Split rings and cabone rings (a late revelation)

In my last post I mentioned I was about to order Jon’s Tatted Snowflake patterns. Well, I did – and to my delight the PDF arrived super-speedily. (Thank you Jon)

As I’ll have to make these patterns up with out the aid of the internet (*panic*) I thought I’d have a bit of a browse on Jon’s site to read her excellent tutorials. Actually, I can already make mock rings and split rings – I just haven’t used them much as yet, but I thought I’d have a go at split chains.

All day I’ve been thinking about this. I sat down to follow the photos, and about 5 mins in, I thought ‘Hang on! This is like tatting around a ring!’

Shocked at the sheer brilliance of my revelation I popped over to Intatters… to find that everyone there knew that already 🙂

Still. It must mean I’m getting better slowly. At least I spotted it!

No pics – I’m using size 80 practise thread for some insane reason, which is a bit tricky to photograph in this light with my camera. You’ll just have to take my word for it!

New home for a tatted primrose

You know how it is when you’re reading someone’s blog, and you find yourself with a spare 5 minutes, and then suddenly you’re off elsewhere peeking into someone else’s life? In the summer I was reading Attic24‘s colourful crochet blog, and had a wander through the links in the side bar. I came across the Little Pink Room – and actually, you know what made me love it? It was this post talking about the messy bits in houses that you never see through the window of the internet.

It made me smile, mainly as I’d just been wracked with jealousy over the sofa in this post. It’s sort of nice to know that other people’s houses aren’t as perfect as you might think, and that y’know… Your own house might not be brilliant, but there’s *some* bits of it that are ok, and sometimes that just has to be enough.

Anyway. To cut a long story short, I chatted on email to A, the owner of the room(s) and the blog in question. She’d never seen tatting in real life, and as a tatter that tats and has no idea what to do with it, I said I’d post her some.

Tatted flowers 2

I made the middle bit of a Mary Konior Primrose path doily – mainly thinking that it’s the sort of size you could so something with, rather than it being an end in itself. I thought it might be more useful.

Anyway – it’s found a lovely new home! How exceptionally nice! And, A, you are more than welcome.

In other news, I’ve been making toys for the children of my old flatmates. I met the children a few weeks ago and have been desperately trying to get these finished ever since…

B's elephant

I wanted to make something I could count on working, so yes, it’s another elephant – the fifth! Such a good pattern though, and fun to make – all except sewing the head on, which almost reduces me to tears every time. It’s *really* annoying and fiddley.

I’m also getting close to finishing a monkey – yes another one…

Z's monkey

I quite like this little chap. That’s the second mouth – I’m really picky with mouths and eye placement – it makes a massive difference to the final character. The first was too serious. A bit grown up. This one feels a bit more friendly, and just a tiny bit cheeky – a bit like the little chap he’ll be living with.

And work continues on the broomstick lace scarf. How it’s taking so long i just don’t know. Every other comment I read from other people who’ve made it seems to make out like they practically finished it before they started. Still. It’ll be nice when it’s done – and oddly, I’m still enjoying making it.

scarf ongoing

And finally – for any UK tatters out there – I ordered a book of snowflakes from Roseground and they’ve sold out. They even went to a fair to try and buy more in person and their suppliers had sold out too. I asked it I could swap it for a different book of snowflakes and they have none of that left either! So it sounds like there’s a blizzard of tatted snowflakes on the way this winter.

In the meantime, I’ve ordered Jon’s Tatted Snowflake collection as I’m taking a wee break and I wanted some small but interesting little things to make on the journey. If I can remember how to work a SCMR, all will be well. I’ll let you know.

Autumn tatting

After writing the post on Friday, saying I was almost too nervous to start tatting with my new (HDT) thread, I shut down the mac and started loading up a fresh shuttle. By Friday night, I’d finished! I had to head into town, so tatted on every form of public transport, finishing the last few rings when I got home. It’s Mary Konior’s Posy pattern – but in this instance, it’s a little autumn wreath:

finished!

I’ve never guessed the amount of thread I needed so perfectly! I kept thinking ‘Argh! It’s never going to make it, you’ll need to add more in for the very last ring!’ – but it all worked out amazingly well. I had, perhaps, 6″ of thread left on the shuttle, if that.

yellow

After tatting with size 100 – just for one project – it was really odd to switch to size 80. It was like tatting with rope. I got used to the change pretty quickly, but was surprised how weird it felt. Anyone who gets annoyed with size 80 twisting in on itself should switch to 100, just for the joy of switching back! It tatted like a dream.

It’s such nice thread to use too. If I had to use one thread forever, I would use this thread, in this colourway. As you can see from the pictures (overdone, I know – I just got a bit over excited) it’s in perfect autumn colours. The yellow is spot on – that real mustardy yellow that looks so great in the sunshine. I actually don’t think I’ve ever tatted anything I’ve liked this much!

Oddly, I’m not a massive fan of variegated thread. Often it has white between the colours, or there’s quite a harsh line between each colour. This one feels like it blends in really well – and all the colours work properly together – there’s no jarring colour thrown in. I’m now wondering if I should buy more, just, y’know, incase. It’s from Yarnplayer’s etsy store.

I think the thread works well with this pattern as it’s not that complicated too. A complicated pattern with a complex bunch of colours can often be too much for me. I’m thinking I might use more of the thread to tatt around a ring though. And then I’ll hang them up maybe – two little autumn wreaths.

another one!

That aside, I went to the Knitting and Stitching Show with my mum yesterday, and it was great. Feet-achingly busy, but fun having a wander round. I bought some new yarn for crochet), which I’m itching to get started with – but am resisting. I have to make another elephant, for a friend’s daughter, and a monkey for their son. So far I’m two ears, two legs and half an elephant head down, so I guess I should get back to it.

Hope you’re having a nice weekend, and maybe even seeing some sunshine too.

A posy in white

Or rather, ecru. I decided to remake the posy and get it right this time. It’s the Mary Konior pattern of just rings, and the thread is size 100, so it’s quite small:

Mary Konior's posy pattern

While I was finishing this off, some HDT I’d ordered arrived from Yarnplayer– and it’s gorgeous. I was torn between wanting to drop everything and use it immediately – and thinking it’s too nice to use incase I mess it up!