this interesting pattern. I had a hilarious false start wherein I invented a new stitch---Tunisian back post crochet! Since I learned the Tunisian simple stitch about a year ago and hadn't done anything with it since, I forgot that you go through the two loops of the vertical bar created by the stitches, not in back of the whole thing as with posted crochet [with which I'm more familiar]. So I was really confused for a while as to why my dishcloth looked nothing like the others on Ravelry. I may actually try the wrong-technique I was using again sometime, as it created a super plush fabric that might be good for hotpads and stuff.
I love the texture that Tunisian crochet creates, and this pattern was one of those "bet you can't
eat make just one!" things. I chained 10 (rather than the suggested 15) for the two bigger cloths, so I was able to do them on a standard crochet hook instead of a heavier, wrist-hurtier real Tunisian hook. But I might brave said bigger hook and try a hat next.
The (almost) FO I'm most excited about this week isn't mine, however.
My mom made an Ishbel! It was (she says) the hardest thing she's ever knit, and she's never frogged so much in her life, and the most exciting part? It's made from silk yarn that she spun and dyed herself. I can't believe how light and amazing and beautiful this thing is, and it's even blocked yet. Which brings me to my query---if any of you have experiences/advice/tutorials to share about blocking a silk lace shawl, I'd love to pass them along to her. Neither of us has ever blocked anything before.
I actually just started my own first Proper Shawl that will Need to Be Blocked (more on that if I have time on Wednesday), so I'll be back with more queryin' whenever that gets finished---mine is in wool sock yarn, so I imagine it will be a different process. I'm nervous and excited in advance!