Saturday, January 22, 2022
Friday, January 21, 2022
I really like my jar opener, which I wrote about here. Every time I use it, I think it would be a good project for the retirement home craft group I'm involved with. But mine has a fabric backing and I used a sewing machine to attach it. I really don't want to haul my sewing machine to the retirement home and then do all the work! So I've been fiddling, trying out different ways of finishing off the non-stick fabric in a way that would be suitable for the craft group.
You could glue a wide ribbon, but glue is messy (at least when I use it) and might not be secure enough. I tried crochet, after seeing examples on Pinterest, but not everyone in the group crochets. I decided that wrapping narrow ribbon through the holes in the fabric was the best option. I tried threading the ribbon with a needle, but that doubles the ribbon, which didn't go easily through the holes. Making a point with tape worked better. I used the ends to make a loop for hanging, so that there's no need for a secure start and ending.
Thursday, January 20, 2022
Monday, January 17, 2022
Well, my blanket or bed cover is finished and on the bed. The pattern is called Grace blanket, designed by Lucia Stepankova, a free download on Ravelry. I crocheted it in acrylic double knit yarn, using a 4.5mm hook. The original is in a finer yarn, using a 3mm hook. It's a wonderful pattern, with enough variation to keep it interesting, and is well written, with written instructions and a diagram. I started crocheting in September - my speed is not up to Diane's standard, but I'm in plenty of time for the Southern Hemisphere Winter!
Saturday, January 15, 2022
I'm a bit quicker with day 2. Mind you, yesterday and today I forgot to add the picot on the second side of the split ring and had to undo a ring. Have to pay attention!
We had a lengthy power cut yesterday, 11 hours. The good thing about that was that crochet was one of the few things I could do, so I made progress on my blanket. I only have the very simple outer edging left to do.
Thursday, January 13, 2022
Jane Eborall's Tat it and see started yesterday, but I've only got to day 1 today. That's ok, there's no obligation to be bang on time! I'm using my silver shuttle, my own TIAS tradition. The other shuttle was wound full of thread, so I'm just using that. When you don't know what you're tatting, colour is not a factor. I'm happily using last year's fox bookmark in green and cream.