Wednesday, January 17, 2018

And We're Off!

Jane Eborall's tat it and see begins today. Here is my day 1. Hmm, could be anything at this early stage.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

All Set

I'm all set for Jane Eborall's Tat it and see, which begins tomorrow. Here's a link to the introduction.
I'm giving my silver shuttle its annual outing:

Monday, January 15, 2018

The Back

This is the back of my embossed leaves scarf. I like how it looks, negative leaves perhaps. Since the back of a scarf is also seen, I have been careful to make my increases and decreases regular and hide the ends of wool invisibly. I'm sure it will look better after blocking too. Oh, and thanks to Crafty Sylvie, I am now using half double crochet on the edges, which are keeping much straighter.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

In French

Julie contacted me a while ago to ask if she could translate my pattern Under an African Sky into French and use it for a tat-along. Of course! I'm delighted, take it as a great compliment. The group has reached round 5, as you can see on Julie's post here.

Thursday, January 11, 2018


I was so excited about the embossed leaves that I didn't give much thought to the edges of my scarf. When I did, I realised that a Back Post Double Crochet shortens the stitch, so of course doing a double crochet (treble, in English crochet terms) next to it will result in a wobbly edge. I'm going to have to start again. That's fine. I'm happy with how the leaves look, and I accept that learning by trial and error rather than following a pattern is bound to require unraveling.

Forget Boring!

The time for handing in my crocheted beret and scarf for competition is rapidly approaching. I really need to finish the scarf. But, as I explained in this post, the scarf was so boring, I was finding it difficult to keep motivated. On Tuesday I was scrolling through Pinterest on my phone when I came across Embossed Leaves Reversible Shawl by Furl Crochet. Aha, that could be the very thing to solve my problem. The link said it was a free pattern, but I couldn't find the pattern. After some sleuthing I found this page on Bonita Patterns blog on how to do embossed crochet. It has a pattern for a hexagon in embossed crochet. I grabbed the nearest hook and wool and gave it a go. Once I understood the principle involved, I did a lot of scribbling and worked out a flat version that could work for a scarf:
I know that the judges, especially at National level, like traditional, conventional techniques.  I was  advised by the fundis not to get too carried away. But one of the reasons I enter competitions is to learn something and honestly I just couldn't hand in a boring brown scarf. So I took the plunge and yesterday evening unraveled my scarf. I was a little appalled at how much work I was destroying, but it's done now and I must get on with my new version forthwith!

Wednesday, January 10, 2018


I posted off 48 squares to the Brussels project this morning. My aim was 50.  I was sure I'd tatted more than that, but no, when I counted this morning there were 48. I don't plan to go to town again for a fortnight, so I decided to send them off as is. I printed off the pattern for my little square and sent that along too. I contemplated sending an ice drop square, but it would've make the envelope lumpy, so I didn't.