10 December 2018

Snowflake week!!!


Yes it's officially snowflake week in my corner of Tat Land!!!! I'm on a roll with updating patterns so nothing new but hopefully a lot of improvements!!!

This is another re-tat of a snowflake I did waaaaay back in 2004. I totally HATED the image on the pattern site so have been trying to get round to sorting that out since forever!!!!

This is the link to the pattern where you'll also notice that I've tinkered around with it a bit!!!!

7 December 2018

Another cat!!!


Yes another Pam Palmer cat. They're now ready to give as a little Christmas present and are 'sitting' (or rather, lying) on a hand towel. 

Can you see - I remembered to give them whiskers too!!! Proper looking cats!!!


6 December 2018

Further progress on the throw


Just a quick post today to show I've not been lazy!!!! I'm really beginning to love this throw - or whatever it's going to be!!!!!


5 December 2018

Another test


This is another of the Silly Silly Snowflakes that I did. 

I'm a real fusspot when it comes to getting things like this 'done right' without mistakes. So, then tell me, why is it I'm always making mistakes in my patterns?!?!?

The variegated thread is some of Karey's and the maroon is a Lizbeth thread. 

I think this motif was a hard one to design as it must've been almost the first time I'd used a ring on the second side of the split ring. Doesn't time fly when you're having fun?


4 December 2018

How can anybody resist?


My friend has just become a grandma for the first time and I simply HAD to make these lovely bootees for the new little girl.

They're in this book (see top picture below). 

Not very good photos, I'm afraid.

It was a real fiddle to make these but SUCH a fun pattern. I LOVE fiddly things as they're such a challenge!!!



3 December 2018

More updating


There is a reason for all this 'going back' over things!!! It's not just to drive myself bonkers but also for another reason which will be revealed one day.

This is an old and ancient motif/snowflake which I've dated as 2004 as I know it was in my early days of putting things on my web site. During this update I've had to re-draw the diagrams and have carefully changed the text too so that it should be easier to understand and make. Times change and so does my method of recording my work too!!!

I remember learning these new techniques and being afraid, very afraid of using them in patterns as (probably) nobody else would be able to use them!! Nowadays these are 'everyday' techniques so I'm no longer afraid!!! Here's the link to the newly named Motif 2. As usual it was a struggle to find a name and once I'd done that all my links and filing system had to be changed too!!! 

Now onto the next update!!!


30 November 2018

Decisions made


And a start made too!!!


Something mindless to do when BC3 isn't up to anything stressful!!! This will be a throw in the end. Of course I've no idea how big it will get but I'll carry on until the yarn is all used up!!!

29 November 2018

Pam Palmer's Cat


The reason I bought Pam's latest book was for this dear little cat on the cover. It's a real sweetie.

It's taken me a few weeks to get 'roundtoit' as it's written in four sections with four 'lots' of cut and ties. Well, you know me - I don't like too many stops and starts!!!

I sat down and managed to make the cat in two passes!!! Took some working out but I got there! Fortunately I've written down my 'destructions' so I can make it again.  In the picture below I’ve not got round to adding the whiskers.  Well I don’t ‘do’ miracles and get something finished in one ‘sitting’!!!!

After the next cat I may tackle the teddy bear in the book. I do LOVE Pam's patterns and I remember meeting her many, many years ago when she took photos of my back. Yes, my best photos are of my back! Why? Well, I was wearing a cardigan on which I'd sewn her elephant design!!!!

28 November 2018

Christmas tree and puppets

The Tuesday group that I belong to consists of neighbours (mainly) who live in one of our two roads. We've been meeting regularly for a few years now and have met and made friends which may not have happened without our little group.

We hire a room in a local house which is used for alternative therapies and holistic type healing 'stuff'. Our 'remit' is really just to meet and drink coffee/tea and chat over any crafts we may or may not be doing. We try to make things for different groups who may need help in the neighbourhood and have made bunting (for our own road) and for several other charity groups. 

Each year we aim to make a quilt and raffle it for a chosen charity and this year our theme is trees. 

I've told you all this just so I could 'show off' my tree which is still work in progress. I'll be sharing other trees as time goes by!!!

Below is a group of therapy glove puppets (another of our projects) which Sandra and I delivered to a local children's group last week.





27 November 2018

Testing a pattern!


One of the things I did last week is re-visit this pattern once more.

This was after a discussion with another tatter who very kindly pointed out that it might be helpful to add numbers to the figure 4. Of course this led me to remake the whole thing just to see what else might be needed to improve it!!! 

I did a few more tweaks and then uploaded it over the weekend. I still can't fathom how I managed to design this with two very different thicknesses of thread!!! I remember it was quite a challenge at the time but one I'm proud of managing to complete. I must try this idea again - sometime!!!!









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