Treble Crochet

Some time ago I bought a Scheepjes Whirl in the wonderfully named colourway ‘Blackcurrant Squeeze Me’ with the intention of making a Grinda shawl, shown below.

It’s beautiful and the pattern is well written with lots of help online but I just wasn’t feeling it.

I love the yarn but it’s fairly difficult to frog (undo) so, by the time I’d done that on numerous occasions, I flung it aside in a huff.

It has sat sulking and occupying my lovely wool bowl ever since until, one day, I thought I’d make something else with it instead because it’s far to good to waste so I had a forage around and chose the Virus shawl a free pattern on Ravelry.

I don’t wear shawls but this yarn has a lovely drape and I will be able to wear it as a scarf with lots of folds and I might even add some tassels at the end.

This time I started from the inside of the ball and so the light colours you see will be at the top, nearest my neck which is also developing a few folds.  The abandoned Grinda is still attached to the other end of the yarn cake – just in case.  In case of what I don’t know.

So far I’m happy with this although, at first, I thought that colour change from grey to pale blue was never going to happen.

I am pressing on with some urgency now although it’s got so big it’s taking me a couple of hours to do a row or two in the evenings.

Why do I need to get it done? Well, as with my recent post about finishing one quilt so I can start another, the same applies to crochet projects – at least it does when I’m feeling disciplined which, to be honest, doesn’t happen that often but I’m going through a phase.

Black Sheep Wools announced a Crochet A Long which starts next week and I was seduced by the fact that one of the colourways (the most expensive of course) was in Scheepjes Stone Washed yarn which I’ve used before and it is lovely and soft and the colours are muted and gorgeous.   Also, the pattern itself is so pretty, designed by Sandra at Cherry Heart and, lastly, it’s made up of squares in different patterns which will be released one by one so that you will end up with a sort of sampler blanket.  I haven’t done a lot of square crochet – weird I know as that’s usually what people start with – but there’s the challenge.

I was panicking a bit as I’d put in my order on the 5th September, was told it had shipped on the 9th and still hadn’t received it by the 19th.  When I looked on Facebook *shudder* I realised lots of people hadn’t received their packs either which, call me selfish, was encouraging.  Apparently Black Sheep Wools, bless them, have been overwhelmed by the demand, so much so that it seems there is now a shortage of the original colours in the packs (there are two Stylecraft colourway packs as well as the Scheepjes one)so they have had to do some substitutions.  This has had a few people up in arms so quite a lot of fun was to be had (by me anyway) reading some fairly nasty comments which reminded me why I don’t like Facebook and usually resort to it out of necessity only.

Anyway, my lovely postwoman arrived today clutching a big black bag and I was down two flights of stairs and flinging the front door open before she could even ring the bell.  Welcome to my exciting life.

I’m pleased my order was obviously packed before the colour substitutions because the soft pink and the lilac you see above were replaced by darker, and in the case of the pink, brighter shades which I wasn’t quite so keen on although I’m sure they will result in an equally lovely blanket.

So, must get off now, I’ve got a shawl to finish and, maybe one day, I might even wear it.

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  1. #1 by thecontentedcrafter on September 22, 2019 - 08:26

    I admire your intentions and I stand in awe before the mind that leaves the unfinished shawl at one end of the yarn while starting a new shawl from the centre – now that’s what should be called hedging your shawls 🙂 The (finished) shawl is lovely and I do hope you will wear it! Crochetalongs are such fun. And it is such a good idea to end up with a kind of sampler. My seaside blanket works like that and so is not just attractive and cosy, but also a handy reminder of how to do stitches.

    • #2 by tialys on September 22, 2019 - 08:48

      Well, I’m thinking that if the second shawl is big enough without that last bit of first shawl, I won’t have to bother to try to unravel it as it’s a bit of a task with this particular wool. There’s still a bit to go yet with some grapey sort of colour and very dark purple yet to emerge from the cake but, if I need the extra, there is will be waiting for me at the end 😁
      I had another look at your lovely seaside blanket – complete with resident poser 🐶 – and, yes, that’s exactly what I was hoping for, a chance to learn how to create some lovely designs and to practice squares which I haven’t done much of up to now.

  2. #3 by Wild Daffodil on September 22, 2019 - 08:28

    Those colours! Gorgeous – in both projects, but I do love easpecially love the Stonewashed.
    My life is exciting in exactly the same way. I’ve never actually hugged my postman – but I’ve come very close!

    • #4 by tialys on September 22, 2019 - 08:38

      I made my lovely postlady jump because I flung the door open so quickly – I really thought it wasn’t going to arrive. The CAL starts next week so it came in the nick of time. We had already been given a swatch square to do in preparation and I had a bit of stonewashed yarn left from a blanket I made with it so I made it on Friday – then again yesterday with a smaller hook as it came out too big the first time.

      • #5 by Wild Daffodil on September 22, 2019 - 08:48

        I can feel how excited you are about the CAL – they really are fun things to be part of aren’t they – always such a sense of community. Enjoy!

  3. #6 by nanacathy2 on September 22, 2019 - 08:58

    The new shawl looks lovely, and I hope you have enough yarn to complete it without the yarn already used. I have greeted my postman with great enthusiasm when a much awaited parcel arrives. I’m pleased you got the yarn you ordered, being sent substitute yarns is not on. They should have stopped accepting orders when they ran out.

    • #7 by tialys on September 22, 2019 - 09:42

      Yes, I think lots of people thought the same thing. It’s a shame because they are a small family run business who were overwhelmed by the response to this CAL and really tried hard to match the colours up well with replacements. They’ve now shown the replacements on their website so people are forewarned.

  4. #8 by katechiconi on September 22, 2019 - 09:27

    I’m struggling to feel excitement about the actual crochet, but oh my word, those *gorgeous* balls of yarn! They’re like frosted balls of ice cream in deeply exotic flavours like mulberry, rosewater, almond, liquorice… I’m so glad you weren’t disappointed by the selection. I too have been known to snatch parcels from the hands of the postie, and tear into them with my teeth before he can get a signature on his little electronic pad. ..

    • #9 by Wild Daffodil on September 22, 2019 - 09:29

      HaHa! I LOVE that image of you on your doorstep. 🙂

      • #10 by katechiconi on September 22, 2019 - 09:44

        The postie doesn’t come to the door Down Under, you have to sprint down the drive or across the front yard to the mailbox. So you see, even MORE manic than you were imagining!

    • #11 by tialys on September 22, 2019 - 09:46

      We can’t all get excited about everything I suppose – it would be a bit tiring wouldn’t it? Plus we’d try to take on even more projects than we already do. At least you can admire the colours.

      • #12 by katechiconi on September 22, 2019 - 10:34

        People offer to teach me to knit or crochet, but I try to know my own limitations. A) brain too lame to learn; B) I’d rather be quilting 🙂 I can envy it in principle, though!

      • #13 by tialys on September 22, 2019 - 10:44

        I certainly don’t believe ‘A’.

        Fabric stuff is my daytime pursuit and yarny stuff I usually keep for the evenings as, when Mr. T. is here, it’s more sociable.

      • #14 by katechiconi on September 22, 2019 - 11:18

        I’ve tried and tried, but I simply cannot follow a pattern. I can make very nice squares and rectangles, though…

      • #15 by tialys on September 22, 2019 - 13:49

        Have you tried both charts and written patterns for crochet? I would think the charts would suit you – I know you love a diagram – although I prefer the written.

      • #16 by katechiconi on September 22, 2019 - 13:59

        I lose my place, I forget where I’ve got to, I forget what the abbreviations mean… well, you get the idea. Hopeless, I fear. It’s a post chemotherapy cognitive issue, I think.

    • #17 by Wild Daffodil on September 22, 2019 - 10:55

      Wild! ❤

      • #18 by Wild Daffodil on September 22, 2019 - 10:56

        My ‘wild’ was in answer to Kate’s manic sprint to the gate.

      • #19 by katechiconi on September 22, 2019 - 11:12


  5. #20 by claire93 on September 22, 2019 - 11:41

    nothing like a new CAL in store, to get you frantically working on a finished shawl! My crochet is still limited to little animals and I don’t know if the day will ever come when I decide to tackle a shawl or blanket. I like having patchwork quilts draped over furniture for extrasplashes of colour, but then they’re easy to wash. My worry, with 3 cats, would be pulled threads on a crochet project.

    • #21 by tialys on September 22, 2019 - 13:51

      Are your cats allowed everywhere in the house? Mine aren’t allowed upstairs so I save ‘special’ ones for up there. The ones I do have downstairs haven’t suffered so far and, to be honest, are probably more prone to be ripped up by Flo when she’s having one of her mad moments. Still, I’d rather they were out and being enjoyed than rolled up out of sight in my workroom.

      • #22 by claire93 on September 22, 2019 - 15:48

        oh god yes! cats rules in every room in the house! I can’t even shut the door when I go for a pee or else they sit outside, scratching door, to come in with me lol. Not that I’d want to have my crafting displayed in the smallest room in the house, but you get the idea.

      • #23 by tialys on September 23, 2019 - 12:14

        That’s unusual isn’t it? It sounds more like dog behaviour.

      • #24 by claire93 on September 23, 2019 - 13:26

        Ducky even comes and sits on my lap if I’m on the throne for too long lol.
        On a more crochet note . . . I’ve been and downloaded the introductory pdfs for the CAL, after saying I would never make a blanket! And then got side-tracked looking at free ripple blanket patterns :d Now wanting to join in some crochet fun, and tempted to have a go at that first “swatch” square. If I do though, I’ll be crocheting in plain old Stylecraft Special DK because I’ve spent too much money on dolls recently to allow myself to splash out on more expensive yarn.

  6. #25 by KerryCan on September 22, 2019 - 12:26

    You’re being very disciplined, expecting yourself to finish a project before starting the next! I commend you–and love seeing your finished objects! I don’t actually enjoy crocheting so, like Kate, I’ll just sit around and admire the colors of the yarn . . .

    • #26 by tialys on September 22, 2019 - 13:52

      I’m the same with cross stitch and emboridery and I love seeing your beautiful weaving though will probably never do it myself.

  7. #27 by Dartmoor Yarns on September 22, 2019 - 19:52

    I know we’ve discussed Scheepjes whirls at length, so great to see you’re finally turning it into a scarf. Be careful as you approach the end if you’re going from the inside out – my first one got very tangled, so the second I wound into a ball well before it got to that point.
    The blanket looks fab. As you also know, I hadn’t done any squares until I started my current crochet project – there’s no difference really, you just turn corners more often.
    I too would have been up in arms if someone had swapped my Scheepjes for stylecraft – vile stuff!
    So impressed with your discipline, long may it last.

    • #28 by tialys on September 23, 2019 - 12:11

      Ugh! I’m starting to meet those tangles now which is adding a lot of time on to the project which is already at the stage where it’s taking me a couple of episodes of a Netflix series to do one row being that I’m at the wide part now.
      They didn’t swap Scheepjes for Stylecraft. There are three choices of colourway for this CAL – one (the most expensive) is in Scheepjes Stone Washed, the other two are in Stylecraft DK. Two of the colours in the Scheepjes pack went out of stock and the same thing happened with one of the Stylecraft colourways and they replaced them with similar colours but from the same brand.
      I can’t agree with you about Stylecraft being vile. If acrylic must be used – and sometimes it is a practical option for washing, etc. – I find their Special DK to be very soft and easy to work with and it comes in a beautiful range of colours.

      • #29 by Dartmoor Yarns on September 23, 2019 - 17:55

        Quick! Wind it into a ball – it’s the only way.
        For me there’s always a sort of chemical feel to stylecraft – maybe that’s just my brand of madness, but I do feel rather ill when I touch it – although i agree there are times you need to use acrylic, but other brands are better.

      • #30 by tialys on September 23, 2019 - 19:08

        Ah! You’ve probably never been down the cheap acrylic road that I’ve been down if you think Stylecraft feels chemically (made up word in this context). However, I am interested in what other brands you think are better. Do tell.

      • #31 by Dartmoor Yarns on September 23, 2019 - 21:40

        Eeep! can’t remember – I like to pretend I never use acrylic. Will have a think and try to remember.

  8. #32 by magpiesue on September 22, 2019 - 21:29

    I could have lived quite happily with that Black Currant Whirl just sitting in a bowl to admire. How tantalizing! Your new shawl/scarf is going to be beautiful. The second choice pattern is just as lovely as your original choice. I can totally relate to welcoming the postie and all but snatching the package from her hands. Not that I’ve ever done that you understand. At least, not quite. 😉

    • #33 by tialys on September 23, 2019 - 12:05

      Haha! Maybe that’s why I left it sitting in the bowl for so long before I started another project with it.

  9. #34 by kathyreeves on September 22, 2019 - 21:47

    Such a pretty batch of yarn there, I would be sorely tempted to join you. At the moment ai am thankful that crochet hooks and I don’t really see eye to eye!

    • #35 by tialys on September 23, 2019 - 12:04

      I am almost as easily seduced by pretty yarn as I am by pretty fabric – although not quite.

  10. #36 by Kim on September 23, 2019 - 11:08

    Very nice yarn ( both projects) but that bowl is SUPERB!!!

    • #37 by tialys on September 23, 2019 - 12:00

      It is isn’t it. Mr. T. bought it for me for Christmas a couple of years ago. It’s a U.K. potter – put it on your own Christmas list and leave it under the nose of the Management

      • #38 by Kim on September 23, 2019 - 22:10


  11. #39 by Laurie Graves on September 23, 2019 - 16:01

    Oh, that shawl and those colors! Your take on discipline made me laugh.

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