Learning Tunisian Crochet

Recently, I had a lull between knitting projects. I couldn’t quite decide what to work on next. My Ravelry queue had about 30 choices, but the choices just made me more indecisive. So instead, I decided to investigate the excitement around Tunisian Crochet.

I gathered some scrap yarn and a hook and settled in front of my computer. I figured out the mechanics in about 10 minutes. If you know the basics of crochet, Tunisian Crochet isn’t that far off. The difference is you work the piece from right to left and DON’T turn the work.

I chose to work the Tunisian Knit Stitch, which to an inexperienced eye looks just like knitting. You can notice a slight difference in the back of the swatch. The look and weight of the garment is slightly thicker than knitting.

I ended up really liking the final look of the stitch. However, in order to make anything larger than a swatch I will need to invest in an Afghan hook (super long crochet hook). I don’t know if there will be much Tunisian Crochet in my future, but it was fun to try it out.

Have you tried Tunisian Crochet? What did you think about it?

Until Next Time,

-Whit-

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A Peek Into My Stash

I am a little bit of an unusual knitter in that I have a very small yarn stash. Like my entire stash fits into two storage bins (56.7 L) and these bins are not overflowing. Why such a little stash? Well, check out my post No Stash Girl to read the backstory.

Recently, I was doing a little spring cleaning and decided that I needed to look through my stash. I have been buying quite a bit of yarn lately and I had forgotten what I already owned. Here is ~85% of my stash:

 

I also uncovered a very embarrassing bag of what looked like yarn vomit. I immediately shoved this back in the bag to return to its hiding spot in the depths of my stash bin.

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The other 15% is here:

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About a year ago, I decided I wanted to crochet another blanket from all my leftovers. Well, let’s just say that the blanket hit a BIG stall.  Digging through my stash defiantly revived my commitment to getting it done. Already this weekend I added about two more inches to the blanket. I am not really following a particular design with this one. I am just letting the yarn take me on a journey.


So I ask…What does your stash look like? 
Until Next Time,

-Whit-

 

Flower Power

Headbands are a great spring transition accessory. They keep your ears warm on those nippy days and are a fashionable way to hide a bad hair day ๐Ÿ˜‰. Headbands make for great stashbusters as they use around 30-40 grams of yarn.They also are great gifts for kids, teens, and co-workers. 

Flowers are a easy way to adore a basic knitted band. I generally crochet them, but I also like to experiment with I-cords. Here are some of my original headbands listed in my Etsy shop.

Are you a headband fan?

Until Next Time,

-Whit- 

Hooked On You

229e3f58d0e4965aeb5f7d397e0ce85cCrochet has really been holding my interest lately. There is something about the predictable rhythm on looping and hooking that has really got me well…hooked.๐Ÿ˜Š This past weekend was free admission at the Asian Art Museum. Since it was raining like crazy, it was the perfect afternoon activity. The museum was holding a celebration for its 50th Anniversary. We saw some live music, beautiful pieces of art, and best of all there were crafting stations! 

 Since I was with my fiance and future in-laws I resisted the urge to spend all my time making crafts. However, when we got to the Japanese section and there was a pile of fabric and crochet hooks, I couldn’t resist. 

After I trim the ends I think this would make a great wrap headband. 

I also got 10 more rows done on Poppy’s Afghan.  

I ran out of cream colored yarn so I am transitioning the the stripe pattern to grey and maroon. I am not sure how I feel about the texture/ color scheme. I can’t quite put my finger on what is looking off. I think this WIP is going to go into hibernation for a little bit until I can form a better crochet plan. 

   

Sock, Sock…Blanket!

Fiber has been flying in the House of Whit. I have 1.5 Anastasia Socks completed. Why only 1.5 you may ask? I ran out of yarn…#rookiemistake. This really annoys me. I recently made a pair of socks with the same yarn and gauge and had more than enough left over.

Guess I will need to buy another skein only to use ~ 1/4 of it.๐Ÿ˜’ I guess there are bigger problems in the world.

In the mean time, I started another pair socks. I am using up the scraps of my Valley Yarn Huntington in Sea Gull and Bluestone. The toes, heels, and cuffs will ย be accented in the Bluestone.
ย Last, but not least, I am plugging away at my crochet blanket. I have decided it will be a gift for my grandfather’s birthday.

One in hibernation, one on the needles, and one on the hook. Not a bad line up for the week.

What are you making this Wednesday?