Thursday 1 February 2024

Dewdrop Earrings

Thank you again for all your responses on my previous posts!  Now I've found them and know where I went wrong... and yes, it was all me!  Don't activate comment moderation and then forget about it is the lesson!  I've now de-activated it but I'm still getting spam so may have to re-instate it.  Hopefully when/if I do so again, I won't forget to go check my comments and approve them!

Thank you so much to all of you who write comments on my posts.  I really appreciate it and am relieved to know that people are still visiting.  Phew!

Here is a pair of Dewdrop earrings, pattern by Jane McLellan which you can find here.  Jane answered my post about her "go-to" pattern so I decided to make a pair.  Really lovely.  Could be made with variations and endless colour choices of course.  I see I'll be making some of these for friends too.

Don't look too closely as I slightly messed up the top ring where it joins to the finding but I know where I went wrong so the next pair will be better.  I like patterns like these where you can quickly whip up a pair, especially when you want to match an outfit for example or make a gift for a friend.

Best wishes,

Tuesday 30 January 2024

Not Able to Comment?

Ok, I'm starting to worry...  it's two blogposts in a row that have not received any comments at all.  Of course, it may be that they were not interesting and no one wanted to write anything but it still seems a bit strange to me.

Would some of you reading this (I hope some of you are!) kindly try to write a comment and if it doesn't work, could you email me at frivole*at* and let me know please?  I'd really appreciate it.

And here's a little tatting image to decorate this blogpost.

Thank you very much!

UPDATE 31.01:  Thank you very much everyone who has taken the time to write me emails and commented - it's working again!  It's true I had changed the settings a few months ago for moderation because I was getting so much spam.  I've now changed them back and hopefully the spam won't come back too soon.  It's lovely to hear from people, I really appreciate it so thank you everyone!  I will answer emails over the next couple of days.

Second Update 01.02:  Thank you again for all the responses, it's really cheered me up that people still enjoy blogs and that you do come and visit mine!  :-).   I feel rather silly that I had changed comment moderation (due to too much spam) and promptly forgot to go check on blogger to approve them!  So it's all my fault, I can't even blame technology for this one.  I have now removed comment moderation but see that I already have spam coming back in so I may have to leave it on (sorry as I know it's a bit annoying to deal with).  I'll leave it off a while longer but if it gets too bad, I'll have to start moderating again.  Hopefully this time, I won't forget to go approve comments so they appear on my blog!  

Best wishes,

Thursday 25 January 2024

D*i*amond Earrings

I hope people still enjoy reading blogs?... Or are they now "passé"?  What is your favourite platform to view craft content?  

I recently made a new video on how to tat these easy d*i*amond earrings (I'm adding the asterisks because last time I posted about such earrings a few years ago, I got so many spam comments!), you can view it here.  Making the video caused me to tat a few more pairs so here they are.  Two of the pairs will be gifted to friends.

They don't take long to make and the pattern is super simple to remember:
R3-3-3-3, rw
C7, rw
*R3+3-3-3, rw
C7, repeat from *

There are slight variations in each:
The green pair is joined at the first and last picots of each rings (as per the pattern),
whereas the grey and the black pairs are joined at the second,
and penultimate picots of each ring.

The grey pair has beads at the tips.
The black pair has beads at all the joins
(not very visible as they are black on black).
I shall make another pair with a more contrasting bead on the joins.

I stiffen those earrings with a bit of diluted PVA glue so they keep their shape when worn.

Do you have favourite earring pattern, one that you go back to again and again?  Please let me know!

Best wishes,


Thursday 11 January 2024

Happy New Year!

Ooh, I realise I didn't even post a Christmas message this year but I hope you all had a wonderful holiday with family and friends and that you are looking forward to a great new year 2024 full of joy, happiness and creativity!

After working on the Holly snowflake, I didn't do much tatting, concentrating more on making Christmas decorations and cooking and baking and just enjoying time with the family.  

This year, inspired by some instagram videos, one daughter and I had fun making dried orange and leaf garlands, up cycled cardboard decorations and little orange foxes to decorate the house:

Each year, I enjoy making a nice-looking meatless Christmas dinner option:

And finally, the town hall looked really pretty decked up in its Christmas lighting:

During the holidays, I had cold feet and decided I needed a new pair of slippers.  I followed Jess Coppam's pattern for crochet slippers and made these:

And then thought my husband would like some too so I modified the top of the slippers and made him this pair:

They are quick to make with super chunky yarn and size 6.5mm crochet hook.

How is the start of the year shaping up for you?  Any exciting projects you will be working on?  I always enjoy hearing from you!

Best wishes,

Monday 13 November 2023

While Travelling... Crochet Wrist Warmers

I was away visiting my family for a couple of weeks.  While there I saw in a shop a nice (very expensive) sweater made in crochet (with knitted cuffs and collar) and I really liked the stitch.  I took a photo and here is my take on the stitch.  I was just making a small sample which works better in the round because of the two colours and then I thought... this would make a nice pair of wrist warmers!  

Now, I like the look of wrist warmers but does anybody really wear them?

Please tell me if you do!

Best wishes,

Friday 20 October 2023

Pattern Winners

Quick post just to announce the winners of the pattern draw!  There were only 20 comments in the end, so (if my maths are correct) a 1 in 4 chance of winning!  Here are the numbers thrown out by the random generator:  17, 9, 2, 16, and 20.  

And these are     17:  Patti
                            9:   Mama Martin
                            2:   Anonymous
                            16: Anonymous
                            20: Tatterjill

Please could you contact me with your email addresses so I can send you the pattern.  Thank you!

And thank you for taking part!

Best wishes,

Sunday 15 October 2023

Holly Snowflake

Thank you so much to my testers, Lavinia, Hallie and Jane who've helped me put the final touches to the pattern by checking that everything was clear and that there weren't too many mistakes!

We had some discussion about what acronym to use for unflipped reverse order stitches... UROS?? I see RODS used on internet but I wasn't completely clear whether for people that was just reverse order stitches or indeed unflipped reverse order stitches?  In the end, I decided to just spell it out to avoid any misunderstanding.

I suppose this one is a bit more unusual in its shape but I think a lot of people would be surprised to see in what an amazing variety of shapes real snowflakes come!  I'm adding the photo of the real snowflake that inspired this design below so you can see it again.

Photo of Real Snowflake
by Wilson Bentley

At Muskaan's suggestion, I tried the pattern with bugle beads (see below) but the silver ones I chose are not that noticeable (should try again with a different colour) but in the end, one of the things I particularly like about this pattern is the two delicate lines made by those long picots so I thought it was a shame to hide them inside a bugle bead.

Below is Lavinia's very nicely executed version in blue.
Something about the way she made the rings makes it look
a bit more... "condensed"?  I like it.

And here is Hallie's version
(I like how they are opposites:  blue on white above
and white on blue below).
Hallie's version looks more rounded
but also very pretty!

And finally, I placed the ones I've made so far together
to see what it would look like as a repeated motif.

Then I digitally repeated it.
It's not perfect done that way because not all the joining places touch as they should
but it gives an idea of the look.

Is anyone interested in tatting this one?  I will have a draw for 5 copies of the pattern.  Just leave a comment if you'd like to be entered in the draw!  I'll hold it on Friday (20th October).

Best wishes,

P.S. I started answering comments but realised it will be easier to count entries if I don't answer!  So thank you for all your comments, they are all valued but I won't answer individually in this blogpost.  

P.P.S.  I've had so much spam lately that I've reluctantly decided to activate comment moderation on my blog for a while and see if that helps deter the time-wasting spammers!