Thursday, December 8, 2016

A New Batch

I've spun another batch of wool for my squares blanket. I dyed two shades of pink and two different greens, leaving four skeins natural. The third round of each square is green, to represent leaves. I considered dyeing enough green to make all the squares the same, but decided to use different shades of green through the blanket. Here are a couple of squares in the new colours:


Aha, I found the photos of my strawberry food cover. Don't ask... Thanks to Ninetta for her Mediterranean Tatting Diet, I really enjoyed it. I used a fancy stitch on my sewing machine to sew the hem. I think it complements the tatting.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016


I finished sewing strawberries to pink organza to make a food cover for a wedding present. I took half a dozen photos before parceling it up and posting if off, together with placemats and serviettes. This morning I came to download the photos onto my computer and, horrors, they're not on the camera! How annoying is that? Anyway, for the written record, the food cover is finished and has been posted off.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Counting Squares

I found myself counting squares. Now, when you have 140 squares to make and have done 12, that is clearly absurd. But to counteract the tendency, I'm tying squares together when I've done 10. I'm not adding to the count at the moment because I'm spinning more wool for the blanket.

Gathering Strawberries

Ninetta cleverly encapsulates the ending threads to create stems. I like her tassel, but it probably won't work for a food cover. I'm thinking of snipping the encapsulated threads and then securing the outside thread onto the fabric.

For the second batch of leaves I made, I used Stephanie's suggestion for starting CTM. I fully wound one shuttle and then wound off enough for one leaf onto the second shuttle for each successive leaf. It worked like a charm. Thanks Stephanie!

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Strawberry Flowers

I've reduced the stitch count for the petals of the flower because I think (IMHO in text speak!) the flower is a bit big in proportion to the size of the strawberry leaves. The flower with the dark green centre is made with Ninetta's stitch count, the ones with lighter green centres with mine. I love the zig zag in the middle of the petals, so clever.

Friday, December 2, 2016


I considered winding two shuttles for each leaf separately so I could start each leaf CTM, but that was going to waste thread and probably time too. So I wound the two shuttles full of green thread and after the first leaf, hid the starting threads in rings A and B. I printed out Ninetta's chart, it's clear and easy to follow.