I identify as a crocheter, for the most part, because I’m better at it than knitting and because I do more of it than knitting. However, my best friend’s birthday is in August, and she picked out StarBurst Cape by Jeanne Abel, so I picked up my circulars and gave it a go.
Reader, this seafarer was utterly unprepared for what it is like to knit 270 some stitches in a single row. Crochet rarely increases that quickly or to more than two digit numbers. (Unless you crochet shawls, which I do not, because I feel that crochet as a general rule makes too dense of a fabric to make good shawls.) It has been tedious. Very tedious. This cape is worked in stockinette and reverse stockinette alternately, with radiating eyelets where it transforms from knit loops to purl bumps. Ergo, mostly it’s just purling or knitting, over and over and over again.
Also, it looks an awful lot like a terrible purple lump at the moment. The yarn is Color Dance’s Moonwalk series, in the colorway Purple Rain. It’s not a terribly well known yarn, as it is from a local creator with a small business, but it can be obtained from her Etsy here and is truly a joy to knit with. Still, I feel like I won’t be able to fully appreciate it until it’s off the needles and properly blocked.
Eighteen more (very, very long) rows of stockinette to go.
Welcome to the Seafarer’s Yarn blog. My name is Quillen, and in the interest of sparing my family excessive amounts of talk about wool and blocking and double crochets and all that yarn nonsense, I have instead decided to inflict such things upon the internet. Ravelry has reliably informed me that other crocheters and knitters are usually significantly more interested in listening to this sort of thing than one’s non-crafty family.
Some facts about me to start off:
1. I consider myself a crocheter and a toymaker, but occasionally I cheat on both my hooks and my toys with some fingering weight and a pair of needles. I can’t help it. I need variety in my life. I’m fairly equal-opportunity with my knit and crochet, but I am so, so bad at gauge and only engage in projects that absolutely require it if forced.
2. I like to make toys of animals, and particularly animals that no one else really cares to pay much attention to. In conservation biology, they talk about “charismatic megafauna”. That refers to the animal that goes on the zoo posters and looks charming so people will throw money at the zoo to save the pandas and the tigers. Crochet and knit toy makers are all absolutely taken with these kinds of animals (giraffes, monkeys, bears, ad infinitum), so as much as I too find the charismatic megafauna charming, I seek to branch out in the animal kingdom a little more when making toys.
3. I study Aquatic and Fisheries Science at the University of Washington! You can count on me to live up to the seafaring part of this blog’s name.
4. Unlike other yarn people, I sadly am catless. I keep fish. They are not as cuddly or adoring of me, the food-bearer, but they are less prone to sit on my yarn when I’m trying to block things.
There you go, reader. Welcome to the blog.