Well, the saying is ‘when life gives you lemons, make a g&t’ (or something like that)… but living in west Wales, life never gives me lemons (too cold and wet), it gives me heaps and heaps of STUFF. Even that is not true… the heaps and heaps of STUFF is entirely my responsibility – it’s things I could not bring myself to throw out in years gone by. However, it does mean that I occasionally uncover things that inspire me. And so it was last week, when I was exploring some of the boxes up in the loft, and I came across some hanks of yarn… and some balls of yarn… all a sort of dull purple and a bit fluffy and all, apparently, bought from The Natural Fibre company 20 years ago. Goodness only knows what I intended to do with it… no doubt I had a plan at the time. Anyway, here we are in a different century and I have no desire to make it into a garment for myself. I’ve washed the hanks, but the yarn in the balls can be worked up before being washed – it will make life easier.
So, when life gives you yarn… make a turban. Especially since life has also given me some old curtain rings. The design is inspired by an old pattern, undated but perhaps from the 1940s or 50s. The pattern describes how to make a knitted version, but mine is crochet. The curtain rings form the anchors at the front and back of the hat – quite a clever idea. My rings are bigger than the ones suggested in the original pattern, so leave a bigger hole, which I’ve covered with a flower at the front. What do you think?
There is lots of this yarn however, so I haven’t stopped with a turban… I’ve also made couple of pairs of fingerless mittens and a simple beanie hat and I’ve still only got through a ball and a half. And then I came across some black mohair yarn (why? WHY?) so I’ve used some of that to make another turban hat. And then I came across a ball of something pink and yellow, so I made a slouchy hat, with a contrasting grey band.
You may be wondering at all this mad creativity and exactly how many hats I might be able to wear, but in fact I’m making stock for a stall I’m going to have at the International Permaculture Convergence in London in September. I have been dithering about whether to do this, but finally I decided to bite the bullet when I realised how much yarn I have around and how many items I have already made that are ready to sell…
So my plan now is loads of making for a month and a half and then fingers crossed for good sales.