Wednesday, September 30, 2020
I've finished knitting the back of my cotton top. I'm only knitting in the evenings, so it's going quite slowly, but that's fine. I used Elizabeth Zimmerman's percentage method to work out how many stitches to cast off for the shoulders - one third for each shoulder and the neck.
Tuesday, September 29, 2020
I like choosing colours, deciding which colours to put together, be it with beads or yarn or tatting thread. But I know not everyone feels the same. An article I read recently from Interweave Press gave advice to those who are anxious about choosing colours. One suggestion was to look at Nature. Good idea. A look around my garden suggests that, really, in Nature anything goes.
Monday, September 28, 2020
Friday, September 25, 2020
Thursday, September 24, 2020
Wednesday, September 23, 2020
Slowly Adding Links
Tuesday, September 22, 2020
Monday, September 21, 2020
It's All About The Width
By working very carefully, I could make a short dress. It comes to just below my knees, which is fine. This is what the inside looks like:
With wide fabric, I can get a long dress from a metre and a half. With narrow fabric, I struggled to make a short dress!
Thursday, September 17, 2020
Tuesday, September 15, 2020
Starting With Sleeves
The traditional way to knit a garment is to start with the back, then knit the front, followed by the sleeves. But I thought that if I started with the sleeves, it would be easier to see how far one ball goes, so I know how much I have for front and back, and be a way to check the number of stitches I need. I've nearly finished the second sleeve.
Friday, September 11, 2020
like this one. But when I came across this pattern on Pinterest, I thought I might use it instead. According to this post, the pattern is called Ivy Lace and comes from Barbara Walker's 'A Third Treasury of Knitting Patterns', though I also found a chart, uploaded by Gosia. I find a chart much easier to work from than written instructions. I tried the pattern out, first with size 5 mm needles and then with size 4 mm needles. I quite like the 5 mm one, but I think a top made using the smaller needles will probably hold its shape better. Now to work out the pattern. I'll use the drop stitch top as a template to help me work out how many stitches I need.
Thursday, September 10, 2020
Flowers and Leaves
two layered flower from Cariad Tatting by Jennifer Williams. Both threads are Milford size 20. I'm working the leaf braid continuously, I just cut off a length and unraveled one split ring so that I had thread to sew on the flower.
Wednesday, September 9, 2020
Yesterday I wanted to look at Jennifer Williams's Cariad website and it turned out that the link on my page no longer works. Oops, sorry about that. I gather that Jennifer has created a new website. I deleted the link and replaced it with the new one, so the link on this page now works. Here it is again https://www.cariad-tatting.com/
Tuesday, September 8, 2020
How Could I Resist?
used it before for crochet and it's really very slippery, so I don't know how well it will tat. I was hoping to buy black crochet cotton for bead crochet; the Tulip may be a poor substitute.
Wednesday, September 2, 2020
We're leaving early tomorrow to travel to the town where the wedding will be held, back on Monday. I'm going to do a digital switch off while we're gone, I'll catch up on blogs when we get back.