Scaling up a knitting pattern

It seems my neice has outgrown many of the shoes I made for her.

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My sister loved the little Mary Janes the best, so I wanted to make a larger size. Unfortunately the pattern books I have only go up to 6 month size. So this week I sat with the original pattern and attempted to scale it up. I used the ratio of stitch increases from the smaller sized patterns and wrote out my own version. Today I finished knitting the first prototype, and I will hopefully visit my neice soon to try it on for size.

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The proportion of shoe to sock looks to balance, so if this fits ok I will make a few pairs for her winter wardrobe…is getting very chilly in Melbourne!
Until next time happy crafting
Fiona T

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Bookmark and pendant

Another busy week, and a couple of small projects completed.
First, we found out my son’s teacher was leaving, so I located my finished projects stash and found a dragon book mark and pendant to send as a thank you and farewell gift.

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Then I have found out that a dear colleague will be leaving work soon, so had time to actually make one of my favourite bookmarks. I had some thread left in the shuttles so looked to my favorite Morimoto book for some inspiration, and made a quick pendant too.

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You may notice the lipstick case in the above photo, I have started using this to take the small projects in my hand bag. It holds 2 shuttles and stops the thread getting tangled too. Do you have any clever storage tips to share?
Until next time, happy tatting
Fiona T

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Finished my second Kina

I have just finished sewing the button on my latest Kina. This is the one I started last year in March, and decided a few rows in to try a different style of knitting, which put a noticeable line in the garment. I tried a couple of things to fix it,  but decided to cut my losses and frog it. I also began knitting for the arrival of my neice,  so left this kina to grow very slowly. 
Now it’s May 2015 and here is the finished kina, using the Lady Kina (design 40) pattern from kids tricots on ravelry. I used 8 ply  Bendigo Wool Mills Cotton, Hollyhock colour. I really loved working with this cotton, it was so soft. I still have a ball and a half left,  so might make a version for my neice in this before using the wool I have stashed for her.  Or maybe I will make a hat or two. 

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Below is a photo of me sewing up one of the only 2 seams in this jacket. 

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I wonder what projects you are close to finishing? 
Until next time, happy crafting
Fiona T

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Leafy doily in new home.

Happy mother’s day for yesterday to all mums 🙂 After my son’s very early morning soccer game (in Melbourne’s rain) I had a lovely day.  One of my sisters hosted dinner at her house,  and it was lovely.  I had the opportunity to take a couple of photos of the leaf doily on its new home, so here they are:

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Until next time, happy tatting 🙂
Fiona T

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Leafy doily in new home.

Happy mother’s day for yesterday to all mums 🙂 After my son’s very early morning soccer game (in Melbourne’s rain) I had a lovely day.  One of my sister’s hosted dinner at her house,  and it was lovely.  I had the opportunity to take a couple of photos of the leaf doily on its new home, so here they are:

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Until next time, happy tatting 🙂
Fiona T

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Crocheted Owl Hat

I have recently been buying and downloading a few different patterns from ravelry, etsy and craftsy. This is the first one I have actually made. The hat is for me, so it is in purple (not cream like in the pattern), and I am pleased the owls still stand out. I frogged this pattern a few times, the 3D effect was a bit confusing, with layers of stitches in some sections a bit hard for me to count.  I’m happy to say that perseverance had paid off,  and I finished the last section today.  The pattern is by Carlinda Lewis at TheHookHound on Etsy.

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With winter on the way I am looking forward to wearing this hat very soon.
I wonder if you have made anything for yourself lately?
Until next time,
happy tatting
Fiona T

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Doily Clock in planning

Last week I had the bright idea to make the 12 pointed starlight doily into a clock.  I went to the local spotlight (craft store in Australia) this week, and found the parts I needed.  While there wasn’t a huge choice,  there was a variety in size of the clock face and hands to fit this small doily. 

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We recently painted a chest of drawers and have some white paint left, so I will paint the board white and then mount the doily and the clock mechanisms.  I wonder what the best way to attach it will be? Maybe hot glue? Hmmm… do you have any ideas?  Please let me know in the comments or on facebook :).
Until next time
Happy tatting
Fiona T

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Star light doily tat along

During March one of the Facebook tatting pages had a tat along using the vintage pattern of the starlight doily.  I had a lovely pale green Altin Basak size 40 thread that seemed perfect for this.  It was lovely to tat,  the pattern was not to complex.  I adapted the first few rounds to be done with continuous thread method (CTM).

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I was showing it to my best friend on the weekend,  as I had it out drying from being blocked. My friend thought it was lovely enough for a frame.  I agreed, then had a brain wave, this could be made into a clock!  It has 12 points, so would work easily if I added a clock mechanism and mount it.  I have long admired the clocks on pintrest made from upcycled doilies. So another project had been added to my list for crafting.
I wonder when a brain wave has led to an interesting adaptation of a crafty project for you? 
Until next time, happy tatting
Fiona T

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Leaf Doily takes shape

Over the last 12 months I have been working periodically on this leaf doily for my sister. You may remember that I improvised a BeStitched bookmark pattern by Nancy Tracey, into this doily. It is made in size 40 Altin Basak thread.  After getting some advice about how to finish it from the tat and chat group, I decided to try it. I wasn’t sure if this chain based edging would work. .. it could become a little loopy. So I have just blocked it lightly to see how it turns out.

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It could be ok once it is dry, if not I will cut away the chains and try another of the many options put to my by the tat and chat group. Then I will finally be able to give it to my sister. ..before her kitchen colour scheme changes I hope! 
I wonder if you have improvised a pattern before,  how did it turn out?  Were there ‘back to the drawing board’ moments? 
Until next time
Happy tatting
Fiona T

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Happy Easter, and some ebay ‘wins’

Happy Easter to all my followers and readers at onemadtatter!  I have been trying to balance my crafting time with work and study.
Spending time on the craftsy online class yesterday saw the production of 2 daisy picot pendants. I am much happier with the green one,  possibly because the beads are smaller and sit better.  Both are made in size 40 threads,  emptying other shuttles. 

I also had some shuttles arrive from an ebay ‘win’- the highly sought Milward shuttle, and a white plastic shuttle (advertised as bone… but definitely plastic), and a Judith Conor book that I had only seen at my library years ago.  Lots of great info in this one! 

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Best wishes for the Easter season, until next time,  happy tatting!
Fiona T

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