Monday, May 29, 2017

A Special Request

When my children were small, I made each of them a place mat, decorated with cross stitch. Yesterday Penny showed hers to her daughters and Annika promptly asked if she could have one. I said I'd see what I could do. This morning I dug around in my craft supplies and, amazingly, came up with the original pattern I used for Penny's one, thirty years ago!  That's the little girl on the bottom left of the page, so I'm going to do the bottom right one for Annika. I have some cross stitch alphabets but had a look on-line because I wanted one with a modern lower-case a. It's surprising how many have this 'a'. I settled on one from  I've collected all the materials I need and written out the lettering on graph paper. Now to begin....

Friday, May 26, 2017

A Quick Spin

It takes me about 11 hours to spin a full 'batch': that is, fill two bobbins with spinning and then ply them together. I'm in 'crochet mode' at the moment, rather than 'spinning mode', so I decided to just spin a half-batch. I have to wash this lot. It'll dry quickly in this weather, so I should be able to crochet again this afternoon.

Thursday, May 25, 2017


That's my new tally of crocheted squares. I've been working them in sets of 10:

Whether that way of working is really quicker than working one complete square at a time, as I read somewhere, I don't know. I have run out of the natural so will have to spin some more before I can resume crocheting.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

In Colour

Following a comment by Maureen on yesterday's post, I gave some thought to making the dot picots in a different colour. It's a bit fiddly, but possible, and the working did get easier as I went along. I used three shuttles and encapsulated the pink thread. I think it may be pertinent to muskaan's idea of using dot picots instead of beads. For a link to Usha's instructions for dot picots, scroll down to yesterday's post.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Dot Picots

I was a bit dubious when I first read about Usha's invention,  dot picots, because it involves frequently having to swap shuttles. But in practice it's easy enough to swap shuttles and it's very effective. A dot picot is a 'ring' with just one double stitch, made with the second shuttle. It creates an interesting textured look. I like muskaan's  working of Usha's pattern, where the beads echo the dot picots.

Monday, May 22, 2017


This is another combination of beaded crochet and Clare Gaylard glass.  I kept the crochet simple so that the glass beads are the main feature. Here's a picture of the work in progress, to give some idea of how it's done:

Friday, May 19, 2017


This is a 'for the record' progress report. I've crocheted 30 squares so far. I'm working on these mainly in the evenings, so I'm happy enough with that.