Astrud: Off da Hook

The Name

Astrud by Basia

This song was playing when I started this shawl. I like the way the name related to the shawl finished design. And I kinda feel like Astrud is a red girl.


The Shawl

September 26-October 10, 2019

Dimensions: 21.5-inch depth x 45-inch wingspan
Pattern: Spill Shawl by Jenn Wolfe Kaiser
Hook: US G/6 (4.0 mm)

Tape MeausreI crocheted this to support Nuts4Fiber‘s short row crochet and knit-a-longs at the El Segundo Slipt Stitchers knitting guild. Thankful for this heavy duty raffle gift from the guild, as I can never find a tape measure when I need one.

OMG! That’s a whole lot of crochet; the most I’ve done on one project in a long time. At points, I thought the shawl shape was wanting and lacked structure, but as more full rows continued, the shawl took it’s shape. I think ine is a bit more open between the wingtips because I crochet loosely.

Pattern called for 900 yards, but I used three cakes of yarn at a yardage of 1440, I still did not have enough to complete the last three pattern row instructions. It must be the difference in hook size between what the pattern calls for, 3.25 mm, and he hook I used – combined with my loose crochet. Wow!

I think I may wear this one a bit and see how I feel in it before donating to charity.


The Yarn

Done Roving Frolicking Feet Transitions
Color: Cinnamon Cider; Content: 100% Domestic Superwash Merino; Weight: 0, Light Fingering

Love the crimson hue, the koi effects in the off-white, the meatiness of the pink and the hueless brick or dried blood. And I think for the first time in a long while, I will even compliment the softness of the yarn; the texture, yummy!

I’ve notice how much more of a visual crocheter I have become due to my diabetic neuropathy numbing my hands. This yarn was so soft it was hard to hold, or even know it I was holding properly. Small matter this time due my like of the yarn.

Such a deal too, despite at the bad news of yet another LYS closing, Needlepoints West. Good thing I am on good terms with the owner; she threw in the last third cake just in case I needed more yarn. Good call on her part and generous too.

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