What colors speak to you in summer tones? I see summer in shades of the sea. I’m not sure why. I live in a place far from the shore where humidity hangs heavy in the 100 degree heat. It seems more probable that my summer palette might be something more akin to orange and red, but it’s not. Cool blues and greens define summer to me.
I couldn’t pick between a scarf and a shawl. So why not both? Maybe calling it a “wrap” is more apt?
I used Catania again. Clearly, we’re in a relationship. I just love the stitch definition that comes from mercerized cotton, and the array of colors available with Catania allow me to indulge in color play.
I’ve struggled creatively over the last several months. Sometimes, when you feel stretched, it’s difficult to indulge yourself in pursuits that require additional self-discipline. Luckily, this pattern and I are old friends, and we were in no hurry.
I’d like you all to meet number seven. I don’t think this variation needs a lot of explanation. Again, Catania Cotton. Again, Pierrot 29-34. Just when i think I’m finished with these guys, they pull me back in!
You can see a rundown here along with pics of my Number Six. (Yes, I know. I have a gift for catchy titles.) Number Six was cute, but Number seven…well, it’s Claret.
Claret makes me happy. And so does Number Seven.
You can’t accuse me of being fickle. Fickle flits from one pattern to another. This scarf pattern and I are in a relationship. No matter where my eye wanders, I keep coming back and trying variations in color and pattern to the most excellent Pierrot 29-31. The only relationship as durable as the one I have with this scarf, is my relationship with Catania mercerized cotton. I’m not ashamed to say it. I love them. I’ve proclaimed my love boldly:
- In February, I worked the pattern for the first time. I followed the directions implicitly in an odd colorway of plum, chocolate-brown, off white and grey.
- My second version (first variation) was a “Seascape”. I love it. Maybe my favorite of all of them.
- Third, was in ivory and spring green. Very natural and organic.
- Fourth, my daughter chose the color palette, and so it became “Whitney’s Scarf”. That girl has a wonderful eye for color!
- The fifth version was an Easter edition of the pattern, or as I like to refer to it, “The one that looks like a watermelon.”
And now I’ve finished number six. I like it a lot. It’s more of a winter colorway-crisp, cool and evocative of all things brisk.
Too much? Maybe. I’ll just leave it at “I like it. A lot.”
Each of these scarves will complete their creative journey as a Christmas present. Needless to say, the person who gets number six will have to be very special-at least as special as number six.
Finally! I can show you the Tunisian Multi-Garment I completed as a result of my very first Craftsy Class, Jennifer Hansen’s “Tunisian Crochet: Revolutions in Color and Style”.
I started this little jewel in May, and finished the first rectangular panel just a few short weeks later in June. And then I stopped….
I stopped for…a while….
I finally picked it up again in August. And in a few short weeks, I finished the second panel. I was pretty prompt in blocking, but then I started working with the lacing. How did I want to lace these two panels? There are a ton of options. A shoe lace edging borders the each side of each panel. I would lace it, and then unlace it…lace it and then unlace it…lace it and then unlace it….You get the picture.
Finally I stopped with the lacing, and just took the pictures. It’s beautiful. I went with a simple poncho. Very cute with jeans!
Jennifer Hansen has such an amazing mastery of drape when she’s designing. If you haven’t, you should check out her website at Stitch Diva Studios. I love her style sensibility. (So hoping she does another Craftsy class on Broomstick lace…)
Now onto my next class! Maybe it’s finally time for one or two in photography? Cuz what I’m wondering right now is, what’s up with the grey foamy on that hanger? Who leaves that in a picture? Oh well…one should embrace one’s opportunities 🙂 Have a great weekend, y’all!
My rock-star sister-in-law is pregnant and will be delivering her fourth little angel in November. To that wee one destined to be the precocious little sister of three other incredibly precocious little girls, I dedicate this ensemble. Possibly the only item she will own for many years that is not a hand-me-down.
It’s my opinion that babies are precious, and innocent and deserve to have adults jump through hoops for them. Hence, this baby sweater. It’s my first crochet garment, and it’s a little awesome, if I do say so myself. But then, baby things are always pretty awesome.
This project is the result of yet another Craftsy.com class called “Beyond Rectangles” by Linda Permann. Depending on your skill level, some of the instruction was a little basic, but I learned quite a bit and find that I just like guided projects. It’s reassuring to have a reference point for those little details in a pattern that confuse or befuddle. The base pattern for the sweater is simple. Which made it perfect because I like simple.
The cap was not a part of the class. I made one based on a Bernat pattern, didn’t like it, and ended up just winging it and adding the same edging that I used on the sweater. I like it much better. It’s simple. Simple and Sweet.
Sweet and Simple. Simple and Sweet. I like this sweater. I think that it’s neat…:)
I completed the first panel of Jennifer Hansen’s Tunisian Multi-Garment!
It was fun. Learning Tunisian has been very gratifying. These pictures were taken after my first quick run at blocking. I still have some perfecting to do with the structure.
I have a sneaky suspicion that I would have been happier with a slightly larger size. I won’t know for certain until I’ve completed the second panel. The sizes were based on bust circumference and I think I would prefer a little more length on what will inevitably be the “torso”. Maybe I’m long-waisted….or maybe my tummy is a little more of an issue than my bust….
The color work is fascinating. Let it be known, however, that it leaves a gazillion ends to be woven. Hence the probable delay in starting the second panel for the garment. I need a little time to forget what a pain those ends were.
All in all, however, I’m extremely pleased! The Craftsy class on Tunisian was a great experience. I’ve signed on for three additional classes since beginning the Tunisian. I’m not sure that the instruction I’m seeing is the same quality that Jennifer Hansen provided in the Tunisian class, but I love the platform and recommend it for anyone who struggles to find classes available in your location or that work with your schedule.
I’ve been multi-tasking….burning both ends of the candle, if you will. On the one hand, I am full steam ahead with my Tunisian Crochet class and the Multi Garment.
Simultaneously, I am “go” for my sewing “Do Over”.
It’s like dating two guys when you’re single. You usually spend one date wishing you were on another. Then you feel guilty when you’re on a date with a guy you really like, because the other dude is more responsible and more stable. Usually things fall apart with both of them at about the same time and you wind up with no date…but I digress…
Apparently the sewing “do over” is Mr. Stability. The Tunisian multi-garment is the hotter Mr. Smooth. (This is a bizarre analogy, but let’s go with it.)
The stitch patterns are gorgeous.
Even though I’m using cotton instead of silk, the stitching still promises attractive drape. With the Tunisian, despite being in learning mode, everything is easier.
Sewing, not so much. I’ve finished my first set of pillow covers. I haven’t worked up the enthusiasm to photograph them yet. They’re cute….that’s it. Just cute. I wanted spectacular…wow! But nope, they’re cute. Like I said, the craft equivalent to Mr. Stability. I think I’ll wait and post them when I can add a few more for a grouping.
Until then, back to Mr. Smooth…
So the Craftsy journey continues, and I have to say, I liked the three color Tunisian soooo much better than the single color work. I chose Catania Cotton (yes, shocking I know).
I love these colors!
The three color is easier because each different color strand highlights and accents the architecture of the stitches. You don’t have to figure out where your “vertical bar” is because it’s color coded. Very cool!
So I’m into my next Tunisian project. Titled the “Multigarment”, it’s a two-panel wrap that can be worn as a shawl, sweater, or poncho (love the peekaboo shoulders). Not to be redundant, but also very cool.
Also very ambitious. I’m branching waaayyyy out on this one. I’m using Paton’s Grace-another mercerized cotton (practically identical to Catania-the waaayyy was sarcasm). I’m not sure that the photos do my palette justice. I think it’s going to be pretty….if it ever gets completed. Did I mention it’s very ambitious?
The blue is my “color pop”. Hmmm…still thinking about it…love it in theory, though.
I’m off to stitch!
Ta da! My first Tunisian Crochet projects-The (not so) Silk Spa Cloth (done in Catania Cotton). First I crocheted the green, and although my Susan Bates was an H, I was crocheting too tightly. So I switched to the Boye which (somewhat irrationally) feels bigger to me.
I prefer the final product with the second washcloth (off white). Looser, better feeling in your hand, and much easier to block. And yes, I know that this would have all been predictive had I swatched for gauge. But hey, that’s not how I roll…anyway, practice makes perfect, right?
Next, I’m moving onto three color Tunisian with the same pattern. Redundancy is ok when you’re learning.
What are you working on this weekend?
Two more tunisian stitches, and I’m still impressed with and enthusiastic about my Craftsy class!
It really has been enjoyable. Jennifer gives clear instruction, and the ability to pause, rewind, and take notes timed to the video feed contributes to a pretty satisfying learning experience.
So here’s my Silk Spa Cloth (also known as Project #1) as of last night.
It’s a little mushed looking because it’s been quickly and furiously pressed in order to take the picture. It originally looked like this.
I’m crocheting fairly tightly and the result is a stubborn curling, similar to knitting…
Not that I knit…
The wash cloth is made up of three different Tunisian stitches. 1) The Tunisian Simple Stitch 2) The Tunisian Knit Stitch and 3) The Tunisian Reverse Stitch.
And I hate to sound like a rube, but the Knit stitch really does look like knitting! Very cool.
I finished the stitching tonight. Now it’s time for lesson number three – how to bind off your work. Don’t you love learning new things?