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6KCBWDAY1 ~ If I Were a Yarn

I'm excited to be participating in the 6th Annual Blog Week: We're writing about 6 topics provided for us; one for each day. 

Day One (Monday 11th May): If You Were Yarn.
If you were a type or brand of yarn, which would you be? Are you a classic pure wool? Is there extra tension but a bit of bounce in you because of your high twist? Would you be more like a high-maintainance, strictly hand-wash fluffy angora or a ‘bring it on’ acrylic, bravely heading into the world of possible baby-sick laundering disasters knowing that you will always come out bright and unharmed?
Spend some time browsing yarns and getting to know their qualities, and decide which yarn you think best matches your personality.
Trying to decide which yarn I would be if I were a yarn is proving to be difficult! I do love it all, but I love unusual materials the most! Randomly, I choose one, raffia, to get started here. Raffia is not all that unusual, but it does lend itself to sculptural effects as opposed to being used for a scarf or a garment. I enjoy crocheting unusual, artsy, sculptural items. "Flexible" and "sturdy": that's me!
I am determined to cover my world in crochet.

This is a recently created covered rock which I believed actually required raffia. The friend I made it for is a gardener who collects rocks; and I wanted this gift to be able to weather the elements. Raffia fills the bill for being outside in the rain and sun.

Rock covered in raffia
Looking at crochet and the materials used to create it is my constant goal. If I were a yarn, I would be any linear material that is not thought of as "crochetable." I am always looking for different materials that can be twisted into something beautiful. It excites me to see a wiggly length of something turn into something wonderful with the flick of the hook and a bit of imagination.

Experimenting: crocheting porcelain turned into a business card holder
Grapevine Basket
I combined yarn with grapevine to crochet this basket which appeared as a pattern in Crochet! Magazine, (March 20111).

In my attempt to "cover my world in crochet," I often crochet over rocks that I have collected.

1995: Heartrock Hotel: Award Winning Design
Sea Sculpture, Detail
In creating this sculpture with driftwood, I used cactus yarn, metallic threads and "jelly yarn."

Head Piece: silk & metallic threads covering a twig. Model: Bethany Leigh
Enjoy browsing through your yarn stash to see which fits your personality. Leave me a comment here and tell me what yarn you are! I'd love to hear from you.


Voie de Vie said…
Ok, I knew you'd be some unusual material (I was thinking perhaps lightweight metal fiber?), but didn't quite get to raffia!

I love that driftwood sculptural piece.
Amy Putkonen said…
HI Gwen,

I am playing along with you in the challenge! How fun! Have you done this before? This is my first time. I love your sculptures! What a neat idea!
Breathing Life said…
so cool the way you crochet over rocks - very unique.

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