Friday, March 23, 2018

More pink picots

Today was a sub day, and the easiest thing for me to work on while supervising high school kids is the basic Ice Drop pattern. Playing with picots can be so much fun!

Dave need to go to Menards for some wood pellets, and while we were gone the UPS man delivered a very special package!

This is my new Gilmore Mini Wave Loom, a present from my mom! Mom has had hers for a while now, and she just loves it. When she found out I was interested, she ordered one for me. I think I have the best mom in the world!

It's too dark to warp it now, but there should be plenty of light tomorrow! Mom sent me some pictures showing how she warps her loom to help me get started. I'm ready to weave some bands!


Thursday, March 22, 2018

Another crochet day

I was so close to finishing my Virus Shawl that I decided today would be a crochet day. I still need to wash and block it, but I'm very happy with the way it turned out. I used one ball of Lion Brand Mandala. This is not a full sized shawl, more of a shawlette really. It can also be considered a large scarf. Two balls would have made a nice cozy shawl, but this was a nice size for what I wanted.

Here's the shawl from the other side of the table. From this side it doesn't look like it needs blocking. 😊

No, I did not let crocheting get in the way of tatting an Ice Drop. I really have the itch to tat an edging, so I may look at edging patterns tonight. If I can find my stash of hankies, I may just get started on an edging for one of them. I love having options!

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Multiple crafts

I'm sure there are many tatters who indulge in multiple crafts. After all, variety is the spice of life!

I forgot to take pictures, but I finished my last set of curtains for the elementary school cafeteria this morning, and then I delivered them. It feels good to have another item checked off my list!

I'm enjoying tatting Ice Drops with Orange Crush. Today I used my newest Pop-A-Bobbin shuttle. I like the yellow organza ribbon with the orange. I ran out of cream, which is my usual choice with orange, unless I have orange!

My Virus Shawl is growing! This is a super simple pattern to follow, and it's a great way to show off pretty yarn. This is Lion Brand Mandala, and the color is Pegasus. I do like this 3 ply yarn. I bought my first cake on Amazon for about $10. I knew I could find it at Walmart for just under $5, but at the time I was eager to try the yarn and I knew it would be at least a week before I could get to Walmart. When I did get to Walmart, Denise and I were surprised, because it rang up at just under $4! I love surprises like that!

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

More shuttles?


A little while back, Sally Kerson posted that she had a couple of shuttles available, made by 'im in the garage. I don't use them often, but I do like my Pop-A-Bobbin shuttles! This little beauty arrived today, and I will put it to good use!

There's a remodeling project going on at the high school/middle school library. My friend Kristine took over as librarian when I retired, and I offered to help with anything I could to make the project go more easily. A few weeks ago, I worked removing books from the computer system for Kris. It's a time consuming job, but one that I really don't mind doing. I'm familiar with the system, and I can zip through it pretty quickly.

Kris wanted to thank me for my help, so she ordered a shuttle from Rita Richmond of Shuttle by Design. Isn't it beautiful? Our school colors are green and gold, so green was the perfect background color for this wonderful shuttle.

Of course I had to give it a test drive as soon as I returned home from school today! Thank you, Kris!

Monday, March 19, 2018

Starting the day off right

I started the day by working on Renulek's Wiosna 2018. No, I didn't get far, but I'm happy with the way this round is going. I'm pleased that I made the decision to snip the tight round.

I started another shawl, because I have a ton of yarn to use up! This is The Virus Shawl, which I learned about from my friend Denise. There are several YouTube videos showing how to work this pattern. I just happened to choose this one by Fiber Spider. The tutorial is excellent, and I found that I was able to keep just ahead of the video by the second pattern repeat.

A new little flat shuttle arrived in the mail today. This adorable little hedgehog is by Ayumi Horiai and is available at Tatting Corner. I haven't tatted with it yet, because I'm working with size 20 thread. This little cutie will probably work best with size 80 thread. I have such a weakness for hedgehogs!

Today's Ice Drop is one that I just might keep for myself! The bead is a coin pearl. It's so much prettier in person! The shuttle is one of my favorites from Rita Richmond of Shuttle by Design. The pearl background is perfect for this beautiful lighthouse scene. I have a fascination with lighthouses, and since high school I've had the romantic notion of living in one. I think the stairs would be too much for me these days, but it's fun to dream!

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Crochet Sunday

It looked like I was pretty close to the end of my ball of Mandala yarn, so I decided to concentrate on finishing my Middle of the Road Scarf. Mine isn't quite like Susan Pinner's. The yarn she used changes color more frequently and has little flecks of white in it. I may break down and try to get some of that yarn (James C Brett, Northern Lights), but since I have to send to England for it, I was happy to use what was readily available.

I cut off the crocheted button that was at the tip of the triangle. Mine wasn't very clean looking, and because the colors of the Mandala yarn are not flecked like the yarn used in the original pattern, it didn't have the same interest. I will practice making those crocheted buttons, because I think they look really cool.

It's been a while since I've crocheted with yarn, and I wasn't happy with the way my edges looked. So, I single crocheted around the scarf and then finished off with slip stitching through the back loop. I'm not sure that blocking will do much good since this is an acrylic yarn, but I may give it a try anyway.

Of course, I had to tat an Ice Drop today! This one is in size 20 Lizbeth Orange Crush, #183. I love my new Russian doll shuttle!

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Easy decision

I woke up this morning and went right in to my sewing room to unpin my doily (Renulek's Wiosna 2018). I knew right away what I was going to do.

Snip! I have absolutely no regrets. The rings were stretched and ugly. Snipping never felt so good!

Tatting an Ice Drop seemed to be the way to get back in to a good tatting space.

Then, I was ready to start back with the doily. I can tell already that the slightly larger picots are going to work much better!