I’m not sure yet if I can claim that this will be a project for me. I like it a lot, but it seems to be telling me it might end up as a gift. Or maybe it’s just because I haven’t taken a picture wearing it, so it doesn’t quite seem mine yet…
Yesterday, I took an amazing class, Double-Ended, Circular Tunisian Tapestry with Lily Chin. I’d never taken a class with Lily before, but I’ve heard a lot of good things. Well, believe the hype, people, because she is an awesome teacher! It’s rare to find a talented designer who is also an excellent teacher, but Lily has the total package. In addition to being very clear and organized, she was also a lot of fun!
The workshop was designed to teach us how to do Tunisian crochet in the round using a double-ended hook. Once we had that technique down, we learned how to use the method for creating intarsia style projects along with several different ways to increase and decrease. (Lily has used this colorwork technique in several patterns, including the Bitmap Cowl, Graphic Ornaments, and Argyle Hat from the 2012 Interweave Crochet Accessoriesissue.)
Although my actual YOP goal was to learn a new (to me) knitting skill, this class taught me several new crocheting skills and my creative energies were totally inspired!
I’ll need to sit down with some different yarn and see what I can come up with. Perhaps, like Lily, I’ll experiment by making hats for charity. (She showed us a slideshow of over 100 hats she crocheted as chemo caps using this technique.)
After a few busy weeks with minimal blogging (and minimal blog reading), I’m happy to return and report that I’ve made progress on my new YOP goals.
I’ve started two projects for myself!
First on the list in my 2013 Temperature Scarf, which is a great stashbuster. I love that it is a slow project, guaranteed to take at least a year to finish. (If you’d like to make one, too, check out my free crochet version here or the original free knitting pattern by Honey Nutbrown here). So far, I’ve crocheted a row for each day in January.
Like the Temperature Scarf, this is also a stashbuster. In fact, both projects are part of -alongs in the Surmount the Stash group on Ravelry. I just started the socks this morning, and am working on the cuff.