I’m getting very excited: the Holidays are here and the New Year is around the corner. Time for a (second!) Year Round Project! I’ve got something good planned and I can’t wait to get started. In preparation I’ve already been taking notes and buying new yarn and new tools. And to be honest, that’s always a very good, if not the best, part of starting a new project: buying squishy yarn and shiny hooks.
Learning New Things
I don’t know about you, but I like my new projects to be full of new things to learn. OK, on the other hand an easy breezy project with familiar stitches is also very nice. That’s why I have multiple projects on my crochet hooks (or knitting needles) at the same time. Anyway, back to my exciting NEW project. In 2019 I started something that may or may not become a yearly tradition: a Year Round Project, or “YRP”. And in 2020 I will do another one.
2019 was the year of my take on 1DogWoof’s Zoodiacs Blanket.
In my opinion the start of a new year is as good a time as any to learn something new. And with my new YRP (Year Round Project, remember?) I’m going to learn more about Tunisian Crochet. I even got a new book full of yummy stitches!
Buying Tools and Books
A really fun part of learning something new with yarn is that you =need= (am I right?) shiny new tools and colourful books. On Instagram I saw someone recommending this book, called Tunisian Crochet Workshop (link to Amazon), which just looks so beautiful. With Christmas coming up I knew what I was going to ask Santa. -wink wink-
Luckily, Santa is a very good listener, so come Christmas morning I found a copy of Tunisian Crochet Workshop neatly wrapped underneath our Christmas tree.
Let me know if you’d like me to do a book review on Tunisian Crochet Workshop by Michelle Robinson!
The next step was finding the right hooks for my project. When crocheting my Baby Blanket with Squares (also tunisian crochet) I used a regular crochet hook. This was possible because I crocheted small squares which would fit fine on my hook. For my new project, however, regular crochet hooks won’t do. I will need a long Tunisian Crochet hook or a Tunisian Crochet hook with a cable attached. I chose a few seperate KnitPro Interchangeble Tunisian Crochet hooks and also a set:
I also ordered a couple of extra cables, because they always come in handy. For example, they are great for holding stitches when seperating for sleeves, when knitting a sweater or cardigan!
If you like I could do some hook reviews. Just drop me a comment below!
Learnig Tunisian Crochet
As stated above, for my new YRP I’m going to learn a new crochet technique: Tunisian Crochet. After perusing the book and trying out a few of the stitches on different sized hooks, I decided on a couple of stitches. Obviously, then came the moment to start practicing.
Swatching Away for My Year Round Project
I have been swatching with a few different hooks, trying out some stitches. Which yarn goes with which hook? What are the measurements of the swatch? How many stitches and how many rows will I need to get the desired finished project? These are all questions I have been playing with, waiting to get started.
Waiting for 2020 to Start My Year Round Project!
So, I am almost ready to reveal my new YRP. My current YRP is nearly finished, you can see and read all about it in my post about the Zoodiacs Afghan by 1DogWoof*.
OK, the reveal: I will be making a Temperature Blanket!
Right now I am counting down the days until I can start my new project. Slowly the yarn I ordered is being delivered and I like what I am seeing. I am glad the colours I picked seem to go together perfectly. It’s always a little tricky when ordering yarn online, whether the yarn pictured will look the same way in real life.