Zooming Along

Two posts within a week?!  What is going on?

Well I promised you an updated on the Zoom Loom I told you I had purchased with my Birthday money (because, as I’ve already said I am fundamentally 6 years old).  I’ve had chance to have a play and I can honestly say it is fun.

woven blanket

woven blanket

I’ve ended up with a ‘summer weight’ baby blanket – which is perfect as an acquaintance is about to have her first child.

Each square is 4″ (unsurprising really given it’s a 4″ loom) and takes about 9 yards of yarn (depending exactly on what fibre you are using – I was using a bit less for the acrylic above, and a bit more for the 100% cotton I tried) and after a bit of practice it does indeed take about 15 minutes to create a square.  The blanket is 30 squares (5 x 6) and a border ending up 24″ by 28″.

A  single squareThe drape and handle of each square is lovely, particularly on the cotton yarn I did a couple of test squares with and I’m really quite looking forward to trying it with two different yarns – or a variegated yarn – to see what colour “stuff” happens.  I may have some lust for the shawl sized triangle looms I’ve seen around on Google.  Lust that will never be requited, but still one can dream

The only thing I’m not overwhelmed by is the process of joining the squares together.  Using the suggested “whip stitch” method looks a bit untidy to my eye (particularly at the junctions and corners) and a single crochet ridge won’t work either.  There are suggestions in various places of crochet inserts and other sewing methods so I think I need to try some of those.

However I do think there will be more of these little squares in my future…

 

Every cloud has a silver lining

In October of 2011 I posted a free ‘bandana’ style shawl pattern on Ravelry.

A member of Crochet Shoulder Wrappers (the group I administer) asked if there were any patterns available that were similar to a shawl that was (at that time) for sale in an English high street store called “Monsoon”.

I happened to be passing a store and popped in to have a look at this shawl and came home and crocheted up a shawl “heavily inspired by” the one I had seen.  This resulted in me publishing my Cloudburst Shawl (link to Ravelry)

cloudburst pattern

cloudburst

This shawl is by far and away my most popular upload to date with nearly 2,500 downloads – and 318 actual tagged projects on Ravelry!

I was delighted this week when Ravelry member “alondras” took the time to send me a message about a blog post she had done on her beautiful creations using my pattern.  A bilingual blog (English and Spanish I think) she has showcased just some of the shawls created – pop over and have a read!

I’m always really happy to get messages about this pattern and see what people do with it – and  answer questions people may have.