Sunday, March 17, 2013

Tunisian Crochet - Cast On and Simple Stitch

Good Tunisian tutorial. I just had a little detour in today's progress...

Lovely Saturday! Now it's play day with my finds

Here is the progress on my Ruched Tee! Once I got past the Shoulders the knitting got a lot easier.

Yesterday was such a beautiful, sunshiny day I decided to go for a drive and hunt down some fun crafting components. Of course this involved fabric, that's just a staple in my crafting/sewing room. I was on a bit of a hunt for 'stands' for dress form pincushions.....
I found these brass candlesticks at the Goodwill Store, they will work pretty good for stands and a sun-catching marble at the top would be pretty! The white votive holder will be a cute base for a pincushion too.
And the marbles? I just love them! I found these at the Magnolia House Antiques in Fayetteville, TN. The story is that there was a long established Hardware Store that finally (after years) closed their doors. The owner of Magnolia House offered to buy the hardware store that inventory were tons of marbles!! SOo many that the owner of MGHouse had to reinforce the floor in his building to hold all these fabulous marbles!

Friday, March 8, 2013

View my current project on Ravelry

Just click on the link above to go there. My Ravelry page is now set to be viewed publicly whereas before it was for Ravelry users only. Thanks for looking!
I did finish that Christmas Sweater, also learned a lot! I haven't knitted a sweater for many years and forgot the things that could happen in the process; like you might have to rip out a couple rows because you miss an important couple of decreases, The sweater could shrink while blocking...if you don't block properly. The sleeves may be a little too short, etc...Aand, Vintage aluminum knitting needles are used, the cables are plastic and they have been in the case for so long...they just didn't co-operate. Also, for Tennessee a Wool/Alpaca sweater in a bulky yarn is quite warm.

That is all the negative.

The good part is my son loves the sweater and that I made it for him, he is anticipating his next one. I discovered how very much I liked knitting sweaters, which out weighs the negative parts! I shopped knitting needles, tried some different ones out and have decided on a brand that suits me well; they handle nicely and I can glide right through row after row without dropping, twisting or stretching stitches. They are nickle and the cables behave as you need them too! I still admire the Vintage needle set as the needles remind me of the hands that lovingly knitted with them, I can tell what size was used most and I am reminded of the women I learned to knit from as a girl.