As part of dipping my toe in the waters of my grand yarn sort-out (see my post about cataloging here), I reminded myself about a rather lovely crochet project I started many moons ago.

It is this crochet tunic:

Periwinkle Crochet Tunic by Marie Wallin
Periwinkle Crochet Tunic by Marie Wallin

Titled ‘Periwinkle’, it was designed by Marie Wallin (one of my favourite designers) for Rowan and originally published in their Magazine number 41:

Rowan Magazine number 41
Rowan Magazine number 41

The yarn recommended for this pattern is Rowan Calmer – what a lovely name! I bought it in this lovely deep red shade:

My Rowan Calmer stash
My Rowan Calmer stash

As you can see, I originally made a small number of the motifs.

Flowers (unblocked!)
Flowers (unblocked!)

But then I must have got distracted, and over the years, I have also used some of the yarn for some other projects as experiments (!). So I don’t have quite enough of the red to finish this off as things currently stand, especially as I would quite like to extend the design to make it longer, finishing perhaps at the mid-thigh point. So I have in theory a few options:

  • I can omit the sleeves;
  • I can attempt to source more of the same yarn, accepting that it is highly unlikely to be from the same dye-lot, and thus taking a chance that any colour variation does not show up too much;
  • I can look for more Calmer in a contrasting colour, perhaps for the borders and belt;
  • I can integrate a different but similar yarn altogether, again in a contrasting colour, for the borders and belt.

As this yarn is now discontinued, the latter option is my most likely bet, particularly as I have such a wide range of different yarns already in my stash!!  I think I will have a go at making some of the motifs in some sample yarns and see how I get on.  I will report again in due course. 😀

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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