Wednesday, 15 November 2017


It's nice to re-visit patterns.  I've been making my way through my pattern book and hope to make some more.  I also spotted little amendments to make so will upload updated versions of patterns where necessary.

This is Céleste with "unarranged" picots
in silver thread and light teal and silver beads
I quite like that slightly messy look.

 Here it is again where I've played with the long picots a little bit
although I realised when I got to the end that I'd forgotten to make one!
Can you spot where?

This is Snowdrop

And lastly I made Twinkle Twinkle with pointy chains
to see how that would look
and I also made my latest snowflake with shorter arms
again, just to see!

Oh, and I got a name for it now!

I called it Qanik
It's the word for "falling snow" in Inuktitut
one of the Inuit languages

I think I will have a little draw... what do you think?
I will pick 5 names at random from comments to this post
to win a copy of Qanik.
... that's if you fancy making it of course!

Draw to be made very soon!

Are you guys busy making snowflakes too?  It's that time of year, isn't it.

Best wishes,

Saturday, 11 November 2017

Manly Socks?

Finished this pair of tomato red socks for a man in my family.  I hope the nice fine braiding is manly enough?  I wish I could have made the leg just a bit longer but I'd run out of wool and it didn't seem worth buying a whole other skein just for an inch or two on the leg.

I'm still enjoying knitting socks at the moment.
I have another pair on my needles already.

Best wishes,

Friday, 3 November 2017

Beaded Twinkle and Updated Pattern

Two posts in one day!  But I wanted to let you know that I've now updated the pattern, still available from the same link.  It just shows how easy it is to make modifications and slightly change the look of a pattern with just a few stitches here and there.

Next I thought why not add a few beads...

And a last one in gold,
since it's a star
(real stars aren't gold though, are they?)

I added another stitch to the outer chains on that last one
so that there would be a bit more space around the beaded picots.
It now looks completely different from the original design...
still basically the same thing though!

I think I'll make a few more so I have extra to give away
when comes time to write my Christmas cards.

Best wishes,

Twinkle Twinkle Re-visited

It's always good to go back and tat some of one's old patterns.  This one is a free one I wrote in 2013 (available in the "Patterns" section, tab above).

The smallest one on the left is tatted exactly as per the pattern.  I wasn't sure if I liked how the chains from the first round made nearly a circle around the centre ring.  I thought I'd prefer them to be a bit more pointy, like the outer chains...  So I added a few stitches... and then a couple more...

And now it looks like this:

What do you think?  Maybe I should just provide both versions on the pattern and people can choose?

Actually, looking at them again, the first original one looks a bit like those stars you trace in one go without lifting your pen, you know, where the lines cross in the middle?  I think adding those few stitches makes them look quite different.

Doing the ring at the tip as a SCMR gives that nice pointy shape to the chains.  If you were to make a normal thrown ring, the chain would be rounded.

This little star is very quick to make... I love sending people snowflakes in their Christmas cards... if you're short on time, you could make this one!  :-)

I'll try to update the pattern shortly.

Best wishes,

Wednesday, 25 October 2017

YESSSSSS! Green Doily Finished!

I'm so pleased to have completed this one.  I have liked it and planned to make it for several years before I finally decided to tackle it.  I do like Jan Stawasz's designs very much and this one is no exception.

I like the hexagon shape in the centre and I love the scallops.
Visually, I also like the contrast in textures.

I tatted this in DMC Babylo size 20 thread.  
It comes in 50g balls and I only needed a whole one and part of another
(the doily only weighs 71g - surprising isn't it?).  
It measures 23in (58cm) across.

Working on this large piece inspired me to try new things to be more efficient like making rings as SCMRs so that I didn't need to refill my shuttle and used thread from the ball and making chains unflipped so that I don't have to keep reversing work and rewinding my shuttle.  The latter technique I have adopted permanently as I really like it, find it more efficient and I like working from the front all the time.

Best wishes,

Friday, 20 October 2017

Bejewelled Ice Drop

I met with a tatting friend yesterday.  She is a member of the Ice Drop Addict group.  She had lots of pretty ice drops to show me.  I particularly liked this one with bugle beads and Swarovski crystals.  My friend was kind enough to give me all the bits to make one.  She is not very experienced with posting images on the internet so has not yet been able to share her creation on the Ice Drop Addict Facebook page (just in case Diane wonders why she's not seen it there yet!).

The pattern is a slight modification of Nicola Bowersox's Birthday Ice Drop (which was itself adapted from Wally Sosa's 2015 Birthday Motif pattern).  

Very pretty I think.
A nice use of bugle beads,
and I also like the addition of Swarovkis.

I might just have to make another as she also gave me some blue cabochons...
*** Thank you! ***

It was a nice break from the pattern from the previous post which, believe or not, I'm still working on!  I might get to the end eventually.

Best wishes,

Saturday, 7 October 2017

Several More Samples Later...

Oh, you can keep fiddling forever!  But I think I'm happy with this most recent version.  I needed to space the centre rings more as there was some tension in the design but then I felt the circle right at the centre ended up too big so I decided to fill it.  Yes, I think I prefer that.  I lengthened the arms by a couple of stitches.  I also found that starting on a ring on a point enabled me to tat the whole thing in one pass without that awkward split ring I had in the previous post.  I added a few extra picots (I may change those a bit again)... to make it look more frosty!  I also added a bit more space between the chains as I thought it made it look a bit "heavy" when the two chains touched.  which lightens up the design.

Here are most of the samples I tatted pinned to my board.  I like to look at them as I work and let them speak to me as to how I should proceed!  :-)  Viewing designs from a distance also gives you a different perspective; it lets you see the overall shape, rather than the detail, and the play of positive versus negative space in the motif which helps me decide what modification to try next.

I hope I can come to a definitive version soon!

Best wishes,