Alchemy’s Silken Straw

After completing the pattern for the Hexapuff Lap Quilt, I returned to making necklaces from Alchemy’s Silken Straw. This 100% silk ribbon is wonderful stuff.  It’s fun to play with, and finished products can be softened by hover steaming or soaking in cool water.

A friend ordered two necklaces from me.  Here they are completed. I need to write a necklace pattern to post on Ravelry.

My Gran

My first post has got to be about the person who taught me to crochet—my grandmother. Her name was Pauline. During my elementary school years she worked as a waitress in the restaurant she owned with my grandfather. If I close my eyes and imagine her, I still see her dressed in her crisp white uniform and apron, ready to take orders from the locals who gathered daily at their place.

When Gran wasn’t working, she liked to watch television and crochet. One summer when I was eight years old, she taught me to crochet. She patiently taught me chains, singles, doubles, and trebles, and she taught me to crochet in the round. Then, she set me free for a while and told me to try and make clothes for my Barbie doll. I tried and erred, ripped out, and tried again. Although I can’t recall that I ever made Barbie a sweater or top, I do remember that I made her a fabulous, ruffled skirt! I crocheted enough chains to fit her waist, joined them, and then I added round after round of more and more stitches. As I practiced, the ruffles grew. I recall showing Gran the doll wearing her new skirt, and I could tell by her smile that she was pleased with my progress.

Since that summer, I’ve crocheted so many things—afghans, sweaters, runners, doilies, tops, purses, and even jewelry. Every project was fun. Gran gave me a wonderful gift for life.

Welcome to Crochet Works!

Taught by her grandmother, Julie Blagojevich began crocheting when she was eight years old. She has crocheted everything from afghans to sweaters, but her favorite things to make are small items–necklaces and purses.

On a recent trip to Tampa, Florida, she visited a local yarn shop and purchased two skeins of Alchemy Silken Straw.  Playing with those skeins gave her the idea for silk necklaces.  They are corded strands with attached medallions that give the look of long, beaded necklaces.