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Tunisian crochet hooks - Pt. 2 / Uncinetti tunisini - Parte 2

In one of my previous posts I wrote about my very first experiences with Tunisian crochet hooks and how I struggled to find decent ones that suited a beginner. In this post, I'll go on telling you how I went from a cheap but functional bamboo set to more expensive hooks. A third post will come, in which I'll finish my personal reviews of the hooks I tried so far and reveal which are my favourite, too. After a few projects, I was convinced that I did love Tunisian crochet, and I decided that I really wanted to try those fabulous interchangeable hooks many people sported around the web. Since I liked my bamboo hooks, I chose wooden Prym's Natural for a start. I like these quite a lot, as they're smooth and very pleasant to work with. Still, I was curious to try something else, too. My crochet friend Davide told me he loved KnitPro's Trendz hooks, so I got 'em and well: I fell in love with these hooks. They have amazing tips and very deep throats, and even though …

Tunisian crochet hooks, pt. 1 / Uncinetti tunisini, parte 1

When it comes to Tunisian crochet, one of the first issues people face is: which hooks should I choose? I decided to write about my own experience in 2 or 3 posts, and hopefully help some of you. When I first wanted to try Tunisian crochet, I only had a couple of long hooks at home, and they were definitely too thin for a newbie, like 2,5 mm or such. So I headed to a local store and bought me a nice 5 mm one. It was the classic long, straight aluminium hook with a plastic stopper at one end and a pretty rounded tip at the other end, branded Pony. I practiced a bit with it, and I struggled because of the rounded tip. I didn't give up, though: I purchased some bigger sizes by the same brand, which were double-ended and all plasticI couldn't use those to save my life. The yarn didn't glide on them, and using them hurt my wrist terribly. Silly newbie I was, I blamed it all on the technique itself and took a pause from it, even though I did enjoy it. Too painful. Keep in min…

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 crochetGet 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…