Weaving Olden Patterns

Monday, 22 August 2016

It's officially "TC Pfeilraupe"!

Fellow crocheter Brunella Russo-Girard and I are very proud to announce that the Tunisian Crochet versione of the "Pfeilraupe" scarf is finally available!
You can download it for free HERE, both in English and Italian.
As I said in my previous post this is an easy project, suitable for beginners who know the Tunisian simple stitch and a bit about increasing and casting off - yeah, that's all you need to make it. I really hope some of you, my dear readers, will enjoy it!

Monday, 8 August 2016

Is it "Pfeilraupe"??

Why, yes - kinda. Let me tell you a story.

Some weeks ago a wondefully creative lady, Brunella Russo-Girard, shared some pics of her own interpretation of the popular Pfeilraupe scarf, not knitted but made in Tunisian Crochet. Trusting in a talent I myself didn't think I had, she asked me if I would've liked to give it a try, in order to make some design adjustements she tought were needed.
Now, that's some task.
I followed her instructions for the start and the main body, then I had to handle to most difficult part: the holes. As you can see I made 5, not 6, for no particular reason other than that I like uneven numbers better, lol. Apart from this, and from a completely different way of working, the scarf should be quite similar to the original, but worked in the characteristc Tunisian basic stitch.
Both Brunella and I are proud of the result and, with authorization from the author of the original, Alpi Alpenrose, I'm writing the pattern for the TC version of this lovely scarf.
Stay tuned if you're interested, for hopefully the instructions will be available soon! It's an easy and quick project, IMHO ideal for someone who's willing to try something more difficult than a plain rectangular scarf, or for a more expert crocheter who'd like to relax a bit between intricate projects.
In the meantime tell me, what do you think about it?

Wednesday, 8 June 2016

A glimpse of my Aloes

Hello folks! I've been away for a long time again, but here I am showing you some succulent beauties. These are some of my beloved Aloes, a genre of plants I've learnt to love: they're incredibly easy to grow, needing almost no cares, and even though they come from warm places they're not very much bothered by cold temperatures during Fall and Winter - some of these were outside when it was snowing, though not directly under the snow!
So, enjoy these pretty leaves! : )

Aloe aristata, my faithful bloomer: she's been living with me for 3 years, and never missed a flowering.

Aloe broomii

Aloe cv. 'Diego'

Aloe cv. 'Pink Blush'

Aloe cv. 'Snowflake'

Aloe cv. 'Star Bouquet'

Aloe gariepensis

Aloe humilis

Aloe juvenna

Aloe mitriformis

Aloe NN, too young to guess her name.

Aloe NN

Aloe peglerae

Aloe striata

Aloe striatula

Aloe variegata

Monday, 4 April 2016

New blog on Wordpress

Hello everyone!
Just a super quick post to tell you that from now on I'm on Worpress too, you can find me at: https://weavingoldenpatterns.wordpress.com/. I wanted to try my hand at another blog, so I'll update both at (almost) the same time, follow me on the one you like best - or both! : )

Tuesday, 29 March 2016

Feels like Spring

Hello fellow crafters!
I can't believe March is almost over and April's on its way... I think I won't be making woolly items for some time, as right now I'm busy testing a pattern for a friend and I'm working on it with thread, and by the time I'll be finished (should I manage to get through it) it'll be quite warm, soo... well, not a big deal, as I already have some lovely cotton/linen/&such stashed just waiting for some nice projects, but before that I want to show you my latest wool items. 
Today I'll write a bit about this Dragon tail scarf, or Drachenschwanz - doesn't that sound great? I've discovered it thanks to MariaGrazia Berno's FB group "Uncinetto tunisino, questo sconosciuto) and made it following an amazingly simple tutorial by the very talented Veronika Hug (Nata, you should find this interesting). I strongly recommend those of you interested in Tunisian crochet (and not only) to check out her YT channel: I don't speak German, but her videos are so good you can just turn the audio off and follow the images to understand how to make the stitches. I'm in awe of such talent, I must confess. Anyway, this was my first attempt at this project and I found it quite simple; the stitch is easy and once you get in the flow it just comes natural to make it row after row. So here you have a stitch that's almost as easy as the Tunisian simple stitch, but with a lacey look that makes the scarf look a bit special.
Only thing I'm not completely satisfied with is the width of my scarf: I decided to use some stash yarn I had ("Giada" by Mafil), but 220 g/880 m worked with a 10 mm hook proved to be not really enough to make myself a big, cosy Dragon tail. I tend to think of it as a Lizard tail. ;) Anyway that's just my problem, had I a bit more yarn the final item of course would have turned out bigger, so next time I buy yarn without a project in mind I'll make sure to get more, given my taste in scarves and such! 
And no, I'm not a yarn addict (Meredith, I told you I understand you).

Another time I'll write about the other wool project I've finished, but that requires a post all of its own...