14 January 2021

Trudging along

With my poncho.  

Things get done nowadays in between uploads to the TIAS blog.  Still it keeps me out of mischief!!!



11 January 2021

It all starts TOMORROW!!!

What am I talking about?  Well the Tat It And See.  
I'm sure lots of you are fed up with hearing about it but every time I put out a count down post there are more people who haven't heard about this year's TIAS.  

So, are you ready?  Just a last minute check with the introduction maybe a good idea.

Picture is the result of a previous TIAS.



6 January 2021

Seven days to go

Until the start of the TIAS.  
For those who haven't visited the dedicated blog - here's the link.  

I'm getting excited now and really looking forward to meeting those who take part via email etc!!  Little things please little minds!!!

Another of the past TIAS patterns.



5 January 2021

Going round the bend!

Well you may think I've been round the bend for many, many years and others would confirm that too.  
The saga of the poncho continues and I've now got about halfway through, I think!!!

This is the link I used to get the general idea of how to make mine.  Basically it's two rectangles joined together.  So that's what I'm doing.  If it doesn't work out then I'll be able to adjust it when they're done, I hope!!!

So here are a couple of pictures - one of how it looked a few days ago and the other the ongoing choosing of threads to use.  


1 January 2021

Another snowman!!!

I LOVE this snowman from Mary Jane. A definite improvement with the mask as well as the Covid-19 virus too.


Meanwhile I'm making preparations for the TIAS and am continuing to do the Fandango poncho.  More about both next week!!



30 December 2020

How many?

If anybody EVER says they're bored in front of me they get a humungous glare!!!  In all my years I've never been bored.  There's always something to keep me interested and involved whether it's crafts or people, problems to solve etc.

The only two things I'm not keen on are cooking and gardening!!!!  I could happily skip those but I do them albeit reluctantly.

Even a semi lockdown Christmas didn't mean any boredom - no family visits but no boredom either.  This is the Fandango poncho at the moment.  160 motifs!

I can't get bored with this because of the way I'm working it.  As you can see there are 8 motifs in a row so that means I 'hit the stash of threads' every row or so to work out what I'm using next.  This is part of the way I don't get bored.  

It may look as if one end is wider than the other but that's perspective causing that!!!  


24 December 2020

More planning and more progress

This is another row being planned on my 'not quite sure yet' project!!  Still think it might become a poncho.  
Would you believe that I still make mistakes from time to time and either have to unpick or sometimes even abandon the odd square.  

Also when winding the shuttles I sometimes get the threads sort of tangled. Some motifs have two HWT together and some have three.  Occasionally just one which is a relief!!!


23 December 2020

Another project finished!

After my stupid hiccough with the oven gloves and a few minutes undoing the stitching I was back 'on the case' as 'they' (whoever they are!) say.

First of all I sewed the edge of the lining along the main part and in the right place this time!!

Next I crocheted doubles through the two parts of the outer pocket and including the inner lining too.  That was a bit of a struggle at times!!

I then found that I'd got enough odds and ends of cotton yarn left to add a stabilising couple of rows of double crochet to the joining part between the two gloves!!!

I've since tested them and they work a treat.  All for the price of nothing!!!  Some of that yarn by the looks of the label must've been almost as old as me - if not older!!!!!  



21 December 2020

Where things went wrong!!!

I think BC3 decided he was on holiday far too soon and this is what he did next.  

First of all I divided the remaining pink/green into two and made a treble crochet 'filler' (don't know how to explain it any better!) to join the two pockets and I had 'just enough' to make a good space between the glove ends.  I started from each pocket and joined in the middle 'just in case' I hadn't got enough to reach and had to infill with the cream.
I sewed the two ends to the lining and started to put it all together.  

Then the penny dropped (as they say!) and I realised that I'd sewn the extra lining into the wrong place!!!  Not a huge problem and it was soon undone and put right.  I've done a second photo to show where I should've sewn the lining - follow the black arrows!!



18 December 2020

Progress on the oven gloves

Having done the 'hand pockets' I tested them out and realised that just the one thickness of double crocheted fabric wouldn't be enough to stop my poor old aged hands getting burnt.  So, next plan was another layer.  
I realised that another layer of crochet would make whole hand pockets far too stiff so resorted to knitting a layer to put inside the palm part of the pink/green pockets.  

Good idea and it worked.  (Tested it out on Sunday when I was cooking a chicken).  



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