Saturday, 18 March 2017

It Always Helps If...

you take the time to read the pattern correctly!  I decide to re-do the Jan Stawasz motif in size 20 thread and find that the difference in size is not massive... but my tatting enjoyment is greatly improved!  So I think I will have to go with size 20 thread if I decide to go with this project.  I don't have any ecru at the moment so will have to order some.

When re-tatting it, I decided to have another go at tackling Jan's method of tatting.  It's really like front-side/back-side tatting except that he doesn't start a chain on the back side with the 2nd half of a double-stitch as you would but rather he starts with a full stitch as on the front-side except that he adds a half stitch before making picots so that they fall between two half-stitches (back side) rather than between two full stitches (front side).  I was finding it confusing before to read his pattern with the little dots but I get it now.  It's not that difficult really, I don't know why I was finding it so confusing before!

Anyway, here is a second take at the motif, on the right, in size 20 thread, done with Jan Stawasz's method of tatting.  I also noticed that he doesn't count the join as a half stitch so I did that like him too, starting with a full stitch after each join.  I scanned the new motif next to the first purple one, for comparative purposes.


When paying proper attention to the pattern (hence title of this post), I realised I did not have the right number of picots on my chains on the first motif (some have 7 and some have 9 with different spacings).

Now I look at the scan, the motif on the right rather does look ecru, doesn't it?  But in reality it is more of a light brown.  I think I will still order some ecru.  You always need ecru in your stash anyway, don't you think?

Best wishes,
Frivole

Friday, 17 March 2017

Another Big Project?

Debating whether to tackle another big piece...  This is a sample to try it out.  It's by Jan Stawasz.  This is tatted in size 10 as Jan seems to have tatted most of his pieces in that size.  I'm still not sure I enjoy working with size 10 though...  and it's one instance where my beloved Aeros are not perfect because you need to refill so often when using size 10 as the Aero bobbin doesn't hold enough thread in that size.

I wouldn't use that dark colour anyway.  I might go for ecru again for a large piece.  The chains feel a tad short to me but I don't know how it would affect the overall design if I added an extra two stitches to the chains...


Anyway, still at the pondering stage...

Best wishes,
Frivole

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

A Hanky

I completed this edging some time ago... but never got around to attaching it to a handkerchief!  Here it is, finished at last.  This edging is a vintage pattern which can be found in many old publications (with slightly different stitch counts).  I provide a version on my patterns page which includes a corner I designed to compliment the edging.



I have tatted this edging on more than one occasion.  I particularly like it with a variegated thread for the flowers. 

Green Doily is a design by Jan Stawasz



This time I did a row of crochet around the handkerchief before whip-stitching the edging to the crochet row.



16.03.17 - Update:  Thanks to Kathy, I found the blogpost which showed two other versions of this edging.  There is one more which I can't find.  So I've made this edging at least four times.  





And I just had to share with you the gorgeous blooming trees at the end of our street.  I love this time of year when nature bursts into action and I'm particularly fond of these flowering trees.  I don't even know what they are... I need to find out.


Happy Spring everyone!

Best wishes,
Frivole

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Experiment Concluded - And More on Tiny Doily

Ok, two-socks-one-inside-the-other...  the idea is clever.  I really had to try it.  I did try it.  I made it to the heel and I started work on the heel.  It's "do-able" and I now understand how it works BUT, to be honest, I wasn't enjoying it.  You have to concentrate all the time to make sure you don't mix any stitches at the risk of joining your socks together and I also found that tension was quite a bit looser, well, not looser really but because your stitches are spaced apart by another stitch, it results in quite a different knitted fabric.  I didn't like it for socks.  I felt it lacked the usual "bounce" of my regular knitting.



So I'm sorry, I didn't take a photo of how far I got because all of a sudden I decided to frog back nearly to the beginning and knit them again two-at-a-time but side by side instead as I prefer to do.  Apologies to Jane who wanted a verdict on the method but I didn't make it to the end!  I guess the verdict is that, for me, it wasn't worth the extra effort.  :-)

These are not particularly pretty socks, I just wanted to use leftover wool.  I added a small cable and a decorative diamond in the centre of the cream part to keep it a bit interesting.


I ran out of the plain blue as I got to the ankle so I carried on with
other leftover wool.  As I said, not really pretty
but they will be functional, keep my feet warm,
and use up all the little bits of wool.

I can't make up my mind yet on my favourite heel.
These are short-row heels though I also like knitting gussets and flaps.



And lastly, back to this small tatted piece which needs a centre.
I tried it with fabric but I'm not happy with the result.
With such a small circle, it's really difficult to get it looking really round.
I tried my best to fold it neatly down and hand sewed it before stitching it with the machine...
but no, not really happy with that.
Perhaps I should crochet a centre?




Best wishes,
Frivole

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Magic Square Completed... and Socks

Here is Robin's Magic Square completed.  The smallest version.  Very clever.  I like the whole idea.  I hope to have a go at it myself eventually.  Robin's version is very nice.

I suppose I could also just make more of this version and join them together to make a larger piece.  That would look nice too.




And here are my blue socks (the pair before the pair I'm currently working on).  I liked the lace stitch which may look complicated but was an 8-row repeat which was easy to memorise.  I knitted those two at the same time on one long circular needle.  The pattern is Horseshoe Lace Socks by Christina.


I've rediscovered my love of wearing hand-knit wool socks.  In the cold winter days, they are very cosy and warm in my shoes.  The only problem is that I can only wear them with my "bigger" shoes as they are thicker than ordinary bought socks.  

Best wishes,
Frivole

Sunday, 26 February 2017

Had to Give This a Go...

Ever since I saw this for the first time, I kept thinking I'd just have to give it a try!  I'm knitting another pair of socks (should show you the last pair I made, I forgot to post about it).  Using leftover wool from other pairs.  This is a pair of socks, at the same time, on one circular needle... knitting one sock inside the other!

It just had to be tried.  So you knit with two balls of wool, one for each sock.  Mine are front to front so I'm knitting the back of the outside sock and the front of the inside sock.  I'm purling the outside sock and knitting the inside sock.

So far so good.   It'll get interesting once it's time to start turning the heel!


I pulled the inside sock out a bit so hopefully you can see how it works.  Purl one stitch from the outside sock, then knit one stitch from the inside sock, and so on.  While you're working the inside sock is hidden so it just looks like you're working on one sock.

Now I've written it and thinking about it, I don't know why you couldn't knit both socks instead of purling one and knitting the other... wonder if it's just so it's easier to keep them apart.  If you were knitting both, perhaps it would be easy to make a mistake and knit a stitch from the other sock when you're not supposed to and then your socks would be linked which you definitely don't want!

Anyway, I shall report back once I've tackled the heel!

Best wishes,
Frivole

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Nearly There...

I thought it'd be interesting to show it to you one more time before I complete the square so you can see how you travel around the design...  I have one more repeat to do on the bottom left square and one in the centre part and two repeats on the last square which is also the first.


Nearly there!

Best wishes,
Frivole