An unfortunate shade of pink

As part of an attempt to organize my crochet empire/guest room, I am making a concerted effort to use the yarns that I have stored in various cubbies along one wall. The yarns include, among others, vintage wools purchased from my son’s trumpet teacher.

Representative of the of the vintage wools are these two skeins, identified on the label as “coral 103”:

vintage virgin wool
Anita Lewis 100% virgin wool knitting worsted

The two skeins are from two different dye lots: 771 and 905B

I do not particularly like the color of these two skeins of yarn, but be that as it may, it is my yarn, and it can be used for felting, so today, while my youngest son was at his last rehearsal preparing for his final boychoir concert, I got out my L hook, and (from memory) began to crochet a stash bag using The Purl Bee’s amazing stash basket pattern:

crochet stash basket bottom
The first 18 rounds of crochet stash basket 14

When I finish crocheting this bag, I am going to attempt a streamlined, never-before-tried, felting/kool-aid dyeing process in an effort to both give it more structural durability and improve the color.

In her book Crochet Tips & Tricks: Shortcuts and Techniques Every Crochet Should Know, Lily Chin goes on at length about the importance of a gauge swatch and treating the swatch exactly as you will treat the finished product. Ms. Chin gives the reader lengthy and salient advice about the seemingly innumerable steps necessary to insure a good outcome for At one point warns her reader “If you’re making a garment and refuse to swatch, all I can say is that you get what you deserve!”

While Ms. Chin’s advice regarding the value of a gauge swatch is no doubt sensible, particularly as it applies to garments, the fact is that for many crocheters the desire to get started on a project trumps all else, and often with hook in hand and yarn untested, we throw caution to the wind and dive right into a project, and hope against hope, that something like pink lemonade flavored Kool-Aid will fix what ails our project.

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2 thoughts on “An unfortunate shade of pink

  1. Looks like a worthwhile endeavor. I just can’t seem to find the time to make these stash bags, but oh so want to. I hope you would consider making one for a giveaway for the The Heart in Hand Project, or maybe you will donate some crocheted squares for the cause. As always, it is a pleasure to read your blog. ~Kelly

    unDeniably Domestic

    The Heart in Hand Project

  2. I just thought that it was many time that I didn’t see a new stash bag here.

    I definitively plan to make my own but with my needles.

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