Friday, January 19, 2018


This pattern by CreaHelga is written for needle tatting, but works fine with shuttles. I made a joining mistake early on, and then compensated for it later, rather than correcting the mistake. It's not too obvious, though you can see it if you look! I love the sense of movement in this ice drop.

 I like the beaded version of the pattern too, but am not happy with the idea of gluing beads to the outer picots. I might need to think about another plan for that.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

No chains

Yesterday Lace-lovin' Librarian Diane showed, in this post, icedrops made with fewer chains. When I asked in comments how she did it, she kindly explained, so today I gave it a go. It's not a huge difference and is possibly more awkward to work, but it's another option!  Thanks Diane.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

And We're Off!

Jane Eborall's tat it and see begins today. Here is my day 1. Hmm, could be anything at this early stage.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

All Set

I'm all set for Jane Eborall's Tat it and see, which begins tomorrow. Here's a link to the introduction.
I'm giving my silver shuttle its annual outing:

Monday, January 15, 2018

The Back

This is the back of my embossed leaves scarf. I like how it looks, negative leaves perhaps. Since the back of a scarf is also seen, I have been careful to make my increases and decreases regular and hide the ends of wool invisibly. I'm sure it will look better after blocking too. Oh, and thanks to Crafty Sylvie, I am now using half double crochet on the edges, which are keeping much straighter.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

In French

Julie contacted me a while ago to ask if she could translate my pattern Under an African Sky into French and use it for a tat-along. Of course! I'm delighted, take it as a great compliment. The group has reached round 5, as you can see on Julie's post here.

Thursday, January 11, 2018


I was so excited about the embossed leaves that I didn't give much thought to the edges of my scarf. When I did, I realised that a Back Post Double Crochet shortens the stitch, so of course doing a double crochet (treble, in English crochet terms) next to it will result in a wobbly edge. I'm going to have to start again. That's fine. I'm happy with how the leaves look, and I accept that learning by trial and error rather than following a pattern is bound to require unraveling.