You may have noticed that for the last two weeks (this post and this post), I have not been posting any updates about my project. I must confess that I could not sustain my interest in the filet crochet . I thought that making a filet project using a phrase that I liked, rather than using an existing pattern, would keep me interested. Since I haven’t finished the filet project, I’ve felt like I shouldn’t continue on to another chapter.
But I decided to re-read my initial post kicking off the project yesterday, looking for inspiration. I realized that I must have anticipated my lack of persistence with certain techniques because I said
“So what I plan to do is work through each chapter with a project (large or small)…
For some techniques, I may just work up a swatch, and for others I have a large project planned.”
I’m glad I gave myself an “out” .
So today I’m moving on to Tunisian crochet, which is actually one of my favorite techniques. In Crochet Master Class, Julia Bryant is the featured crochet master. She converted her first Tunisian project from an afghan pattern into a poncho because it was “too beautiful to be used as a blanket.” That first experience inspired her to start designing, since there were limited patterns available for Tunisian crochet. Although there has been much more interest in Tunisian crochet in the last few years, at times it still feels like the red-headed stepchild of crochet (no offense to red heads or step-children).
I’ll be teaching intro classes on Tunisian crochet at the Finger Lakes Fiber Arts Festival and the North Jersey Fiber Arts Festival in September, so I’m focused on making class samples and writing up handouts. I haven’t been able to take good pictures of my work since I’m staying indoors because of Irene but I will be starting up tests of the patterns I will be using in these classes in the next few days. If you’re interested in helping out with a pattern test, let me know!
You can find more Year of Projects updates here.
How is your year of projects going?
You still have time to enter my giveaway for a Fall, 2011 PDF issue of KnitCircus in this post. And don’t forget that KnitCircus is hosting quite a few giveaways during the next few weeks on their blog, their Facebook page, and their Ravelry group.