Corny plays on the English language are classic and always elicit a good chuckle.
My Tunisian project, the final ruling.
I think I MIGHT like it! I have actually started a second project, who knew!
If you are completely lost at this point, please check out this post for the first part of this saga….if you have anxiously been awaiting this post, here ya go pals!
In case you’re a visual person, here was the beginning of it. Shocker, I ended up ripping most of it out from this point and I pretty much started over. I was thrilled with the end result! I still definitely need to figure out how to join it better when making an infinity and if anyone has any advice on this, feel free to comment below!
I also managed to put a hell of a dent in the scrap stash in the trunk….which means there is more room again to go yarn shopping!
So there ya go! My first run at a Tunisian crochet stitch! Have you tried it yet?? If you have. share your pics in the comments!!
I am sitting here laughing at myself….mainly because that title could apply to my ENTIRE LIFE.
Buy a century home….it will be fun they said.
Own horses…it will be fun they said.
Become a teacher…it will be fun they said.
Try Tunisian crochet…it will be fun they said.
Ok, ok, ok….in FAIRNESS, all of those and my entire life do have some fabulous shining moments and I wouldn’t trade a single bit of it.
To clarify, this post is about Tunisian crochet and my lame attempt at it so far. So, if you just read those words and thought, “Um, stupid.”. My feelings will not be hurt when you dip out right now.
I have been crocheting for about 20 years and I have never tried any of the Tunisian stitches. Funny fact, neither has Momma D….which shocked the living hell out of me, because she if it falls under the crafting umbrella, I thought she had done it!
So, I was finally ready to give it a whirl and I found this beautiful scarf pattern on Pinterest (where else, duh?!)
I loved it. Who wouldn’t?? It drapes beautifully. It appears to be exceptionally warm and snuggly. It would match so many outfits.
I was SOLD!
One little problem…or a few. I did not have that gorgeous yarn on hand or anything even remotely similar and I am on a yarn purchasing hold. The trunk is overflowing and I have restricted all yarn purchases until I use up some of the stash.
So, the next best thing was this Red Heart super hot pink, right?! Well, it’s what I went with. You can see the culprit right there on top of the pile. Honest, the biggest reason I selected it was because there was an ample amount of it left.
Next issue was that the original pattern called for it to be twice as wide than what is shown. As soon as I got a couple of rows in, I realized because of the weight and texture difference in the yarns, that was going to be a terrible idea. So, I ripped and ripped, starting over at 1/2 the width.
Now, the next issue is….Tunisian crochet turns out, feels very knit-like. I do not mind knitting, but I am terrible at it. I don’t have the patience and I suck at fixing mistakes. With the Tunisian, a huge bonus is it is easy to fix mistakes (in my experience so far).
But man, it works up SLOW.
Over the last couple of evenings working on it, I have started to enjoy the methodical slowness to the project, but it has taken a minute of getting used too.
Then last night, I ran into a new issue. I ran out of the pink.
It is too wide to be a cowl, it is too short to be an infinity. So, I broke into the trunk and dug out some other colors, thinking that I might try going the “scrap” look route??
I am still not sure about it. My edges are horrible and obviously need some more practice.
So, what do I do? Rock it out for exactly what it is, a practice piece and just let it work up however it’s little heart wants too?? Rip it out, narrow it again and just keep practicing and hopefully get an infinity out of it as a single color?
Also, feel free to share pics and helpful hints in the comments! ALL ADVICE IS WELCOME!
Parting Friday thought…
Dead serious. You have zero idea of how much you mean to so many people. You might not see or hear it, but you are!
Recently, I was faced with some heating issues at the old house. Nothing too seriously and eventually (when the weather breaks) fixable. However, it did leave me in the midst of the Great Polar Vortex with no heat. I stayed in the house for 24 hours with supplemental heat before the decision was made to winterize the house and move out until the worst was over.
However, in that small window of time, I had a lot of time to think….and stress. Now, mind you, the house was maintaining at about 45-50 degrees! I personally found this amazingly impressive since we were being hit with wind chills of -20 to -25.
Back to the point.
I could not help but think of the homeless who were out suffering in the arctic temps. Northeast Ohio isn’t any more or less special than the rest of the country in this regard. In Akron, there has been a bit of a battle between the city and a private resident who has been using his property to provide shelter for the local homeless. The biggest point made from the entire argument is that there is a huge problem when people are living homelessly for prolonged periods and we as a society move right on by.
Chicago was nationally reported on for the issues they were facing and the amazing good samaritans who stepped up to help. Hats off to you Candice Payne for everything you did and are now doing to help! Not to mention, the city of Chicago for using their transit buses and mobile warming centers. Now that is thinking creatively!
Then, I was watching the Netflix documentary The Story of Us with Morgan Freeman, and one of the episodes talked about a gentleman in the UK who goes around and gives homeless people free haircuts. In the process of his generosity, he developed the #DoSomethingForNothing. Joshua Coombes, you also sir…are a saint.
Do you ever feel like the universe is throwing signs in your face? Like hello you dumb ass, wake up and pay attention?
Enough rambling, get to the point girl.
In the past, I have donated goods I have made to the homeless. Truthfully, it is when I have items that have not sold and need be rotated through to make room for new stock. Mainly, because I am addicted to crochet and will ALWAYS be making stuff until my little fingers fall right off.
I seriously feel bad just saying that. They were discards. I know they helped people. I do. I just recently donated two trash bags of scarves to the homeless around the school where I work. I know the people who received them probably greatly valued them, especially during the Polar Vortex.
One piece was missing though. The personal connection.
So, my goal for the winter of 2019-2020 is this. I want to make 20 beautiful, warm and snuggly scarves/hats/blankets and I want to personally donate them and shake the hands of the recipients. I want them to know that I see them and they are not just the underbelly of society to me.
I do feel like it is a pathetically small thing. So small. But it’s a start. Who knows where it will grow. However, hopefully my teeny-tiny step will spark a little flame in someone around me…because the world needs more love. It definitely can’t hurt, right??
I swear, as I get older, I just love the holidays more and more.
I love doing the little things for all the people in my life who help keep my world turning.
I love seeing the smiles.
Our world needs more damn smiles.
So, I haven’t posted…because I have been working like a crazy little elf on all of the goodies for all of the peeps. It’s been busy!
I did take a break last Sunday to make the storm window frames for the craft room. Funny story there. I had been up there sewing, in multiple layers, still freezing. I was watching the musical Rent while working and the thought crossed my mind…”Hey, minus the drugs and AIDS, I have a lot in common with the characters in this! Freezing my ass off and looking at a burning candle like it’s really going to make me feel warm!” So, I decided it was time to get those windows buttoned up!
But, this is some of the stuff I have been working on!
It has been a variety of gifts for coworkers and the kiddos in my Off the Hook Club at school and even some fun doggie accessories for The Pet Loft! PHEW! This doesn’t even include gifts for my friends and family…that’s tomorrows project, because if I shared pics now….it would ruin the fun.
But the point of this post is this…it is so easy to get so lost in the lists and the To Do’s and the stress of the holidays. For me though, each year…although always stressful…gets easier and easier. I have really started to LOVE the process. Making things gives me a chance to knock the cobwebs out of the crafty side of my brain. I get to have an excuse to spend hours in my craft space just jamming and creating. It doesn’t get much better than that for me. Plus, I get to see the smiles…that’s so selfish of me. But I LOVE seeing people smile and knowing I played a part in that!
So, take a moment…breathe…and love the moments that make this time of year so magical. It’s not about the money spent…it’s about the smiles and the memories. Laugh. Love. Embrace it!!!!
Plus, I really like Christmas lights. I’m a kid at heart!
If I don’t talk to you all before Christmas….have a WONDERFUL holiday!
This is going to be brief….and a bit of a shameless plug.
You know you love it.
So, Etsy. I am imagine the amount of people who are blogging and also have Etsy shops is actually a pretty high number. I am one of them! I know that it’s that time of year to get your shop on…but please consider checking out Etsy. These are amazing people making some pretty stunning things! I am doing 90% of my shopping on Etsy this year and I am so excited to wow people with some unique, handmade wonders. You should REALLY check it out!
So, I have a 4-day weekend coming up. I am torn between tackling the dining room or the craft room (or ambitiously, both…or should I say…insanely).
With that being said, my OCD has kicked in. Looking up ideas, brainstorming out what I like and don’t like and then sprinkling…I mean POURING in a whole lot of reality.
God how I LOVE to HATE you.
You are NOT reality. You are as real as the lottery. Especially when it comes to designing and organizing craft room spaces.
However, like the bikini body I’ll never have…I WANT YOU!!! The GORGEOUS, LAVISH, PERFECT room for nothing but hours of blissful crafting. I mean, in my dream world…lovely light, perfect containers situated just Martha Stewart perfect. The cozy, beautiful sitting chair where I can count the hours watching out the window while putting the finishing touches on the creations that I can share with the world.
POUR ON THE REALITY!!!
I have a closet full of house repair products the previous tenants left. Walls that are a mess. Holes, a sorta finished newer wall (which is actually going to go bye bye) and stacks of stuff everywhere. Ahhh, the story of every craft person out there…stacks of STUFF.
So, how do you get to that perfect craft room? I have found lots of tricks and tips for organization…anyone? Input? Wanna share you favorite picks of your craft space??? HELP ME????
The one thing I have working for me is I do have AMAZING light…and it’s a good sized room.
And I get to see the most amazing sunsets!
And the dogs love hanging out with me when I am up there!
So, take a second….share a pic. A thought. A helpful hint that helped make your craft space perfect! As soon as I start, there will be before and after pics coming!! Can’t WAIT!!!
We are officially in the new year and hopefully recovering from the mad crazy of the holiday season. I know that for me, yesterday was one of the laziest days I have had in MONTHS. Not only did I not leave the house for the entire day, but I didn’t work on any projects.
That’s a bold faced lie.
I did try…a meager attempt at best…to make the crumbling storm cellar entrance slightly more weather tight before winter actually gets to Ohio. But, let me just inform you…the BIG GAP insulation foam spray stuff….not nearly BIG enough to fix the problem. So, onto plan B, which I’m not sure what it is yet. But as soon as I know, I’ll let you know.
I did end up creating for the day. I read about something kinda cool a temperature blanket.
What?!?!? You ask!! A blanket that regulates to the temperature???
Ok, not quite that cool, but needless to say, fun to make!
Or you can make your own chart, which is TOTALLY what I did. I followed it loosely, just staying within the general colors designated those temperature ranges. Because I knew I would be binge watching TV all day, I decided I wanted to go back and start with December. Also, because we had one of the coolest (and I don’t mean temperature wise) Decembers on record in Ohio that I kinda wanted to document in the blanket. So, I used Weather Underground to find the conditions starting December 1, 2015.
So, as I work on it, I’ll keep you posted. This blanket will eventually be on my Etsy Site, as soon as I get it done!