Monday, 9 October 2017

Crochet Therapy and Recovering


Happy Monday everyone!

It's been quite a while since I've posted here. My last post was written the day before I went away for the weekend. It really was a good weekend, spent with family, but my health kinda crashed after and it's been hard to pick up again.

I've been thoroughly enjoying the changing seasons. Autumn is my favourite time of year and October is my favourite month. The leaves have been painted in the most beautiful colours. The seed pods of various plants and trees are such interesting shapes. I've been enjoying seeing and smelling autumn whenever I can get out. Do you like autumn too?

I want to share something I made while I was recovering my health. My head is still very foggy, though, so I apologise for any nonsensical writings!


I showed the beginnings of this shawl in my last post. It was just a little triangle then. It's another Victoria shawl by Sandra of Cherry Heart. You can see the first one I made here. This is such a lovely pattern and easy to memorise too, which is great for when you want to crochet something with a therapeutic repetitiveness to it. I only had the strength for 5 to 10 minutes of crochet at a time but the pattern is written so well and includes charts and stitch counts so that it is hard to lose your way even with all of the stopping and starting that I did.



Let me tell you about this yarn. I love this yarn. It is 100% alpaca 4ply, it has a slight halo and is sooo soft! It makes a beautifully drapey fabric that is warm and cosy when crocheted. It is yummy.

Making this was such good therapy. It is so nice to watch a crochet project grow and grow, isn't it? Then, holding it up and seeing the finished project... It is good for the soul. 😊


Last time I crocheted this Victoria shawl, I made it with just one colour so this time I decided to use two -lavender/light purple with a few rows of grey at the border to create a bit of interest. I really like how turned it out.

Sandra has designed the Victoria shawl to be just the perfect size. It will cover shoulders and arms when worn the traditional way, but it's not big enough to be cumbersome, so you can wear it draped asymmetrically across your shoulders or around your neck like an oversized scarf.

I can see me making many of these in my future. I made this one for my shop but I enjoyed wearing it for this photoshoot so much that I think I might just *need* to make one for myself too 😊. Not that I don't already have enough shawls and scarves to keep a small army warm.😁


It feels really good to be back, writing and showing pics. I have lots of things in the pipeline to share on the blog, including a new bag that I finally finished. My plan is to review the pattern, so if any of you like to make handbags look out for that appearing on my blog soon.

Do you like to crochet? Have you made the Victoria shawl pattern before, or do you have another favourite? Do share in the comments. I'd love to hear about what you've been making.

I hope you have a brilliant week

                                                                          *B*


Ps. I made a page for my shawl on Ravelry here
     The shawl has been listed in my Folksy shop, the link is up on the right if you fancy a look

I'm linking up with Jennifer's Winter Link Party at Thistlebear

14 comments:

  1. Hi B, it's nice to see you again. Your shawl is beautiful. Since it's a recent make, would you like to add it to my link party? I'm not sure if you've participated before, but if you're interested, please have a look at my blog. I'd love to have you. :)

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    1. Thank you Jennifer! I have linked to your link party.

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  2. What a pretty shawl! I do really like how it drapes around your shoulders. Wishing you good health, I hope you recover your strength soon. x

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    1. Thank you for leaving such a lovely comment, Christina!

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  3. Sorry to hear you have been under the weather I hope you feel better soon, the shawl is lovely! I love the Autumn colours but not the cooler weather, take care. :) xx

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    1. Thanks for visiting my blog Linda! It is always sad to see (or feel) the warmer weather go at the end of summer :)

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  4. The shawl is beautiful I love the wonderful drape and the stunning colour combination. Hope you feel better soon.

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    1. Thank you! The drapiness makes it really cosy :)

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  5. The shawl is beautiful Bekki. I love the colour and delicateness of it, it looks so elegant on you. I do hope you feel better soon, take care. Thank you for your kind words on my blog. Cathy x

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    1. Thank you so much Cathy. I think this is one of my favourite shawls

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  6. That is beautiful. I made the Victoria shawl and it is such a fab pattern. I have also just finished a baby cardigan in alpaca so I know the softness you are talking about.

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    1. Thank you Jo. Alpaca would make a lovely and squishy baby cardigan :)

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  7. Such a beautiful shawl - I too, knit a shawl during my surgery recovery - it was so relaxing to give my hands something to do and my head a rest from thoughts. Wishing you an excellent recovery, hugs.

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    1. knitting and crochet are brilliant as therapy crafts and shawls are a manageable size, not to mention cosy :). I hope you recovered from your surgery x

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