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The Real Life Daisy Wrap Crochet-Along

On line CALs (that’s crochet-alongs FYO) are a fabulous way to create something beautiful and feel part of a community. We live in amazing times where we can work on a project and share our progress with people on the other side of the planet.

If the person sitting on the sofa next to you  doesn’t appreciate your  skill, tenacity and sheer hard work, you know there will always be someone online who will offer you support, advise and a virtual pat on the back for your efforts.

I have run 2 online CALs, and they have  been such great fun, and I’ve just loved seeing so many different versions of the Folklore Shawl and the Daisy Wrap. I’ve enjoyed them so much that I’m running a new one this Autumn – and I’m so excited about it.

However, you simply can’t beat meeting up in real life with like minded crafters and I want to share with you some of the amazing results of the ‘real life’ Daisy Wrap crochet-along I ran  at Norfolk Yarn, in Norwich last year.

The course ran over 3 months and we met once a month. The first class is the one where you get to choose your colours (we used Debbie Bliss DK Rialto) and this is always such a pleasure for me. There’s nothing I enjoy better than playing with colours and helping people find their perfect ‘combo’. There really were some absolutely stunning colourways; so feast your eyes on these beauties. I wonder what colours you would have choosen.

I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing these amazing shawls. The pattern will be available here soon and it is also available, now, in my Ravelry store.

If you’re feeling inspired to take on a new project you might like to join in with my next CAL which will start this September. I’ll be running an online and a Real Life crochet along and we’ll be making something gorgeous in Rowan Felted Tweed.

I hope you’ll be able to join us!

with love

Sue x

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Crochet, Penelope and the Art of Unmaking

Close your eyes and imagine the joy of seeing a new design emerge, and that buzz of excitement when it’s finally complete, and it is more beautiful than the picture you’ve held in your mind for so long.

This is what drives me to start a new project; this is my addiction. I am a #crochetaddict.

Penelope and UnmakingPenelope and Unmaking

But recently I’ve been struggling with conclusions. I’ve been working on a new crochet project, and I’m very excited about it; except I’ve been working on it since January and it’s very resistant to completion.

I must have made, and unmade, this design half a dozen times now. Each time there’s something not quite right. The flowers don’t lay as they should, the shape is all wrong, and that shape’s wrong too. It’s not big enough, it’s too big, it’s too dense, it’s too lacy……

unmaking the purple crochet flowersunmaking the yellow crochet flowers

With each design scenario I find a reason to undo it. I spend hours taking back days of work. Evenings are spent undoing and redoing; unmaking and remaking; destroying and mending; brutalising and healing.

I feel like Penelope, the archetypal dutiful wife who for 3 years spent her days weaving and her nights un-weaving in a cycle of procrastination. My own making and unmaking has also suspended time by a thread and it is still resisting conclusion.

Penelope weaving and unweavingPenelope image credit

What is this cycle of making and unmaking? Where is the truth and meaning in this process?

I don’t know.

Perhaps there isn’t one.

Perhaps this period of unmaking has been about a conversation with my work.  And it was a difficult subject to discuss.

crochet design

I’d better get on with it. #crochetinglikeamadwoman

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