Another kina cast on :)

After finishing my first adult kina, I didn’t think I would make another. That was until I found the first one a bit hot for wearing in our summer. I decided to make another one this year, in Bendigo Wool Mills 8ply cotton, the shade is a lilac called Hollyhock. I have just cast on and powered through the first few rows.

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The cotton is lovely to knit with. I hope to finish this by next summer.
As always, happy crafting
Fiona T

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Metal boye shuttle and Doily -EBay find

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I was excited a few weeks ago to come across this on EBay, a metal shuttle, thread and a mostly made doily for AUS$5. I couldn’t resist and bought it! When it arrived I was excited to see that the shuttle is new, and as it is my first metal shuttle I am quite pleased with it. I haven’t used it yet, but hope to soon. The doily is unfinished, and is the myth pattern I am familiar with and have made a couple of times now. My first thought was to finish it, but the thread sent with the shuttle is not the same as that used for the doily. I am contemplating cutting away the final round so far and using another colour to complete the final round as a contrast. There was also a little butterfly and flower in the package. Quite a bargain for what I paid :) It goes to show that regularly checking sites like EBay can yield some good finds, you really just need to be patient :)

Until next time- which will likely be the 500 liker celebration giveaway-

Happy tatting

Fiona T

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Tatted letters- Part 2

A short time ago I came across my split ring tatted letter designs and samples, and have shared the first 6 letters with you. Here is a picture of the next 4, based on the same dimensions and again using two colours to show where the splits are- if you do them in one colour of thread on both shuttles your letters will appear to be a single colour. Not all of them have been made into samples- though the guide diagram is there for G & J. H was quite straight forward to make, as were I & L, but K was trickier- I wonder if you will have more luck- Please let me know what you come up with if you try with this particular stitch count.  btumsz3   4a24jvu

Until next time,

Happy Tatting

Fiona T

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Doily ll Jan Stawasz

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I am working on this Jan Stawasz Doily ll from his ‘Tatting theory and patterns” book. I liked the look of this book and the patterns in it look great- many are quite visually stunning. I decided to work this one when emptying a shuttle from the recent ‘amusement doily’ tat along on facebook. I thought, as with many doilies, I could adapt the pattern to use split chains to climb out of rows- I was wrong in this thought. The rings and chains on the main part of this doily are reversed to the traditional placement of rings and chains, so I had to cut and sew in after each round. This made it slow and tedious and- um- boring- to tat the ecru part of this doily. I have never been bored before when tatting- confused (yes), frustrated (yes), excited (yes)- but never bored! Once I got to the next row- pictured here- it was a bit more interesting. I am now just starting the second last round and the stitch counts are a bit ‘challenging’ to remember. I need to keep checking the visual diagram. It is slow progress, but I will keep chipping away. I also hope the slight bend in the final ecru round can be blocked out at the end- it would be a shame to have wasted all this time and thread. I do love the colour combination, inspired by Morimoto’s colour pallette in her book “New Tatting”.

I wonder what crafting piece you tried that was more challenging than you anticipated? Please share in the comments here or on facebook :)

Until next time

Happy Tatting

Fiona T

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Day 12 TIAS 2015- nearly finished! (and day 13- now finished…)

wpid-2015-02-07-17.24.01.jpg.jpegI’ve been enjoying Jane’s TIAS again this year, and here is the picture of day 12- a sweet pair of tatted scissors. What a nice idea for any crafter! We are nearly finished, as you can see, and it has been lovely looking through people’s pictures and progress over the last few weeks. So do have a look at Jane’s TIAS blog :) Jane has just posted the final day’s pattern- so I’d better pop over and download it :)

Ok- updated post a few minutes after publishing- here is my finished TIAS 2015- still have to sew in ends: wpid-2015-02-07-19.47.24.jpg.jpeg

Happy Tatting

Fiona T

 

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Crowd sourcing- FUNDRAISING/SPONSORSHIP needed | 5000 POPPIES

 

Just sharing this blog that popped into my inbox this morning. If you are based in Australia/New Zealand you may wish to contribute…I have no affiliation with the 5000 poppies blog or organisational group. The purpose of this blog post today is to raise awareness of this fundraising effort.

Remember the inspiring 5000 poppies tribute I wrote about here? I have been following this closely and meaning to make a tatted poppy to contribute ;) It’s still on my list. The response have been overwhelming for the organisers with over 60,000 poppies to date- this has necessitated the fundraising/sponsorship request in the linked post: FUNDRAISING/SPONSORSHIP | 5000 POPPIES.  It will take lots of money to move the already amassed poppies (think truck hire etc) to the display point for the ANZAC day memorial. A few weeks ago I had seen the online kickstarter sort of fundraising page for this fundraising effort- but since the target of the kickstarter was not reached by the set date – all pledges were cancelled! So now the organisers are trying to raise funds through other fundraising means- including donations from individuals.  The re-blogged post above gives details of this fundraising effort – so if you would like to contribute to help this wonderful project come to life please consider the sponsorship packages (starting at $12 to dedicate a poppy).

I will be back to normal blogging this weekend with a craft giveaway too- we are over 400 likers on the Facebook page now :)

Until next time- Happy tatting

Fiona T

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Starting some new doilies.

After completing the 3 amusement doilies I was left with shuttles that still had thread on them. I recently received Jan Stawasz’s book: Tatting theory and patterns, so used the thread in the shuttles to begin his “Doily II” (in blue) and “Doily VII” (in pink). I really like the effect of both colours against the Ecru thread, based on the design colours of “Morimoto“, so have continued to use these colours.

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I am making good progress on doily II, but while this pattern is visually stunning,  it is quite boring to tat (I know- I never thought I would see the day when I said that either!). I had originally thought I could challenge myself to use split rings and chains to climb between rows, but Jan’s clever design means these joins would be difficult- far past my current ability. So I have been cutting and sewing in threads for each round. I am looking forward to the outer rounds, they look a but more challenging.  I really should think these projects through :) , I now have 2 doilies in progress, as well as a few UFOs waiting in the wings, The ‘yes you can challenge’ on Craftree, and my aim to make baubles each month…oh, and Jane’s TIAS. Too many ideas!

I wonder what your ideas are for crafting this year? Have you already committed to more than you thought?
In other news, the facebook page is growing quickly now, we hit 400 likes over the weekend. I will run a giveaway soon, so stay tuned!

As always, happy tatting.
Fiona T

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Knitted Adult Kina finished- phew

I have just finished my Adult Kina from this pattern on Ravelry. I was inspired for a long time to try this from the posts retro-mummy puts up of the kinas she makes for her children. It is knitted in one piece (not many ends to sew in, and NO sleeves to attach later) on circular needles- but not in the round (which is lucky as I have never done ‘in the round’ knitting before). This pattern is also fairly simple- all of the shaping is done near the beginning and once you cast off the sleeves it is pretty much smooth sailing and very straightforward to complete – it just took me a while to finish it (11 months :/ ), as I really tat more than any craft at the moment.

Here is a picture of it once I cast it off the needles. I have to sew in 4 ends and attach a button- then it is done.

Cast off kina- nearly finishedAnd so here it is with a button and finished ends-Finished Kina FT

I made this using 8ply Blueberry pure wool, from Bendigo Wool Mills (purchased from Unwind cafe) and to make this small lady size it took 1 and 3/4 balls. Initially I made it for summer- but think it is really a bit ‘hot’ for these days- so my next brilliant plan is to make another one in Bendigo Wool Mills cotton, or perhaps their Bamboo/silk blend for next summer. I would also love to make some of these for a couple of friend’s daughters- but will see how long it takes me to knit a child one before I commit :)

Until next time,  happy crafting

Fiona T

 

 

 

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Three times as Amusing- my finished Amusement doilies

Here is a picture of my three finished Amusement doilies, made as part of a tat along on Facebook. These doilies are quite quick to make up, and as I have been on holidays I was able to work on them for more time each day than I usually do. I made two as ‘twins’ with colours my mum has in a smocked sampler above the table these are made for (The colours on the ‘twin’ doilies are Altin Basik size #50, and Ecru is Milford Mercerised size #40. The Pink and Brown doily has pink Milford mercerised size#40, while the brown is Lizbeth size #40, Mocha Brown dark). After doing the first 2 I really thought the section between row 2 and 3 looked like paw prints, so I made a third to show that idea! I wonder if you can see the cheeky/muddy paw prints on the otherwise ‘clean’ doily :) 3 finished ammusement doilies

This has been a very amusing journey! Did you join in this tat along? Have you completed another tat along- like Renuleks, perhaps? Feel free to add links to your blog/pictures in the comments below.

If you would like to be involved in the TIAS that Jane runs, the day 3 pattern segment was released – http://tatitandsee.blogspot.com.au/2015/01/day-3-now-available.html so pop over and have a look, it would be great to see what we make :)

Until next time, happy tatting.

Fiona T

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Playing with an idea- One mad tatter’s split ring alphabet

 

A good thing about being on holidays is that I finally have the time to ‘clean out’ my stash cupboard- and in the process have come across a project idea I started long ago (I think 2010). Many of the alphabet letters I had found online or in my existing library to tat seemed to me to be very ‘frilly’. I really wanted to have some letters that were a bit more bold and plain. I began to draw out my idea in my scrapbook – then when I needed to empty a shuttle, I made these samples and adjusted the ideas and patterns as I went. The way I have used the split ring to turn corners was inspired by Anne Bruvold’s ‘Tatted Tardis” and how she manipulated the stitch count to make a ‘square’ corner. I further manipulated the stitch counts to make (or try to make) different angles.  The photos below show a bit of the thinking and ‘playing’ journey that takes place in my creative process.  I have included images of some of the letters I have ‘worked out’ so far. Some letters- like ‘Y’ are a bit more difficult, but now I have located this project again, I hope to work the rest out. The letters would look much better if they are in a single colour, but to help me (and you) visualise the split rings (and as I was testing these when emptying shuttles) the two colours give a better idea of how the ‘split ring’ works to turn/move around a corner. ghyf5kd g0a1wni      uptgclv I have had another idea for a different way of using the split rings too- but think I should finish this set first before starting the next idea. Trying new ideas, and ‘designing’ a pattern for others to follow is a whole different skill set, and one that I was glad to have begun developing through the online tatting design class a few years ago. Of course now with family, work and study – it’s only on the holidays when I can indulge in this extension of my crafting passion.

In other tatting news, Jane has started the TIAS, and day 2’s pattern is set for release today sometime. I realised (thanks Muskaan) that I made a bit of a mistake in my execution of the pattern- so have started again :) I love this game each year, and can’t wait to see who is first to figure out what we are making :) Thanks Jane, we do enjoy this each year.

Until next time,

Happy tatting

Fiona T

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