Monday, March 31, 2014

Happy Spring

Spring is here in Atlanta, it came in late February with the large pink blossoms of the Magnolia tree.  Then the pungent scent of the Ornamental Pear trees.  This year has been a true spring... days that seem warm since the sun is shining but only a very cool 42 degrees, even temperatures in the 30's.  Last weekend it was Spring Fling for all the Atlanta yarn shops with demos and knit kits.  As always  mostly knitting but they did have Tunisian Crochet demo, I would have liked to see the wire blocking demo but will just look it up on YouTube.  I was not intending to buy any thing but I I did buy my mom a book.   Soleful Socks, the author was there and signing books, I hope she likes it.  Stitches South is only in two weeks,  so I walked away with the book and one skein of yarn that came with a knit pattern.  Looking at the pattern, I knew I could make it in tunisian crochet and here it is...
It is a Universal Yarn, Bamboo Bloom Handpaints, a rayon, wool and acrylic blend, 154 yds.  I was excited to see that with such a small yardage of yarn I could make a cowl.  So I grabbed a "K" tunisian hook and started chaining.  I made this using tunisian knit stitch and to bring the slubs in the yarn foward tunisian reverse stitch.  
 This is a quick cowl and once I was finished I blocked it as a rectangle leaving my yarn end ready to single crochet it together once it was dry. I even made a few more with some of my other fancy yarns that I have collected.   This red fluffy cowl is Orla's it feels like silky fluffy pom poms, she loves it.  
This one if made with Moda Dea ticker tape which for a ribbon yarn, it seems to be the nicest and most easy to use. It is a another kid size cowl.  

 I will be looking for some slubby yarns at Stitches South so I can create some more quick cowls for next fall.  Enjoy!