My wife's grandmother is an amazingly talented seamstress who also crochets. She recently put out an all points bulletin request for projects, what do I need to know before I request a crocheted throw made out a material that might be outside her comfort zone and/or budget?
So first off, I know next to nothing about crochet[ing]. If you asked me the difference between crochet and knitting I'd be at a complete loss. My wife knows more, she's done a scarf or two but the grandma is no slouch and has put out quite a few awesome throws, though mostly for other family members.
All that said, I figure a medium size throw, or heck a full/queen size blanket depending on how this pans out, would be amazing.
So, what's next? I want to go to her with as specific a request as possible while still staying off of her toes. Thoughts/requests are as follows:
1) I'm not necessarily all that picky with regards to the pattern. Don't get me wrong, it'd be awesome to have a thematic HALO4 or Alabama Crimson Tide throw for the man room, but I'm completely ok with, and possibly even preferential to, a natural/undyed look, that goes double if natural/unbleached/undyed stuff is stronger/better as some things I've read have said.
2) That said, neither I nor the wife really like throws that have large holes in the pattern. Drafts are not a good thing for the type of lounging/use case we have in mind for it.
3) Natural, awesome yarns are something I'd really like to look into; however, I have no idea what this will entail for grandma. I just know that I have a pair of amazing alpaca socks that I got from a ladies coop while visiting Ecuador
that I don't think I would mind wrapping around my entire body. I don't
know how familiar she may or may not be with this type/size of yarn. So, here we are I guess....
4) Following up on number 3, I'd like to provide her with the materials to offset the cost/PITA factor of procuring yarn that may not be her usual go-to synthetic stuff. Barring her having an inside or preferred supply house I think I could probably handle buying the skeins if I knew enough about what she needed (or what we wanted I suppose). I wouldn't want to have her out a whole bunch for our blanket because her income is quite fixed and she already does alot of these type of projects for the family.
So, all that said, what else can I provide her besides a reminder that we don't really get the whole swiss cheese blanket thing, a request for certain alpaca/wool yarns types, and a request for what she'll be needing me to buy? Or am I misunderstanding something altogether about crochet/yarns that makes everything I've said moot?
For example is it going to be a complete impossibility for her to use a new yarn without a long, difficult learning period because the z-axis of the fibers won't align with the constant divergent of the garment (sic), ya'know? Or will crocheting them make the alpaca fibers all unhappy such that I'd be better off with wool or bison hair yarn because the get a +4 to constitution and +1 to strength when crocheted by a grandmastergrandma.
I guess this seems a bit rambly and I'm sorry for that but I'm just guessing about so many aspects of this whole thing. Oh, please understand I'm not asking for etiquette tips with regards to how to interact with one's grandma or how to ask for gifts. We get along well and that's not the issue. It's more me asking how to talk intelligently to a crochet person offering their time and what factors I may be missing from the get go.