Wednesday, January 31, 2018
here. I haven't used Josephine knots a great deal, but I like how they look here. I did round 3 before round 2, a trick I learnt from Nicola Bowersox's patterns, so that the gem doesn't need to go in until right at the end. It doesn't work with all patterns, I have to remember (!) but it works for this one.
Tuesday, January 30, 2018
Monday, January 29, 2018
Renata has started her Spring Doily for 2018. She's going to give the stitch count for each round, once a week. If you don't like that way of working, you can buy the pattern from her Etsy shop, but I'm going to go the weekly route. I found a home for last year's doily, no problem, so I figure I will be able to find a home for this one too. My self-imposed mission is to climb out of each round as much as possible. Usually I wind on just enough thread for the round, but this time I have filled two shuttles and used a split chain so that I am ready for round 2. The thread is Coats size 40, bought in a charity shop in England a few years ago.
Saturday, January 27, 2018
this post. I don't have thread in the wonderful turquoise that muskaan used, but I like it all the same. My stitch count for the third ring is not right, but if I did it again I would shorten the second layer and then make the third one according to the pattern.
Friday, January 26, 2018
good tutorial. Aha. I followed the step-by-step instructions and voila, I have a new bag to keep my pegs in.
Thursday, January 25, 2018
Tuesday, January 23, 2018
wrote about a very large, green caterpillar that Jack found in the garden. Steve Ogden from Wildlife Insights said he thought it was a Speckled Emperor and advised us to give it a box of leaf mould to pupate in. Jack found an old tin bath which he filled with leaf mould and the caterpillar duly burrowed down and formed a chrysalis. Steve did say it could be weeks or months before it hatched out, or it may not hatch out at all. For months the tin bath has been on the veranda, just outside the front door, nothing much appearing to happen. On Saturday evening I went to water the herbs on the veranda and, luckily, spotted the moth trying to climb out of the bath! Jack had put branches in the bath for the new moth to use to climb out, but it hadn't found them, was repeatedly climbing up the sides of the bath and then falling back. Jack rescued it and put it on a small quince tree in the front garden. At that stage, its wings were tightly furled. Over the next couple of hours, the wings gradually opened. We took photos throughout the process, so it's possible to see the sequence:
Monday, January 22, 2018
Saturday, January 20, 2018
South Africa is two hours ahead of UK (when there's no daylight saving), so it's mid-morning before Jane's tat it and see appears here. I wait with bated breath! It's now too long to be the body of a butterfly, but I suppose it is the centre of something, with picots both sides.
Friday, January 19, 2018
I like the beaded version of the pattern too, but am not happy with the idea of gluing beads to the outer picots. I might need to think about another plan for that.
Thursday, January 18, 2018
in this post, icedrops made with fewer chains. When I asked in comments how she did it, she kindly explained, so today I gave it a go. It's not a huge difference and is possibly more awkward to work, but it's another option! Thanks Diane.
Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Monday, January 15, 2018
Saturday, January 13, 2018
Julie contacted me a while ago to ask if she could translate my pattern Under an African Sky into French and use it for a tat-along. Of course! I'm delighted, take it as a great compliment. The group has reached round 5, as you can see on Julie's post here.
Thursday, January 11, 2018
The time for handing in my crocheted beret and scarf for competition is rapidly approaching. I really need to finish the scarf. But, as I explained in this post, the scarf was so boring, I was finding it difficult to keep motivated. On Tuesday I was scrolling through Pinterest on my phone when I came across Embossed Leaves Reversible Shawl by Furl Crochet. Aha, that could be the very thing to solve my problem. The link said it was a free pattern, but I couldn't find the pattern. After some sleuthing I found this page on Bonita Patterns blog on how to do embossed crochet. It has a pattern for a hexagon in embossed crochet. I grabbed the nearest hook and wool and gave it a go. Once I understood the principle involved, I did a lot of scribbling and worked out a flat version that could work for a scarf:
Wednesday, January 10, 2018
I posted off 48 squares to the Brussels project this morning. My aim was 50. I was sure I'd tatted more than that, but no, when I counted this morning there were 48. I don't plan to go to town again for a fortnight, so I decided to send them off as is. I printed off the pattern for my little square and sent that along too. I contemplated sending an ice drop square, but it would've make the envelope lumpy, so I didn't.
Tuesday, January 9, 2018
Monday, January 8, 2018
Here's a picture to show the evolution of the Ice Drop Square:
Saturday, January 6, 2018
Thursday, January 4, 2018
Brussels monument project. I've used three different patterns: the original, the Weldon square from Craftree and my own Alternative Brussels square, link on the right hand side bar. Having some variation keeps things interesting, and as long as they measure 3 cm square, they should be acceptable.