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Sunday, September 8, 2013

Adventures in knitting

So it's been just about a year since I started to knit again, and I'm still obsessed. It doesn't help that Tuesday Morning often has yarn for a bargain as well as knitting tools.
My recent finds were a steel interchangeable circular set and a huge Tunisian crochet hook.
I'm sold on knitting on circular needles, even if I'm flat knitting. My favorites are bamboo 8mm that I bought at Liberty in London in April.

I finished my second sweater (I frogged the first one, and I'm now knitting into a blanket)
I used a KnitPicks pattern and Stroll Tonal yarn in Deep Waters. I need to re-sew the sleeves, but otherwise I'm happy with it:

I found Stitch Nation "Full O' Sheep" yarn in black, 3 skeins for $5.99, and bought enough for a sweater before I realized it was 1 ply, so now I'm playing with felting.
This swatch is garter stitch on 8mm needles. I washed in warm water with the kitchen towels and shopping bags:

My other find this past week was a huge (22mm) Tunisian crochet hook. I thought it might look cool in shop, but then I looked up what the stitch looks like and how to make it. Sooooo, I found a smaller hook and some cotton yarn to play with. Here's my first swatch in Tunisian simple stitch:
This video by the Crochet Side was perfect for learning the stitch.
With a larger hook and bulkier yarn, this stitch would make a great rug.

Next time I'll share progress on my Chanel jacket, photos on the jean jacket I made for hubby, and the custom shopping bags I'm making for our friends' wedding.