Yarn, Yarn, Yarn! 15.10.2011

This post has been dusted off and taken straight out of the "According to Matt Archives". I originally posted this content on my old blog "Crochet & Crafts According To Matt". I thought that it was a shame for creativity and inspiration to lay dormant, so I'm recycling the content from my old blog, keeping it available for you all to read, reference and use as you please.

Yarn, Yarn, Yarn!

What a beautiful sunny Saturday morning!
I have a fresh cup of coffee at hand as I sit down at my computer, I do love my coffee!!
I thought that this morning I would show you a couple of little projects I've been working on over the past week.
Both of these projects were such a pleasure to make! They were nice and fast and I'm so happy with how both of them turned out!
I picked up the yarn for both of these projects at a local store. The store stocks a lot of different brands and varieties of yarn. I do have to say it is a little pricey. So I didn't buy very much, hence the small projects!
The first project was made with "Lang Yarns' Tosca Light. I just bought one skein of 100g. I loved the colour of it and how it gently changes colour as you work through the skein.

It is very soft and easy it was to work with. I ended up making a gorgeously light "Japanese Flower Scarf' for my mum. The scarf is two flowers wide and twelve long, I just kept making it as big as I could with the one skein I had. Hopefully it will be long enough!
Once it was finished I blocked it and sprayed it with a little starch so the flowers stay nice and open. I'm really happy with it and can't wait to send it home to my mum, I think she will love it!

The second project was one that I made for myself! I'm not usually keen on making things for myself to wear. I find it hard to find nice patterns for guys, as most either look too feminine or are just plain DISGUSTING!
So usually I make things for woman and end up giving them as gifts to friends and family. However, this one is a keeper and I'm so happy with how it looks when it's on!
It is a small cowl perfect for the cold winter here in Hamburg. It goes nicely with my new coat, I love wearing different shades of grey together.
It was made using two skeins of "Rowan, Alpaca Chunky" in a deep charcoal/grey.

It works up very thick and will be super warm around my neck!
I improvised with the pattern and simply made a chain long enough to fit around my neck, follwed by lines of double crochet. Very simple huh!
Here it is, I love it so much!

Well there we have it two quick and easy projects!
I love buying different yarn and seeing how it is to work with. I was really impressed with both of these and would recommend them to anybody and everybody!
Finally a little explosion of colour! I bought this deliciously soft merino wool at the craft store. It was a tad expensive, but I couldn't resist!

Isn't it 'truly Scrumptious! (ooh look at that Chitty Chitty Bang Bang reference! :-))
The colours are deeper and darker than normal, not as in your face as some of my previous coloured projects!
I am already working these yummy colours into a little something. I will most probably share with you very very soon!
Well that's all from me for now!!!
Have a lovely weekend everybody!!!

This post was originally posted on 15th October 2011.
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