Twelve times as long to make.....That's my general rule of thumb for crocheting minis....
I start out thinking that I am going to whip the item out in no time and finish grumbling to myself and tearing my hair.
This morning Tessie kept nagging me about the big scarf that I showed you yesterday. She wanted a tiny one for herself.
"Make me a lacy scarf? Please?" she whined. Then she added, "You could just start it and then I could finish it. It would be faster that way."
I am not sure what kind of logic she was using, but I agreed to start it, just to shut her up.
The piece that you see her holding is the start that I made of Claudia's scarf.
She picked out the color from my stash of old mercerized cotton sewing thread. If you use that and a # 14 crochet hook, you get a close approximation of 1/12 scale wool work.
The hardest part is just getting the first few rows done. There is nothing to hold on to whilst crocheting.
The task is kind of like Tom Sawyer whitewashing the fence.....Only in reverse. Instead of trying to talk me into doing it, she was trying to talk me into not stopping.
In the photo the the left, you can see how far I got before my eyes crossed and my fingers numbed.
This is going to take a while. Poke the photo if you want a closer view.
The other thing that I can't emphasize enough is a good, lighted magnifier. I like the one that you see here because I can adjust the light to one position and the lens to another. They are on separate stalks.
I would probably be blind by now, if not for this light and other ones of different design that I have worn out in the past twenty years or so.
Then I hit upon an alternative to all of the loss of eyesight. I tried to talk Tessie into thinking that a boa made of some of the wild fuzzy yarns that I had when that was the in thing....
With that, I just crocheted a chain to the length I wanted and then did a single crochet back to the beginning.....So much simpler.
I am now in the process of telling her how charming she looks and how this one is going to keep her ever so much warmer than the plain green one.
"It may be warmer, but it tickles and is making me sneeze! I will wear this for another twenty one minutes. After that, I will be back to nagging for the green one. Is that understood?"
Oh well...I tried.
See you tomorrow.