Saturday, November 19, 2016

Found a New Love

Tunisian crochet has captured my heart.  The cowl I made for the class I took at my LYS was fun to make.  I got to try out a few of the Tunisian stitches.  The variegated yarn worked out nicely.  All that is left to do is block it and sew on the buttons.

I fell in love so hard with Tunisian crochet that I bought a book to explore further.  There are several projects in here that I want to make.  I recommend the book because it give clear, illustrated instructions on how to perform each stitch.

I am making progress on my Stranded Cowl.  The tension in the color block rows might have been a tad too tight.  It seems to be puckering a bit.  Hopefully a bit of blocking will take that out.  I have to say I really love how the colors are working together.  The gold and dark green is vibrant.

I still have a few more sections to go on this cowl.  The class covers each section at a time.  Since it is a cold, blustery day, I'm going to reheat my tea and settle myself on the couch and get back to class.

Friday, November 11, 2016

Honoring My Veteran

Today is Veteran's Day in the United States.  It is a day to honor and remember all who have served the country to preserve the freedoms we enjoy.  My dad served in the army right after the end of World War II.  He spent 18 months in the army helping to rebuild the war-torn country.

I thought about posting my thoughts on the current climate in the US, but decided against it.  All I'll say is that I pray for peace.

Now on to something that brings joy:  fiber!!!

I am slowly getting my craft room organized.  I have a corner of the basement where I store all of my fabric, yarn, fiber, books and other supplies.  The wall along the right side of the photo below stores my yarn.  I organized it by weight.  It was quite a shock to realize how much I have accumulated.  The corner of the room is filled with fabric.  That still needs sorting.  Along the back wall  will be my books and other supplies.  I am making slow progress, but it is progress.

I finished the homework for the Tunisian crochet class.  Tomorrow I will take the second class and finish this cowl.  I really like Tunisian crochet and will make more items with this technique.  I'm not sure if I'll keep this cowl or turn it into  a Christmas gift.

I decided to take a Craftsy class on stranded knitting.  The project in the class is a cowl made out of worsted weight yarn.  I decided to dig through my stash and follow along.  This will end up being a Christmas present for my daughter.  After I get the hang of stranded knitting, I'll get back to knitting the other cowl using Portuguese knitting technique.