Saturday, March 30, 2013

TGI Spring

I have neglected my blog this school year.  I changed schools, and although this was the best thing, it has also been a BIG change and a LOT of extra work.  I come home and collapse.  So, very little sewing has been done.

I have been enjoying crocheting and knitting lately though.  At least when I’m doing one of these, I can be in the same room with everyone else, and it travels so much more easily!  In January, Andy and I took a trip up to Waksachi Village and it was absolutely gorgeous.  I got a good leg up on my Tunisian shawl that I was learning how to do through a Craftsy class.  I love this shawl and wear it a lot.

 I really enjoyed taking the Tunisian class from Jennifer Hansen on Craftsy.  She was a great teacher and I would like to take her broomstick lace class also.  I have bought a couple of books and patterns from her website, and am currently working on the Card-shawl.  There is a crochet version, but I am doing the knit one.  Since I am relatively new to knitting, and re-teaching myself in the Continental method, this will be a LONG ongoing project!  I have to keep interjecting short term projects to satisfy my need for instant gratification!
Like this little hat :-)

I'm loving doing Tunisian crochet, so I also got the Stitch Diva Anais jacket pattern and made this.  I love the yarn that I used, but it was not as bulky as the pattern called for, so it's a little more like a cardigan than a jacket.

Earlier this month, I made a crocheted top for my daughter.    This top (Galena) is a Doris Chan pattern.  I have her book Everyday Crochet and it has some great patterns in it. She is so picky about everything, I didn’t know if she would even like it.  As soon as I finished it, she wanted to wear it that night, so that was a plus for me :-)

 The think I like about crochet is that it is faster than knitting and more interesting (for me).  I also like the look of crochet for most things.  What I don't like about crochet is that it takes much more yarn than knitting does!  I also like the look of stockinet stitch in knitting, so I'm working on improving my knitting skills.

Well, I’m excited to be going to PR weekend this year.  I didn’t think I was going to be able to make it, but things turned out to make it work.  I’m excited about meeting a new friend as I am rooming with Popo from PR.  I have only talked to her on the phone one time, but it seems like we will get along great. 

Now, I guess that means I better get busy sewing something to wear that weekend!  I'm hoping to cut out a pair of knit pants and a top today.  I have a great pattern for knit pants from Sandra Betzina.  I'm not sure what top I will use until I measure the piece of fabric that I have.  Guess I better get off the computer and work on my bible study so I can get to that sewing!