Tuesday, 27 October 2009

On a roll

Two more balls of Rico Pompon Print yarn made their way into my house yesterday. This stuff knits up super fast - I only have about a quarter of a ball to go and I'll have completed one berry scarf for a good friend's birthday, one mauve scarf for my next door neighbour's Christmas present, and one peach, pink and red scarf for a nameless but very special family member. I hope they love snuggling into the unbelievable softness of their new scarves.

Friday, 23 October 2009

Gothic revival

Yesterday's post brought this little beauty - a German tatting pattern book from 1920 that I managed to snag on ebay. Some of the designs are very pretty, but the thing I love most about this book (even more than the embossed cover design) is that it is printed in gothic script. It's almost like reading a book of spells. I shouldn't be so surprised really, because tatting is a magical thing - turning a length of thread into a thing of beauty with just a little sleight of hand!

I've just managed to find a few minutes to sew in the ends on yet another snowflake so that I can share it with you. This is the Lacy Snowflake from Vida Sunderman's Tatted Snowflakes. It is tatted in the glitzy size 10 Anchor Liana Metallic. That's number 24 in the challenge. Almost there!

Saturday, 10 October 2009

Beady eyed

This is the Frosty Snowflake from Vida Sunderman's Tatted Snowflakes. It's tatted in size 10 Anchor mercer crochet cotton with slightly opalescent aqua seed beads. It is number 23 in my 25 motif challenge and my second attempt at using beads in my tatting. I'm not sure why I've been so reluctant to use beads - the hardest part was threading the 100 or so beads onto the thread. I see more beads in my future...

Wednesday saw me knitting on the train on my way to and back from a meeting in London. I've now completed the scarf in Rico Pompon Print yarn. Barely off the needles, it was hijacked by Mr Quiltification who is modelling it in this sneaky photo I managed to grab. I think I've been commissioned to make him one of his own in more manly colours. First though, I'm planning to make some progress on a cardigan I started last year.

Tuesday, 6 October 2009

Outside the box

Today's post concerns not tatting, not sewing, not even quilting, but knitting. You may or may not know that I am the world's slowest knitter. Well, I assume I am since I have never met a slower knitter although I've never had an official knitting speed test. Anyway, despite the speed issue, I am always tempted by pretty yarn, and have several unfinished knitting projects lurking in dark corners of the house. Today I discovered this Rico Design Pompon Print yarn in a range of delicious variegated colours. Each 200g ball knits can be knitted up into a 2m long scarf. I can't get over how quickly it grows - I am already a third of the way through the ball and am planning who to make scarves for this Christmas.

Saturday, 3 October 2009

Twinkle twinkle little star

Close to my place of work are a couple of fabulous shops - one sells upholstery fabrics at an outrageously good price whilst the other stocks all sorts of creative goodness - fabric by the kilo, threads, haberdashery, yarn, scrapbooking supplies... Since the majority of my colleagues are male I can pretty much guarantee that I won't be interrupted if I slope off to browse during my lunch break.
A couple of weeks ago, I came across a box of Anchor Liana Metallic - a size 10 mercer cotton with a glitzy silver metallic threaded through it. At £2.99 for four 50g balls, it would have been a crime to leave it on the shelf. Here is my first piece of tatting made using this thread - it is the Ribbon Snowflake from Tatted Snowflakes by Vida Sunderman, and it's number 22 in my 25 motif challenge. I'll definitely be making a few more snowflakes with this thread - I like the subtle sparkle and it only takes a little more care than tatting with a standard mercer thread.