Monday, November 20, 2017

Joining

I've resisted joining tatting groups on Facebook because I'm afraid of spending too much time on line instead of in the real world. But when I saw the Birthday Ice Drop on Frivole's blog and God's Kid's blog, there was only one thing to do: I joined Diane's Ice Drop Addicts group. I'm a bit dense about negotiating such pages, but I did find files and Nicola Bowersox's pattern. So here are three Birthday Ice Drops:
Now to upload the picture on the group page, peruse other people's pictures and look at more patterns. The real world will have to wait!

Friday, November 17, 2017

Scarf Begun

I finished the beret and started on the scarf to go with it. The beret needs finishing off and blocking, but I'm going to show it to the gurus in my craft group before I do that. It has a good beret shape, which was one of the requirements for the competition.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Beret Begun

I dyed the wool for my beret in August, it's been languishing ever since. At last I've got back to it. The pattern is Cup Cake Rose by Wedina Schmidt, on Ravelry. I've just started decreasing to make the beret shape, so the edge is turning up, but that's temporary. So far, so good! 

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Beetroot Galore


I spent all morning bottling beetroot, after baking the beetroot in the oven yesterday afternoon. I rather think Jack got a bit carried away when he planted beetroot, there is way more here than we can eat, and he has already given a lot away. Anyway, I have done my part in processing it. Some of it I made into chutney and some I just bottled in vinegar with onion, also from Jack's garden.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Dragon Bracelet

It makes me think of a dragon, but after I'd finished the bracelet, I did some reading and learnt that it's called a Cellini Spiral. I learnt that on this website, Perlenhaekeln, which has a wealth of information about beaded crochet on it. I quote: "The spirals were named after Benvenuto Cellini (1500-1571), an Italian goldsmith and sculptor, a famous representative of Mannerism."   

If you google Cellini Spiral, you're more likely to come across patterns in peyote stitch. That's a different type of beading altogether, though the result looks similar.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Off Centre

After carefully working out how to centre the 'blank' squares in the blanket I've been putting together,  I joined the last row of squares to the wrong end. I didn't notice until after I'd done the edging that the squares are not in the centre at all. I don't want to re-do all that, so I'm going to say that centred is boring and predictible.  I meant it to be like this all the time!

For those who don't want to follow the link, this is a group project blanket that will be given to a family whose son died. His name will be embroidered in the blank squares.