When I was having my major yarn shop for supplies for this lovely cardi a few weeks ago, I thought what the heck, and treated myself to a ball of Drops Fabel in Berry Dreams. Really it was the colour that sold it to me, following on from my established (and not yet exhausted) obsession with another Drops yarn, Big Delight in Rose Garden.
I bought it with no idea in mind other than I liked the colour and I might use it as some sort of pseudo swatch for the cardi to come (which will also be in Fabel). If you don't know this yarn - and I'd never even heard of the Drops range until I moved to Ireland - its a 4ply sock yarn, 75% wool and 25% polyamide, and it comes in 56 colours (plains and prints), which is a pretty good number if you ask me.
(Apologies for the photos - I took them on my phone in a hurry and they're, frankly, not the best).
Well, the swatch idea kind of went out of the window due to being to tired and not being able to think straight. The cardi pattern calls for a 3mm crochet hook and I couldn't find one so I used a 2.5mm instead, but I like the end result. The colours a fab, and - although you can't really see it in the photo above - there's a lovely gradation of colours with the brights all ending up on one side and the more subtles on the other.
I used an ever-so-slightly modified version of Lucy's Granny Stripe starting with just over 100 chains ( I forgot the exact number). Being more of a knitter, I'm more used to a softer end result; this made a firmer fabric that I was expecting, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. Actually, I don't think I've ever crocheted with wool before so I really wasn't sure what to expect. My two previous efforts at crocheting a cardigan were both in cotton and turned out very floppy, too big, and exceedingly frogable. There should be posts about them somewhere on this blog but I can't find them at the moment.
Anyway, 50g makes a piece of crochet 39x18cm. So the question now is, what do I do with it? I could buy a few more balls and make a cowl, or I could buy a lot more balls and improvise make a cardigan. I'm more up for plan B but I think, given that one ball only made this small bit, it's going to take some area calculations and a rather large number of balls before I get anything remotely cardigan shaped out of it. But the colours are lovely...