Expanding those fiber crafting abilities!

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I learned something new! And I’m kind of really excited about it…

Tunisian Crochet. You may ask “How… in the world is that different than regular crochet??” Or others might ask “Um.. how is crocheting different than knitting?”… but thats a totally different subject ;-) The Wikipedia article about Tunisian crochet is quite good, if you want a precise description of how crochet and Tunisian crochet are different.

Now, you’re probably asking… “Why… did you want to learn this? You don’t like to crochet. Why this? How is it different again?” Or, you might still be asking “Wait, so knitting is with two sticks, while crocheting is just one? Which one has the hook?”

To which, I would reply with that it was a very spontaneous decision and despite the fact that it is crocheting, I’m really enjoying it! Or, if it was the second question, I’d probably laugh and use my purse knitting as a visual aid d^_^b

Though this has opened up many possibilities of scarves and stuff like that with the simple stitch and with handspun, or crazy variegated yarn!

But my main inspiration was a sample that we had (and still have!) in Yarntopia, my LYS. Its a Tunisian Crochet Entrelac baby blanket. Absolutely gorgeous (and as I write this, I realize that I don’t have a picture of it, haha. You’ll see mine soon!)

While doing my work, piddling around the store for a couple of days… I decided I wanted to make it, but with chunkier yarn and make it bigger so it’d more of an adult blanket!

Sheryl, my amazing boss and owner of Yarntopia, showed me the basics of Tunisian, got me going on a little square, I mastered that, and then had to wait for my yarn to come in. I decided to stick with the same yarn the baby blanket was made with, but went with the chunky version… tada, Marble Chunky! Its quite a beautiful yarn… also machine washable! Even better!

It finally arrived, and Kathleen, a extremely sweet and delightful co-worker and friend, got me started on the actual blanket… and it reminded me of learning how to do certain knitting techniques. Using double pointed needles and reading patterns in particular, haha. The pattern, the jargon, the terms… they went right over my head, haha. I couldn’t read the pattern, let alone see the term and know how to actually do it. Thats where Kathleen came in, and she steered me in the right direction!

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I’ve been working on it a little bit every day, making lots of progress! The movement of doing the stitches is becoming more natural to me, its not taking as long to do one square! I now have around four and a half rows of the entrelac squares. I highly doubt I’ll have it done before school starts, but I think it’ll be my “Time to veg.. but not knitting…” project.

I can’t wait to be able to snuggle under it!

Tour de Fleece 2014 comes to a close…

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Tour de Fleece has come and gone, sadly. But holy banana, was it successful! I haven’t tallied up my total yardage quite yet, but here are a couple pictures of a few of the things I spun…

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Cherry Cola from Daybreak Dyeworks! 254 yards of a 2-ply!

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Cerise from Three Waters Farm! This was my last one of the tour… got the singles spun before everything finished up, but wasn’t able to get it plied until after the Tour was over. Its the thought that counts! I was close!

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This is the TdF Team Braid from Daybreak Dyeworks! (I’m a bit obsessed, can you tell? Heeee ^_^) Dawn (of Daybreak Dyeworks) sent along a braid for my mom for the tour! It was so incredibly nice of her! My mom requested something really light and airy, to which I decided on singles! (more on that later… I learned how to do that! whoop!) I’m extremely happy how this skein turned out… its so insanely soft and squishy! I got 596 yards of the singles. I have yet to full them! I’ll do that soon!

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I’m extremely happy with how I did during the tour. I learned a lot of new things! I tried new techniques. I experimented. I did a lot of research before doing said experimenting (it was kind of scary, haha. #fiberfears). I was anxious it wouldn’t work out, but it was a huge success! I spun with a couple of fibers that I had never spun with before. I sold some of my yarn at my LYS, where I’m interning this summer!

Needless to say… I can’t wait for next year’s tour d^_^b
…which, if all things go as planned, I should hopefully be overseas somewhere, possibly, in France! My major requires a study abroad at some point (oh, how sad. a study abroad. how terrible ;-P) and since I’m almost done with my language requirement classes, I should be on target to do my study abroad in the Summer of 2015! Which means… that I might be in France during the Tour, and might even get to see some of it, maybe. That blows my mind, haha.

Although, if I’m over there… I can’t really bring my wheel. Sad day. Who knows, I plan on finding a yarn store, if there is one, wherever I end up going. There might be wheels there, maybe? Either way, I plan on stocking up on handspun, so I can at least be *knitting* with handspun!

But all of this is still up in the air… so who knows what is going to happen!

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