Wednesday, 2 March 2016

Round 2 in Progress...

I'm having slight doubts as to whether I'm liking this next round...  I think the long picots look slightly "disorganised".  I will persevere nonetheless and make it to the third round and evaluate then.

It looks quite different when those long picots are joined... doesn't it?

I thought the chains would be more curved
whereas they nearly make a straight line all around the hanky!


Maybe I'm going to need to block this
and pull on the picots as I'm doing it?

I made a video of this second round,
if you'd like to see it,
it's here:




And for a bit of fun... do you fancy seeing me compete against Lisa Gentry who is the Guinness World Record Holder for fastest crocheter??

Here it is!

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I managed 29 and her world record is 28!!

I had no idea if I was fast or not with my hook,
so I thought it would be fun to try!

It was just for a bit of a laugh :-)
.... mind you I'm impressed with people who could do that in front of other people
I found it stressful enough sitting by myself, trying to concentrate
yet stay relaxed enough to keeping the crochet flying smoothly!
I could never do it in proper competition circumstances I don't think.

Best wishes,
Frivole

25 comments:

  1. Your hanky edging is so unique!!! I love the look!! :)
    It's not what I thought you were going to do.

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    1. What did you picture I was going to do with those long picots? I'm curious....

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    2. I was thinking as IsDihara said in her comment on your last post that you might be making tatted broomstick lace.
      I love the design you already have, but I am thinking that a tatted broomstick lace border would be a unique idea too!! Of course, it is totally inspired by you!!! :)

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  2. I was looking for inspiration and ran across this pattern in one of my books. I would have never paid attention to it but for you tatting it. I can't wait for the third round. Such a pretty color. Your fingers were flying in that crochet race. Good for you.

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    1. It just grabbed my eye when I saw it, I thought it looked unusual and different. :-)

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  3. What book is it in? I don't think I've seen it before. Looking great so far.

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  4. I give you a lot of credit for even trying that pattern. I find long picots very frustrating, so I know I'd never even try it. As for the crocheting... wow! That's fast! I would get too nervous to try to go that fast in front of anyone.

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  5. Not only are you crazy fast, it's so even and regular- wow!

    I don't know what the edging is supposed to look like, I'd imagined some gentle curves rather than straight but those long picots are just fantastic!

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    1. Yes, I pictured it curvier as well but I'll complete it as is... but may make a modified version afterwards of what I would prefer it to look like! :-)

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  6. It is as I envisioned it... I think you do need to pull the picots as you said. The oely drawback to this type of pattern to me is that they might not wash well. Do you think you could just pull it into shape? I can’t tell as I have not seen the next row.

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  7. I'd rather do more long connecting chains - the long pikos are now disarranged and the whole thing has a bit overextended look.

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    1. I agree with you Maria. But I think to make it look really nice, you would actually need to have different size picots to get a proper curve going on. I'm going to leave this one as is (as per the pattern) but am thinking of making a modified version afterwards.

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  8. Looks interesting! I can not wait to see how round 3 will look :). Are the long picots meant to be curved? You could always do the chains of round 2 longer so they curve more? This might make the long picots a bit more straighter?

    Although the long picots do have a broomstick look to them.

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    1. Hi Jenn, the long picots are all the same length so they don't help the curve as such... and I feel if I made the chains longer at this point, the edge would "frill" and not lay flat. I've gone far enough now that I will leave this one as is and see what happens with the final round.

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  9. I love watching the pattern grow on the broomstick edging, as I don't have this pattern and don't know how its going to look until you do it! I wish the video could have shown more of the sweater you were wearing. I think it must be very similar to one I knit. The colors are so similar. I just love it and have worn mine countless times over the years and like it even more now.

    Even if you don't make fastest in crocheting, you're still crazy fast!

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    1. Hi Ruby, if you want to see the sweater I'm wearing (it's a cardigan designed by Ann Feitelson), you can see it in this blogpost: http://leblogdefrivole.blogspot.co.uk/2011/11/cardigan-finished.html
      I love Fair Isle knitting and have recently completed my fifth Fair Isle garment. So is it the same as yours?

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    2. Yes it is the same sweater by Ann Feitelson! I did mine with a small about 1-inch ribbing collar. I too love doing Fair Isle knitting. I need to do some again! Thank you for letting me know that it was the same.

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    3. Aw, that's nice to know we made the same cardigan! What do you think your next project might be? I like Anne's book and designs very much.

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    4. I'm not sure. I like both Alice and Ann. As I'm learning tatting I suspect the knitting will take a back seat for a while.

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  10. I enjoy following your progress and watching the pattern unfold. I like the way it looks and I'm looking forward to the finish.

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  11. That edging looks unique not seen anothing like that, look forward to seeing the next row.
    Fastest hook in the west, I do find people watching me to tat sometimes is unnerving' you have to say to yourself there's no one looking and head down and get on with it.
    Going to watch your video thanks for sharing
    Margaret

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  12. Please keep posting your tatting on you tube. I love watching and learning.
    You are a great demonstrator. Thank you.

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    1. Thank you very much for saying that Claire! :-)

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  13. I'll wait to see what happens on the next round, because it's hard to judge the final effect before you get there. However, at the moment I think the loops look too long and a bit stringy... I feel like I want the loops on the small scallops, instead, so I could cross the set from one scallop through a neighbouring set Swedish paper basket style and tat into each loop separately on the next round, just as they were made separately to start with. As for beating the world record for speed crochet - I think you could do it easily. And you haven't even been "in training" for speeding along!! I know other really quick crocheters too and I'm sure there are thousands that are quicker all over the world but they just aren't interested in trying to officially beat a world record (and probably don't even know there is one). You're a pretty quick tatter and knitter too but, most impressively, your quality stays A+ while you're at it. :-D

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  14. Je trouve l'effet visuel superbe !

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