quinta-feira, 22 de setembro de 2011

Guincho or Cornwall?

Hello! I hope you are all doing well :)

We all have a special place we dream of going someday... right? 

Let me tell you a (not really) secret... this is the place I've been dreaming of.

It's Cornwall, in the UK.

Maybe motivated by the countless romances I read of King Arthur and his Knights, Lady Morgan and the druids, the mists and the centuries old trees... I've been dreaming of this for a long time.

We do have some places that call out for me just as much--Guincho, near Sintra (not so far from Lisbon)

It even has the mists hoovering over it most of the time, with the sun shining through 

Or Porto Covo, further south...

When I started to make my Japanese Flower Scarf I noticed the color pattern resembled so much these colors I love in these places.  (Yes, it turned out to be a flower scarf instead of the granny square version... It was so much nicer!) 

The deep blue of the ocean, the teal / turquoise of the closer waters, the sand, the grass and even the darker stone cliffs

So that was the name I gave my scarf: the Cornwall scarf, but it could easily be the Guincho scarf as well

Over my bed cover... hmmm... can you tell how much I love these colors?! :)

This yarn is so wonderful to crochet with a 2 mm hook. 
It creates random patterns as the you go through the various shades in the yarn... And it becomes faster to make!  The Japanese flowers are wonderfully easy and nice to make! I even got to read while making them, a new, wonderfull book written by my dear junior high school friend Maria Cristina Becho, called "Cantos da Casa" (Corners of Home). 

I am not a fast crochetter.

 I work slowly, but this flower is so agreable  to make and the color changes are so pleasing to the eye that I made it in less than a week--that's amazing for me! The flowers are small, about the size of my palm, so I made a total of 54 flowers for this shawl, 12, 13, 14 and 15 flowers in each row.

This is me, modelling it over my t-shirt as it's still way too warm to wear anything else... and my favourite pin holding it in the front. 

I can't wait for it to get cooler to start wearing it!

Another project completed before I go back to work... I'm happy!

What are you working on? Any new ideas or patterns? I need to start something else now :)


22 comentários:

  1. Hello,
    your scarf is very beautiful, fantastic colors, I love it.
    Greetings Crissi

  2. Your shawl is beautiful.. VERY Pretty.

    Your dream place is beautiful as well. I tend to dream small. I would love to go to Custer National Park and see the buffalo roam the plains. I think I lived there once, in a former life and I am missing it.

    I'm so glad you are feeling well.
    xx, Carol

  3. What a terrific color match. You definitely brought your dream-world into that gorgeous shawl. I love things that you can attach memories too. {{{{sigh}}}}

  4. Wow!!!! Your photos look so beautiful, I really enjoyed seeing those beautiful colors and then I saw your scarf. A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! This could not have turned out any better. Such a great piece for you to wear!
    xo Susan

  5. oooo... i love this scarf, the colours are just wonderful. what yarn did you use? was it one ball of colour variated yarn? this scarf is just beautiful. I don't fancy using a 2mm hook, it seems very small and I'm so used to using 4 or 5mm hooks. i want this scarf! enjoy the warmth whilst it lasts, it is fast approaching scarf weather here x

  6. I can see how the colours match the coastlines of the places you have mentioned.

    I have never visited cornwall either but hope to one day.

    You are a faster crochetter than me blimey to complete in a week is super fast.

    Your Japanese flower scarf is beautiful.

    Have a lovely week.

    Leah x

  7. Wow Teresa, your scarf is beautiful. I love the colours!

    The pictures are also stunning. I would love to go to the UK some time.

    Have a nice day,

  8. Gorgeous photos - I love Cornwall, but it always seems such a long way to go! And Can always find a better excuse to head north and see the Scottish coast!

    Love the Japanese flower shawl too - I'm going to have to make one of these myself one day!

  9. I also dream of cornwall....so beautiful.....and your shawl...it is just heavenly....what a wonderful job you have done!

  10. Your scarf is beautiful!! I love the colors. What was the yarn you used?

    Sam (NotYourGramsAfghan.blogspot.com)

  11. Olá Teresa

    Sou inglesa mas vou tentar escrever em português! Eu adoro as flores e o fio. É possível comprar o fio em Portugal? Eu vou ao Algarve na próxima semana mas nunca vi la uma loja que vende fio assim.
    Desculpe por o meu português mau mas ainda tenho muito mais aprender :-)

  12. what an absloutely gorgeous, beautiful, fantastically lovely scarf....WOW!! you matched those colours so well and they are so "ME" too. your dream places are, well, dreamy! :)...one day maybe, one day.
    have a lovely weekend and I hope you find a new project...

  13. Hello--thank you so much for your comments! I confess I'm really in love with this scarf and I'm glad you like it too!
    So here are the details, for those of you who've asked for them:
    Yarn: Katia's Darling color 200 (4 balls of 50gr)
    I mentioned before that I had used a 2 mm hook but it was a 2.5 mm instead (and I believe it could be nicer and fluffier with a 3 mm hook but I was halfway done when I though of trying it)
    The pattern I used was Elizabeth Cat's but apparently her blog is now closed or I can't get in... it's not exactly the same as Lucy's at Attic24 but it's not so different either :) I'll be glad to explain how if anyone needs a pattern, though all credits are Elizabeth's.
    Hope this was helpful! If you need anything else just email me :)

  14. Gorgeous images and beautiful shawl. The colors are so pretty just like those coastal waters. Hope your are having a great day. Tammy

  15. Dear Teresa,

    I could't leave a comment earlier because yesterday we had a little party for Luc his birtday ...lovely weather now,the party wa in the garden with a fire ...cosy ...

    I love the scarf, sooooo beautiful and the pictures also...

    Did you see my pictures ? and my Give Away ?
    Next week I will try again to phone you....
    Have a nice weekend ....

    Love Marjo

  16. Your scarf is lovely, I bet you can't wait to wear it! Cornwall looks like a beautiful place to visit. I hope you get to go someday!

  17. I am in love with your pictures and even more in love with the scarf. I think you did an amazing job.
    Hus to you Teresa,

  18. I also look forward to cold weather so i can wear my woollies! boo its getting warmer for me now :(

    Thanks for the follow!

  19. Hello

    First of all Congratulations, love the scarf!!!! The colours everything

    Cornwall is lovely, but I have to admit that I have only been there twice I think, love the Pasties mind you ;-)

    Keep up the lovely work, and all the very Best for tomorrow

    And you brought us luck in that stadium!! eheheheh


  20. I love your blog and I read it on a regular basis. I just wanted to let you know I've nominated you for The Versatile Blogger Award!

    Sam (NotYourGramsAfghan.blogspot.com)

  21. Very beautiful place, waves..lokks exactly as your nice yarn and crochet!
    Wish you a nice day

  22. Hi, your scarf is wonderful - so are the colors (which are "mine" too, besides some others) I love the way the yarn looks soft but defined.
    Can you tell me how to get the pattern ? I am a rather new crocheter, after decades of not doing any crochet or knitting, I am just into it again, and eager to "make" something :-)
    Thank you in advance for any help you can give me ! kind regards, Martina


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