Sunday, December 1, 2019


I'm not sure why this colourway makes me think of Ancient Egypt, but there you go. This is a pattern I've used several times before in different colour combinations. It's simple but effective, with a circumference of 8 beads.

We're going away again for  a few days, I won't be blogging again until next week. I've finished my knitting, but I'll have my tatting with me.

Friday, November 29, 2019


I like working one pattern in different colourways. The black and gold one is not very photogenic - it looks much better in real life than in the picture. Still, I think I prefer the multicoloured one.

Wednesday, November 27, 2019


I did wear the red top shown in the previous post to the Christmas party. I think Melanie is right, bamboo is less likely to be uncomfortable in the heat than a synthetic fibre would. There were 12 of us there. We all took along a gift and then drew lots to see who got what. Oddly, Riekie and I ended up doing a straight swap. I had made a drawstring bag with clear pockets. I use mine as a tatting bag, but of course Riekie can put whatever she like in hers.
From Riekie I received a covered clothes hanger, always useful for hanging a special garment:
The beads are a nice touch. Here's a closer view:

Monday, November 25, 2019

Knitted T

I've finished knitting the top in bamboo yarn. I think the colour shows better in this photo than the previous ones.  I plan to wear it tomorrow to a Christmas party, I just hope it's not too warm.

Friday, November 22, 2019

Frost Flower

This is muskaan's frost flower. Muskaan is tatting up a storm of snowflake designs. I really like this one and have been wanting to give it a go. I like the 'Eastern' shape of the arms. It's a small snowflake, 6 cm across. I wound on way too much thread! It's size 20 Milford thread.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019


There are quite a few patterns for beaded crochet ropes with poppies on Pinterest. I decided to do this one with a 7 bead circumference. I was worried that it would be one of those patterns that look better in a flat pattern than in the round, but I think it look quite effective.

The pattern didn't print very well. I could see the figures on a screen, but not on paper. After fiddling about, I decided the best solution was just to make another beading scheme, putting the screen figures on paper.

Trying Another Pattern

I'm trying out different crochet rope patterns. This one, 8 beads in circumference, comes from Here's a link to the blog.  It covers a lot of different beading techniques.

I didn't get my join as invisible as I'd like. I do one well and think, "Yes, I've got it!" and then the next one isn't so good and I realise I still need more practice. Ideally it should be impossible to tell where the beading was begun.