Thursday, January 29
Well, I bought a crochenit book from Annie's Attic yesterday (an e-download - it's just too tempting!). It looks, at first glance, to be a variant of Tunisian - but there are lots of interesting shell stitches and suchlike shown at http://www.crochenit.com/. Oh yes, and the AA book just calls for a crochenit hook - no mention of size. I panicked somewhat. Turns out it's a special 8mm double-ended hook in yellow plastic, with point protectors, only on sale in America. One is hopefully winging its way to me now. I had hoped I could buy one more cheaply over here, but KCGtrading had only 7mm and 11mm, and Ebay drew a blank. Although the KCG site mentions the crochenit hook, there's no price against it, so I presume they've stopped stocking them due to lack of demand.
There are tons of garment/homeware patterns for sale at the crochenit site, and a library of pictures of crochenit stitches. However, it doesn't look as if they just do a book with the stitches in, which is a shame. I'm not entirely sure I'm ready to commit a large chunk of cash to buy lots of patterns I'll never use, just to get the stitch definitions. If I was nit-picking, I'd say calling something "fancy stitch" or "lovely stitch" also isn't very helpful - those names do not indicate what they might look like, without a photograph. But it's a minor quibble. And anyroad, I'm stuck until the special hook turns up, which may be a week or two hence.
CraftyMandy has become a fan of Twitter - it's kinda like the Facebook status thing, all on its own. Can't decide if it's a complete waste of the internets, or actually quite intriguing. I CBA to go on Facebook half the time as it is - unless I can e-mail my status to something, I probably won't use it. I certainly wouldn't text it - it's 12p a go ya know for us pay-as-you-go cheapskates!