Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Post Vacation: Lace and Crochet Classes

I'm forcing myself to come down from the vacation high just a little bit. I've got things to get done.

I've been having a blast (still) with my Russian spindle.


I finished the yak/silk and have begun crocheting some lace out of it. It's WONDERFUL to work with and OH...SO...SOFT! For those who are curious, I'm using a B-1/2.25mm hook and this yarn is gossamer weight, about 40+ WPI (wraps per inch). That size of hook keeps the fabric from getting too tight and stiff and as the yarn is handled the yak fluffs up and fills in the gaps for a very warm garment. However, it doesn't start to mesh like mohair does, so it's easy to rip out if you discover a mistake you can't live with.

On my spindle I've been working with some bison/silk. It's nice too with a warmer cast to the gray. It's been as nice to spin as the yak/silk has been. I haven't decided yet what to do with it. Probably another lace shawl. I've decided that I need to visit my teacher, Galina, at the Estes Park Wool Market and purchase a couple more spinning spindles and at least one more plying spindle.

On a more serious note I'm doing some crochet classes at Table Rock Llamas. Their class schedule is here.

I'll be teaching:
• a 4 session (2 hours each) beginning crochet class in May
• one 2 hour class on How to Read a Crochet pattern in June
• and one 2 hour class on Tapestry Crochet in June.

So, if you're in the area and interested in any of those, be sure to sign up.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Grecian Crochet Via Santorini

Honey and I just got back from an incredible vacation on Santorini. This was the view from our room.


We went to celebrate Honey's 50th birthday and had an incredible time there. We thoroughly enjoyed the island, and in particular its residents. The Greeks are wonderful people.

One of the things we learned is that the residents of Santorini spend the winter making things to sell during the tourist season. It was wonderful to see so many products of Santorini (and other parts of Greece) available to purchase. I was amazed to see A LOT of crochet.

Here are a couple of photos I took of some silk crocheted edgings for shawls from Soufli.



I also saw a lot of beautiful crocheted jewelry. Some made of wire and others of silk thread.



Even some crochet in our bread basket at a restaurant.



In one of the shops selling locally grown and made items I talked with a woman about what I had seen. She said that crochet is very popular with Greek women and they especially like to do items with angels, flowers, and butterflies.

I had hoped to find some more information about Greek crochet when I got home, but I haven't had a lot of luck so far. However, I did run across this blog by a Greek woman where she has shared photos of some of her crocheted family heirlooms. I also finally found a site selling the Soufli shawls with more edgings to see.

It's all been very inspirational!