The mail man was my best friend again last week; he delivered my second Little Box of Crochet. I notice that I was really looking forward to my second box. What would be in this box….?
With a feeling very similar to what it felt like to unwrap my Christmas gifts as a young girl I opened the package. Oooeehh, a blue box this time! Tissue paper…. the sticker keeping it together is not cooperating….. then just tare the tissue paper…. my excitement goes up, what is in the box this month?
Just like last time the box is packed with care and detail. In the June box there is the pattern booklet with the description for making a crochet hook roll designed by the lovely Amanda Bloom herself, plus everything you need to make the design: 4 colors of Three Bears Yarn Affection which is a 100% Cotton yarn, a button by Scheepjes, a needle and a 3.5mm crochet hook. Extra goodies are a very useful booklet with a pen to keep track of all things crochet related (or anything else for that matter) and again a very cute stitch marker by Beth Chapman from Korutumi.
I studied the pattern and decided that I am not going to make a crochet hook roll. Knowing myself I know I would not use it, and that is a shame, so I decided to make a washcloth to go with the washcloth that was in the May box. I followed the general pattern but changed the order of the spike stitches to get them symmetrical on my washcloth with respect to the edges. I changed the order of the repeat from (sp1, sp2, sp1, 2sc) to (sc, sp1, sp2, sp1, sc). I am usually very good at following a pattern but for some reason this time I changed a few small details. I also changed the border part slightly.
When I got to the border I decided to use the green yarn for my first round because I wanted to end with the ginger like in the original pattern. I first added a series of slip stitches to the edges to get a nice base for the border. This base with the actual border stitches meant I needed a bit more yarn than in the box which lead to a very tense game of yarn chicken, and actually I lost but after cheating just a little bit in the corners I won in the end. Who says cheats don’t win? The second round I used the white according to the pattern and the last ginger round I had to change again because I did not have enough yarn. I made every second stitch a ch1 and skipped the underlying stitch to get a linen stitch border and I added a ch20 loop in one corner.
Tadah! One very nice washcloth, and amazingly it is exactly the same size as the one I made last month. Now if that isn’t fate I don’t know what it.
The Three Bears yarn in this box is vibrant in color but rather coarse and feels tough on my hands when working with it. Especially the blue shade Mermaid Cove was tough on the edge of being unpleasant to work with. I think this yarn is very suitable for household items like potholders and washcloths, but I would not suggest using it for something delicate like a baby blanket or clothing.
I have really come to like this little surprise every month, and I have only had two boxes. How fast you get used to nice things 🙂 What will be in my next box? So curious, can hardly wait!