Tuesday, 30 June 2015
Needlework Tuesday - a Second Rug
Needlework Tuesday is a regular weekly post where I share the progress of my various needlework projects over the past week. I enjoy the encouragement that I receive from my readers and in return visit their blogs and cheer them on with theirs. You are welcome to grab the cute little mouse and create your own Needlework Tuesday post. Leave a comment with a link and I'll be sure to visit with you.
Last week, Sherrie, one of my earliest readers, asked about working with chunky yarns. I usually knit and crochet with worsted weight, though lately I've been setting my fingers to chunky. I does take a bit of getting used to. The larger hook/needle size means that your project works up quicker. I've found some patterns call for only a slight increase in the tool size resulting in a very dense product. This is very hard on my hands and I don't usually like to stiffness. I much prefer a larger tool that gives a soft body. So much easier on my hands. The larger hook is easier to hold in crochet, but I am not as comfortable when knitting with the larger needles. In both cases, it does get easier as the project progresses and I get used to the feel. Working with chunky yarn is definitely worth trying as long as your tool size is large enough and not making a super stiff project.
"One Skein Shoe Rug" by Art Fiend. I am using a ball of Bernat Softee Chunky Twist. It is three strands wrapped together: red, pink, and purple.
Along with the rugs, I am also interested in stitching/quilting some little bags. I want to use them as gifts, so not too big. I welcome your pattern suggestions.
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