Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Round 10


 I think I managed round 10 of the Spring doily without any mistakes, hooray. 

Monday, April 15, 2024

Weather Chart


Last week I had a message from another of the teachers I did a project for last year, asking if I could paint characters onto wooden spoons for her to use as story props. Mmm, no. I explained that I'm a fibre person, who can sew and knit and tat, but that I avoid paint and glue if at all possible! So she sent me pictures of a weather chart and a Three Billy Goats Gruff storyboard to do in felt instead. Here's the weather chart. The green bit is a pocket to put the unused symbols in, the children will choose the appropriate ones for the weather on the day. Teacher has a song to go with it. 

Wednesday, April 10, 2024



I made it most of the way through round 9 without a mistake, but I must have been hurrying to finish because I made a mistake on the final repeat. By the time I'd figured out what the mistake was, I'd already hidden the yellow thread. I think that the number of flowers on the outside is correct, so I decided to leave the mistake. It would be a mission to sort out, and then likely be more noticeable than if I just left it alone. 

Monday, April 8, 2024



I thought I'd make some cowls for my market table. They should knit up quite quickly and I wouldn't have to charge a high price for them. I started with this one, which is called Free For All Cowl by Jen Peck on Ravelry. The edges are knitted-in icords. I thought that was a great idea while I was knitting, but when I joined the ends of the cowl, I realised that the icords pull in a bit. That's logical because they use slipped stitches, which means there are fewer rows of knitting in the icords than in the main part of the cowl. I think if I knit it again, I'll just do a narrow garter stitch edging on each side. Otherwise, I'm happy with it. 

Wednesday, April 3, 2024

One Sock


It's a bit bizarre to get an order for one sock. But there's a story. Of course. Last Winter I knitted a pair of grey socks for a lady. One of the socks accidentally ended up in the washing machine and was horribly shrunk. So she asked me to knit another. I did warn her that my chances of matching the socks were somewhere between nil and nothing. She said that was ok, she wears them at home on Winter evenings, so it's not a problem. I had two goes at matching the yarn. The first one was too dark, the second one too light. I decided that the lighter one was closer and went with that.

So I have fraternal socks ready for collection

Tuesday, April 2, 2024

Round 8


 I've finished round 8 of the Spring Doily. I don't think my fix is noticeable, and it'll be less so as the doily expands. Phew. 

There's A Law About It


Jane's Law says that if I'm going to make a stupid mistake, it will be on the easiest round! Round 8 is straight forward, shuttle and ball, rings and chains. I was working away, glanced back and saw that I'd missed a ring. I hadn't finished the round, but was much too far along to untat. I did a repair, which is not bad, except that I shouldn't have hidden two threads in one ring because it distorted the ring. I'll show the whole round when it's done and you can 'spot the mistake'. 

Monday, April 1, 2024

Another Pair


I've been knitting diligently and have finished the third pair of socks for the order I'm working on. Here they are all together:

Now that that's done, I can get on with the next round of the Spring 2024 doily. Appropriate on International Tatting Day! 

Friday, March 29, 2024



I plyed the green and brown threads together yesterday morning, then washed and dried the skeins. I even started knitting in the evening, the third pair of socks for an order.

Wednesday, March 27, 2024

More Bags


I have an ongoing order for 30 jewelry bags a month. I can do them all in one day, but I prefer to do half at a time and do something else in the day as well. I'm making progress on spinning for the third pair of socks.

The brown thread is spun and I'm half way through the green wool. 

Tuesday, March 26, 2024

Monday, March 25, 2024

Second Pair


I've finished knitting the green pair of socks, the second pair for the order I'm working on. It looks in the picture as though one sock is smaller than the other, but they really are the same size!

I've made a start to round 7 of the Spring doily, I hope to finish it later today. 

Wednesday, March 20, 2024



I didn't manage to finish round 6 yesterday as planned, but I completed it this morning. In time for the release of round 7 tomorrow. 

I did get the yarn dyed, ready to be knitted into a sock. I also dyed some fleece, brown and green. I'll spin one thread green and one brown and then ply the two together, for the third pair of socks in the order. 

Monday, March 18, 2024



I delivered the puppets yesterday, as well as the tatted lavender. I've finished the spinning for socks, but the threads still have to be plied together, wound into skeins and dyed. I'm sure that while they're drying I'll be able to tat the rest of round 6 of the Spring doily. 

Saturday, March 16, 2024

Multiple Projects

 I seem to have a lot of projects on the go at the moment. 

I've made a start on Round 6 of the Spring doily.

I have an order for another 10 tatted lavender 'bunches'. I've done 5 of them. Yesterday at a knit'n'natter session I tatted two and a half flowers, but still need to finish them off. There's a link to the pattern on the right hand side of the page. I read through it to remind myself before I started tatting!

I've finished the pair of brown socks:

And started spinning wool for the next pair:

I have an order for two puppets, fox and crow, which need to be delivered on Monday, so I've made a start this morning

Right, all that should keep me occupied for a while. I also prepared a project for yesterday's craft group in an old age home and must prepare another one in the coming week. 

Wednesday, March 13, 2024



We've been enjoying scrumptious sweetcorn from Jack's garden. They're beginning to get overripe now, so yesterday I prepared some for the deepfreeze:

I'll use them for fritters or muffins later in the year. 

Tuesday, March 12, 2024



I'm working on a pair of brown socks for a man. I use two skeins for a woman's sock, and wasn't sure how much extra a man's sock would need, so I spun four skeins. I mixed yellow, blue and red dyes to get brown, put the skeins into the dye bath and it looked more beige than brown. So I hauled the skeins out, added more dye and then put them back. Whether it was because of that, or because the dye bath is a bit small for four skeins, the dyeing came out very uneven. The skeins looked horrible, frankly:

But knitted up, it looks fine, I think. I rather like it. You can see in the top picture that the sock looks 'brown' without the variations being obvious.  Here's a close up:

Phew.  I think that three skeins will be fine, so dyeing for the next pair for the order will be a little easier.

Saturday, March 9, 2024

Round 5

 I've done this week's round of the Spring doily. Shuttle and ball were fine for this round.  I know I have a tendency to make mistakes when things are easy, so I made sure to pay enough attention while enjoying the simplicity of the round. 

Wednesday, March 6, 2024

One More


I sewed another 'bespoke' shirt for Jack yesterday.  I see there's enough fabric left for another shirt, but I think I'll leave it in the stash for now. Three new shirts will be enough to go on with.

This portulaca plant is so pretty this morning that I couldn't resist taking a picture of it. 

Monday, March 4, 2024

Round 4 Is Done


I finished round 4 of the Spring Doily yesterday afternoon. I like it! 

I played yarn chicken, which was a bit silly, it would have been quicker to join in another thread. But with a lot of thread left on one shuttle and not much on the other, it was tempting to try to avoid a join:

The market went quite well on Saturday. I sold a hooded towel, which is a good sale, and a number of smaller items. I also got an order for three pairs of men's socks, so I must get on with spinning wool for those. 

Thursday, February 29, 2024

Round 4 Begun


Round 4  of the Spring doily is out today. To begin with, I used green for the chains and yellow for rings, but I decided I was making things unnecessarily complicated for myself and changed to all yellow. I also realised that it was a mistake to try to use shuttle and ball, two shuttles work better. I notice in the Renulek photos that joining picots are very small. But when I tried to do that on round 3, my circle didn't meet up! So I'm not making my picots that tiny. I wonder if it's because I'm using Milford thread that is very tightly wound? I don't know. 

Now I need to get back to preparing for tomorrow's craft group meeting and Saturday's market! 

Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Spring Doily 2024


The first rounds of Renata's Spring Doily 2024 have been published on the Renulek blog. I have neither the time nor the thread to tat the whole doily, but I'd like to tat part of it. On Sunday I found my shuttles and all the things I needed and set to work. It went horribly wrong:

Oops. I went back to spinning wool. But Diane's multicolour version renewed my resolve and today I had another go, as you can see in the top picture. I tried to pay more attention to tension and have successfully completed three rounds, ready for the next round to be released tomorrow. 

Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Storybook Rabbits


I had a message from one of the (trainee) teachers I made felt story aids for last year asking if I could make two rabbit puppets for her. Her deadline was pretty close, but luckily she was happy to have the turquoise rabbit I had in stock, instead of the blue she visualised, so I was able to help. The pink rabbit is mum, so I made her a bit bigger than the other one, and gave her a necklace. 

I had a message from one of the other teachers last week, asking for advice about making her own props for story telling. I was happy to help, but I do wonder why she didn't learn that when she was training! 

Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Shirt Two


I reversed the colours on this shirt, so that it's not identical to last week's shirt. Same pattern, of course, and same adaptations. 



I sold a pair of fingerless gloves last week, so I thought it would be a good idea to replace them. I used the 'spearmint' yarn that I spun last year, August. I knitted some of the batch of yarn and put the rest on my market table as yarn. It's still in the basket, so I may as well knit it up myself. The pattern is  called 'Leaves', by ValKnitting. 

Monday, February 19, 2024

Another Pair


I've finished another pair of socks for my sock basket. Oddly, one sock looks slightly paler than the other. I dyed the skeins together, so I don't know why that is. 

Wednesday, February 14, 2024

Back To The Sewing Machine


Jack tore a shirt last week. I'm quite pleased with my mending:

But it's nevertheless a sign that it's time to make more shirts! The original pattern is from Burda Moden magazine, but I've made so many changes to suit Jack's requirements that it's scarcely recognisable. No buttons, long pockets, that sort of thing. 

Tuesday, February 13, 2024

One Pair


It will take me a lot longer to fill the sock basket than it took to fill the puppet basket, but I've made a start and finished knitting the first pair. 

Thursday, February 8, 2024

Short Time Out To Tat


I don't have any urgent deadlines to meet at the moment, so I thought I'd take a bit of time to try the wide picots that muskaan wrote about in yesterday's post. I had planned to try different ways of achieving the effect, but I had a run in with YouTube, so I followed Ninetta's video, which is on Google docs. The link is on muskaan's post. Aha. I like the effect. Of course I would have to practise a bit before I actually used the technique, to get a smoother look, but I'm happy with the experiment. 

Now I must go and prepare for tomorrow's craft group meeting. 

Wednesday, February 7, 2024

Update and Baskets

 Thanks very much to those who let me know that they haven't been able to access my patterns on Keep&Share. Sorry about that, I thought it was working well! You can email me, on the address on the side bar or ikorro at hotmail dot com and I'll send you the same PDF that is on Keep&Share. 

I use baskets on my table at the monthly market, to display my work. I've now filled the puppet basket, but the sock basket is looking dismal:

Summer is beginning to wane, so it's time to fill that basket again. On Monday and Tuesday I spun enough wool yarn for two pairs of socks. I dyed the skeins this morning:

I bought another basket a few months ago. Couldn't resist!