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Progress on minecraft diamond sword blanket

It will be no surprise to my regular followers that I have numerous craft projects in progress at any one time. One of these projects I began over a year ago, a diamond sword blanket for my son. I have been chipping away steadily and am nearer again to finishing this in the coming weeks.

Here the blanket is just over half way constructed. I do like the effect of the joins in black single crochet, it emulates the pixelated minecraft blocks well I think.

One of the reasons I have slowed in this progress is that the joining is in black wool, and it is difficult for me to work on this in the evenings. So, on a Sunday afternoon I often join another row, with the winter afternoon sun to work by.  

Until next time, happy crafting. 

Fiona T 

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Noel round three

I got to finish the third round of the Noel doily from Ben Fikkert’s book “floriade”. I really like the colours I am using- size 50 altin basak thread. Unfortunately this had to be retro tatted many times and even had a couple of beginnings cut away, as the pattern is sometimes counter intuitive and joins are not included in the written pattern notation. I also managed to miscount in the first round, and I have one less repeat than needed. This little doily will stop here (and make a pretty coaster) and I will start again to make the full version. 

Until next time, happy tatting, 

Fiona T 

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Hooded neck warmer- finished

A few weeks ago I looked at my stash of wool and decided that I had probably made enough jackets for my niece and that I should make something for myself. 

The Bendigo wool mills Bold Bamboo plum jam colour was calling to me. I had bought it to make a hooded neck warmer, but the pattern was a bit daunting.  The pattern was purchased from While they play, and is called “through the woods”. There were a few new (for me) techniques like picking up stitches to make the neck and button bands. I decided I would learn as I went, and so cast on the first row. 

Much of the pattern was straight forward, and enjoyable to knit.  When I did get stuck I visited the While they play blog and found photo tutorials which helped me through. 

And here we are, a few weeks later with a complete hood.  It is really warm, and comfy. Sometimes it is better to dive in and build skills as you need them.  

Until next time, happy crafting 

Fiona T 

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One I forgot- Kina from 2016

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.

Finished kina milky way 2016kina milky way july 2016Until next time, happy crafting

Fiona T

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A spot of knitting

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.

Fiona T 

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2015 mystery tat along- finished

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.

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.

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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,

Fiona T

 

 

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Diamond sword blanket in progress

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, 

Happy crafting 

Fiona T 

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TIAS fun with Jane

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!

Fiona T 

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First project for 2017- mandala shrug 

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 

Happy crafting 

Fiona T 

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Merry Christmas 2016

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, 

Fiona T  

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