No it really is crochet!

I did actually end up without power on Tuesday night. It went off around noonish and didn’t get restored until about 7pm on Wednesday, so that was a good 30 hour gap of time with not much to do but WORK ON MY SCARF! That is exactly what I did too. I crocheted by candle light and I didn’t mess up! That was a miracle on all its own.

I’ve been working with this new stitch called the Tunisian crochet knit stitch with astounding results. You see, (I think I may have already said this) I can knit and I love the look of the stockinette stitch but I prefer to crochet because it is just quicker for me and we all like instant gratification. This stitch I am using for my scarf allows me to crochet using an afghan hook and produce the stockinette stitch. The way the yarn is worked through the stitches is basically the same way it would be worked with two knitting needles. It’s crazy how it works out and I am delightfully excited to finish this warm scarf and adorn it around my neck in this frigid weather we have going on. The sooner the better I say. I will post a picture tutorial soon. My scarf is not quite finished thought I am fairly pleased with my progress; knitting this would take me months and I’ve only been working on it for less than a week now and I’m over half way through.

tunisian crochet knit stitch

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Frogging in the Cold

It’s cold and wet and icy here in the south at the moment and schools are closed. I have taken this opportunity to work on my scarf and I had to frog it after about 20 rows because I decided it was too wide. Often when making a scarf I make it too wide and never wear it because it is too bulky.

What is frogging you ask? Good question! Frogging is a term we in the knitting/crocheting community use to define the act of ripping a project apart down a row, multiple rows, or completely because of a mistake or because we just don’t like the piece and want to start over. Nobody likes to frog their work, it’s a little heart breaking if you are very far along in your project. I’m not sure who thought of the term “frog” or what the history of it is, but it kind of makes since because what sound does a frog make? “Rip it, rip it, rip it”

So, today during this “winter weather event” I am going to stay inside my warm cozy house and crochet my little heart out. I may even light a fire in the fire place, because the electricity might go out. Happy winter!

fire place

Beautiful Yarn

Today I went out shopping for yarn. I admit that my stash is pretty substantial and though I regularly raid it I never seem to run low. Maybe that’s because I keep buying yarn. I may have a problem.

Any-who, I went to my local yarn specialty store because the yarn I was looking for is not in department craft stores, at least not that I have found. You see I went shopping the other day with my best friend and found a really cute scarf and I decided I can totally make that! Thus a search for the perfect yarn began. I needed to find a thick and thin yarn in order to make this scarf look the same. I ended up with Jewel Hand Dyed yarn by Cascade Yarns in a beautiful multicolored brown. It’s 100% Peruvian Highland wool. I am excited to work with it and I need to find something to soften the wool up a little so it can be nice and comfy. I plan to use this with my brand new afghan hook!

Brown Cascade Wool

You Can Teach an Old Dog New Tricks

Ok, so I’m not that old. But, I am excited to learn a new skill. I have decided to learn how to Tuscan crochet. Last night I was surfing the great online crochet community and came across this video on YouTube posted by thecrochetside that is a tutorial on how to create a knit stitch by using a Tunisian crochet technique. I love the look of knit and I know how, I just don’t really enjoy knitting as much as crocheting. After stumbling upon this amazing tutorial I got inspired to learn this new skill and I ran out to my local Hobby Lobby and purchased a brand spanking new afghan hook and I am now ready to start getting to it. I will update you next week on my progress!

afghan hook