Saturday, October 22, 2016

Butterflies Tethered

Edging 99 is essentially the same as 98, with an extra row added to join them together. It's my least favourite of the butterfly edgings. In any case, it's the last edging in the book.  Only one more (largeish) motif or doily to tat I'll have completed my self-imposed challenge! 

Friday, October 21, 2016

More Butterflies

I wondered why the butterflies on Edging 98 weren't joined to each other. It occurred to me that it would work for a circular or curved edging. Do you think that's the reason?

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Butterfly Edging

Edging 97 is a lot more original than Edging 96. I must admit I had to peer at the diagram for a while to work out how it was done. Then I practised the half open rings. Hmm, they boggled my mind a bit before I started, but turns out they're an easy alternative to split rings or SSSRs to get from A to B. The diagram and photo showed the little josephine rings in the same colour as the butterfly wings. I did that on the first two repeats, but wondered if it wouldn't make more sense to work them in the same colour as the antennae? So that's what I did on the second two repeats. There's a colour blip in the join and I had to do the SLT for the second one, but I think it works.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Not Quite

I aimed to finish the first sleeve yesterday evening, but I didn't quite make it. Tonight.....

Skirts Galore

I'm not sure if my idea of an 'African print skirt' is the same as a Kiwi's vision, but I bought a selection of fabrics so that my daughter-in-law and granddaughters could choose who wanted what. I made life a bit difficult for myself because the 'animal print' and zigzag fabrics are very light and had to be lined. The other two are 100% cotton; much easier to work with. They're now done and ready to be posted off to New Zealand.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Classic Edging

Edging 96 is essentially the same as the pattern I used for my first big tatting project, in the early 1980s, an edging for a cloth for my tea trolley. It came from a Coats pamphlet. I've used patterns for a collar and a doily from Anna Burda magazine that used the same principle too.

Friday, October 14, 2016

More Knitting in Strange Places

I don't normally knit during a car journey. But when we were caught up in a traffic jam in Johannesburg, I was glad I had my knitting bag with me. While Jack drove forward a few metres at a time, I made progress on the sleeve. So I've worked on the pullover in a remote wilderness area and a teeming city. No prizes for guessing which environment I'd rather knit in!