Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Tidy mind, tidy stitches – 2KCBWDAY3


third day of the Second Annual Knitting and Crochet Blogging Week!!!

hello again from panagiota :)
how organised are my yarns??



ever since i started bringing home with me balls of yarn, needles, hooks, lovely buttons etc, i realised i have to have a place for them as they were starting to take over my room!
so in the beginning i had a big beautiful wooden box to keep them! and for a while it all was good!
but then they started multiplying.!!
well the truth is that after all these years i have many many many balls of yarn....
so with the help of my loving sister we organised them in one of my bed's drawers!
and now they look a bit like this (there are actually a lot more still in my beautiful wooden box)
of course every time i want to start a new project i go searching in and it needs some time to put them back there...
so i'm not really organised...
what i wish is that i had a whole room for my projects,
filled with lovely jars of buttons and ribbons, and my yarns would definatelly be on huge shelves !!
i guess i just have to wait to move to my own house!!

see you again tomorrow for another story!

knit well,
panagiota 

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Skill + 1UP – 2KCBWDAY2





it's the second day of the Second Annual Knitting and Crochet Blogging Week!!!

today i'm looking back and think what i've accomplished in the last year concerning knitting or crocheting!

So, Panagiota here, i've been a crochet+knitting lover for the last 7 years,
but it's true that the last year has been a real chalenge for me and my skills,
not so much concerning the technique but as how to make others love crochet+knitting!
crocheting at gingerale, exarhia

since september marietta and i created a crochet club,
 with which we really wanted to spread the word about crocheting knitting.!
we started with dearest friends and since we didn't have a particular place to meet we've been crocheting in the most unusual places in athens (caffeterias, university, libraries, bus, metro....etc)
(you have to bear in mind that crocheting in public is not a common thing in athens)

In order to teach my friends and all the unknown people that just asked while watching the crochet happiness, i've become a better crochetter myself!

I'm proud to say that in this last year i've taught a lot more people
how to crochet than i have in the last 7 ones!
of course when you are a teacher you have to become better every day!

so----> this is my skill, this is what i'm proud of!
my crochet and knitting teaching techniques!! :)

p.s we really loved all the posts of our fellow bloggers arround the globe for the first and second day of the Second Annual Knitting and Crochet Blogging Week!!
see you again tomorrow !

love
panagiota

Monday, March 28, 2011

A Tale of Two Yarns – 2KCBWDAY1

If you are knitting or crocheting you will know already that on of the most important factor for your projects is what else, the yarn you use! I am literally in love with yarns!
There are so many favorite types, colors, feelings.. aaaah I could be writing for hours.!
There are yarns of soft hand and comfortable feeling or more hard and “clumsy”, I particularly love the fluffiness or bulkiness in yarns.
So the thing is I never really pay attention to what brand my yarn is, looking through all my yarns I realized that most of them (if not all of them…) are “naked” I don't really hold onto their tags.



So this is a story of this adored pink yarn with which I made a lovely cabled shaped scarf. I kind of remember it had a name like candy-pink candy something.
It was fluffy, for big sized needles and I simply haven't seen anything like it before!
It was a day with my sister when I first saw it and I was quite disappointed to know that not only was there only one ball left in the shop but it was also really ….expensive.
I was in love!
After a day or two , I went back and bought it!
As I always do, many weeks passed until I started thinking of what I could do with it.!
And finally I decided ! So i was searching for an easy scarf pattern for my lovely pink candy yarn and i bumbed into this great free project in Stich DC blog. (of course one ball was not enough for the size I wanted and is now in my unfinished projects…)

love-ly pink candy yarn

Another yarn I really love is the kangaroo flamet (30% wool, 70% acrylic) which is really nice to handle, it comes in many combination of colors but the one I used is the pink-blue-purple one!
It's really soft and bulky and it's size changes as you go!

kangaroo flamet and necklace by us

see you tomorrow with another post for the 2nd knitting and crochet blog week!!

First post ever.

Hello this is double crochets,

  we are two sisters from Athens, in our mid twenties, that happen to be happy yarn lovers. And this is our very first post! We decided to write this first post in English, but you have to expect that some of the posts to come will be in Greek. By coincidence today is the day that the 2nd annual knit and crochet blog week starts! Learned about this just yesterday and we decided to hurry up a bit the publishing of our first post. Our second one will be about the topic of the blog week (coming soon, just wait patiently)
 
 We are rather old in blog-o-sphere, never managed to make a blog work, maybe the reason is that we didn't have an actual purpose, now we have! Our goal is to spread the word about crocheting and knitting among our friends and acquaintances here in Athens, Greece and as far as this blog can reach, since we both have friends all around the globe and would love to have even more! Funny fact: our first choice of name was "Spread the Thread",  (which will be the tagline for our projects) but we finally came up with Double Crochets and was instant love.

   The double crochet (abbreviated dc) is one of the most common crochet stitches and is about twice as tall as a single crochet. Sooo daDA! hahah  (Here are some links for how to double crochet 1, 2)



Cheerio for now, see you later with the post of the first day of the blog week
p.s you can read our full *story* here.



Hug
panagiota + marietta

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