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I am having great fun with Bruges lace, which I’m learning from the master herself, Tatyana Mirer, in a three-week class at Knit-A-Way. I’m the only person in the class at the moment, and it is a fabulous experience to spend the time with such an amazing teacher and designer. Last week, I mentioned that I had bought a skein of Lamb’s Pride Worsted at the shop for the class, and it was more or less a disaster. The yarn is actually quite nice, but it is really just not a good fit with Bruges lace swatches!
After the first class, I decided to use some Galler Yarns Parisian Cotton that I have on hand from some designs I have done for them. I don’t use crochet cotton thread that often, but it is absolutely perfect for Bruges lace. It was also just about the only yarn I cared to touch during the two days last week which were well over 95 degrees and extremely humid!
I should mention that I haven’t blocked any of these swatches.
My favorite technique was adding an insert to the Bruges lace square. I see a lot of interesting possibilities for granny squares.
On Thursday, I’ll have the last class. Tatyana will be showing me some tubular techniques, and I’ll also be starting the Sparkling Wave Scarf from The Complete Photo Guide to Crochet. I plan to make it as a holiday gift for my friend, OB, as part of my Holiday Stashdown Challenge.
I’m surprised that it has been almost a year since I joined in on the Year of Projects through the Come Blog-A-long group on Ravelry. Even though I had been planning to work my way through Crochet Master Class: Lessons and Projects from Today’s Top Crocheters anyway, I had a wonderful time joining in with other crafty bloggers along the way! Next Sunday, I’ll share my plans for year 2 of the Year of Projects (which I’m still formulating in my head). You might want to join in, too!
This year, I had a chance to try out many techniques from Crochet Master Class that I had never used before, like hairpin lace, single crochet entrelac, painted crochet, freeform, and Bruges lace. I experimented a lot more with techniques I had used before, like woven crochet, Tunisian crochet, filet crochet, double-ended crochet, Irish crochet, and the bullion stitch. I so wanted to be like Minding My Own Stitches, a YOP blogger who faithfully completed every project in one book. Alas, I found that I wasn’t inspired to work with some of the techniques from the book. And there are other techniques that I didn’t cover that I definitely want to return to, like overlay crochet and tapestry crochet.
I’m very grateful to harleagh from When Did I Become a Knitter for hatching up the idea of blogging through a book, and, of course, to Rita Weiss and the late Jean Leinhauser for compiling a collection that really inspired me to push myself creatively and to further develop my crochet techniques. I look forward to more exploration in the next year!