I finally finished the Celestine Crochet (a knit version is also available). The pattern was a bit interesting to follow. Each point is made from the bottom up. With the first cone made, the second base is made by chaining a portion and then slip stitiching the rest on the adjacent points. After the first few points, the general idea is easy to pick up.
The yarn is a beautiful mixture of a brilliant blue and golden browns, hand dyed by Kayla of The Yarn Bearer. The 100% wool content and fingering weight made it difficult for me to keep yarn tight. The fibers felt more ‘sticky’ to me and even with a size C hook, I have little holes where the stuffing shows through.
The hardest part of the Crochet Celestine was the stuffing. This was my first project with stuffing since I was a kid. I found out very quickly that just taking big clumps of polyfil and shoving them in the points made a really bumpy texture.
The second time around I fluffed the stuffing by pulling and stretching it. Much better! Also, I found that the whole shape looked more symmetrical when the center part was stuffed well. If I ever make this pattern again I would stuff it with a wiffle ball in the center to save on stuffing and make the whole thing lighter.
Question is, what do I do with it?