I took this photo of Xena right before going to bed last night night. There is really nothing that I love more in life right now than to have my daughter dozing next to me while I crochet. This is the purest definition of peace and harmony.
After just selling a crocheted shawl like the one below on etsy, I was reminded of how much I love this vintage repeating shell pattern so I started a new shawl with some OOAK hand-dyed Hula Hoop Merino DK yarn from Hedgehog Fibres that I picked up in NOLA last summer in the same pattern.
Since I only have 1, 115g/200m skein, I'm going to finish the shawl off with some Fluorescent Rose Madeline Tosh Fingering yarn. You might be wondering why I'm combining DK weight with fingering but the Hedgehog yarn actually looks and feels similar in weight to the MT fingering IRL. If I'm not following a specific pattern, I try not to get too hung up on specific yarn weights; instead I let my fingers be the guide.
Moving onto my next WIP; last year, I bought 14 skeins of Quince and Co. Osprey wool yarn in the Delphi colorway at AVFKW with plans of crocheting a chunky sweater for myself. At first I tried it with the Autumn Leaves pattern I recently used to make myself a cardigan with Knitpicks Preciousa merino but I just didn't like the way it felt. The sampler was fine but once I started working the body of the sweater, after a few rows, I realized that this yarn had a different destiny.
So I unraveled everything and decided to make a super simple DC afghan instead.
After so many tedious counting projects, it's nice to just switch off to some mindless crochet for a while. Most importantly, this colorway perfectly matches our bedroom curtains. 4 more balls left and then I'll be finished. Still trying to decide if I'm going to keep the raw edges or crochet a DC border around it.