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Archive for the month “May, 2014”

Priorities

O&Co. LogoI was in Grand Central today with a little extra time so I stopped in an Olive Oil store. I was tempted by a 14 ounce bottle of barbecue sauce.  $12.

Wait a minute.

That’s expensive.

I don’t care if I’m in NYC. $12 is still too much for a jar of barbecue sauce.

hickory bbq

Besides, if I’m going to splurge on something, let it be yarn.

Tunisian Crochet

Tunisian Crochet is described as “the knitter’s crochet.”  All the stitches get loaded up on the hook for a row and then are crocheted off.

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It creates a densely woven fabric that was originally only used for pillows and upholstery, but is now also used in clothing patterns.

I practiced the basic stitches described in the Tunisian Crochet book (“the book of knitting with the ease of crocheting”) I purchased from Knit Picks (True Confession 1: I received the Vogue Knitting book and pattern sale email, compared the selection to the Knit Picks 40% off sale and ended up buying the book and a set of hooks from Knit Picks.)

After knitting, err I mean crocheting, about 6 inches, I stopped and assessed my progress.

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Pretty.  Interesting. Pretty interesting.

True Confession 2: Not fully satisfied with the piece of fabric.  Well, that’s not entirely true.  I do like it, I just don’t think I’ll ever do anything with it even if I finish it to become a scarf.

Frogged it!

Frogged it!

I’m thinking it might be fun to take a really thin yarn and Tunisian crochet it so that the stitches are loosely woven.

In the meantime, I like knitting the best.  It allows more flexibility with the shape of the created fabric, the stitches can be tight or loose, lacy or not, all in one single pattern.  I think there’s a lot more room for creativity with knitting.

Back to the work in progress…The next time I post a picture of this scarf, it will be done.  (True Confession 3: I hope!)

More than halfway through!

More than halfway through!

Why I…Love Knitting

Why do we knitters love knitting?

Numbered, but not listed in a particular order (other than my chain of thought).

1. Divergent Thinking.  I can knit and sort out different matters while concentrating on my knitting.

2. Tangible evidence of time spent.  No, I wasn’t just watching TV/attending a meeting/socializing with friends.  I also knit all these rows!

3. The yarn. Such pretty colors.

4. The yarn. Feels so soft!

5. The patterns.  So many choices.

6. Creativity. Mine, or someone else’s, or a blend.

7. Community.  Common language, always an opportunity to learn and to share.

8. Ongoing. My list of projects, the number of choices, the yarn, my stash, my queue.

9. Gifts. To give! (and receive!)

Penguin Books

Penguin Books

In the bookstore the other night I realized I have an unabashedly faithful relationship with Penguin Books.  I automatically assume a book published by Penguin is going to be good.

This started with The Phantom Tollbooth…

the book that started it all?

and continued on in a family trip to England, probably around middle school years.   Some of my best souvenirs were Penguin Books that I brought home to read…and probably still have to this day.

Now that Penguin has merged with Random House, I am doubting my allegiance.  Will Penguin lower its standards?

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Will “Published by Penguin Books” warrant the same level of anticipation as in years past?

Guess which one I'll pick up first?

Guess which one I’ll pick up first?

I am unwaveringly loyal until proven wrong.

But that’s a whole ‘nother conversation!

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