I don't know if any of you have ever done a zip line or "superman" swing, but we did both and it is a blast! It feels like you are flying! On the swing, they harness you in and pull you up about 35 feet in the air. You are holding onto a rope that when you pull it, it releases the rope that has hoisted you up and you swing from a center rope back and forth like a bird! Here is me flying through the air on the swing!
Anyway, Cristina is also a very crafty gal and we did a lot of crafting during our free time. She taught me a new method of crochet that I did not know called Tunisian Crochet. You can find a tutorial on it here. It is also called an afghan stitch and uses a long crochet hook that looks like a knitting needle only with a hook on the end. I am going to start a blanket for my room, and I got all the yarn, but I have to special order the hook because I want a really fat one for a big stitch. I think I will order this one. It is really expensive, but I have not found one in any store at all around here. I got a smaller one (6.0mm) at JoAnn's that will be great for smaller blankets, like baby blankets. I made a sample to see what the yarns that I bought for my blanket will look like together. I think they'll look really nice in this striped pattern - but the stitches will be LOTS bigger. You can also see how the back looks a bit like the purl side of knit.We also took a class on crazy quilting. I pinned together the beginning of a Christmas stocking. I'm not sure I love the fabrics, but it will be a good place to practice. Here's what I have so far.
Half the beauty comes when it is basted together already and you add decorative stitching - embroidery stitches essentially. I looked for a good example online and found this. It is basically a tutorial on the method with some examples of the stitches. I like it because it can all be done completely by hand so I don't have to be at machine to do any of it, but I can sit with the rest of my family. I will probably go ahead and finish this stocking front just to get good practice, but then I will go get my own fabric that coordinates better and that I like better to do one for real. Not that I really need new projects to work on or anything! I have several halfway done right now. Maybe I'll finish some of them and post something finished on here some day!