First crochet post

After having introduced myself a bit I decided to publish something crafty. For this post I’ve chosen my latest Tunisian crochet item, a scarf I made following Veronika Hug’s great tutorial (don’t let the language discourage you: I don’t know German, but her tutorials are so well made you can just follow the video and get what she’s doing). I’ve discovered here designs thanks to MariaGrazia Berno‘s FB group “Uncinetto tunisino, questo sconosciuto”. MariaGrazia is a wonderfully talented teacher and designer herself, she really inspired me to study this marvelous technique.

About the scarf: these kind of scarves or shawlettes, depending on how big you make them, are known as Dragon tail scarves (Drachenschwanz does sound cool, too!) and from what I can see they’re something most fiber crafters sooner or later make in their most favourite art, crochet or knitting or whatever they like. The reason for this is probably that these scarves are very easy and relaxing to work at, grow fast and let’s admit it, their unusual, almost eccentric look is irresistable for us odd ladies (and gents too). Last but not least, who doesn’t love Dragons??

For this piece I’ve used 200 g/7,04 oz (880 m/964 yd) of a yarn named “Giada” by Mafil, now discontinued, worked with a 10 mm hook. If you’re not used to Tunisian crochet the combination of a fingering yarn with such a big hook might sound strange, but there’s a reason for this: TC in fact tends to be stiffer than classic crochet, so you usually need a hook that’s at least 2 or 3 sizes bigger that what’s recommended for the yarn you’re about to work. Of course it has a lot to do with personal taste and with the project you have in mind, too, and gauge is always your best friend.

Now, here’s my scarf. It didn’t come out very big, but it’s ideal for Spring, it helped me destashing a few balls of yarn and I love it!

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Starting a new blog

Hello readers,

I’m glad to welcome you to my brand new blog. I’ve been running one on Blogspot for quite some time (http://intessendoantichetrame.blogspot.it/), but I wanted to try something differen, so here I am. I plan on writing about my major interests, which are basically crochet (both “classic” and tunisian), plants (especially succulents and cacti) and nature in general.

Regarding crochet, I’ve been a crafter for more than 3 years now; my mom taught it to me, and I haven’t stopped ever since, always discovering new things about this art. I’m far from an expert, I still consider myself little more than a newbie, yet I sometimes get a burst of inspiration from something peculiar I see or a special yarn I find, and I manage to design an item myself. I tend to like items that look relatively complex but are pretty easy and relaxing to make, if you know what I mean, and I try to reflect this preference both in my own patterns and in the ones by other authors I choose to realize.

About plants, I just love them, and I have a special feelings for certain kinds of succulents and cacti. I’ll sometimes post pics of my little ones – they are my pride and joy!

So… I had in mind a short intro to myself, and that’s about it. Now on with the posts!

Delosperma 'Jewel of the Desert Garnet' (1)

Delosperma “Jewel of the Desert Garnet”