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18 September 2020

One green glove!!!

Well I got to the end of the glove.  Of course I've got to do another now!!!
Another plus mark for this pattern is that the thumb isn't just 'stuck on the side' but placed slightly in towards the palm which is where thumbs are on the hand!!  So many patterns do just stick the thumb on the side and, personally, I find those sort uncomfortable to wear.  

I'm not happy with this glove particularly but I'll find somebody who'll want it, I hope!!!  

Meantime I feel the 'need' to knit another pair - perhaps I'll treat myself to some new yarn!!  Having knitted with stash yarn since the beginning of last winter I feel I now need a 'treat'!!!  



17 September 2020

The fingers to cuff glove progress

Wow this is a steep learning curve but I LOVE IT.  

The pattern (which can be found here)  uses an i-cord technique for the fingers but I quickly decided that I'd use my double pointed needles (which Terry in Canada helped me buy and which I love).  

You saw the fingers separately two days ago but then I had to find a second circular needle the same size as the one that Joanie had given me.  Eureka - I'd got one so no waiting for Amazon to send me one!!!  I'd NEVER seen this way of knitting with circular needles before - it's epic.

What I really, REALLY love about this pattern is the way the fingers are put together.  As those who knit gloves the 'right way round' (cuff to fingers) know it's always a struggle to avoid the gaping at the base of the fingers but NOT in this method.  It's just so darn clever as there's an ingenious way of criss crossing stitches to avoid it.

I'm hoping that with fair weather and the wind in my sails I'll have the first completed glove finished by tomorrow.  The second one should follow pretty quickly.


16 September 2020

Let's go back to the Fandango

I did this before I started on the green 'back to front' glove so while I'm playing with the first of the green gloves I'll show you the next Fandango.
I'm using what Sue sent me and sometimes she'd already wound 3 or 4 threads together but I'm using two together.  That makes for some cussing  as I re-sort them to two but I actually enjoy that part of the tatting process.  

They look a bit 'wonky' but that's the way they are when I haven't bothered to plonk an iron on them!!!!



15 September 2020

A puzzle for you all!!!

Can you guess what this is?

I'm sure  you've been able to read BC3's little brain by now so I'm not going to keep you in suspenders (whoops, suspense) for long.

They're fingers.  YES THEY ARE.  It's thanks to a very nice lady (thank you, Mary) who left a comment on my Facebook tatting page telling me that you can knit gloves from the fingers to the cuff.  

What a splendid idea when you're using up 'odds and ends' like I was in the last two pairs of gloves.  This would mean that you could make all the fingers the same and then play with the hand  and cuff with whatever you liked.  

So, off I went on another adventure.  More on Thursday when I've got a bit further.  If I'm managing OK I'll give you the link too.  Remember - knitting isn't my 'thing' really but I do enjoy a challenge.


14 September 2020

Finished the second glove!

Well there you go!!!  Two different balls of yarn in a pair of gloves with just a little leftover at the end!!!  IF I'd had more of the lower yarn I would've divided it so that I started in the same place but having knitted socks with it I knew that the colour repeats were so long that I probably would've run out of it a lot sooner and wouldn't have been able to complete the pair.

BUT - you'll have to come back tomorrow to read the next part of the story as it doesn't end here!!!  

Oooooh, I do make myself laugh!!!



11 September 2020

Let's go back to the Fandango square.

When I came up with this little Fandango square back when the dinosaurs roamed the earth I didn't realise how many patterns would come from it - or how many uses it would have.
I need a little something or other for my 'go to' when I'm tired tat.  Something I can just pick  up and 'do'.  So I decided it would have  to be the Fandango - BUT.  

Me being me I couldn't leave it alone - I had to fiddle with it as I wanted a ring in the middle.

Also I wanted to play with HWT - hand wound threads.  I am afraid I'm not into variegated threads unless they have subtle colour changes.  So I like to make my own. 

I year or two or whatever back I had a whole lot of odds and ends given to me by Sue so I've got them out of the cupboard to play again.  The biggest fun with this project is that no decisions have to be made until you want to start a new square!!!  This is my start!!!


10 September 2020

Hanky finished

Finally it's done.  I made it up as I went along which makes for interesting (and frustrating) times!!!

I no longer have this as I’ve given it to a neighbour.  The colours just reminded me of Judy and I’m determined NOT to keep any more tatting as the pieces I’ve already done are cluttering up the house.  Boxes full of tatting which I really need to give away too.




8 September 2020

Grace - endless hearts

I’ve been playing with Grace’s lovely little hearts braid and corner.  The reason I stopped where I did was because I decided I didn’t like the colour combo!!!!  That is typical of me.  

I’ve used a size 40 thread and I extended the long chains too as I like the space above them.  When I get back to it again (and I will) I will use size 40 once more.  I wasn’t happy with parts of it and I’m afraid I abandoned the EPJ join in favour of a regular lock join with a vsp over it.  Just one join was a bit of a pain without the EPJ but a ‘poke your hook into the base’ proved easier than I thought!!!  

This is a delightful little pattern and it’s so kind of Grace to give it away for free too.  Thanks, Grace.



7 September 2020

Another glove!!!

The odd scraps of yarn I've got left from two other pairs of socks have been weighed and found to be enough (easily) for another pair of gloves.  Can you see where the colours change just above where the thumb starts?

Well I made sure I divided that second ball into two balls before I started.  The ball which made the lower part was one which Terry in Canada kindly gave me.  It was already divided into two balls by Terry.  I've now got two pairs of socks which will match one pair of gloves - well, sort of!!!! 

That's, of course, when I've completed the second glove!!!!



4 September 2020

The forgotten Mrs Odum!

I do love talking to other tatters round the world.  I've had long conversations with Judith Connors over the past few months.  Nearly always about tatting but also I've learned a lot about Australia and their dealings with the virus.

One of those conversations was about the now famous Mrs Odum and her daisy.  The original pattern is at the bottom of this post but I've 'fiddled' with it adding in extra joins to stabilise the long chains.  

One of the other things that has come from Judith and our conversations is a recommendation for a television series called Harrow.  We binge watched it night after night.  Thanks, Judith for your friendship, knowledge and inspiration.

Here is the front, then the back of my latest Odum.



3 September 2020

Only 'just'!!!

I thought it was going to be a bit 'iffy' trying to stretch my leftovers out to a second glove but it WORKED!!!

Can you see the little ball which is all I had left of the original?  

I must admit to a mild panic when I'd got the second finger done - would I have enough for two more fingers AND a thumb?  

Well I'm going to call these my 'bonus' gloves.  The original pair I made a few years ago are so, so warm.  I may keep these as 'spares' or my kids may like them.  If I give them away and then lose the originals then that will be a darn good excuse to BUY yarn to make another pair.  I do like knitting gloves.  

Hang on a minute - I think I've got more 'odd balls' of four ply yarn lurking in my stash.  Wonder if there's enough for another pair?  

More to follow!!!  Well, I hope!!!  



2 September 2020

Just a hanky!!!

I think this hanky came from Handy Hands in a gift bag or something.  Maybe even in one of their Newsletters? 

Anyway I've never tried tatting straight onto a hanky before and it has it's problems!!!  The main one being, of course, a dithering BC3 who couldn't decide what to do.  I started this ages and ages ago so I think the first round was a lock chain with a vsp in the middle.  The simplest way to do that is to do an ordinary ds before and after the vsp.  

Then I did a ordinary chain on the following round which I forgot to scan to show you!!!  That's going to have to be a 'wait and see' game until I get the final round finished.

The aim (for me!) with a hanky is to use a pattern that will be VERY easy to iron if required.  I love the mega fancy ones that people make for special occasions but they are a beast to iron.  I'll be giving this to a neighbour 'just because'.  The colour will suit her too.



1 September 2020

A Spiral Snowflake

Here's the last post about the Spiral Snowflake.

This is NOT how I envisaged the snowflake turning out AT ALL.  I am going to have to play further with the idea which is still lodged within the dark depths of BC3's muddled old brain!!!  I was wanting something quite  different but . . . . . . .

Anyway, here's the link to the pattern and I would just like you all to wish BC3 'bon voyage' as he sets off on another attempt to produce what I WANT!!!!








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