Monday, March 16, 2009

Secret Service Crochet

I'm so sorry I've been away from this blog for so long. I've been crocheting like one possessed all this time, but the bulk of it is top secret. I don't think I'll ever get used to this not being able to share my pretties with the whole world.

But not all of it is top secret. I finished Gryphon for Gryphon. What, after 3 months? Didn't you get that yarn back in October, for Chrissake? Well, the thing is this. All the other projects had scary deadlines. So I had to shelve it 3 times to work frantically on other stuff. And contrary to my assumption, it was not easy to make. Pleasant and delightful, yes, but I had a hell of a time combining the colours just right.

Gryphon sent me this exquisite note card along with a sample of yarn. It's a medieval tapestry depicting the Moirae or Fates. So I said, I'm making the cowl in these colours! Ha! Easier said than done! The wonderful woman dyed up a number of them just for me and sent them. Upon which I discover that I'm not enough of an expert to combine them correctly. As it happens, A+B+C is not at all equal to A+C+B. Did you know that? I didn't. But I do now. What infuriates me is having to achieve success by trial and error, rather than by theoretical knowledge and expertise. The next time this happens it'll have to be trial and error all over again, because I'm not knowledgeable enough about colour theory! Well, enough griping, here's Gryphon for Gryphon just before it goes into the box and off to Maryland.

It's so soft! Luckily I have one of my own to keep (one of my failed test runs!) because I don't think I could live without it. After DH took this picture I totally forgot that I was still wearing it and had it on for hours. Every other cowl I own starts to bother me after a while: either it itches, or it bunches, or it tickles. I guess cashmere and silk is after all cashmere and silk.

Since I've been silent for 3 months I'll post again today.


Unknown said...

I think I'm a great crocheter, but what you younger folks are doing, wow, just blows me out of the water. I used to work with small metal needles, and was perfectly happy, don't know why I left them, but I've picked them back up, and am freshly inspired by the work I see here.

Thank you for sharing. This is beautiful, useful, thoughtful. These are wonderful qualities that even great art can't match.

Paula said...

I'm learning to crochet and I'm fascinated at this kind of tapestry crochet, it's brilliant!!!
Is this pattern going to be available somewhere? I read about Gryphon some time ago but it's not yet on that site. I'd love to try it (event if it looks difficult to me!)

Colleen said...

That cowl is just lovely--I hope to be able to make something like that someday! Truly beautiful work.

needlekrafter said...

this beautiful pattern has gotten my attention numerous times on ravelry... is it still available? I'm kicking myself for not getting the pattern when you had it there... thank you...