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Thank you!

A really, really huge thank you to all of you who took the time to comment and share your views on my post last week. The care and time that you put into them was truly amazing and a great help. At the moment I am going to continue as I am, more or less but let me share some of the key points that came up. The first is a really core one and one that I will attempt to not forget in the future:

Blogging is for fun. It is meant to be enjoyable, not a stress or a chore!

I am going to remember this. I love the whole blogging ‘world’ and can no longer imagine life without it but that doesn’t mean that it is the only part of my life. It therefore has to fit in as and when it can.

The second point that I had failed to take into consideration was that I read blogs that change. It doesn’t mean that I stop reading. I tend to build up a relationship with them and so are interested in whatever they write about. It is simply like having varied conversations with them. I therefore need to stop worrying so much. I don’t stop and think whether each post is relevant to what I signed up to and doubt that many others do either.

Finally someone made me realise that the whole issue was more likely down to me and the way I was feeling rather than an actual problem with the blog. I had been feeling a little bit down. Once I had realised this it was a bit like having the cloud lifted. Things were nowhere near as bad as I had made them out to be.

So again, a huge thank you. It is much appreciated.

And my makes:

I have also found more time to crochet this week 🙂 My broomstick crochet diary cover has been completed.

The free form fitting over the diary itself was quite tricky and got better as I went on. The inside back is therefore slightly better than the front. It doesn’t stop me loving it however. I can’t wait to start using it properly (it is an academic diary).

AND….

Yes there is an and. I also managed to have a go in wire and made this wire cuff (admittedly not quite finished yet.)

Broomstick cuffI have quite a few more ideas of ways to use this design which I hope I will get around to this week.

Just one last thing before I head off over to handmade Harbour to see what everyone else has been up to this week: if you like knitting you may appreciate this link which was sent to me on twitter.

Hope you all have a fab week. xx

 

 

Experimenting with Tunisian Crochet

This week has been one of those weeks where I feel that I have done a lot but there isn’t a lot to show for it. I don’t have any finished objects but I do have some pieces that may well turn into finished objects at a later date.

Some of you may remember this bracelet that I made:

A Tunisian Wire Bracelet.

A Tunisian Wire Bracelet.

I felt that it worked really well so dug out my faithful crochet book and decided to look at the formerly neglected Tunisian crochet section.

I started off in wool as it is a technique that I am unfamiliar with and wool is far easier to rip back than wire! (It is also easier to see each stitch!)

Basic Tunisian Stitch.

Basic Tunisian Stitch.

Fan Stitch

Fan Stitch

Queen Lace Stitch.

Queen Lace Stitch.

I only did very small samples but as you can see Tunisian Crochet makes quite a dense material. I do like the patterns. I then did them in fine wire:

Basic Tunisian stitch.

Basic Tunisian stitch.

Fan Stitch

Fan Stitch

Queen Lace Stitch.

Queen Lace Stitch.

As you can see using wire opens the stitch up nicely. They look very different don’t they? Add a few beads and I think some bracelets may be made. Hopefully I shall get around to it this week.

Have any of you tried Tunisian Crochet? I would love to know what you think about it.

The other major thing I did this week was to watch a free webinar from The Design Trust on Twitter. I learnt loads and I would definitely recommend watching it. It remains free until Feb 28th so be quick. One of the sections is on the 10 minute Twitter session. Apparently this is all the time you need to spend! I also found HootSuite through this which I really love – you can have several feeds on the page at one time, can follow tags, schedule tweets and even tweet a link straight from a web page. You also get analysis. I am sure that you are probably all using something like this but it is all new for me!

The final thing is that I have joined my first ever CAL (Crochet along). If you crochet and are interested in joining in (there are even prizes up for grabs) then have a look at this link. The more that join in the better 🙂

As always I will be heading over to Handmade Harbour, glass of wine in hand, to see what wonderful creations other people have been up to this week. Do join me – it is great way to spend a Sunday evening. 🙂