Pulling my pictures and thoughts together for today's post I'm struggling to find an appropriate opening line or catchy title. Typically I'm not at a loss for words - especially when I'm talking about crochet. Strangely enough, this Tunisian washcloth is a different story. It seems to have left me flat and uninspired. Weird isn't it? I love learning new techniques, and the excitement that goes with beginning a new project. I had all of that when I got started last week, but sadly it seems to have fizzled out. I think the reason is that I didn't really enjoy my first foray into Tunisian Crochet. That's not quite it. It's not that I didn't like it. Let's just say that we're getting to know each other and I'm not sure how close we're ever going to be!
It felt awkward at first - with that big hook wobbling around, and I wasn't sure where to hold on. After a few (okay 8 or 9) rows of the Tunisian Simple Stitch (TSS) I got a little bit of a grove on. (Notice the book is close by offering reassurance.)
I decided to try the Tunisian Knit Stitch (TKS). And since that was alright I thought what the heck and tried the Tunisian Purl Stitch (TPS). That was hard to do. It took a long time and lots of grumbling to complete two rows. I recovered by creating a pattern with a few more rows of TKS before switching back to the Tunisian Simple Stitch (TSS). Which is what people usually mean when they refer to the Afghan Stitch.
In addition to not knowing where to put my hands, my work was extremely curly. I significantly loosened my tension on the second half, but as you can see it remained unruly and determined to twist. I thought finishing it off with a SC border might help. It didn't. I know that this is a washcloth and destined to be wet, but I felt compelled to block it into submission. Mostly just to see if I could!
Overall, I liked seeing all those loops on the hook, and it did go quickly in the TSS once I got the hang of it. That said, I'm still spastic with the big hook and it never felt natural to me. Also, I noticed my wrist was sore. I'm not sure if that's because I was holding on so tightly or because I was moving my hand in a strange way! Since this is a washcloth I used cotton. It's absorbent, but not very flexible while you're working with it. The fabric I made is very stiff and the thickness varies greatly with each type of stitch.
What will become of me and Tunisian Crochet? I can't say for sure. I've been considering making a Tunisian Entrelac washcloth as part of my Year of Projects quest. Since it's done with a regular hook I think that it might be easier for me. Other than that, I don't see it being a big part of my future. I am glad that I gave it a try. Now that I'm done I can cross it off my list and move on to the next big thing.
Now if I can only figure out what that is!!
Thanks for stopping by. There's a whole group of us at Come Blog-a-Long on Ravelry taking part in a Year of Projects. I'm going to go see what everyone else is working on this week. Why don't you come with me? It's always a lot of fun! While we're out, let's stop by Nicole's at Frontier Dreams. She hosts a charming bit called Keep Calm and Craft On. Who knows what projects we'll be inspired by?
Until next time friends,
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