Hello, hello! Do come in. There’s still space on the sofa. Make y’self comfy – I’ve got something fun to show you today that will, I hope, make you smile.
Is everyone here now? OK.
I’m not afraid to admit, I do enjoy a good scrumble of an evening. It fair warms the cockles of my heart, I tell you. Never heard the word scrumble? Well definitions are divided into those that involve baking apples with blackberries (yum), and those more relevant to this post that involve creating small freeform crochet (or knitting) motifs, to be combined into a larger freeform design.
Tonight, I’ve been a-scrumbling with a purpose. A combination of ultra-cheap jeans and hours spent crawling on the floor playing farms with the Toddler Twinnage leads, inevitably and without deviation, to this dismal state of affairs:-
So I decided to crochet away the problem with a 2.5mm hook, a tapestry needle, and some DMC Natura cotton 4-ply yarn. Now feel free to learn from my mistake, because I unwisely started by using a tapestry needle to chain-stitch a border for my motif.
But I came to regret that, because it’s much easier to freeform outwards than it is to freeform inwards. Ah well, folks. I make the mistakes so you don’t have to.
Nevertheless, a semi-reasonable abstract design began to take shape, created by a combination of working bits of motifs separately to be inserted, and crocheting inwards from the border:-
Or at least it was supposed to be abstract, but it started looking overly like a bird, so I decided to doodle a little with some lilac thread and a tapestry needle:-
What do you think? Not too bad? And have you any idea how difficult it is to take a photo of one’s own knees?? Let’s have another go:-
I’m going to embroider a couple of lilac curls on the other knee too, because I think it will protect the underlying fabric from ripping.
Anyway, should you have jeans of your own that you wish to mend, here’s what I suggest:-
- Use a thin yarn and a crochet hook. *whispers:* When things get difficult, you can abandon your crochet hook and embroider with a tapestry needle. But please don’t tell anyone I said that.
- Place a block or small hard-backed book inside the jeans leg so that you don’t inadvertently sew through both sides. I found a small edition of The Very Hungry Caterpillar very useful.
- As you would with any scrumbled freeform design, start by working two or three little motifs, then join them together to make a shape that more than covers the hole in your jeans. Sew the finished work into place. Of course you can follow my example and chain-stitch around the area first, but I’m really not sure I’d recommend that.
- I then used a tapestry needle to chain-stitch across the design.
And that’s all there is to it, I’m happy to say.
Meanwhile, it’s cold here, but there’s not been even a hint of snow. 🙁 We’ve been on shivering walks and seen old man’s beard, which makes you feel as though you’re in a snowstorm if you screw up your eyes and squint at it:-
…and some richly red bramble leaves…
…and an old hill fort dating from the Bronze Age and Iron Age. Look, you can see its
stepped sides on the right:-
But enough of that, my friends. I would like to leave you with two words, on which matter there will be more soon: arctic qiviut. 🙂