Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Square or Rectangle?

I picked up my Jan Stawasz piece again.  I added a few more motifs to it.  It is now square.  And I'm wondering what to do.  Shall I stop at a square and start making the border?  Or shall I make it into a rectangle?  I can't make up my mind at the moment.

It currently measures 33cm across.  So shall this remain a WIP for a while longer and I should continue to make it bigger or shall I finish it?    What would you do?

Best wishes,

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Robin & Frauberger

I too was inspired by Robin's version of Tina Frauberger's pattern.  Fox is making a nice version in blue to edge her hanky.  I tried a few repeats of it.  Robin did a great job of scaling it down; the original patterns by Frauberger are quite large and though I like the shapes very much, I'm not overly fond of very large rings and chains and too much open space in tatting.  A little while back, I too scaled down one of her patterns:  a crown edging.

Mine curves a bit though…  so perhaps I need to adjust it a tiny bit more for me although it obviously works well for Robin and for Fox… where did I go wrong?

Tatted in Lizbeth 40, number 137, "Berry Burst"

How's everyone's summer coming along?  Doing anything nice?

After being away for a while,
I just seem to have way too many things on my to-do list!

Best wishes,

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Slow Progress on Cap and New Blanket

I'm testing the mobile Blogger app. This is my first blogpost done entirely from my telephone. I had to go away unexpectedly (still am away) and without my computer but wanted to post a little update so you don't think I've disappeared entirely!

(Mmmm, just spotted the date above says 17th of June when today is the 1st of July and I have no idea how to correct this as it was added automatically... strange). Anyway, no matter but do not be confused, today is definitely July 1st which means...

Happy Canada Day!

This is how far I got with the Jan Stawasz cap. Definitely head shaped now.... but still for a very big head!  I'm now debating cutting out two rows to make it narrower and completing the last rows from there instead. 

I went to stay at my friend's chalet for a few days and as a thank you - and because every chalet needs a homemade blanket - I decided to crochet one for her. I always liked this snowflake design but strangely decided to use green as my main background colour instead of blue although there will be a few blue hexagons to break it up a bit and add interest. So this will be a "summer snow" blanket!

Best wishes,

Wednesday, 3 June 2015

Seven Rounds

It was too late for a natural light photo so I just scanned it.  It's too big for the scanner bed now.  Let's see if round 8 will start to turn this doily into a cap... At the moment, if it were a cap at all, it looks like it would fit the head of a giant!

Best wishes,

Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Cap… Still Flat!

Forgot to take a photo before starting the next round.  There is just one more similar round of rings and chains after the one that I'm currently working on… I don't know if everything will get pulled in with the 8th round but so far, it's completely flat.  Whereas on the photo in the book, it definitely seem to gently curve from much higher up… Perhaps it was just blocked that way?  Hmmm….

Best wishes,

Thursday, 21 May 2015

Cap - Round Two

Round of split rings completed:

So far, so good.

Best wishes,

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Tat-Along with Fox and Life's Little Pleasures

When I last visited Fox's blog, she had just received a ball of thread with which to make a Jan Stawasz cap for a baby in her family.  I was inspired.  I've always been curious to see what it would be like and I'd heard others having problems with the cap not curving enough so I thought it would be an interesting challenge to tackle.  I suggested I tat-along with her.

Here is the start of mine.  Tatted in size 10 DMC Babylo, a slightly soft and fuzzy thread but I thought it might be ok for this particular purpose.  Funnily enough, as I stated tatting, I realised that the crown of the cap is nearly the same as the motifs I am currently tatting on my other Jan Stawasz piece (shown in previous post).

The next round is a row of split rings which I have now started.

And life's little pleasures?  Yesterday, I found some fresh apricots at a good price at the greengrocer's.  I decided to make a small batch of apricot jam.  I get such pleasure in seeing the jam jars with their new labels, ready to be put away in a dark cupboard in the garage.  Some of it will be eaten now of course but it's so nice to get a jar out in winter and get a bit of summer sunshine in a jar.  Makes me happy.

Best wishes,