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Over whelmed!

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There seem to be hundreds of knitting, crochet and sewing projects that i’m working on at the moment, and i am now feeling a little overwhelmed (something that doesn’t really happen that much). I keep trying to organize my time and put things in order, but some how life just seems to get in the way- not to mention the fact that i want to do everything!

I’m using this as an excuse for not blogging in a while, but i really should have found time :s The plane pictures from knit in public day are now up though, (yay!) and i’ll add more as soon as i can get the memory card from the camera to comply to my demands!

Other exciting news is that i have finally got the Malabrigo Sock weight yarn up for sale on my Etsy shop MagpieShineyEmporium

There are a variety of gorgeous colours to choose from, and i am happy to alter postage costs as needed if you want more than one skein or don’t mind going second class etc.

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Whilst doing everything in the world at once I came across this wonderful “how to” from a vintage knitting magazine. It’s by Margaret Maino and is about knitting blunders- in this case dropping stitch, which i’m sure is most knitters worst nightmare! I wanted to pass it along to you to try and ease any sleepless nights you may have in the future because of this 🙂

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Happy problem solving people 🙂

 

 

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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 🙂