Fiber Lesson: Wool

Our house is sometimes affectionately known as the Lion's Den, because all three humans in residence happen to be Leos--and they also happen to be summer people. Summer is the time when their creative juices start flowing and they produce some of their best works of art. They are probably some of the few people who are saddened to see the influx of pumpkin-spice-everything every October, because it means the long, warm days of creative energy are coming to an end.

On the other hand, the end of summer also means the start of crochet season. Yes, we hardcore crochet enthusiasts crochet year round, but autumn is the time when we all start thinking about cozy hats and scarves and all the wonderful things we might crochet for loved ones for the holidays. This is evidenced by the fact that we've seen quite an uptick in yarn sales at Crochet Kitten's Bazaar in the last month. And since we're all thinking about cuddling up with a nice warm ball of yarn, I thought now would be a good time to continue our fiber series with a lesson on wool.

Little Lovely and her friend greeting a wool-producer in June.

How to Crochet a Book Cover Purse

There comes a point in every yarn lover's life when the most beautifully perfect skein of yarn comes along, but gasp! there is only one single, solitary skein in existence. The yarn lover covets the precious skein, but oh, what to make? What pattern could possibly be worthy of such a yarn, and with only one skein of it, to boot?

The Animator's Wife had this problem when she went to Ireland in 2010 and bought some local yarn spun from real Irish sheep. It was surprisingly hard to find, so she wanted it to be used for the exact perfect project--something that might last forever.

And so she ended up using it to make a book cover, but not just any book cover. To make it just a touch more interesting, she worked it so that the book cover would make the book look like a purse so that the book might be easily toted around.

Crochet a Book Cover Purse

As it so happens, the book we covered is The Animator's Wife's bible, but this technique could also be applied to personal journals, sketch books, scrap books, or any other book that has special meaning to the owner.