EdinYarnFest – second day

So I went back to the EdinYarnFest this morning. I bought a few more things I could not buy yesterday. But what is key today at the festival is my meeting with Katie from the e-zine yarnpeople. I had exchanged with Katie before, but this was the first time we met “for real”. Katie is so kind and open, it was a real pleasure to discuss with her.

Yarnpeople

Yarnpeople is a e-zine that seeks to collaborate with people with different identities, life experiences, skills, and geographies. It’s a publication about yarn, knitting, crochet, but also about people selected by intentional inclusion.

YarnPeople e-zine
Yarnpeople – #2

Issue 2 is out this week. The theme is multiculturalism and multilingualism and the technique is brioche (in knitting or crochet). You’ll find one of my patterns in this issue (and I’m super proud to have been selected), but you’ll also find other knitting or crochet patterns designed by very creative people.

La nuit des temps, bonnet au crochet tunisien
La nuit des temps, my Tunisian crochet pattern available in the e-zine yarnpeople

It’s getting late now. I still have a lot of things to tell, but I’ll call it a day. Tomorrow I get up super early to catch my flight back home. I’ll take the time this weekend to share with your all the things I bring back home!

EdinYarnFest – first day

So I spent the day at the EdinYarnFest. I’m back at the guest house to drop my bags. I’m writing this short article to keep up with my personal challenge in March. But I’ll go and visit the city center tonight.

I have bought things. I have discovered things. But I’ll write in details about my impressions when I’m back home. I still have a visit planned to the festival tomorrow. Just in case I feel the need to add a few things in my luggage.

I bought a Toft crochet kit as a souvenir. The small mascotte of the festival. Not enough to make the big one. I would not even try to make the big one. Too big.

Toft - crochet kit
Toft – crochet kit
Toft - the big mascotte
Toft – the big mascotte

EdinYarnFest 2019

Today I’m going to Edinburgh, to visit the EdinYarnFest. It is not my first travel to Edinburgh, but it is the first time I’m going to the festival.

Edinburgh Yarn Festival

For my personal challenge in March 2019 (one publication on my blog every day), tomorrow and after tomorrow will be tough days. So many people I’d like to meet, so many things to see… What are the festivals you would like to go to?

One page on decreases in Tunisian crochet

Today I added a page on decreases in the menu about techniques in Tunisian crochet.

Just like for increases, the objective of this page on decreases is not to make an exhaustive list of all possible techniques to make a decrease by 1 stitch in Tunisian crochet. I just want to show there is more than just one way to make a decrease.

The samples I show have all been made on purpose in Tunisian simple stitch, to allow a somewhat systematic comparison between the different techniques. You’ll get different results if you make a project in a different stitch than the Tss.

In the same spirit, all decreases have been aligned and made at every single row. You’ll get other visual effects if you place decreases differently in your projects.

Some techniques are well known. Other techniques are the fruit of my experiments over time. It is on purpose that I do not give any fancy name to the different types of decrease, I prefer to stick to a short description that is worth what it is.

A page on increases in Tunisian crochet

Today I added a page on increases in Tunisian crochet.

The objective of this page is not to list all possible types of increases, but merely to show there are different ways to make increases in Tunisian crochet.

All samples have been made in Tunisian simple stitches and all increases have been made after the 3rd stitch of each row. You’ll get different results if

  • you make samples in other stitches than the simple stitch
  • you make increases after a different number of stitches at each row
  • you make more than one increase per row

An increase can be so much more than the simple addition of a stitch in a row. It does not have to be invisible and may have a decorative effect that is appealing in a pattern. I hope my little experiment with swatches showing different types of increases will inspire you in your exploration of different Tunisian crochet techniques.

Audiobooks and podcasts

Today I’m sharing with you a bit of my passion for audiobooks and podcasts.

I’ve always read a lot. When I finished high school, I got the “library prize”. It tells a lot about my attendance at the school library. And when I was a teenager, my mother would read books out loud while I was busy crocheting. This allowed us to discuss about books and our interpretations of their content.

Audiobooks

Now I’m completely addicted to audiobooks, the ideal format when I want to relax and crochet.

It took me about 2 years to listen to the full series of Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. Hundreds of hours. In English, read by Davina Porter. I know the television show has a lot of success, but I prefer the audiobooks by far.

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Lately I listened to several books by Liane Moriarty: The husband’s secret, Big little lies, Truly madly guilty.

Truly madly guilty by Liane Moriarty

But I don’t enjoy stories only. Someone I follow on Instagram shared the reference to the book A is for Arsenic, the poisons of Agatha Christie. I dived into the description of the different poisons that Agatha Christie used in her books. Very interesting. And a bit worrying as well. It seems so easy to poison someone!

A is for Arsenic by Kathryn Markup

Very recently, someone on the other side of the world recommended The chronicles of St Mary’s by Jodi Taylor. Margie-Rose, thank you again for your kind advice. I have just finished the first book and I can’t wait to start the next one.

The Chronicles of St Mary's by Jodi Taylor
The Chronicles of St Mary’s by Jodi Taylor

Podcasts

I like podcasts as well. Usually that’s the format I prefer for my reading (listening?) in French. If you know French, I would recommend the series Transfert on Slate.fr. It’s a series of recording about people telling an episode in their life. Sometimes funny, sometimes very sad. Always sincere.

I’m still looking for podcasts about knitting and crochet. I follow the vlogs recorded by Annette Petavy. (in French), in which she shares her news. But apart from Annette’s channels, I don’t know many interesting podcasts about fibres in general.

What about you? Are you more TV or audio? What are the audiobooks and podcasts (about crochet or knitting) that you listen to and would recommend?

A page on twisted up and down simple stitches

Today I added a page on 2 stitches that are variations of the Tunisian simple stitch:
the twisted up and twisted down simple stitches.

The difference between these 2 stitches lies in the direction in which the hook rotates before the yarn over. I have made a video (in French) to show how the hook rotates for each stitch.

Twisted up and twisted down Tunisian simple stitches
Right side: twisted up Tss. Left side: twisted down Tss.

Why making a swatch matters

Make swatches
Make swatches.

I have said it before, I’m saying it now and I will keep on saying it: make at least one swatch before you start a project! Note that I write “at least”. Implicitly this means that you will sometimes have to make several swatches before starting a project. Now it’s explicit! In this article, I give 5 good reasons to make a swatch. And I explain what is for me a good swatch.

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A few things about changing colors

Today I added a page about changing colors in Tunisian crochet. There are many other things to say about colors in Tunisian crochet, but I have not found yet the right structure to cover the different elements I would like to share. So let’s start simple.

I strongly encourage everyone to play with colors. With the Tunisian simple stitch alone, results are already remarkable. And try combining different colors with different stitches. Only by changing colors at the beginning or end of rows, variations are legions. And if you add color changing yarns to the list of possible variations, it makes it even longer…

Pattern Vice versa (design by Rachel Henri)
Modèle Vice versa multiple colors

Wool and perfume

Parfumer sa laine
Parfumer sa laine

I’ve always loved those small perfume samples distributed in perfume shops. Not especially the small bottles. I much prefer the small wipes. Not for me. But for my yarn stash.

I never spray perfume directly onto yarn. That could damage the yarn or change the colors or have an impact on the dye. You never know. I play safe.

What I do is to leave perfume samples open in my project bags and stash boxes. So the wet wipes are never in direct contact with the yarn. But they slowly spread their scent, discreet or strong. Obviously no need for samples specifically. You can spray your perfume on a tissue, that works equally well. Just make sure the wet tissue is not in direct contact with your yarn. I personally like the variety of scents provided by samples. It’s like a little surprise each time I open a box from my stash after some time.

The same applies to essential oils. But these are to be handled in limited amount and with caution. I like cedar and lavender to keep moths away. But that’s another topic.