Social tatting

So… I don’t post anything for ages and all of a sudden, there’s two in one go. We had a long weekend here in the UK, and I went to visit my folks for the weekend. I’m between crochet projects at the moment, and so I tatted while I chatted with my mum in the garden.

It made quite a change actually. My usual tatting routine is: rush for the train, try and get a seat. If I get a seat, hope I also have room to move my elbows. If I have room to move my elbows then out comes the tatting – time for a few rings and chains before packing up again and on to the bus. I usually get a seat on the bus, but it depends how bumpy and how squashed I am as to whether or not I get the tatting out again (also a little bit on the look of the person sitting next to me). Looking back on it, it’s no wonder it takes SO LONG to finish anything.

Posey

As I was chatting I decided to go for a more repetitive pattern. I must admit I *love* this pattern. I’ve tatted it before, both successfully, and unsuccessfully! (The successful bit is my favourite piece of tatting ever). This is a Mary Konior pattern (again!) and nice to do – just don’t forget to pay attention to the last set of petals. (It’s also great as it’s shuttle only – no ball, no second shuttle, a marvel!)

two rings

These two are both size 80 thread – they’re about 4cm in diameter. The other one up there ^ is size 100 (about 3.5cm in diameter), and I tatted it a while ago. I shot it really to see what the difference in size was – and actually, the difference is a bit more noticeable in real life. The blue thread is from Yarnplayer.

Believe it or not, I’m midway through another one of these – I’m not sleeping at the moment (bad back) and so I ended up tatting to keep myself awake and sociable in the daytime! This last one will be finished on the train though.

I have plans for these, but it means I have to sew them on to something first, so don’t hold your breath just yet.

Oh! And one more thing. I ran out of thread on both of these and had to add more in. I usually try and avoid that at all costs, but I don’t think I did too badly, even if i do say so myself. Hooray!

Commuter tatting

I’ve been tatting a lot on the bus and train recently. I decided to work on something that had the possibility of becoming a larger piece, while still being portable and easy to memorise. I have a terrible habit otherwise of not having a pattern in mind to start, and then faffing about – taking forever to find one, and in the meantime sitting bored, on the train…

in progress

If you’re a tatter – and you’re familiar with Mary Konior, you’ll recognise this design as one of hers, from Tatting with Visual Patterns…

try again

I really like this pattern – interesting enough, without becoming boring and… you do need to pay some attention too:

oops

If you don’t, you might end up switching from the train to the bus, and find yourself impatient to start- only to find you’ve made a wrong join, and need to adapt it into something new… (It’s pretty hard to unpick a ring in size 80 thread on a bus on London’s bumpy streets, so if I go wrong, I consider it lost). And thus we have Mary Konior’s little known triangle design right there.

All of which makes it fun when you finish up the very last bit. It’s like Russian roulette – the thought of going wrong right at the last minute is occasionally too much to bare.

blocked

In the end, I decided to make the group of four twice. I didn’t love the first version – wasn’t as neat as it could’ve been. Second time was much neater – although after blocking maybe you can’t tell? I think you probably can though, and besides, it was nice to just tat a pattern with out a big decision as to what to make next.

blocked

(Sorry for the dodgy colours on these photos, by the way).

I do have a plan for these. Now i have a sewing machine (Singer, handcranked, reconditioned from the 1930’s – an inheritance from a kindly neighbour), I’m going to… well. Make a few odds and ends. They will only be things that need simple stitching in straight lines, as that’s all I can do, and all the machine can do, but it and I will have fun together. I hope.

In the meantime, what to tat on the train? Same again but bigger? We shall see.

And then there were two

It really feels like these have taken forever. And after all that, I’m *still* not sure I like them that much. One minute I think they’re ok, and the next, I think… ‘meh’. Not sure what i was expecting – but everyone else’s on Ravelry look so CUTE. These just don’t seem as nice in real life.

shoes

As they were for a gift, i sort of feel like I need to make something else to go with them to make up for it – so much for a quick gift idea! I already made one complete shoe in different wool that didn’t work – AND changed the tongue on the shoe I posted previously. I think the wool just wasn’t chunky enough. Oh well. Live and learn I guess.

Tiny crochet flowers

Hello – it’s been a wee while, but I am still here. I’ve managed to lose the charger for my camera, so have to wait until I can twist someone’s arm to take shots for me at the moment, and luckily, today was the day.

After making the charm I mentioned in my previous post, I got a bit addicted. I switched the pattern to one I found for crocheted coasters, and with a bit of adjustment, found they work really nicely as a little bracelet:

bracelet

I tried it with more than two flowers – but it gets a bit too much. One or two flowers works best I think.

bracelet_2

Only problem with that is that they are really addictive. If you’ve made one, before you know it you’ve made at least four. I was using DMC size 12 and size 80 thread – the blue variegated one is hand dyed thread, from Yarnplayers store. (I actually bought it for tatting but am in the middle of a project using an ecru thread, and was itching to try it!).

Aside from that, I’ve been wrestling with these baby moccasins. The pattern is great – but I’m having huge problems finding suitable wool, for some reason. I made one shoe with wool I thought would be ok, in the biggest size, on a bigger hook, and it was still a bit… flat. So ditched that, bought some new wool, which is lovely – but I still think it could do with being thicker. (The laces are also too long – ignore that for now).

shoe

I’m really in two minds about this. It’s ‘ok’ – but I hate the thought of giving people something ‘ok’ that they’re then forced to be enthusiastic over. Do you know what i mean? I’d rather not give people something that’s secretly a bit rubbish. We’ll see.

Aside from that, I’m making a bigger piece of tatting on my daily commute (a Mary Konior repeat pattern) and a crochet hook case, which I’m just about to block, before I attempt to sew the inside… It’s my first sewing machine project, and a chance to try out my reconditioned hand-cranked Singer, so wish me luck… (I’m scared of sewing machines). Oh! Also, I managed to get to April’s Ravelry meet, which was really nice. I really hope I can make a few more this year.