Thursday, January 29, 2015

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Magic Square

I've had the Magic Square on my to-do list for a while. It's much trickier than it appears at first glance! I knew that Muskaan had done work on the magic square. I did look at her blog, but realise now that I missed her crucial post, which is here. I e-mailed Muskaan who very kindly pointed me in the right direction. I had also been unsuccessful in searching Craftree, but Muskaan gave me a link to the discussion there too. I printed out Patty's diagram and followed that. Not without a struggle, as you can see below:
I used a size 40 thread, as part of my campaign to use finer threads. I will explore the magic square further, but I'm pleased with progress so far. Thanks very much Muskaan for your help!!

Monday, January 26, 2015

Heart Earrings

The pattern for these earrings is on Mary's blog, here. They're not as simple as they may look. I'm familiar with layered tatting, where the layers are not joined to each other, but in this pattern the upper small rings are joined to the lower bigger rings. I read Corina Meyfeldt's notes here and followed her link to Georgia Seitz's notes on Ankars tatting. I'd like to say, 'Before I began', but actually it was after I realised I didn't know what I was doing! The beads are sewn on after the tatting is done, which is a first for me. I think they turned out fine. Thanks for the pattern Mary.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Friday, January 23, 2015


Handspun wool looks so attractive in skeins, but it's not practical to knit from skeins, so I duly got my skein holder and ball winder out and wound the skeins into balls. Then I went off to drink coffee with my neighbour and give her the packet of wool. Dorie was delighted and immediately started thinking about how she was going to use it. I'll be interested to see what she makes.

I came back with produce from Dorie's garden - grapes, tomatoes and figs. The figs had been prepared for jam making, so I had to get them into the pot as soon as I got home.

Day 7

I had a moment of panic when I thought my button was too big and the last ring wouldn't join to the first, but no, it fitted, there was no problem!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Snail Mail

Early in December last year, I entered a give away draw on Wendy's Umi and Tsuru blog and won! Hooray. I sent my postal address to Wendy and she posted it off. I received it yesterday. At last. Last week it occurred to me that Wendy might think I was ill mannered in not thanking her for it, so I e-mailed her to say that I hadn't yet received it, though I didn't want her to think that I expected her to replace it. I was afraid that it was lost in the system, but no, it arrived eventually.

Thanks very much Wendy. It's beautifully delicate and reminds me that I must do more tatting with finer thread.

There was a pretty origami bow with the bag. Wendy had to tell me to look inside for her note because I was reluctant to destroy the bow by opening it! I took a photo first.
Lovely idea.