Thursday, October 20, 2016

Butterfly Edging

Edging 97 is a lot more original than Edging 96. I must admit I had to peer at the diagram for a while to work out how it was done. Then I practised the half open rings. Hmm, they boggled my mind a bit before I started, but turns out they're an easy alternative to split rings or SSSRs to get from A to B. The diagram and photo showed the little josephine rings in the same colour as the butterfly wings. I did that on the first two repeats, but wondered if it wouldn't make more sense to work them in the same colour as the antennae? So that's what I did on the second two repeats. There's a colour blip in the join and I had to do the SLT for the second one, but I think it works.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Not Quite

I aimed to finish the first sleeve yesterday evening, but I didn't quite make it. Tonight.....

Skirts Galore

I'm not sure if my idea of an 'African print skirt' is the same as a Kiwi's vision, but I bought a selection of fabrics so that my daughter-in-law and granddaughters could choose who wanted what. I made life a bit difficult for myself because the 'animal print' and zigzag fabrics are very light and had to be lined. The other two are 100% cotton; much easier to work with. They're now done and ready to be posted off to New Zealand.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Classic Edging

Edging 96 is essentially the same as the pattern I used for my first big tatting project, in the early 1980s, an edging for a cloth for my tea trolley. It came from a Coats pamphlet. I've used patterns for a collar and a doily from Anna Burda magazine that used the same principle too.

Friday, October 14, 2016

More Knitting in Strange Places

I don't normally knit during a car journey. But when we were caught up in a traffic jam in Johannesburg, I was glad I had my knitting bag with me. While Jack drove forward a few metres at a time, I made progress on the sleeve. So I've worked on the pullover in a remote wilderness area and a teeming city. No prizes for guessing which environment I'd rather knit in!

Monday, October 10, 2016


I hoped to finish this beaded crochet rope yesterday, but I got distracted and it's still too short even for a choker. We're going away for a couple of days, I'll finish it when we get back.  The pattern looks complicated, but the threading pattern was not long. I found the pattern on Pinterest. It's a shame that many of the patterns there are divorced from their designers. This one has writing in what looks like German, but I can't see a name on it.


Edgings 94 and 95 use 'Victorian sets' of 4 first half stitches followed by 4 second half stitches. I've used sets before, especially from the Julia Sanders tatting book, but just on the chains. I've never tatted a piece entirely in sets. One problem is that this tatting has a more definite right and wrong side than normal tatting and the chains face a different way to the rings. I like the contrast you get when using sets just on the chains. This way looks rather 'spiky' to me.