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Storage!

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How do you store your hooks and needles? Is it possible for them to ever be organised!? I know http://www.ravelry.com has a section where you can list everything you’ve got so you can avoid buying yet another pair, but it doesn’t actually tell you where they are- or if they’re currently stuck in an ongoing project!
I can never find what I want 😦
I have several ongoing solutions:

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(The trusted jam jar)

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(My gorgeous hiya hiya pouch)

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(Fantastic wrap my lovely mum made me!)

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(The wonderful knit pro interchangeable circular needle set- stuffed with as many other needles as I can!)
There has got to be one solution for everything though! :s I just wish I knew what it was…

WIP!

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How many projects do you have on the go at the moment? Or Work In Progress’s as they are often known?
I must have millions! They are very much taking over my life- not to mention every available iota of space 🙂 but I just can’t help myself, I’m one of those people who finds chaos in their life inspiring.

20140407-102734.jpgI wonder if the chaos theory applies?

Chaos: When the present determines the future, but the approximate present does not approximately determine the future.

Also I tend to get bored when working on just the one project…plus I am very easily sidetracked- no one really knows how I get anything done 🙂

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I feel I should start working on finishing at least some of them off though, and try to stop getting side tracked. (Well apart from starting that set of baby socks…after all, I already have the wool and an idea of what I’m going to create.)

 

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Maybe I should do a hat as well…

 

A is for…

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Afghan crochet- also known as Tunisian crochet. This is a hybrid mix of both knitting and crochet, and uses a specially styled crochet hook. These hooks are longer than normal, smooth all over and tend to have a stopper at the end to stop your stitches falling off. They can alternatively have a hook at both end, these hooks are normally for circular work.

tunisian hooks

I’m going to show you how to do the basic stitch- the same as used for my robots (which are coming along nicely 🙂 ). This stitch is called TSS, Tunisian simple stitch.

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This wonderful diagram is taken from a vintage crochet pamphlet.

To start with, make a normal slip knot and chain your desired number of stitches- as you would with standard crochet.

Now work your foundation row, this also counts as your first row.

Row 1 forwardfig 1 Insert hook into the first chain space from hook. Yarn over and pull up a loop. * Insert hook into next chain space, yarn over and pull up a loop. Repeat from * across all stitches; making sure to keep all of your stitches on your hook.

Row 1 return: fig 2 Yarn over and pull back through one loop. *Yarn over and pull through two loops. Repeat from * until only one loop remains on your hook.

Row 2 forward: Note: The stitch on your hook counts as your first stitch. fig 3 Working forward again, * insert hook from right to left under the next vertical bar, yarn over and pull back through vertical bar. Repeat from * to end bar. Here you are going to put your hook through the last vertical bar and the stitch directly behind it, yarn over and draw up a loop. fig 4 This creates a firm edge and stops your work from trying to pull to the right.

Firm left hand edge

Row 2 return: Work as row 1 return. (Yarn over and pull through one loop. *Yarn over and pull through two loops. Repeat from * until only one loop remains on your hook.)

Repeat row 2 forward and return until you have your desired size. Then create your finished edge.

Finishing edge: Working forward again, * insert hook from right to left under the next vertical bar, yarn over and pull back through vertical bar and stitch on hook- as though slip stitching. Repeat from * to the end.

Break off yarn.

I hope you have fun trying this lovely new technique 🙂