In August of this year we took an 11 day backcountry canoe trip to the Temagami Wilderness Area in northern Ontario. As I can rarely go a day without my crafting and keeping my hands busy, I picked a relatively compact project to stitch from a single Scheepjes Whirl of yarn. I’ve had the “My Voyage Shawl” by Dedri Uys from Look at what I made on my to do list for a while, but the stars aligned that it would be the project for this trip. It was very busy right before we left, but this colour way happened to be in my closet, I lucked out on beads that fit perfectly at my local craft store, and I managed to figure out the first rows of the pattern before we set off!
Good thing yarn is squishy! I quickly got the hang of which bag it was packed into each day and it soon fit into the routine of our campsite evenings! About this stage of things, it also took a swim in the lake and I learned not to put my work down so close shore!!! Thanks to my quick friends the wet yarn was retrieved, along with my hook and stitch markers!!
By the time we were nearing the end of our paddling, the whole group was into the spirit of things. I would call out “bead on” when I added one, and I get ridiculously excited about colour changes so everyone was in on those as well. When I finished up the last rows at home, I still announced the last “bead on” to our group chat 🙂
The weeks following the trip we were lucky enough to be at the cottage where my rows and beads and relaxing continued!
The hues and shades of this beautiful colourway will always remind me of my voyage into the wilderness and stillness and beauty of nature. I recently heard this described as taking a forest bath. I love this term – it’s exactly what it was!
Happy trails everyone – I hope you were able to get outside to enjoy a forest bath this summer or are planning to this fall!
As the world seems to turn up on its end and many of us find ourselves sitting at home developing new routines, I turned to my crochet social media sources for joy and inspiration. I am a newer user of Instagram and somewhat haphazardly found my account filling up mostly with geocaching and crochet photos. (My new iPhone with an amazing camera has a lot to do with this!!) With this came many new people to follow, and so I came to learn about the Kinship Mandala. Designed by Oombawka Design and hosted by Dedri from Look At What I Made, this delightful mandala pattern was released over 6 days on Instagram and gave me something cheerful and whimsical to look forward to during my first days of travel quarantine. It can’t be said enough how important social connections are right now, and feeling connected to my global crochet community is invaluable!
So, here are some photos of my progress and the finished round product. Today, Dedri has posted the instructions to turn this into a square… decisions decisions!
Just in time for Mum’s birthday I completed the Grinda MAL shawl created by LillaBjörn Crochet and described here. This was my first attempt at a shawl of this kind, and my first use of the Scheepjes Whirl yarn. I’ll admit I ordered three whirls without any concrete plans of what to do with them – simply because I fell in love with the look of them and the many projects I was seeing come up in the many FB groups I’ve joined.
As always, I took many photos of my work in progress, with a view to showing them to my Mum after the surprise was revealed. It came down to the wire to finish in time, and my husband came out with me on a Saturday morning to give my Grinda a photo shoot in the woods. I edited the photos together to make this “making of” video for Mum which became part of the reveal on birthday day 🙂 I hope you enjoy watching as much as I (we) enjoyed making it!