Colouring in

springYou know I absolutely can’t wait for Spring. It doesn’t have to be warm, just sunny and bright with a few new shoots popping up here and there. Not sure where you’re reading from, but we’re all cloudy grey skies and snow in the UK at the moment. A few proper sunny days would be lovely…


I made this little chap last week. It’s actually an incorrectly tatted version of this pattern. I quickly memorised the pattern on the way in to work, but neglected to notice there should be a single stitch between each ring on the flower shapes. Missing the stitch means that when you get to the end of the flower shape, you only have one thread – to get the other on back in action, you have to close the flower. (Tatters – you’ll know what I mean… right?) Actually, I think it looks fine – although I had to block it to get it to lay flat.

My need for some spring colour led me to make it again (complete with mistake, as actually, I quite like it like it) in an HDT called ‘Summer Trail’.

summerIt’s size 80, and the ecru (kindly gifted by Katy) is size 50. There’s quite a size difference. Coloured threads are so odd. I look at photos of everyone else’s coloured tatting and think it looks lovely. Often, when I use colour I think it looks a bit over the top. I must admit I’m not keen on the orange/yellow in this thread, I think it’s a bit too much. The green in the centre calms it down a bit, but… I dunno. I need to find the right colour to stitch it on to, perhaps. I think white might make it look a bit fresher.


There’s never a good time to buy yellow yarn, is there? I mean really, what are you going to use it for? Not much, I reckon. Luckily, I was with a friend wondering through Liberty’s sale (as you do… not very often!) and spotted a lovely, reduced price ball of yellow wool. I had to get it – and doesn’t it look nice? Just a wee bit in the centre of my daisy. I love this pattern – I’ve been meaning to make it for ages. It doesn’t take long, and I bashed out a very wonky cotton bag to hold the lavender for the inside. The back is a basic granny square. Actually, it’s not even remotely square as I made up the pattern as I went along, and didn’t count properly! I think alternating a plain square with a daisy square would make a lovely baby blanket though.

In other news, I still need a new knitting project – a TV one. I’ve been thinking of making another Guernsey Wrap, because I love the first one so much. I’ve been wearing it ALL the time! Any suggestions appreciated. I also need to crochet a toy. A friend’s daughter is having a first birthday soon, and I think it would be nice to make something.

Best stop rambling and get on with it.

10 thoughts on “Colouring in

  1. how lovely. the coloured tatting will be perfect on the right background. The wrap is perfect and I can see why you fancy making it again.


  2. I love the way you didn’t let the variegated cotton run away with itself. You tamed those colours into precisely the right positions. Clever idea and it makes such a difference πŸ˜€ Avis x

  3. Maybe the coloured tatting would look good on a dark background. I really like it. I like how the green has come out in the middle, or is that a separate thread?? See I know nothing about tatting!

  4. I like the colours, it’s a lot like the way that spring flowers are a little garish after the unrelenting sludge-colours of winter! (Not to be confused with an elegant taupe…)

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