Saturday, September 15, 2012

Bastet crochet cowl

Here's my new crochet design

This multicolored cowl is crocheted with a houndstooth stitch and picot edging
It’s easy to make and it can be worn in several different ways;

Short or double loop, close around your neck or longer like an infinity scarf.
But you can also wear it wrapped around your head as a headband.

Bastet is the famous Cat Goddess of the ancient Egyptians

As the name implies the Bastet Cowl is a warm enveloping collar 
like that worn by the Egyptian feline goddess after whom it is named.

It uses 165g organic 4-ply Poll Dorset yarn from Renaissance Dyeing
in five different shades naturally dyed with weld, madder, cochineal, indigo, acorn cups and log-wood.

Crochet hooks: 3,5 mm (US:E) and 3,25 mm or 3 mm (US:D)

Level of expertise: Easy
both written and charted stitch pattern instructions

Available as a pattern: here

and also available as a kit from:  Renaissance Dyeing

The kit includes:

- A 5 page crochet pattern IN ENGLISH with with both written and charted stitch pattern instructions, e-mailed to you in pdf form.

- 5 hanks of exclusively dyed organic Poll Dorset yarn.


L'explication de ce modèle est égallement disponible en français
Vous aurez besoin de : 33 grammes de chacune des 5 couleurs suivantes: 
Light Beech Green - Dark Cream - Purple - Mid Blue Grey - Orange 
(vert clair - crême - pourpre - gris-bleu - orange) .

L’explication comprends des instructions écrites et un schéma
Ce grand col multicolore est crocheté avec un point pied de poule et une bordure en picots. 
Il est facile à crocheter et peut être porté de différentes manières; court et tourné double, porté près du cou ou comme une écharpe infinie. Mais vous pouvez aussi le porter enroulé autour de la tête comme un bandeau.

Sunday, September 09, 2012

as Fall is approaching fast...

it's time to work on warm and cozy knit and crochet designs.

As always, I prefer to work with 100 procent wool and hand dyed yarns. The Poll Dorset yarn of Renaissance Dyeing is a wonderful yarn to knit or crochet with. And the colours are amazingly bright and alive. Thanks to the skills of the very talented Andie Luijk
Here, I've choose five new colours to design a warm crochet cowl. The garment and the pattern will be finished by the end of next week. There will also be a kit available with yarn and pattern at the Renaissance Dyeing website.

LOVE these colours

In the meantime, I'm still dyeing some yarn, but I should now bring the fermenting dye-vats inside the house as the nights are getting really cold.

I found this interesting pdf on the Net about fermentend dyes, it's written in German and English:

After rinsing the dyed skeins in the river next to the house, they are now drying for the last time.
left - Poll Dorset dyed with St John's Wort = salmon pink
right - Some stash yarn dyed with Alder = dark honey