Sunday, April 23, 2017

Monster sock

I should have known better. I typically go down two needle sizes when I knit. I didn't this time, and this sock looks like it could fit Godzilla! Maybe I'll decorate it as a Christmas stocking. 😉

My friend Sue shared her Ice Drop pattern on the Ice Drop Addicts Facebook page. I misread the directions and came up with this. Not bad, but not what Sue intended!

My second attempt at Sue's pattern wasn't much better. The first round is more what Sue had in mind, but I think I should have used a finer thread. I played with the second round, which really did nothing to enhance the bead I used. Oh, well... back to the drawing board!

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Sky blue pink

When I was a little girl, I remember asking my mom what color the sky was. She replied that it was sky blue pink.

This morning, Dave and I looked out our front window and saw sky blue pink! What a glorious way to start the day!

Last night we had a soup club meeting. Judy and I sat on one side.

Edna and birthday girl Peggy sat on the other. We thought about going to Olive Garden, but our local restaurant, U.S.A., was just a few minutes from Peggy's house, and it wasn't nearly as crowded as one of the bigger restaurants a half hour away.

We had a wonderful time eating, talking, and laughing, as we always do. Of course, I had to pass out Ice Drops! 😊

I'm still enjoying tatting with my skein of Candy Mint hand-dyed thread. I wasn't sure if a red glass gem would look right, but it works for me!

This Ice Drop features a clear crackled glass gem. I love that it picks up the thread tones!

My interest in band weaving has led to some new purchases. I found an Etsy shop that features some beautiful rigid heddles made in Poland.

FolkTalesPi also has some beautiful box looms. This one is about half the size of the one Dad made. I'm eager to try it out!

My dear friend Laura posted the first of her pair of socks of Facebook. My friend Denise knits more socks than anyone I know. Between the two of them, I decided it was time to pick up my knitting needles again. However, since it's been so long since I've knit a pair of socks, I decided that I should start some with worsted weight yarn rather than sock yarn.

I've finished the first part of the sock this afternoon, and I'm ready to turn the heel. My brain is too tired to follow the directions tonight, so maybe I'll turn the heel tomorrow!

Friday, April 21, 2017


I went for an eye exam yesterday. It had been seven years since my last one... oh, my! My eyes are fine, but my prescription has changed quite a bit. I must have tried on a dozen different frames, narrowing the choice down to these two. I was going to go with the frame on the right, because it was less expensive, but the frame on the left is a mottled blue and purple. It just made me smile!

It will take about a week to get my new glasses, because of my prescription. I sure hope I made the right choice!

As soon as I got home, I finished up the Ice Drop I had started the previous evening. Yes, I chose another hand-dyed thread from Marilee Rockley aka Yarnplayer. This one is size 20 Candy Mint.

I finished weaving another band. I stopped at 26" only because I must have made a mistake in warping the loom. When I got this far, I couldn't get the warp threads smooth enough to weave through. So, I snipped the warp, tied a knot, and called it a day.

This band was an experiment in how tightly to weave. By the time I finished, the band was about 1/3 wider than at the beginning. I wonder if that caused the warp to be uneven? In any case, I need to do some more reading, watch some more videos, and do some more experimenting.

Before bed, I finished another Ice Drop in Candy Mint. I think I'll be keeping this one!

Thursday, April 20, 2017

A three Ice Drop day

It's been my routine to start an Ice Drop before bed and finish it in the morning.

I was really glad that I did that yesterday, because I was called in to sub at the last minute. I feel like I've accomplished so much when I've finished even one Ice Drop!

The kids were working on group projects, so my main task was to keep the noise level down and make sure they stayed on task. I've found that I can do most of my tatting without looking at my hands when I'm working on an Ice Drop.

So, I was able to complete two while at the high school yesterday!

Unfortunately, I didn't tat any more once I got home. I watched Pete's Dragon with Bella, made dinner, read a little from The Complete Gone With the Wind Trivia Book, and headed off to bed early.

It has always bothered me that "With" is capitalized in Gone With the Wind. I read in the trivia book that Margaret Mitchell submitted her manuscript using a lower case w, but the publisher decided to capitalize it.

I'm also bothered by the incorrect grammar used by reporters and news anchors. I know I'm not perfect when it comes to grammar, but the glaring mistakes drive me batty. Dave keeps reminding me that the people on the television set cannot hear me correcting their mistakes. :-)

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Variety is the spice of life!

I try to keep that saying in mind when I become distracted and flit from one activity to another. 😉

The big news for yesterday was that I finally finished round 8 of Renulek's Wiosna 2017! Round 9 looks much more complicated, and interesting. I'm looking forward to the challenge!

I only finished one Ice Drop yesterday. I'm still working with the sample skein of Afternoon Garden by Marilee Rockley. If you've never tried hand-dyed thread, I highly recommend it! There's something about the hand-dying process that makes the thread smoother and nicer to work with.

I started another band on the box loom that Dad made. As you can see, I still seem to pull to the right.  I think that might be why my right side edge is a bit wavy. I wound a longer warp this time. I'll be interested to see if my calculations are correct for the finished length. I'm hoping for a 60" band... no particular reason, just a number I pulled out of the air! I also tried Mom's idea of stretching rubber bands across the two rows of nail heads to keep the warp from popping off when I get close to the end.

Yesterday was sewing class. The girls had hoped to finish the aprons they're making, but making pockets for the aprons turned out to be a bit more time consuming than we had hoped. Next week we'll move on to the straps, and then their aprons will be finished!

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Dad's box loom

With everything back to "normal" yesterday, and my new interest in weaving bands, I decided to clean up Dad's box loom.

Mom and I were talking yesterday, trying to remember how long ago Dad made this loom. Dad's been gone for ten years, so I'm guessing it might be 20 years ago.

Haha! I just noticed the can of Pledge in the background, proof that I did a little cleaning yesterday, the key word being little!

I watched several YouTube videos on band weaving and box looms yesterday morning, just to make sure I had a good understanding of what I was trying to achieve.

The result was a pretty little 16" length of band. I learned quite a bit from weaving this piece. I now know how to watch for unwanted floats. There's quite a bit of shrinkage when weaving a warp faced band, and now I have a better idea of how to measure my warp to get the length I want in a finished piece.

I didn't follow a pattern, instead I just warped the loom in a way that pleased me. Believe it or not, that helped me understand written patterns better! It didn't take long before I realized I would like more black in the center to set off the blue. I guess there's always a surprise in weaving!

It's going to take me a while to develop an even tension, but I'm not going to beat myself up over it. After all, this is only my second band! Sophia's band looked very pretty, but I did it all wrong. I didn't pull the weft threads snugly, so the warp pattern didn't show. Now I know!

I have long admired the beautiful tatting on Lilas Lace, so when Lilas published her first book, I just had to have it!

When I ordered the book, I asked if I could have it autographed. Imagine my surprise when I read that Lilas has been following my blog for years!

This really is a lovely book, written in French and English. There are doilies, collars, earrings, necklaces, bracelets... all beautifully illustrated, with explanations of the techniques introduced. I am very pleased with my purchase!

Over the weekend, I forgot to post a picture of my beautiful blue shuttles from Rita Richmond of Shuttle by Design. I know I've said it before... I LOVE Rita's shuttles! They are light weight, beautifully decorated, hold a ton of thread, and are a joy to use.

Rita makes her own wood and acrylic shuttles, and she also decorates Moonlit shuttles for those who like hooks. I like the Moonlit shuttles for tatting on the go. I don't have to worry about dropping a crochet hook. However, the shuttles that Rita makes are simply marvelous!

They're so marvelous, that when I saw these cheerful yellow ones, I ordered them as well! 😊

Yes, I did have a fun-filled day, and I even managed to tat another Ice Drop! I wonder what today will bring?

Monday, April 17, 2017

Monday, Monday

Joanne and the kids headed home early this morning. Dave is back at work, and the house is pretty well in order. I plan on spending a little time on housework today, and then I want to learn more about weaving bands. Yes, I am hooked!

Easter Sunday was filled with family fun! The Easter Bunny brought sun glasses, flip flops, and bats and balls for the kids. They were a big hit!

Sophia is really in to princesses, and she spent most of the time in her Belle nightgown. I think the sun glasses are the perfect accessory.

Sophia and I seen a lot of time weaving. I finished up her band after everyone went to bed last night. It's 26" long, and Sophia is really looking forward to showing it at preschool.

I knew I was doing something wrong, but I didn't realize what until I watched some videos this morning. Now I ready to rewarp my box loom and try some more band weaving!

With all the company here yesterday, it was easier to stop and weave a couple of rows than to pick up tatting. Still, I managed to start an Ice Drop yesterday, and I finished it this morning. I have great hopes that Sophia will want to learn to tat some day. She enjoyed showing Ice Drops to everyone, but she has not yet shown an interest in picking up a shuttle and learning. I have to keep reminding myself that she's only 4!