Finished Projects, Tatting

Experimenting

Knitted cuff with tatting #experiment

A little experiment today – I knitted myself a small stockinette swatch and added a simple chain-only tatted edging to it. This was done in worsted weight and once I’d finished I realised that the whole thing would fit just nicely around my wrist, so I added another tatted chain to the side and a button. Voila, tatting edged cuff. It’s quite warm and snuggly and I’m rather pleased with how it turned out. Must do some more experiments!

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My Week in Pictures 2012 Week 41

Week 41 is from Monday October 8, 2012 until (and including) Sunday October 14, 2012

This week I received a new knitting related gadget, taught Katy how to needle tat, finished the second row of my current WIP and started to cover my dining chairs.


20121008 – New toy!


20121008 – It spins! #newtoy #yarnpal


20121009 – Been saving this one #golddust #aero #tatting


20121009 – Katy’s first needle tatting \o/ #starpupil


20121014 – Row 2 sorted #freyja


20121014 – First attempt was close but not quite right so now unpicking original seat covers #ikeahack #upholstery #sewing


20121014 – Has anyone ever had their sewing machine do this to thread? Any ideas why?


20121014 – Cheerful

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Next Project is Picked!

That went a lot faster than I thought it would – yes, I’ve managed to pick my next project. In fact I think I’ve picked my next two projects. This is a huge achievement, normally it takes me a week to pick a project, not a day. I tend to umm and ahh about which yarn, which colour, what pattern and then go around and around in circles for ages. I’ve been wanting to do cushion covers for months now and finally I’ve settled on a yarn/colourway which I’ll need to order. Haven’t worked out the pattern yet!

After going through pretty much every beret pattern on Ravelry I’ve settled on Frukttradgard by Melissa LaBarre. It has the lacy prettyness that I am always drawn to, but with the added bonus of it being in the right yarn weight (roughly) and having a good number of projects with positive notes. For those who can’t see it or who don’t want to follow the links here’s the pattern image and the yarn I’m planning on making it in:

That yarn is absolutely divine – it’s 50% Merino wool, 10% silk and 40% possum. It is so amazingly soft and warm. Unfortunately the possum is harvested after the animals have been culled and so this yarn is a by-product of pest control processes in New Zealand. It’s not a nice thing to have to cull pests, but with New Zealand’s fauna being even more crazily endangered than Australia’s I fully understand. It’s a nice thing that we can at least use the product and so not let these guys go to waste.

And as for the next project after that – it will be crochet but more details when we get there (yes, I’m likely to change my mind!).

I met another Aussie at knitting last night. Jen is doing her own show at the Fringe Festival and decided to join us. Always great to be able to talk about home and to hear the accent as well. I do often wonder if I sound like that! Part of me kinda hopes I do, at least a little. I also designed a new tatting piece, which is currently blocking. I’m quite excited about it but I shall tell you all about it in another post very very soon.

So far I’ve been to the last 3 Thursday knitting nights. It’s getting to be quite a nice routine that we have going on. Christian comes home from work a little earlier so that he can take Katja and I can have some me-time. We are so lucky that he has the ability to control his day like that and bottle-feeding certainly gives us a lot of freedom. Christian also looks forward to his Daddy time with Katja which is lovely.

And talking about Katja (which I know I will do an awful lot, but then I’m not forcing you to read am I?) one of the things we wanted to buy before she came along was a baby monitor, but being all frugal we opted instead for a security webcam. For £50 our little unit can be controlled by our PCs so we can tilt and pan as we like. It works with infra-red so no need to keep lights on, has audio and you can also set it up to transmit so that the family in Australia can log on and see what the Munchkin is up to.

We decided not to set up that last feature, even though it’s a big part of the £200 “proper” baby monitors. Katja is sleeping in our room as per the SIDS recommendations, the idea of others being able to log in and move the camera around our bedroom is a bit freaky. Still, as a basic baby monitor it works very well and it is nice to be able to peek at her as she sleeps. When we nolonger want a baby monitor we’ll be able to use it as a security camera – you can set it up to email you if it detects movement.

So to end today’s post here’s Katja sleeping “soundly”.

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WIP Wednesday Roundup

I’ve not been posting too much of late and it’s not because I’ve nothing to talk about, it’s mainly cos I’ve been so busy. I seem to have an awful lot of irons in the fire.

On the knitting front, there’s Christian’s scarf which has lain dormant since Christmas and which I really should get to work on, especially given the crappy weather we’ve been having of late. There’s also Bump’s dress which just needs the ends sewn in and then some blocking and it’s all finished. Oh and I’ve started a pair of socks, mainly cos I’ve never done socks before and wanted a small project for carrying around. That was a nightmare actually, figuring out the toe. Then there’s the wedding shawl which has been started and frogged twice. (plus plans are underway for some cushion covers, a hat and a jumper for me plus a little cardigan and blanket for Bump)

On the crochet front there’s Bump’s bear which seemed to grind to a halt fairly quickly.

Beading saw me making a mass of stitch markers and then stopping with about 10 to go to finish off the selection of beads I’ve got. I’d also like to make a shambala bracelet, but that requires getting to the bead shop. Really must do that…

Tatting sees a necklace which I got a fair way on a couple of weeks ago but then didn’t finish – I must pull out some findings and get that sorted. I also have plans to write up a couple of patterns, although part of me thinks it may be worth keeping them aside for when Craftree is ready.

Craftree is my big project of the moment. I’m not going to say a lot about it cos it’s still such early days, but it’s going to complement InTatters and be a fabulous website. I’m working with a great developer/designer team on that one and also with a great group of members from InTatters who are probably unaware of just how much their feedback is helping me out. I’m *really* excited about it and can’t wait to be in a position to share more.

I did however manage to finally pot the two plants that I brought over from Ireland with me. Poor things had been sitting in water on the window sill for 6 months and starting to look somewhat pale. Hopefully they’ll enjoy their new compost.

On the job front, I finally managed to get the Job Centre people recognising my Irish contributions, which means I can get some financial help. Still getting the old “you’re overqualified” or “we really need someone for 6 months” run around, but we’re getting there. Soon I’ll be able to get some maternity benefits and be able to relax a little more.

On the wedding front, we’ve booked flights for mum and dad, C and I to go to Germany. Couldn’t book for Bump yet – need a name before we can do that! Apparently we can add her in later.

Then there’s Bump. We’re getting slowly closer on names, we’ve decided on parameters for a cot (ie how wide it can be and still fit) and we’re also getting closer on prams. Meanwhile, we’ve started ante-natal classes and she’s moving around a LOT, she’s getting rather distracting actually. The vicious heart-burn I’ve been suffering has been alleviated thanks to some new drugs so I can stop having Gaviscon for dessert too!

So that’s been me lately. So much for my resolution to not start projects until other projects are finished.

Finished Projects, Tatting

Finished Friday – Jenna’s Wedding Necklaces

I was so chuffed when my youngest sister asked me to make some necklaces for her wedding. Of course that meant deadlines and an enormous amount of pressure that the finished objects be absolutely perfect. Luckily her chosen pattern was relatively simple, even if the colour combination of dusky rose and chocolate crystal beads was not!

It took me probably about 2 months to find the right colours. Eventually I settled on mocha swarovski beads (luckily available in Dublin) and Anchor embroidery thread in 60. The pattern itself is a classic luncheon set reworked (and much kudos to TotusMel who originally saw how good this would look as a necklace). Each necklace consists of three motifs and 2 side lengths.

I started about 20 gazillion times, never quite happy with the result. Finally with the deadline looming I got stuck in on Jan 09 2011, with all three finished in 20 days. (about 15 hours work in all)


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Something New

So my last proper post was about my trip to the hospital. That was a Wednesday night and at that stage I hadn’t eaten a proper meal since the previous Sunday lunchtime (scrumptious too). I’d actually started to get sick before that meal and I know it wasn’t anything in particular I ate. Anyway, I didn’t eat my next meal until the following Sunday breakfast! The only good side to that being that I managed to lose 3lbs/1.2kg Since then my eating hasn’t been the best, but today I managed a gorgeous Afternoon Tea to celebrate Cat’s birthday which was just lovely.

On the crafty front, it’s been ages since I tatted anything. Learning some new skills in the form of crochet and knitting have distracted me lately, that and I just didn’t quite know what it was that I wanted to tat. Tonight I think I found it, at last and so I have a new piece in the works inspired by a vintage pattern that I’m quite excited about. After many mistakes I think I’ve finally got the centre section sorted but since it’s so late and I’m tired you’ll have to wait until tomorrow before I finish it off and maybe Wednesday before I get a chance to photograph it.

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Rambling Flowers Insertion


Tatting Pattern by Anne Orr

This pattern can be found in Tatting with Anne Orr. Copyright has expired on Anne’s wonderful patterns.

A very striking pattern suitable for absolute beginners.

Instructions

  • Clover leaf
    • Ring: 5ds, p, 5ds, p, 5ds
    • Ring: 5ds, join to last p of previous ring, (5ds, p)x2, 5ds
    • Ring: 5ds, join to last p of previous ring, 5ds, p, 5ds
  • Chain: 4ds, (p, 4ds)x8
  • * Clover leaf
    • Ring: 5ds, join to last p of chain, 5ds, p, 5ds
    • Ring: 5ds, join to last p of previous ring, (5ds, p)x2, 5ds
    • Ring: 5ds, join to last p of previous ring, 5ds, p, 5ds
  • Chain: (4ds, p)x2, 4ds, join to free p of centre ring of preceding clover, (4ds, p)x5, 4ds
  • Repeat from * until you reach the desired length, joining the last chain to the free p of the centre ring of the last clover.

This insertion piece can be lengthened and shortened to fit whatever application you are needing it for. You will find that this pattern adapts very easily to a bookmark – simply create a piece that is about 20cm long and loop through a tassel when complete.

This insertion would look very nice if you used a green for the chains and a bright colour for the clovers, or flowers. Experiment!

If you make this pattern from this post, please let me know by leaving a comment – I’d love to see your work.