This finished object is largely the result of me having no idea what the heck I wanted to make or why.
I've had this silk dk weight yarn for over a year and have been determined to use it in my next project. I tried a few things both knitted and crocheted before it sort of took on a life of its own and became this little capelet. I had fun experimenting with the different stitches and think I learned a fair bit about crochet design in the process.
The yarn is a dk silk from Colourmart and was to be honest difficult to crochet with at times. Having said that - it was worth the effort as the fabric (I used a 3.5mm crochet hook) drapes beautifully. I added glass beads to the bottom for a little bit of extra glamour.
I would make some small changes to the capelet if I were to make it again, but overall I'm pleased with the effect.
Crochet is great for experimenting. Because there aren't tons of live stitches waiting to cause you grief when you rip back it is much more forgiving when you are trying out ideas. You just drop the last hoop from the hook and rip back with abandon. No heartstopping moments as you try to pick up the stitches without losing one (or two) and watching them drop back 10 intricate rows of lace.
Of course every silver lining has a cloud - and in crochet it is that you can't easily repair a mistake in a previous row WITHOUT ripping back. And I can say from experience that hurts.
11 Years Waiting and 1 Day Sewing
For anyone interested I am happy to report that the replacement bobbincase did arrive. (How cool is the internet? I discover that I've lost the bobbincase to a 15 year old sewing machine do a quick google and 2 days later I've got a replacement. I'm beginning to think this www thing might not just be a fad.)
Anyway - the case arrived and after 11 years of procrastination my kitchen chairs have new (removable)(and therefore washable) seatcovers. Hurrah!