Friday, November 24, 2017


My neighbour Poppie came over the other day, bringing an assortment of beads with her:
In truth, most of them are not suitable for beaded crochet. Poppie asked me to make her a necklace using the 'pearl' beads. Hmm. After some contemplation, I thought perhaps I could combine the 'bead soup' in the jar at the bottom of the picture with pearls. I did a sample and thought it looked alright, so I've carried on. Here's a close up:

Thursday, November 23, 2017


I've been wanting to try Diane's  fudge patterns. (I nearly said recipes.) Left to right these are Purple Fudge, Root Beer Fudge and Pink Fudge. I tatted the Root Beer Fudge first and thought the long chains might benefit from being joined to each other. So I joined the chains on Pink Fudge and it cupped! Sorry Diane. But I rather like the effect, it looks like a flower.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Frivole's Qanik

Joelle kindly sent me the pattern for her Qanik snowflake and so here it is! The long chains are quite hard to tame, but I think I did ok for a first attempt. I made a mistake on the first chain of the second round, but I didn't want to undo a Josephine ring, so I just used the same stitch count throughout.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017


This is another of Nicola Bowersox's patterns, called Beaded Ice Drop. I do like the way Nicola gives instructions for needle and shuttle tatters, her patterns are ambitatterous.

Monday, November 20, 2017


I've resisted joining tatting groups on Facebook because I'm afraid of spending too much time on line instead of in the real world. But when I saw the Birthday Ice Drop on Frivole's blog and God's Kid's blog, there was only one thing to do: I joined Diane's Ice Drop Addicts group. I'm a bit dense about negotiating such pages, but I did find files and Nicola Bowersox's pattern. So here are three Birthday Ice Drops:
Now to upload the picture on the group page, peruse other people's pictures and look at more patterns. The real world will have to wait!

Friday, November 17, 2017

Scarf Begun

I finished the beret and started on the scarf to go with it. The beret needs finishing off and blocking, but I'm going to show it to the gurus in my craft group before I do that. It has a good beret shape, which was one of the requirements for the competition.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Beret Begun

I dyed the wool for my beret in August, it's been languishing ever since. At last I've got back to it. The pattern is Cup Cake Rose by Wedina Schmidt, on Ravelry. I've just started decreasing to make the beret shape, so the edge is turning up, but that's temporary. So far, so good!