I’ve been busy conquering my ‘to-crochet’ list. I made another lace shawl for my mother. She had asked for a shawl to coordinate with this hat I made her for Christmas using Teddy Cozy Toez yarn.
Cozy Toez (the spelling pains me) is a budget priced 75% superwash wool, 25% nylon sock yarn which is exceptionally soft and snuggly for just £4.59 per 100g and it comes in a range of solid and variegated colourways. It’s available from independent yarn stores and branches of Habiknit (find Habiknit stores and stalls at markets throughout the north of England).
I bought a ball of the same variegated green as I made her hat out of, and a ball of cream, olive and brown variegated yarn with a slightly longer colour repeat (not quite long enough to qualify as self-striping though). I used my own ‘Susan Shawl’ pattern, which I plan to release as a free pattern soon. The yarn made a lovely light shawl, perfect for spring, and I ended up using 100g of the green yarn and about 50g of the cream/brown. The shawl grew dramatically during wet blocking and I ended up moving furniture and covering the living room carpet with four of our largest bath towels just to have enough space to pin it out! I was a bit worried that the shawl would be too big, but luckily Mum loved it just the way it was.
I made another variation of the ‘Susan Shawl’ out of my handspun yarn, to give as a thank you gift to Margaret, a family friend who, along with her husband Roger, generously paid for my spinning wheel. This shawl was made using the first skein of yarn I spun on my wheel, along with two more skeins, all spun from various shades of purple ‘lap waste’ I scored on my adventure to World of Wool. I really hope she likes it.
I also spun some wool in different shades of green together with a gorgeous Merino and silk blend in autumn shades, all from the ‘lap waste’ bin again, and created a rustic thick and thin yarn. This became a hat for Roger, crocheted in a simple spiral pattern working only in the back loops.
Roger and Margaret are teddy bear fans, so I thought I’d finish off the parcel of thank you gifts with a crocheted bear. I made Douglas the bear out of handspun, undyed Manx Loaghtan yarn, with a little handspun black Shetland for his nose. His vest is crocheted from some hand-dyed Cheviot and Masham wool I spun. I made the pattern up as I went along, and I’m really pleased with how well he turned out. I love his chunky legs, and although it’s not clear from the photos, he has a pleasing little pot-belly. I hope he likes his new home.