Where does one find a crochet lei?
My very fortunate parents just returned from a cruise to Hawaii and back. They had lots of fun, went snorkeling, and brought back souvenirs for their only slightly less-fortunate children and grand-children. My parents brought back a silk flower lei for each of my girls and two cans of macadamia nuts for us. My parents each took a class or two while on the ship. My mom took one on crocheting leis! Now, my mom knows the basics of crochet, but she is primarily a knitter and quilter, so this was pretty big for her to take a crochet class. She made one of these beautiful leis for myself and each of my 3 sisters. Aren't they beautiful?! I was very impressed!
The "flowers" are a variegated nylon cord worked in a string of popcorn stitches. The "grass" is green eyelash yarn worked into the backs of the popcorn stitches. Isn't that clever? I'll have to find a way to use this idea in my designing somewhere...maybe as a unique edging??? She showed me another one that she bought rather than made in which the popcorn/grass combo was worked around an inner cord of some kind in a spiral so that it wrapped around it. This made a thicker lei. The one my mom made for me has 2 strands to it that she twisted together a little. I think she said it is actually one long strand, but you skip a few chains in there to make a spot to tie on the closures. The "beads" used in the closure are some variety of nut that she informed me is also used as a natural laxative in Hawaii....nice....
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I am glad that my parents got to enjoy their cruise together. I wanted to share this interesting use of crochet with you.
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