Wednesday, December 16, 2015

The Novelty of it All

The thing with crochet is there is so much that can be made and done with yarn. From yarn bombers, to hats for cats, there is a myriad of things that you never knew existed out there. For me it's always fun when someone approaches me with and idea for something, and I'm able to help them make that idea become a real object.

I thought it would be fun to share some of the most memorable designs that fall into my novelty category. Remember, if you see something you like, contact me to place your own custom order.

First up is the mermaid tail blanket. These are every.where. right now, along with the shark counterpart for these underwater predator fans. A few people did ask if I make them, but it was this particular order that I was excited to do. It was for a little girl I know and adore and her favorite color of purple made this even better. I wanted to bring more of a true tail look to the blanket and instead of a simple stitch I worked with something that gave the texture of scales. To add to that, I made up a starfish accent applique and fluted the fins.

When it completed, I couldn't be happier with the results. I know it's going to fuel her imagination and become a much used item.

Next novelty item is one I wish wasn't such a novel idea in our modern world. Doilies were used often in the decor of homes years ago. They were a way to dress up a simple chair or table, and often a way for housewives to show off their handy work. This past year, I've worked on a set of three doilies for another good friend. Each one was made using patterns from my grandmother's old collection from the 40's and 50's. It was so rewarding to work on something where I saw her own handwriting and notes, and then be able to pass it along to a person who truly appreciates the detail and time that goes into making these lovely items. I also thought I'd give it a try to make some doilies in different colors. I was really surprised and pleased by the results and am hoping to maybe make a few more in various colors.

Another novelty concept I had a great time working on was the crochet tapestry look. Admittedly, I didn't really make any to sell, but I had wanted to experiment with the idea. I've made a few different panels and have a monogram one on display in our master bedroom. As for the others, I still need to figure out what I want to do with them, but I did enjoy seeing how the Russian method of crochet made it possible to recreate cross stitch and tapestry based patterns.

This sweet baby bonnet actually came about while I was working at a show with many lulls in the shopping traffic. Made for a friend who, at the time, was waiting for her baby girl, I decided to give a nod to those old fashioned baby bonnets from the Victorian era. Delicate stitching and sweet little flowers made this ultra girly and gave it that old fashioned feel at the same time.

I love the way that yarn can become something so unexpected. It isn't something that needs to be limited to scarves and hats. Give it time and you'd be amazed at the things that can develop from a simple hook and strand from a skein.