Hawk Scarf

Inspired by the Cooper’s Hawk that lives in the hemlocks on our property, I carded and spun the yarn for this long scarf many months ago, and just finished crocheting it.  To vary the pattern, I carded fibers separately: for the earthy colors I combined dark brown yak, baby camel, several shades of adult alpaca, merino and silk fibers.  The white areas are merino, silk, kid mohair and curly “locks.”  I hand-spun these carded batts, and to accent the different colors and textures, I used a simple crochet stitch for the white, so I could more easily tease out the little curls of the white “locks” here and there; and I used a triple crochet stitch for the darker areas that are a thinner yarn, creating open areas throughout the scarf.  Even thought the scarf is quite long — 8 feet long by a bit over 3 inches wide — it weighs less than four ounces.  I made a pin from a beautiful mother-of-pearl button to cinch the scarf.   The title for this series is “The Hawk’s Dream” because when I combine these “hawk” colors with accents of little curly “locks” the image in my mind is a hawk soaring over a field where sheep graze — I’m wondering what’s going on in that hawk’s mind.


Published in: on April 3, 2011 at 2:08 pm  Comments (2)  

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  1. I love your crochet work. The mother of pearl button is perfect for this piece.

  2. Thank you so much!

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