Sunday, April 28, 2024

Round 18


I finished round 18 of Renulek's Spring Doily 2024 last night. I didn't measure it, but I'm guessing it's about 25" in diameter now. Yes, there is a little bit of ruffling, but I'm sure it will flatten out when I block it.

All through round 18 I was thinking of Orange Crush #183 for round 19. I asked Dave's opinion this morning and he agreed, so Orange Crush it is!

Saturday, April 20, 2024

Round 17


I just finished round 17! My Renulek Spring Doily 2024 is now 24" in diameter. I really wanted to do round 18 in the same orange, Lizbeth 696 Orange Med, but I don't have enough for another round. So, I think I'm going to see how Lizbeth 695 Bright Orange looks. I'm pretty sure it will be perfect!

Monday, April 15, 2024

Weekend fun


I tried something new this weekend. I made donuts for the first time. They were delicious. I did learn a few things. First, don't overfill the pan. The hole disappears, and they look kind of funny. Solution... I ordered another pan and pastry bags to fill the pans. Second lesson learned: spooning the batter into the pan is very messy! Third lesson learned: reading donut recipes can be lots of fun!

Remember the bejeweled trees I've been making? I've used tons of pearl head pins making them, and my favorite ones come on these little plastic disks. My sister Janet and I have gone through a tremendous number of these pins. We were just tossing the little plastic disks. One day, Janet said there must be something we could do with them. That got me thinking about what I've learned from making Dorset buttons and Teneriffe lace.

Daughter Alison is finishing up her master's degree in counseling, and we were talking about art therapy. I suggested warping these little plastic disks that her clients could use for weaving. Alison is giving a presentation to a group of counselors this week and asked if I would help her prep for the presentation. It only takes a few minutes to warp these little disks with crochet cotton.

A counseling session is typically scheduled for an hour. I needed to make sure that the activity wouldn't go too quickly. It also needs to be something that can be picked up during a later session.

I started weaving with embroidery floss, and then I switched to worsted weight yarn. The first side took me an hour and a half to weave.

For the second side, I used only worsted weight yarn. The process of weaving with a needle and yarn was very soothing, and I love the end result. 

I hope Alison's presentation goes well. Now that I know what can be done with these little pin disks, I may have to start collecting them. Does that mean more bejeweled trees are in my future? I think so!

Friday, April 12, 2024

Round 16


I just finished round 16 of Renulek's Spring Doily 2024. Now I have to decide which color to use next, and I'm really thinking about the orange. I think I'll leave that decision for tomorrow!

Sunday, April 7, 2024

Round 15


This round was very simple, but it sure did seem to take a long time to get all the way around. It's time to move on to round 16 of Renulek's Spring Doily 2024!

Monday, April 1, 2024

Round 14


Happy International Tatting Day! I celebrated by finishing round 14 of Renulek's Spring Doily 2024. Yes, I nibbled on a little bit of chocolate today as well. How did you celebrate?