September: a finished project and a new one

Hello, crafters!
I’m glad to tell you that our “TC Pfeilraupe” has had more than 900 downloads so far – I can’t even describe how happy I am about it. Remember to tell me what you think about it, in case you decide to try it yourself: your opinions matter to me!
Since I can’t keep my hooks still I’ve finished another project, this time by an incredibly talented designer you may have heard of, Sheryl Thies. I recently bought both her books about Tunisian crochet (“Get Hooked on Tunisian Crochet” and “Tunisian Crochet Encore”) and I must say I absolutely love them. Her way of explaining things is just so good, and her projects are beautiful yet practical items one can actually wear in everyday life. One of these items, from “TC Encore”, is the “Ruffled Interlude” scarf, and this one is the project I’ve just finished. I made it 2 m long and about 2 cm wide, and I used about 200 g of cotton and linen yarn named “Linette” by Miss Tricot Filati with a 10 mm hook. What can I say? This was my first try with TC short rows, and I had so much fun I really want to make another scarf like this – just gotta find someone crochet-worthy, lol!

Talking about new projects, beside some other crocheting going on, yesterday I’ve opened a FB page dedicated to my crochet ramblings and designs. If you have a FB account and want to take a look around, you’re welcome: https://www.facebook.com/OldenPatterns/. The page is new and a bit bare, but I’ll hopefully make it grow, so I really hope you’ll join me in this new adventure!
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Is it “Pfeilraupe”??

Why, yes – kinda. Let me tell you a story.
Some weeks ago a wondefully creative lady, Brunella Russo-Girard, shared some pics of her own interpretation of the popular Pfeilraupe scarf, not knitted but made in Tunisian Crochet. Trusting in a talent I myself didn’t think I had, she asked me if I would’ve liked to give it a try, in order to make some design adjustements she tought were needed.
Now, that’s some task.
I followed her instructions for the start and the main body, then I had to handle to most difficult part: the holes. As you can see I made 5, not 6, for no particular reason other than that I like uneven numbers better, lol. Apart from this, and from a completely different way of working, the scarf should be quite similar to the original, but worked in the characteristc Tunisian basic stitch.
Both Brunella and I are proud of the result and, with authorization from the author of the original, Alpi Alpenrose, I’m writing the pattern for the TC version of this lovely scarf.
Stay tuned if you’re interested, for hopefully the instructions will be available soon! It’s an easy and quick project, IMHO ideal for someone who’s willing to try something more difficult than a plain rectangular scarf, or for a more expert crocheter who’d like to relax a bit between intricate projects.
In the meantime tell me, what do you think about it?

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!

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”