Sunday, November 29, 2015

Where did the week go?

It certainly was a busy one! Thanksgiving was at my house, so I spent most of Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday shopping, cleaning and cooking. I'm not really in to cooking, but I sure did have a lot of fun this year, and everyone left full, happy, and toting leftovers.

I did manage to have some time to myself...

I'm now half way around round 17! Yay! Can I finish it in the next four weeks? I'll sure try!

Yvette, my nephew's wife, asked me to make mother/daughter hats in purple and gray for her and Abigail. I had to adapt the child's pattern for Yvette, not my forte, but I did manage to make it work.

I had some requests for cowls. This was what I was inspired to make this week. This is supposed to be a 45 minute cowl (pattern from Lion Brand), but not for me... each one takes me an hour and a half!

Alison and the kids came down for a visit yesterday. Eva decorated my living room tree with some help from her mom.

Aidan and Grandpa decorated the sun room tree.

When he thought I wasn't looking, Dave decorated the staircase. I'm not overly fond of garland on the staircase, but Dave loves it. As long as it comes down before Easter, I tolerate it. ;-)

Sunday, November 22, 2015

I'm flattered!

My nephew's wife hung a group of my tatted pieces and my sister sent a picture. Yvette even included a discarded piece, the blue on the right. I believe that's an Iris Niebach design that I messed up. Needless to say, I am extremely flattered to see my tatting on display!

Two of the teachers at school asked me to make scarves for their daughters. This one is a combination of single crochet and double crochet.

This one is done all in half double crochet.

Both are made with I Love This Yarn, Surprise Stripe. I think the single/double crochet scarf has a crisper look to it. I haven enough yarn to make one more scarf, then I'll weave matching bags for the girls. Once I have everything finished, I'll take them in to school. I hope the girls like them!

Saturday, November 21, 2015

First snow!

We had our first snowfall of the year, and it wasn't just flurries... it was measurable!

I really can't remember the last time we had measurable snow before Thanksgiving.

We had at least 3" by mid-morning, but a lot of it melted as the day warmed up.

I decided to celebrate the snow day by putting on my pointy toe socks. I knit these years ago. They keep my feet nice and warm, but I really dislike the pointed toe. I'm pretty sure I threw away the pattern after seeing how they turned out.

It was nice to have some time to tat after a very busy week. I've now managed to tat around four motifs. I'm hoping that I'll have time to finish this round with the long Thanksgiving weekend coming up.

I finished my Murley scarf from Sequence Knitting today. The yarn is Seablue Tweed, I Love This Yarn, from Hobby Lobby. It's so soft!

I also finished weaving another scarf. This one is slightly shorter than the last at 108". It's still a little too long for my liking, so I'll experiment with a slightly shorter length for my next one. This is another color way from I Love This Yarn, Autumn Stripe.

I have quite a collection of scarves now!

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Tollway Tatters meeting cancelled

We're cancelling our Tollway Tatters meeting this Saturday because of the predicted snow storm. We're looking at some alternate dates, and I will post the date we'll meet once it's decided.

Stay safe and warm everyone!

Tuesday, November 17, 2015


Marking the dips with thread worked! I managed to correctly tat the first time through, and I'm very happy about that!

I took my 112" scarf to school today to get opinions about the length. We have three new teachers in our building this year, and I call them my scarf girls as they each wear scarves almost every day. They each tried the scarf on and showed me ways to wear it, so I do feel confident about making long scarves now. In fact, I started another one right after school!

Monday, November 16, 2015

Keeping a steady pace

I'm trying to keep a steady pace with all of my projects, mainly so my fingers, hands, wrists and arms don't scream in protest!

Round 17 of my Jan Stawasz Masterpiece is so enjoyable to tat! The pattern repeat is easy to remember, and I can sit down and tat for a few minutes and still have a great feeling of accomplishment!

My Murley scarf from Sequence Knitting is growing fairly quickly. I take my knitting to school with me, and once I have everything set up for the day, I sit and knit until my day begins at 7:55. That's usually about 15-20 minutes of knitting... not bad!

I finished weaving this scarf today. It's an incredible 112" long! I think this will have to go to someone very tall. It's 7.5" wide and super soft. The yarn is from Hobby Lobby. If I weave with this yarn again, I think I'll use some of the techniques I've read about in my Saori book to give more visual interest. I really think this is kind of boring, but I'm sure someone will love it!

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Avoiding mistakes

Since I repeatedly made the same mistake at the last "dip," I decided it would be helpful to mark the dips with thread. Hopefully, I will notice the thread at the appropriate time so that I don't make any more pattern mistakes! There's still a chance that I will complete round 17 of my Jan Stawasz Masterpiece by Thanksgiving. All I need to do is avoid housework! ;-)

I started another scarf from Sequence Knitting. This one is Murley. I'm using I Love This Yarn, Seablue Tweed, from Hobby Lobby. Have I mentioned that I'm really having fun making scarves?