I decided that I really needed to take some crochet away with me on holiday. What to take was the big question, all of my WIP's required a lot of different colours of yarn and I didn't want to be having to do lots of changes, plus with no scissors on the plane that was going to be tricky. I have since discovered a great idea for a replacement to scissors though from Jill at Emerald Cottage, use an old dental floss box as the floss cutter thing cuts yarn and gets through security!
As I didn't know Jill's great tip at the time, I decided that something new was needed. I saw a wonderful poncho at my nearby(ish!) yarn store and decided to have a go at something similar. The poncho was made with James C Brett Marble Chunky and took two 200g balls of yarn. I bought the yarn and had a go at starting off before we left for holiday as I decided that I couldn't work this out on the plane.
I didn't make a poncho! After a lot of fiddling around I came up with this design and decided to make a shawl instead. Lots of lovely autumny colour, but because the yarn changes colour by itself there was no need to change yarns. It is sort of a variation on a V stitch. Sorry though, no pattern, I just made it up as I went along.
Although I didn't finish it while we were away, I very nearly did, so over the weekend I completed it, and yesterday we had a bit of a photo shoot - the shawl and I! I am looking forward to it being cool enough to actually wear it and I am already thinking of making another one I liked it so much. It was great to have a fairly quick project that was quite straightforward to do. I might make another one that I can keep on my desk chair as I find that in the winter when I am just sitting still working I can get very cold.
I used the last little bit of yarn to make a little twisty strand thing that I can use as a tie for the shawl if I want - I just slips through the holes on either side and I can tie it up.
It is pretty big, but I didn't just want a scarf or a shoulder warmer, I wanted something that I could really wrap up in!
Of course it can also be fastened with a shawl pin, or you could use a brooch.
As I was nearing the end I decided not to keep on making a point at the bottom, but finished the row early and then DC'd around until I reached the other side. I finished the row a little earlier each row that I worked. I actually wish that I had started doing this a little earlier in the process and if I make another one I will do just that.
This is my new shawl pin which I am very excited about, it is just what I was looking for and was a great souvenir from our holiday.