04 March 2015

Plans have changed
In my previous posting I was talking about a Coats doily that I wanted to do together with a tatting friend.
This pattern is so incredible hard to read that I have decided to change my plans and stop doing the doily. It is written in a strange way and I would need a fellow tatter to discuss it with. But that is not an option anymore so this is what I have done of this pattern. To be honest I think it is the first time I have given up doing a doily, lol.
Threads are Lizbeth size 20.
But I am still in the mood for doing a doily, so like many others I have started the Renulek Spring 2015 doily. I know I will be able to do this doily and her patterns are not that hard to read even though they are not genuine diagrams. And besides that it seems like we will have an early spring this year after a very wet winter, so what better way to celebrate the light and all the colours coming back than to tat a spring doily, lol. The thread is Manuela size 20 and I will use all the colours I have in that brand. The white is an Aida though.
So far so good - I think Renulek is posting a new round every Friday so  I think it will take a bit of time to finish it.

01 February 2015

Going to play with this
Liyarra asked if anyone would want to play with this In Time For Something Big . I could not resist the challenge so I have accepted to go and play with this too.
To be honest it is not a fairly new pattern for me to do because I started this in January 2006 and then it turned into a UFO. In those days I used white DMC size 40 - and there's a picture of it here.
I think I know the reason why it turned into a UFO is that - at least for me - it is so hard reading the instructions on how to join those motives in the center. It was so troublesome then and even today it has caused me problems.
I could cheat and just continue my UFO but I have decided to start it all over again, this time using size 20 and not only a white thread.
These days I am not as quick in finishing doilies as I used to be, but I can feel that I am really in the mood to do this. I also know I have a habit of not always finishing those big doilies, I will try to do all of the doily this time though. But like we all know, it is not always going the way we plan. :-)

31 January 2015

Sock Harvest
I do not know if that exists in English (and I am too lazy to look it up, lol), but in the autumn I did those socks in the picture below so I have not been totally lazy while I have been absent.
My phone does not give the socks credit when showing the colours because the second one from the right is actually purple-black and not blue-black. It is winter here so of course I am using them and they do keep my feet warm.
I have been away for some time partly because I have had technical issues regarding entering my blog. But a friend of mine fixed it - NeoCounter was causing problems and is now deleted - and now I am able to enter here again.
So when time permits I will try to post stuff here from when I was away and some that I am working on right now.

15 June 2014

A table cloth and a doily

Some time ago on my Guilds FB-page a tatter showed a picture of a table cloth she's working on. She's on round 15 and all in all there are 19 rounds. The diameter will be 80 cm in size 20 and when it is done she will have done 78.604 ds. Must be such a heirloom when it is finished.

The pattern is from a Guild magazine from 2011 and of course I had to look that one up to see the finished table cloth. What an impressive piece of tatting and so much time needed to do the entire piece. I am definitely not patient enough to do such a huge table cloth.

Of course I had to try a bit of the pattern. Mine is done in Lizbeth size 40 and measures 20 cm in diameter. I am too lazy to figure out how many ds I have done, lol. Comes right from the shuttle so it has not been blocked or anything.

In the magazine it says it is reconstructed from a very old table cloth.

24 May 2014

Stawasz doily and Lizbeth threads
A few days ago I finished another doily from my new Stawasz book (page 58-59). Or rather I did a part of the doily because I did not particularly fanzy the entire doily.
So I stopped where I thought it would be appropriate but did add a couple of rounds made of chains only, because I thought the doily was a bit unfinished with a round of rings and chains turning opposite.
Thread is Lizbeth size 20 and the diameter is almost 18 cm. Sorry I can not remember what number the variegated is right now.
There has been comments about the Lizbeth threads online lately. It seems there are some tatters having trouble with the thread, it twists and have knots in inconvinient places which I am very sad to hear.
I have to say that so far it has not really failed me. Yes sometimes it does twist but so do the DMC, Aida and the Flora etc. sometimes and in those cases I put the shuttle through the ring before I close the ring. There are no tatting threads really available locally so I have to buy at meetings or online and so many threads are not available anymore. DMC, Aida, Flora and Lizbeth are the ones working best for me so I buy some when I can. So I hope Lizbeth wont disappoint me like it has happened to others.
It is no secret that I have a favourite bookmark I have done numerous times.
I needed to enlarge my stock of those so I made one in each of the new variegated Lizbeth colours that I got from Roseground and from the Guilds annual meeting. These are all size 20.
It is nice to see how the colours work when they have been tatted and now I also have something to look at when choosing a colour for projects planned for the near future.

06 May 2014

Another doily part
For some days I thought I could not access this blog, but it was just me being silly really - and when I clicked in the right place it all looked like it used too. LOL
I have continued working with some of my new Lizbeths and looking through the Stawasz book. A few days ago I was able to finish this doily - or rather a part of a doily from that book.
Part of the doily was a bit tricky but mostly it worked fine and it went quite quickly - in contrast to the ones I have started since this was finished, roflol.
Thread is Lizbeth size 20.
Diameter is 20 cm.

14 April 2014

A Variation
My new threads and the second Stawasz book  arrived a couple of weeks ago from Roseground. I really love the new variegated colours and even though I have read a lot of people are having problems with the Lizbeth it seems that I am a lucky tatter because they hardly ever cause me those problems.
I have also studied the Stawasz book quite a bit and unfortunately it looks like there still are errors in their books because the pattern I picked (doily XVII) were missing the number of ds on some chains. I think I have managed on my own figuring something out though.
Most of the book is very large doilies which I will never be able to do, but here and there I see possibilities for choosing smaller parts of them.
I did a variation of the doily because I do not like tatting all those split rings that are in the original pattern. But I thought I would try and duplicate part of the pattern where the split rings were supposed to be. And I have to say it worked very well, no problems at all in this size.
Thread is Scottish Thistle and solid white, both Lizbeths, and it measures 15X15 cm. I really love the variegated purple and green thread.