Colouring in

26Jan13

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…

spring2

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.

lavender

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.

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10 Responses to “Colouring in”

  1. Ahh, beautiful work as ever. And glad you found a use already for your yellow wool. It’s a perfect daisy centre πŸ™‚

  2. 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.

    Lovely

  3. 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

  4. 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!

    • It’s separate thread! I should’ve made that clearer actually, it’s two shuttle tatting. Don’t worry though I don’t know how you’d know that if you’d never done it πŸ™‚

  5. WOW, so stunning!

  6. 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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