My mother mother had an...well...impotant birthday a little over a week ago, so this year a special gift was called for...something lasting....something handmade.
I opted for a pattern by the French company Phildar after seeing a finished example on flickr. They have a huge range of contemporary crochet and knitting patterns (you can also order the supplies needed from their online shop, very convenient).
This thing is so hard to photograph! What I like most about the design is the fringe...look closely and you might spot pompoms, tassles, braids, knots and beads.
In all, it took about 2 1/2 months (on and off) to finish. A huge project for me, but I enjoyed making it... I'm usually a hit-and-run crafter and get easily bored when things take too long. If you are looking for a long-time project to crochet beside a friendly crackling fire, the "Keffieh" just might be for you.