I finished this Kina for my niece in time for her birthday in October last year (2016). For some reason I forgot to blog about it- so here it is.
The Kina is the toddler pattern from Ravelry: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/baby-kina-short-long-sleeved-version . Made in 8ply Bendigo Wool Mills milky way wool (made with wool and 17% milk fibre) jupiter colour.
It was the first big item I made on my bamboo circular needles. As this pattern required changing the needle size between the neckline and the main bodice, I really appreciated being able to change the needle tips without loosing any stitches.
The toddler size certainly knitted up quicker than the grown up one! With the weather cooling off rapidly now, my niece has been wearing this a bit lately. It looks like it will fit her for a while yet, and washes up really well.
Until next time, happy crafting
I found out this week that one of my work colleagues will be going on maternity leave in a couple of weeks. I thought I would make a little something to wish her well with her second child. It did take a little while to track down my baby yarn stash, as we are still renovating and keep moving boxes around the house. I managed to locate the yarn and pattern book too ☺.
I do enjoy making these little Mary Janes. They are very cute.
Until next time, happy crafting.
I was really excited when this mystery tat along started in June 2015 over at Craftree: https://www.craftree.com/forum/threadfs/33172?page=1#202930. And I am happy now to say I have finished it, just under two years later.
In 2015, I thought I would use some red size 40 Milford Mercerised cotton to make it. I also set myself a challenge of using split chains to climb out of rows, and used a shuttle and ball thread. Using the ball thread instead of an additional shuttle meant I had to also learn how to make split rings using the ball thread. While I enjoyed making the first few rounds I must have put the piece away when we started renovations at the end of 2015.
Tatting on the plane
Tatting on holiday
Progress in tatting on holiday
Another round finished on holiday
When I uncovered it again in 2016, I found the thread annoying to work with. So again the project went in a cupboard and was forgotten. About a month ago I re-discovered it, and remembered why I stopped working on it when I was finishing round seven. Instead of persevering with the annoying red thread, I decided to change the thread I was using and finish this challenge. I matched a variegated Lizbeth size 40 Juicy Watermelon (Colour 156) to the red. I really enjoyed the last two rounds and had it finished very quickly.
Below are the pictures of it being blocked, and the completed doily.
When I finish a project like this, I begin looking for another similar sized project to take it’s place. Perhaps I will even make this pattern again in a prettier, nicer to work with, thread.
Until next time, happy tatting,
Early last year I began crocheting squares for a minecraft themed Diamond sword blanket. I found a picture on the internet of a 15 x 15 pixelated image, using 9 colours. I have been crocheting granny squares ever since (or so it seems lol). I thought I was close to finishing, so recently got out all the peices and organised them into strips. I was then able to asssemble the blanket to see how many squares I had left to make. It seems I still have a way to go!
Until next time,
Well, I know it is January as it is super hot here in Melbourne, the tennis is on and I am tatting the TIAS. Every year for the last few years Jane Eborall has run a Tat it and see ( TIAS) on her blog. It has become something I really look forward to. It is fun for a few of reasons, as the pattern is split up and released over a couple of weeks no-one but Jane and her test tatters know what it is, so it is a mystery. It also becomes a guessing game that tatters across the world get invovled in. There is a great sense of the international tatting community in this yearly event. Thanks Jane for all of the effort you put in to make sure this is such a fun and welcoming event.
Here are some pictures of my work so far, day 1, 2 and 3. I am using altin basak green size 50 thread left over from the collar I made recently:
I’m really not sure what it is yet…my current guess is a horse…let’s see what day 4’s pattern brings.
Until next time, happy tatting!
Happy new year to everyone following one mad tatter. Best wishes for the year ahead.
On boxing day I decided to start on this crochet mandala shrug, designed by Marinke Slump and Anita Mundt. I had one and a half balls of the Bendigo Wool Mills 8ply Cotton in Hollyhock colour left over from the kina I knitted earlier in 2016. I had thought I would do something special with the left over so had purchased a ball of Bendigo Wool Mills 8ply cotton in parchment colour to contrast with it. The shrug seemed like a good choice to use these lovely yarns.
This project worked up pretty quickly in my evenings, and I completed it tonight. I now have much less of the yarn left over. I will look for a small project to finish it off…and will try not to buy more yarn ‘just in case’.
Have you completed any projects yet this year? Perhaps you have some crafty fun planned?
Until next time
Things have been a bit quiet on the blog for a few weeks as I have been busy finishing Christmas presents and studying too. The two gifts have now been given to their new owners so I can show you them now.
The first one was quite quick to make. I used Bendigo Wool Mills Cotton 10ply to make this in threes cardigan for my niece.
The second one took a little longer as I hadn’t made a collar like this before. The vintage pattern is from a Coats learn tatting book no 660, and made is in Milford Mercerised cotton size 40, purple. I experimented with using crochet to attach the tatted collar as I went, and this required a little bit of retro-crocheting to make it sit properly and not pucker. The recipient loved it, and I hope she enjoys wearing it. I hope to blog soon about the process I used to make this collar.
Wishing all of you a wonderful holiday season.
Until next time happy tatting,
Thanks to everyone who entered my recent give away, the winners have both received their prizes and so I can show you the craft pack the Australian winner received.
In other news, Jane Eborall has announced the TIAS (Tat it and see) and it will be in multiple languages. I look forward to taking part in the fun again. Here is the link https://janeeborall.blogspot.com.au/2016/12/introduction-to-tias.html?m=1
Until next time
Thanks to all the people who took time to comment on the blog and facebook page to enter this giveaway. There were some wonderful patterns shared, and some I hadn’t heard of either. The winners are: Australian prize (Craft pack including the 5 vintage books above posted to you)- Kristen Fink; International Prize (2015 snowflakes pattern and have a choice of 2 other patterns from Alenalea’s store– emailed to you) – Anne Fine.
I will contact you both through facebook and get details to send on your prizes.
This past week I have been busy marking, so I decided to include one of my favourite patterns- this Anchor doily I made for my sister a long time ago. I really like this pattern for a few reasons: it isn’t round, has a great balance and use of negative space and I was able to adapt the pattern to use split rings and chains so there were less ends to sew in. I also love the colours and used Altin Basak size 50 threads to make this to match my sister’s beautiful vintage cups. Here is a link to the post about the process of making this doily, and here is a link to the post about it being blocked and gifted.
Until next time, happy tatting,
A little while ago I saw this very cute pattern on Julie is Coco and Cocoa, and it was knitted in the round using a very short cable needle. I really wanted to try out this kind of knitting, and so purchased the pattern from her etsy link. The pattern was reasonably easy to follow and, once I got clear on the way it was worded (and needed to check back to the blog itself for the revised instructions, hints and tips) I remade the hat twice more to get it to fit me (increasing the stitch counts according to the noted on the blog). This hat is pictured above, being started at one of my favourite cafes and the finished in the picture beside it – Bendigo Wool mills 8Ply milky way (wool and milk fibre yarn). Sometimes working through these problems makes you feel more triumphant when you do complete a project.
Despite the sizing hiccup, the pattern was quite fun to make, and also to practice cables, so I bought some new 10ply Bendigo wool mills bamboo/wool blend yarn and made the one in the bottom picture. I have yet to add buttons to either hat, as we are now getting warmer weather in Melbourne and I no longer need the hat for my walk into work. I will source some cheap buttons over summer so the hats will look new for the rotation in time for Winter 2017.
Don’t forget to enter the 1,500 likers giveaway, you can enter by commenting on the blog post here: 1,500 likers giveaway or on the facebook page with the post about the 1,500 likers blog.
Until next time, happy crafting,