I’m taking a break from painting, and recently rediscovered my love of crochet. I’ve had some silk/wool yarn that’s been sitting around for a while, and I decided to finally do something with it, since I have the time.
I used the yarn swift and turned the loose hanks into more useable balls. The swift and ball winder are handy tools to have for hand-dyed yarns.
This yarn is a lucious 50/50 blend of silk and wool that I dyed a long time ago using plant dyes. It has a lovely sheen from the silk and a wonderful softness from the merino wool.
It’s a fairly heavy yarn, and I decided to make it into a throw using a traditional ripple stitch. As I started to crochet, I remembered how satisfying it is to work with my hands. I especially like having something productive to do in the evenings while I watch movies or Netflix.
I’m so enjoying this project that I’m thinking of dyeing more yarn and designing some colorful throws to sell! Because they’re large, each one takes quite a bit of time to crochet, but I can do a little each day, over time. It’s definitely slow art.
As for paintng, it’s nice to be able to take a break every now and then to get some perspective and generate new ideas. I also find that other projects, like crochet, give me ideas for painting. The two feed into each other, and it’s a win-win!
What are your summer plans? I’d enjoy hearing your thoughts. You can share them with us in the comments section below.
With love and appreciation,