Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Skill +1up 2KCBWDAY2

I think the most challenging technique I have tried to master to date is fairisle colour work. I made this owl with the patterned tummy and it was my first attempt at fairisle. I think I learnt a lot from the experience, and having read more about it, I realise that things I thought I was doing wrong, like creating a huge tangle of threads at the back that had to be untangled every few rows, was actually quite common and part of the whole experience. Next time, I will make my pattern less complicated, and hopefully won't get in such a mess!

This time last year I did not know how to crochet at all, so I am pretty happy with how my crochet skills are developing, I am giving pretty much anything a go, and it seems to be working out ok. There are lots of techniques I haven't tried, but I tend to be more project driven, rather than technically driven, so if I see something I want to make I will learn a new technique if necesary to complete the item.

I find I tend to stick to projects that are quite small or done in multiple modules and then put together into a finished piece, like blankets, toys, garlands and buntings. I think I should give some clothing a go soon, as I have found some nice patterns to try. The commitment needed for clothing scares me off a bit, I have so many unfinished projects on the go, but I think it would be good to try and complete something to wear.

Hope that wasn't too boring for you all! I am making a couple of softies at the moment and hope to have pictures soon to show you all!
See you tomorrow


  1. You did well for that being your first bit of colourwork, it looks really complicated! The bunting is adorable

  2. My tactic is fairly similar. I find projects to make and generally each time there is a new element that I learn from it. I love your flower mobile - I might have to borrow your idea!

  3. Hey Jules, how gorgeous is that fairisle owl? What a great effort, it looks soooo sweet. Love the colours.
    Considering you only learnt to crochet last year then sewing should be a doddle for you.
    Bunting looks great hanging up too.

    Claire :)

  4. The crocheted flowers are lovely - I taught myself to crochet last year too (and it was a struggle - but I'm over the mental block now!) and I'm like you - I see something I want to have a go at and then learn what I need to to pull it off.

    Now, I've never tried fair isle .... maybe that's one for my list!! Cute owl!


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