Crochet rustic infinity scarf of wool

After 3 days of cross-country skiing my best little friend Jenta and I went for a walk around a lake yesterday in the falling snow. I had finished one of my crochet gadgets and took the opportunity to shoot some outdoor photos of the finished wool infinity scarf that I made in a somewhat rustic look with an earth dye.

The scarf before felting – absolutely usable right there, but again, the felting made it more wind resistant and warmer, and usability is more important than the look when the wind bites you… createwithadlibris

Let me present one of my of my dear self-appointed “helpers” – he closely follow the crochet process and always claims he “didn’t touch anything” when I get back to continue crocheting – he sure looks innocent enough..crochet intifiny shawl cowl earth dye hekling virkat cat devon rex

One of my other dear self-appointed “helpers” usually takes care of the durability-test for how much a piece of crochet can take…

This time I used Drops Big Delight wool yarn, and blended the colour mix Autumn Forest 06 with Chocolate Banana 05 to get som ochry light up’s in the scarf. It is very easy to crochet and to practice on, and you don’t have to sit and count all the time, I just had a stitch marker placed at the start point. crochet intifiny scarf cowl earth dye wool hekling virkat handmade needlework

Our little car got stuck in the snow on our way out to the lake, but a couple of my door mats got us out of the situation so we could drive to one of our favorite walking places you can see a bit of below.  

 

Peek-a boo! Happy with my rustic wool scarf in warming earthed colours. Now I’m starting to feel confident enough to crochet stuff for others too, so be warned! ha..ha.. I will be back with a travel gem of Norway soon, so don’t walk too far away dear reders 🙂crochet wool intifiny shawl cowl earth dye hekling virkat pattern jordfarger big delight yarn

Handmade crochet beanie of pure wool

It’s not perfect, it’s not for all, and it’s not exactly super fashionable, but it’s my own “haute couture”- and my very own first handmade garment, so I’m a lil’ bit proud today. I made this beanie of 100 % natural unprocessed wool yarn and it brought out a very special delight to plan, create and finish a piece of handwork on my own.

A white detachable and fluffy pompom as a finishing touch on the beanie top. I bet Jenta want’s to chew on it. lapphund woolk beanie handmade felted tovning tovet

Lapphund and handmade wool beanie

In Norway we have a long tradition of making good food and clothes from sheep ... (that is probable why it sounds crazy that here in Sweden they burn/throws away over 1500 tons of wool every year, wich is not ok!). Wool can be used in several other ways than just yarn i e fillings, isolation etc), and considering the displacement of our carnivores in benefit for the sheep, I think we are obligated to at least use the whole animal, and not waste most of it. Well, that was today’s politics..  😀

So, who hasn’t admired the beautiful handmade wool cardigans (kofter) in various Norwegian patterns? I have several of them myself – and have room for more, but maybe on day I can knit my own instead? So I decided to first learn myself the art of crocheting and how to read patterns… and just take it from here..

The supplementary stitches in natural white may not perfectly made, but my very first, to my defence 🙂wool beanie handmade ullue heklet crochet stiched winter pompom

As a newbie I think it was smart to start with a chunky and feltable wool yarn like Eskimo, as the felting process would let me shape and hide beginner mistakes a bit easier. It is also a bit quicker to finish up too. Below you can se my beanie before washing, felting and blocking it…. see any difference?

Before felting: The pompom was of course detached before the washing, felting and blocking process

A selfie lying in the snow – the wool pattern looks ok now, keeps the snow, wind and chill out.. what more can you require from a beanie ..oh, that’s it..it actually smells good too... mmmm.. and by the way, my old jacket here is also of 100 % wool, still going strong…  norrland handarbete virka mössa crochet

Handmade crochet beaniePeaceful learning?? I must admit.. the first two days I was struggling and swearing a lot when learning myself this handicraft … but “suddenly” I got the hang of it and all I wanted was to find some peaceful moments to just sit down and work on my first beanie… and put up a sign with “do not disturb” ..ha..ha

It really gives a well needed inner calm and a wellness feeling to just sit down and create… a bit fascinated to see that I have created some nice patterns… or may be I’m just getting old enough to appreciate moments like this more – here in Sweden they just call it “tantvarning” 😀

It started to snow a bit as you can see …I really like this place a lot, and yesterday I took a walk with my lovely lapphund dog here while doing some beanie-shots too… wool beanie handmade ull heklet crochet pompom virkat winter landscape

 

For the beanie I used:

  • Yarn: DROPS Eskimo 100 % thick pure wool – Natural and Beige colours
  • Crochet needle: 8,0mm
  • Wool needle for stitches
  • Detachable synthetic pompom (or make your own in wool)

Felting process: With the wool yarn quality type in mind (chunky Eskimo) I washed the beanie gentle by hand in wool detergent, and felted it carefully in the tumble-drier to make it more compact and tighter. I blocked it/shaped it/stretched it with needles on a paper plate during the night. Very pleased with the result.

If you have any questions regarding my beanie, just ask. I have already started on my next li’l project, so don’t stay away too long …  🙂

garn yarn eskimo crochet pure wool beanie handmade handcrafted

I love this soft, chunky ans environmentally friendly Eskimo wool yarn (Oeko-Tex® certificated