pair I’ve made; the others have usually resembled running shoes or chubby livestock, orย had little attached medallions that look like animal faces.

Last year (I think) , I picked up a ball of this beautiful soft wool, and treble-crocheted it into this lacy little coat scarf for E.g. She wears it just about every day, outside even, in the Spring and Fall. Success!

Keep warm this week, everybody!

10 Responses to Cozy

  1. Gina says:

    You’re pretty talented. I can crochet some but not to that extent. I love the house slippers, they remind me of some my grandmother used to make me. They looked just like that. I always wore them until they had holes in the bottom. I have things that I wear in the house but don’t ever wear out. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. lavenderbay says:

    We’ve worn our slippers through, too, Gina; that’s why I had to use a four-year-old picture! Hmm, I wonder if there’s still enough time before Christmas…
    I got interested in slippers through my sonnyboy’s grand-maman, who was always crocheting them for her umpteen grandchildren.

  3. jamesviscosi says:

    You’re very industrious! I love those colorful slippers. They remind of yarn slippers that my Nana made for me when I was little.

  4. I’m so glad to know that I’m not the only one who has forsaken a needlework pastime in favor of blogging and related activities. I used to do embroidery and needlepoint CONSTANTLY. No more. Now I’m always on line. (And as you may intuit, sometimes I feel guilty about abandoning my needlework…)

    I would love to learn to crochet so that I could make some things of the sort you showed us. They are very attractive pieces.


  5. lavenderbay says:

    Well, I’m very industrious except when I’m not, James!
    Btw, could you pass a message to Dennis the Vizsla? Hi Dennis! After you’ve found the Kingdom of the Gophers, maybe you could investigate whether Gina’s Grandmother, my sonnyboy’s Grandmaman, and your dada’s Nana are the same person.

    The needlepoint picture in the second photo, Bobbie, was done by my grandma, who did a number of others as well, but I’ve never tried it. I’ve done a little embroidery — counted cross-stitch mostly — but because I’m so achingly slow at it, and it’s only decoration, I’ve limited myself to monograms on handkerchiefs and bookmarks, that sort of thing.
    The slippers here are a great, satisfying beginner’s project in that they’re worked up in only two stitches — single and double crochet — and they require basic bits of know-how, like making a loop in the chain and stitching two pieces together.
    Maybe what we need is computers with voice recognition, so we can stitch or paint or cook and blog at the same time! ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Gina says:

    I also did other things before blogging like read A LOT but not so much any more. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

  7. eyegillian says:

    Ooh, slippers. Yes, please! (hint hint ๐Ÿ˜‰ )

  8. lavenderbay says:

    I read a lot more than I used to, Gina — just not books, magazines, or newspapers. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    The crochet hooks are already packed, Eyegillian, but the boxes are labeled. It’ll be a surprise, though, so don’t tell E.g.! Oh — wait…

  9. Alyson says:

    Making things to keep you warm is so much better than doing housework – you choose great colors!

    It’s so wrong to crave those winter wooly things, when I’m about to trudge out into Summer to check the horse has enough water and his fly veil on…always the way with intercontinental friends.

  10. lavenderbay says:

    Yes, Alyson, it’s a great feeling to be able to be virtuous and lazy at the same time!
    I’m glad you like my colour choices. It may be simply poor publishing, but sometimes when I look at crochet magazines I think they’re craftbooks for the colourblind.
    And the upside-down thing: I saw your comment land in my e-mail inbox while I was sipping a beer and working on today’s entry, and I said aloud, “Good morning, Alyson!” Getting used to it.

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