Occasionally scrapbooky

But not that kind of scrapbook. I’ve recently started a Tumblr account: www.occasionalcrafter.tumblr.com

At the moment, this blog feels more like a place to talk about these stuff I make now and again, and so the tumblr account is more of a scrapbook full of things I love from other people. If you don’t use tumblr, it’s worth a look. It’s a super-easy little blogging platform, that lets you just post a photo or a link, a quote or whatever. The interface is dead simple. I  love it, actually.

There’s not much on there right now, but rest assured, it will get a bit fuller as the weeks wear on.

In other news, I really have to do some crochet. A friend of mine asked for an elephant for her birthday and I’ve just realised it’s really soon. don’t let me forget.

How does your tatting grow?

As I mentioned in my last post, the garden has been going nuts recently. We’ve had a ton of hot weather in the UK – and the occasional heavy rain shower – so everything has been growing like crazy. A few months ago I potted up some cheap bedding plants, kept my fingers crossed I’d find someone to water them when I was working away, and tried to ignore the fact that the rest of the garden looks terrible. Well, the rest of the garden still does look terrible, but the bedding plants looks amazing. They make me smile every day. I nipped out there just a minute ago to take a picture, and look what I found…

Tatted flower

If I’d known tatting was that easy to grow, I’d’ve done it earlier!

Tatted flowers 2

It is, of course, the centre of a Primrose Path doily, by Mary Konior. It’s the only bit of tatting I managed to do on my days off, which is a bit of a shame, but couldn’t be helped. It’s really pretty though, even if I do say so myself. I used the Shoe Lace Trick (SLT) on this a lot, because I wanted the centre rings to be the darker colour, and it worked really well. One of those things I’d read about before but wasn’t 100% sure I could see a use for.

I’ve earmarked this for someone as it is, because I think they might be able to make something quite nice out of it, and the full doily really is best left as a doily rather than a starting point for something else. (If that makes any sense?) I still intend to make the full thing though.

venus thread

I mentioned before I’d bought the Venus Thread in size 70 to try it out… and umm, I really don’t like it! I love the soft greys, but the thread produces rings that are really difficult to close – does anyone else find this? I abandoned the intended 2 colours, shown above, and thought I’d make my life (and my commute, which is where I tatt most) easier, by just using one ball and one shuttle. We’ll see if I make it through!

I also bought Jon’s Tatting with Rings book a little while ago. I purchased the PDF version (which arrived very promptly via email) and printed it all out asap. It looks wonderful – now I just need the time to start! Since having a few days off everything has become 10 times busier, which means… I’d better get back to it actually.

No rest for the wicked. (And clearly, I’ve been very wicked).

Busy busy (work not play)

These last few weeks have been rather busy, despite a ‘week off’. The week off ended up with me trying to fit two full time jobs into one working week, rather than just one, but broadly speaking, I succeeded more or less. I haven’t done much in the way of tatting though.

I did pack up the Mary Konior bookmark I made up for my mum. It’s her birthday next week. (Don’t worry, she wont read this, I haven’t actually told anyone I have a blog as yet). I put it in with a card, and all the colours worked together rather nicely, if I do say so myself. I’d love to take the credit for that, but it was just luck, to be honest. I’m just not that organised!

I do have a few days off this week though, and I’m really looking forward to it. I’ve bought myself some new tatting threads and I’ve been trying *not* to do anything with them all weekend. (I should be working.) I got them from Buttercup Miniatures again, and again, the service was great. If you’re in the UK and like DMC tatting threads, they’re a great alternative to Roseground, who only stock a few colours in DMC. They send things out really quickly, and were very gracious about the fact I’d given them an address for home and a postcode for work, by accident. If you like dolls houses, miniatures, tiny delicate crochet and other such things, check them out. I’m not affiliated with them at all, I just like the fact they ship as soon as they get your order 🙂 The two smokey greys are actually Venus thread, which I’ve not tried before. It’s size 70, rather than 80. I also bought a variegated green, to use in small doses, but it looked weird in the photo, so I left it out!

That’s the last bit of unblocked tatting I’ve done. I started it on a train, and finished in a car park. It looks a wee bit wonky here, but I’m hoping blocking will fix it. Oddly, it’s the first time I’ve used Josephine Rings in anything. It’s another Mary Konior pattern, of course.

Incidentally, this was done in size 12 DMC. I don’t like the thread that much  – but after using size 80, it’s so quick, thick n’ fast! I actually loaded it on my shuttle to practise clunys, but ended up making this by accident. I did try clunys in size 80, and I can make them fine, I just can’t pull the thread through to finish it off, without it coiling back on itself and snarling everything up. (Has anyone out there made clunys in size 80? Is there a way to get it not to coil back on itself?)

I’ve not crocheted anything for a while. Too hot, I think, and I’m still undecided as to what I want to make next. I need to make another elephant (a request) and I’d still like to make the Sunshine Day blanket, but need to buy some thread.

And finally, I *was* going to take a photo of the flowers in my garden. They look blooming marvellous, but sadly, every time I open the backdoor and try and take a photo a small gathering of very nice, but very bored people next door come out to watch! So take it from me, they look lovely.