14 December 2018

I really really needed

Some new earwigs!! I mean earrings!

Now if you believe that you’ll believe anything. I think I’ve got more earrings in my bedroom than worms in my compost bin but an old git can never have enough pairs, can they?

I decided that the day before yesterday’s tiny snowflake just needed more beads to make it a little more sparkly and some findings to make it ready to hang from the aged ears!!! So, in the space of an hour or two I had a new pair of earrings.

Interestingly I’ve been wearing them now for a couple of days and people have actually commented on them. 

We had a party for the residents in our street on Tuesday lunchtime and two neighbours arrived in Christmas tree earrings that they’d bought off me. I’d been wearing my pair since the 1st December so it was a change to wear snowflake ones.

12 December 2018

Teeny tiny snowflake

Back into definite snowflake 'mode' again and this one has been played around with too!!! 

This is the link for a quick and easy snowflake. An old pattern of mine with a new look - well, a beaded one anyway!!!

11 December 2018

Tiny star OR snowflake

First of all a notice to the 19 ‘anonymous’ people who left comments on yesterday’s blog - don’t bother.  You won’t get published.  If I’ve accidentally deleted a genuine comment then I apologise.  It is quite amusing to think that people who leave comments like those would even think they’d get past BC3’s eagle eyes!!

I did warn you that it was snowflake week and I bet you didn't believe me!!! 

This is another star/snowflake type motif that needed a new picture and, of course, that led to beads too!!!!

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!!!!

26 November 2018

About Anonymous

Houston I have a problem!!!

Well not a big one but an annoying one!!! It's all about the blog commenting again. 

I've got it set up to allow anonymous comments so that those who don't have a Google account can still leave a comment. This has led to around 30 spam comments in the last week. 

Sometimes it's difficult to work out if it's a genuine friend (thank you to those who do sign with a name) or a truly 'anonymous' person. One or two have been quite unkind too but that's something I can ignore!!! I don't want to be forced to prevent anonymous comments so please leave some name (real or not!!) that will make me realise the comment comes from a lovely tatting friend.

23 November 2018

The end of a cardigan and the start of ....

Well I'm not quite sure yet!!!

The yarn was originally a cardigan that I made a year or two ago. For some strange reason I can't find any pictures of it when it'd been finished. This is weird as I'm pretty good at keeping track of things.

Well I didn't wear the garment more than once or twice. I'm not totally sure why but I know I didn't like it. Here's a picture of the pattern I used and you can see that I've used the same yarn as stated - etc, etc.

It fitted just fine but never felt comfortable so it simply 'had to go'.

Now it would've been easier to send it to a charity shop or recycle place but I'd paid good money for the yarn. It took me hours and hours and hours last week to unravel it all. As it's a fluffy yarn it kept sticking to itself.  Nightmare!!!

Here's the result below the pattern!!!!

22 November 2018

Double bobbin shuttle

Not quite sure what to do with this shuttle!!!!

A friend has passed it on to me to sell or whatever. I don't want to keep it if somebody else can make use of it. It's hardly been used and just has a little thread on each bobbin. There are two bobbins in the shuttle and another spare.

So, if anybody would like to make me an offer I'll happily sell to them. Anna asked me to put the money to a charity and, if it sells and if she agrees, I'd like to give it to the Air Ambulance charity.

I've looked the value up online and they seem to be $14.00 from the only place I can find who sells them - Lacis. So really I think this would be an ideal offer for those in the UK. I'm happy to send it anywhere, though. 

Anybody who's interested please email me and the highest bidder by Saturday morning (9am GMT) will have it. Don't forget there will be postal charges on it.

21 November 2018

Gloves adventure

I decided that I simply HAD to tidy up my yarn a couple of weeks ago!! I've got quite a lot of odds and ends of yarn which seem to be breeding in one corner of our back room. 

First was to sort it into thicknesses. I'm not a lover of chunky wool and much prefer four ply and double knitting too.

Sadly while I was going through the yarn I found three balls of four ply!!! Why sadly? Well it's the love of fiddling, I suppose. Me and fine thread of any sort have a fatal attraction!!!

One of the balls I found was a lovely ball of merino four ply so I simply HAD to make that into a pair of gloves - see below.

First problem was finding the 'right' pattern and that turned out (about halfway through) to be 'not so quite' right!!! Anyway with just three yards of yarn leftover when I'd finished I got the stinkers done!!!

Then I lost them!!!  Completely and utterly for several days.  It's not been cold enough to wear gloves really until yesterday.  After agonising about where they'd gone I finally found them in a bag!!!

20 November 2018

A gold bell and two red ones!

I'm still slowly making bells and these are waiting to be slightly pulled into line and stiffened!

Again the top two are HWT - originally sewing weight threads but now wound double onto the shuttle.

The gold is some of the lovely Lizbeth metallic thread which I like but not enough to buy more balls than this one!!! Well, not yet. I still have a little of this left.

19 November 2018

Off on another

Adventure, that is!!! 

I liked the look of the brown and cream mat that I finished here so decided to do another with different colours.

I'm wondering if I should add the mat idea to the pattern - or not. It's quite challenging to get the joins right but maybe a diagram only of 'how they happen' might be worth a shot.

Any thoughts? Would anybody want to make a large mat of these?

16 November 2018

A bit of a diversion!

One of my lovely silver surfer students asked me for a snowflake last weekend. 

I've got a few for her to look at as you can imagine. That's a bit of a lie as I have boxes full of 'stuff' that could be given or sold but I always want to make something new!!! 

I decided to use this pattern but in one colour. 

Well this can now be worked without needing a SSSR when there's only one colour involved as this simply becomes a split ring instead. The only thing I found was that I didn't get the quantity of beads threaded onto the shuttles quite right but that just meant that next time I'll add a few more to each shuttle 'just in case' I run out method.

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