Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Motif 4

Long picots and bare thread spaces give this a very spidery look. I used picot gauges for the long picots, two different sizes. I use bits of cardboard for gauges.


Designs 2 and 3 are essentially the same, with different stitch counts. Of course, the little rosettes can be joined in different ways in both cases.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Start At The Very Beginning

'The Tatted Artistry of Teiko Fujito' has been calling to me ever since it arrived in February. I paged through it yesterday and wondered where to begin. The beginning, of course, just as the song says. I'm going to work my way through the book. The motifs are numbered; I shall follow the numbers.
The book is structured so that it begins with one shuttle patterns and then progresses to two shuttles and then three. There's not a lot of text, it relies mostly on diagrams:

It's one of those motifs that looks simple but isn't easy to get right.
The little motif on the left is my first attempt. It cups, as you can see. I didn't think carefully enough about what changes were required in order for it to lie flat, so my second attempt is considerably worse! The third one was good enough for me to continue. Getting the picot lengths and bare thread spaces correct is key. That's true for many of the patterns in the book, so I'm hoping that by starting at the first motif, I will gain the experience I need to do the more complicated designs later.

Saturday, April 30, 2016


Enough procrastination, I got on and finished off my cardigan, ready for Winter. The weather forecast for today said it would be cold and windy, so I thought I'd be wearing it today, but in practice the day is sunny and warm! That's fine, I'm happy to wait a bit longer before I wear the cardigan.

Thursday, April 28, 2016


I've picked up too many stitches for the first buttonband. But is it bad enough to need redoing? I was planning to have coffee with a knitting neighbour this morning and ask her opinion. Instead I've spent all morning trying to fill in on-line forms, a frustrating business! I'll have coffee with Dorie tomorrow.

I have been working on the curds and whey edging. I'm in the mood for repetitive tatting.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

You Win Some...

I was away when the craft competition I'd entered was held, so I had to wait until yesterday's craft group meeting to get my results in full. My poncho won the crochet section! So it will go forward to the national competition later in the year.  The hat came second in the beginner's machine sewing section. It was a bit cheeky of me to enter the beginner section, but technically I could do that because I'd never won a place for sewing - so I won't be able to enter it again. My cardigan didn't feature. Competition in the knitting section is fierce and apparently my finishing techniques were not up to scratch. The judges did give some very positive comments, but said the setting in of the sleeves needed attention and they thought my casting on was too loose. So there you go. I will get a little trophy for the poncho but haven't received it yet. 

Here's a reminder of what the entries looked like:

At the meeting yesterday, we had a speaker to tell us about 'molecular gastronomy'. It was interesting, especially the idea that you can do some of techniques at home, but I don't think I'm going to be making basil pearls any time soon. 

Monday, April 25, 2016

Back to Black

I'm working on the front bands of my black cardigan. The finish line is in sight!