Knitting & Crocheting Blog Week: Day Two – Skill + 1UP

Today’s question:

Look back over your last year of projects and compare where you are in terms of skill and knowledge of your craft to this time last year. Have you learned any new skills or forms of knitting/crochet (can you crochet cable stitches now where you didn’t even know such things existed last year? Have you recently put a foot in the tiled world of entrelac? Had you even picked up a pair of needles or crochet hook this time last year?

This one is easy.

You know this design?

Photo copyright Interweave and used with permission

A year ago, the only Tunisian crochet I’d done were small swatches. I’d played with it, doing little squares to make sure I understood the process. But that was it. I even taught my crochet group at the time how to do the little squares. We did the three main stitches and that was it. But I was scared to actually do a project.

At the holidays that year (2009) I got a set of Tunisian hooks to play with. It’s this set from Amazon. I love them, by the way. Such a great range of sizes.

Anyway, I figured it was time to do something in Tunisian. So in January 2010, I put together my proposal for Interweave. And I did my swatch in Tunisian. As I worked it, I realized that it made the construction a lot easier because the edges look like crochet stitches, too.

When it was accepted, I realized that I now had to put it together. I was nervous, I’m not ashamed to admit that. But, sometimes I learn best by diving in with a deadline.

So I did. It was a lot easier than I thought it was, which is why I think the wrap is a great first Tunisian project. If I can do it, so can you!

There’s still skills I want to learn (but I won’t go into that now…that’s a later post this week), but I’m going to try to learn them on my own without submitting designs for them first. 🙂

Stay tuned, I’ll have a post each day through Sunday, answering the prompts given at Eskimimi Knits’ site. If you want to read the rest of the blogs that are also posting, you can do a google search on this term: 2KCBWDAY2. Everyone participating will have that term in their post and you can follow along that way. 🙂