First class travel is half price for the summer and I had even collected enough credits from recent travel to pay for my very cosy seat with points instead of kronor!
I took advantage of being trainbound for 6 hours northward (at my air-conditioned, extra wide seat and table, hoorah!) to learn the basics of overlay crochet. I registered with the very helpful website, Lilla Björn Crochet, and that prompted a free pattern for a “macaroon pin cushion” to my in-box. Using scraps of yarn I tried my hand at this technique and really enjoyed both the process and the result! It can bit a more tiring on the hands to negotiate the hook in less easily available stitches from previous rounds. As I have suffered with repetitive injury in the past I made sure I didn’t work too intensely without a break.
Of course, living in Sweden (and fluent in the language) I immediately recognised “lilla björn” to mean “little bear.” The blog is not actually written by a Swede, just someone who appreciates Swedish things. A nice connection for a swenglish girl anyway.
I did make a few first time errors a long the way but quickly adjusted my work (fudged it!) to make the stitches add up. It was mostly just getting used to following a different pattern in terms of terminology and techniques and also trying a useful but new (for me) joining technique for each round.
All in all not a bad first effort and I am looking forward to trying other overlay patterns. I can definitely recommend a little bear to get you started as I did. 🙂
I am happy to use up bits and bobs of leftover yarn for the actual pin cushion and yarn tails and a very small piece of test knitting as stuffing. Very green and thrifty all in one. First class, eh?
By the by, the drawstring bag (pictured) was something I made in tapestry crochet – another technique I intend to work on in future.
And travelling 6 hours northward from Stockholm takes me to Jämtland, where the sun is up around the clock making it hard to sleep and where the landscape is very beautiful…
Now that is a very cool idea! Congrats on your first class trip…it’s good to spoil ourselves sometimes, isn’t it? Happy summer to you too!
Thanks Paula. 🙂 Yes, sometimes we are just worth it. 😉 Happy crocheting to you!/Christina
Lovely crocheting and a beautiful country…would love to visit Sweden one day.
Welcome to Sweden. 🙂 It is a beautiful – though vast country – especially when compared to my native England. It has been almost six years since I took a one-way ticket here! Never looked back. 🙂
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