Monday, December 31, 2012
I don't need electricity to knit, so I was able to make some progress on my jersey today. The generator is on for a few hours, which at least enables me to write my blog.
I hope that 2013 is a good year for anyone reading this, a year of creativity and moving forward!
Thursday, December 27, 2012
How to Tat 'Chain Maille'
Tat a ring. This one is 10-10, but actually it would be better to use a ring without picots.
Take the shuttle thread behind the thread over the hand to make the next ring. It should look this the picture above, not like the picture below.
Tat the same number of ds as before and pass the shuttle up through the ring before closing. Continue in this way to create a line of interlocking rings.
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
This is Jane Eborall's pattern. I made these last year. I like the way tatted snowflakes can be put away and used again year after year.
Tuesday, December 25, 2012
Monday, December 24, 2012
Sunday, December 23, 2012
Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and everything of the best in 2013
A sisal flower makes a good Christmas tree. Unfortunately, this one came with an unwanted decoration - a little green snake! I had hung most of the snowflakes, but there were a few that still had to dry from their glue treatment. When I went to hang them up, I saw the snake. Presumably he had been there all the time. Jack scooted him out with a broom.
Saturday, December 22, 2012
Indietutes. The shorts pattern comes from ikatbag. I added pockets because Isabel likes pockets.
Friday, December 21, 2012
Not Take-along Tatting
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
interlocking rings, but I have worked out why my rings sometimes intersected and sometimes didn't - the shuttle thread must be behind the thread round the hand, not in front of it. Aha. I knew it must be something like that, but it did take a lot of trial and error before I worked out where I was going wrong.
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
The body of my competition sweater is plain, so I'm just knitting it in the evenings. I'm making slow progress. I'll have to put some daylight hours in sooner or later!
Sunday, December 16, 2012
Bigger Doodad, Thicker Thread
At the weekend, Diane the Lace Loving Librarian, asked the Tollway Tatters for ideas on how to adapt her Snow Crystal Pattern to use a bigger doodad in the middle. Sue Anna suggested using size 10 thread rather than size 20. Aha, it's one of those 'Why didn't I think of that?' ideas. I may do this again and make the middle rings slightly bigger, but really the idea works very well. Thanks Diane and Sue Anna! The thread here is Cebelia size 10 that I rainbow-dyed. It would probably be better for me to sew the ends in and attach another thread at the top for hanging, but I haven't got that far yet.
Saturday, December 15, 2012
The Next Challenge
One of the good things about challenging myself to learn new techniques is that in researching them I come across sites I didn't know about. One of them was Jennifer Williams's. Yesterday, while trying to find out how to make interlocking rings, I came across Karen Cabrera's instruction videos. I have seen her blog before - amazing 3-D tatting shown in the latest post. But I didn't realise that there are also instructions on many aspects of tatting. The one on interlocking rings is number 77! Thanks, Karen.
My first efforts were very hit-and-miss. Ring 1 and 2 would be joined, 3 and 4 were joined, but somehow ring 3 didn't intercept ring 2. Eventually I made some progress. I used Jon Yusoff's diagram to do the final ring. Thanks Jon. This is number 7 of my 25 motif challenge. I haven't finished with it yet, I am far from confident with it, but at least I have managed to produce something recognisable.
Thursday, December 13, 2012
I have rather rashly agreed to knit a jersey for a competition. I'm not a great fan of competitions, but I want to show willing and that my objections are not due to my own inability! I found a pattern that fits the brief - a Fair Isle garment for a child, with a yoke in five colours. I asked my neighbour to buy the yarn for me when she went to Johannesburg. Then I read the 'Blue Book' of guidelines and rules and promptly froze. But I have to finish it by the end of January, so yesterday I took a deep breath and began. And resisted the temptation to start over to make sure I had the perfect cast on and ribbing.
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
A knitted ball
Diane's Snow Crystal
Diane's pattern. My second version isn't perfect, but I think it will work if I use smaller beads. Thanks Diane, I like this pattern with its triangular look.
Sunday, December 9, 2012
Friday, December 7, 2012
I thought I'd display the article about tatting in Ideas magazine on my market table tomorrow. So I made the three motifs for which there are patterns to go alongside the article. I did make two small changes to the 'snowflake' design - I made a false picot between the first and second rounds; and I joined the rings of each trefoil to each other, to make the design more stable. The article says to starch them, but of course I used my new found skill of stiffening with glue and water!
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Overcoming my glue phobia
I tatted these Christmas tree decorations a couple of years ago for a craft fair my cousin participated in. I thought I could put them on my market table on Saturday, but should stiffen them first. Jane Eborall gave clear instructions for stiffening tatting with a mixture of glue and water. I reread the instructions, and the comments that followed, and then bought some glue. I'm so hopeless with glue that I don't keep the stuff in the house! Last night I experimented. The heart is a bit too stiff, so today I made a more watery mixture. I'll have to wait until the motifs are dry before I can see how well I've done, but so far so good.
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Winsome Drop earrings that can go to market. The cube ones I wrote about here. The other three pairs are hot off the shuttles. That gives me 10 pairs for market, which is fine.
I'll have to keep it!
This was a project that should've been straightforward, but just wasn't. I won't bore you with all the things that went wrong, but the second-to-last straw was that it turned out the pink beads were not identical, there were a few that were smooth, not faceted.
I could live with that. Then came the final straw - I broke a bead. Because of the way the necklace is constructed, there was no way to shorten the necklace at that stage. I've put in a bead that doesn't match.
I can't sell a necklace with such an obvious flaw, which gives me a good excuse to hang onto Jess's wonderful sunrise thread! I'll wear the necklace to market and at least show it off, even if I can't sell it.
Sunday, December 2, 2012
Jennifer Williams, worked in Jess's Tat-ilicious thread and Milford purple. The small ones are, of course, Jane Eborall's very small butterfly.
Saturday, December 1, 2012
Two Sides to the Story
I decided to use the last of my white polycotton to make baby pillowcases. I looked up the dimensions in my notebook and worked out that I could make nine pillowcases with my material. Great. I cut two out and then realised my stupid mistake - a pillowcase has two sides; the dimensions need to be doubled! I had added seam allowances, but forgotten that. I worked out a more efficient way of cutting them out and finished up with seven, so that's not too bad. These are the first two. The heart is Li'l Heart by Birgit Phelps. I don't think baby cases really need to be made in pairs, but I've done two anyway.
The power was off for four hours this morning. It didn't really matter, since I had tatting to do, but it was a warning against procrastination!
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