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Of Sheryl Thies and how much I love her work / Sheryl Thies ed il mio amore per il suo lavoro

Do you know designer Sheryl Thies? Last year I purchased both her books about Tunisian crochet, Get Hooked on Tunisian Crochetand Tunisian Crochet Encore, and I completely fell in love with her neat, clever designs. Get Hooked on Tunisian Crochetis, in my opinion, the ideal book for those who just learnt Tunisian crochet and want to know the technique better in a stimulating way. It contains pretty easy patterns (you can preview 'em here), which are lovely for more expert users who want to relax a bit, too. Tunisian Crochet Encore, Sheryl's second book about Tunisian crochet, contains patterns (preview here) that are a bit more complex, e.g. items that are made working in the round or with short rows. It's very interesting for crocheters who want to try their hand at something new. I think this is the perfect follow-up to the first book. What I love about Sheryl's designs is that she doesn't try to make her items look like knitted ones: they're Tunisian crochet …
Lettori italiani! Se cercate un gruppo Facebook dedicato interamente all’uncinetto tunisino, iscrivetevi a “Tunisino, uncinettodi-vino“, il nuovo gruppo che gestisco insieme a Veruska / Happysloth! Abbiamo dato al gruppo un’impronta professionale e stimolante, nello stile che ci caratterizza (se ci seguite su Maglia-Uncinetto.it, sapete che cosa intendo). Il gruppo nasce come luogo di confronto tra appassionati, uno spazio virtuale di cui approfittare per chiedere consigli, segnalare modelli, libri, corsi, strumenti… insomma, per parlare di tutto ciò che è uncinetto tunisino. Accorrete numerosi, vi aspettiamo!
International readers: me and fellow crocheter Veruska / Happysloth recently opened a Facebook group fully dedicated to Tunisian crochet, “Tunisino, uncinetto di-vino“. The posts will be written mainly in Italian, but since we forbid the use of SMS-like language and such, if you want to follow us and have the patience to use an authomatic translator you should have no problem. F…
Last week I’ve been enjoying a week’s holiday by my beloved sea. This, combined with an amazing cotton (Pic-Nic by Miss Tricot Filati), inspired me to create a set of Spring/Summer items, a slim scarf and a headband. This is my very first set of items, and I’m pretty proud of it. They’re both simple, everyday accessories, the ones I love the most as I can wear them, in fact, every day, yet they’re not boring to make and look quite intriguing.
I decided to name the set “Like a Wave of the Sea” (more explanations to come); I’m currently writing the instructions for both items, and I’d love to have them tested by 3 of my followers: if you’re interested, write it in the comments here or on my Facebook page, and in a couple of days, as soon as I have all info about gauge and materials, I’ll contact you.
La settimana scorsa mi sono goduta una settimana di vacanza al mare, mia grande passione. Questa circostanza, insieme ad un cotone fantastico (Pic-Nic di Miss Tricot Filati), mi ha ispirata…

What have I been up to? / Cosa ho combinato nel frattempo?

It's been a while, once again.
What have I been up to during all this time away from my blogs? Well, I won't lie, I've been busy.

First of all, I've had the honor to join the editorial staff of Italian blog Maglia-Uncinetto.it! I'm still excited about it: I can't believe these talented ladies asked me to join them! Of course I'll write mainly about my greatest crafty passion, Tunisian crochet, as you might have guessed. I plan to translate at least some of my posts and share 'em on my blogs for my international readers, so keep in touch if you're curious. :)

Other news? Well, yes: I tried knitting once again, this time following a great teacher (which is one of my blog colleagues, too), Alice Twain. She's an amazing knitter, and she published a book specifically for knitting beginners, "Ai ferri corti". Thanks to her book, I finally managed to understand how the heck you knit! And not only that: she's had lots of patience, answeri…