Thursday, 6 February 2014

Colours of Winter Sunrises

Winter Sunrises are amazing...

the grey clouds of dawn, 
the pink glow of daylight...

some times more orange,
other times more magenta...
yet always beautiful!

I love being up to capture these moments, quite often they only last a short time, 
as soon as the sun starts to rise,
either the clouds move in, and all the glorious colours disappear,
or the glow of the sun eliminates the hues.
So you have to be quick to capture the moment...

Quite often I am in such a hurry to take the photo before the colours change and disappear,
I use my mobile instead of digging out my Fuji camera,
resulting in a mediocre photo.

The best time is when I have risen before the sun, and the colours are just starting to appear,
this is the time the Fuji is dug out of it's case, and I delight in zooming in and out
to capture segments of colour in the early morning skies.

Aren't they lovely colours?

Well it is these winter sunrise colours which inspired my selection of the Debbie Bliss Andes yarn.

I purchased these July 2013 and it's taken this long to do something with them,
it seems that life just got in the way.

Honestly, I had no idea what I was going to make with these.
Later I added another colour .... fuchsia.... just gorgeous....


and with the remainder
have made a simple and easy scarf

ANDES Crochet Scarf

my winter sunrise scarf

and I am going to share the pattern here with you.


A simple striped crochet scarf using one stitch throughout and easy colour change.  No hiding ends.  No sew.  

SKILL:  Easy
YARN:  Debbie Bliss Andes - 4 x 50g - 1 skein of each colour
SUBSTITUTE YARN:  Rowan Alpaca Colour or any other similar DK yarn
HOOK:  7 (4.5mm)
MEASUREMENTS:  Length 55in (140cm) without fringe, Width 6.5in (16.5cm)
TENSION:  Not critical to this pattern.

ABBREVIATIONS:  USA (American) Crochet Terms
ch = chain, hdc = half double crochet, sl st = slip stitch, st = stitch, CC = contrast colour, MC = main colour.

PATTERN NOTES:  Beginning and end of each colour change, leave 3-4in tail, before cutting yarn. These yarn tails will be incorporated into the fringe.  

With MC and 7 (4.5mm) hook
Row 1:  Ch200, 1hdc in 3rd ch from hook, 1hdc in each ch to end. Turn.
Row 2:  Ch2, 1hdc in each st to end. Turn.
Row 3:  Repeat Row 2.

Change to CC1
Row 4-6: Repeat Row 2.
Change to CC2
Row 7-9: Repeat Row 2.
Change to CC3
Row 10-12: Repeat Row 2.

Change to MC
Row 13-15: Repeat Row 2.

Change to CC1
Row 16-18: Repeat Row 2.
Change to CC2
Row 10-21: Repeat Row 2.
Change to CC3
Row 22-24: Repeat Row 2.

Change to MC
Row 25-26: Repeat Row 2.
Row 27:  Sl st in each st to end.

Make fringe measuring 4-5ins in length.  Use all 4 colours.  2 strands of each contrast colour and 1 strand of main colour per fringe group.  7 fringe groups on each end of scarf.  Remember to incorporate the yarn tails into the fringe groups.

ciao, ciao!