I simply love the softness, colors and behavior of this yarn! It's a DK weight made with 40% cotton and 60% acrylic. To me, you get the tidy stitch definition of cotton with the memory, drape and color-fastness of acrylic. Plus, with 50g balls that are super affordable, you can add lots of colors together for some really pretty effects. And I love the "painted" appearance of the Aquarel.
For this project, I decided on some soft colors of the sea, and considered a name for the project along just those lines. But honestly, I typically try to avoid project names that limit the mind to a single color set. I want you to be able to imagine up whatever color scheme that suits you. So I've named my latest design...
TAKING SHAPE Pillow Set
Wanna see them?
I'm pretty tickled with them. I designed the set of 3 pillow covers with a graphic look in mind--something modern and crisp. The mandala pillow...
...makes me really happy because it used all of the colors of yarn in a pretty effect. The center begins with some simple overlay crochet and evolved into one of my favorite stitches--the moss/linen stitch. Besides playing with color, I love to introduce texture through interesting stitch placements. I am really happy with this pillow.
The Color-Block pillow cover is a twist on a traditional granny, joined in an interesting graphic arrangment with a contrasting yarn for a nifty effect, I think. I'm also really pleased with this one. I love the modern look of it.
Finally, I've included a really fun stitch pattern on the Herringbone pillow.
I looove the texture of this one--and the way the colors interplay with each other! Stay tuned for a tutorial for this one. I'll be sharing it here shortly.
The patterns will also include instructions for the back of the pillows. In typical Felted Button style, I couldn't make them in just one color--but you can if you wish. They would look pretty terrific in all crispy white! And, of course, the whole button thing is super fun.
If you are interested in getting your hook into some of this yarn--you can find it at*Wool Warehouse. Click *here to get the Softfun (solids) and see the pretty range of colors and *here to get the Softfun Aquarel.
So what else have I been working on? I've got two scarf patterns and a blanket that have rolled off my hook. I'll share the scarves in a few days, and I still need to photograph the blanket. But here's a peek at the yarn I used for the one of the scarves.
The scarf uses some of the new colors of *Scheepjes Colour Crafter that have just been released and I'm tickled about them! Yippee for even more colors--93 in all!!
I hope your day is full of yarn and color and people and fur babies that you love!
| On the Board | -- If you stumble, rise up, go on. ~~Boyd K. Packer
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