Friday, October 9, 2015


Though I did get a sale in my etsy shop yesterday, thank goodness, I had already made two of the piece that sold. This means that the sale didn't give me any reason to tat another. Although I might take a break from knitting today to do so anyway, just for the sake of tatting. I was just on a nice roll with the sweater I'm trying to construct. I took some time right after schooling to move the piece from one circular needle to two so I could try it on and lo and behold it fit well. I really didn't know if it was going to work at all given all the liberties I had taken with the base pattern. Really, the only time I was on pattern was the first 10 rows or so.

In fact I managed to get all the way to the bottom of the sweater and start on one arm yesterday. Of course it wasn't all roses, I didn't really like the bind off edge I had done, so once both arms are complete I'm likely going to rip back the bottom a bit and give it another go. I know I've done a loose enough bind off on projects before, I just can't remember which ones right now. I'm certain the Internet will provide all the answers. At the rate I'm working I might should have a wearable garment by Monday. That is of course, unless I muck something up horribly, which is a real possibility.

So I guess I'm going to try for some knitting, some tatting, and probably a little way overdue cleaning. Hopefully I'll emerge on Monday with more things to share.

Thursday, October 8, 2015


I had the worst time trying to find a project yesterday. Again, there were no sales in my shop, nor tatting ideas to pull me out of this random fiber arts whirlwind I've been on lately. Perhaps I just needed a break to make some things for myself that didn't need to be sell-able. Well eventually I decided that what I really wanted to make for me was one of those great loose knit sweaters everyone wears in post apocalyptic entertainment. You know the ones that look like they should be falling apart or unraveling, but they still look great and gauzy. Of course finding an actual pattern for such a thing seems nigh on impossible. I settled on something close enough and I figure I'll make it up mostly as written and muck with it if need be.

My improvisation skills are not as good with knitting as they are with tatting, just a product of practice, but I'm hoping that this at least turns out wearable. If not, it should be terribly easy to unravel and start over with whatever I have learned from the failure. Of course given that it's suppose to be a sweater, it wasn't anywhere near done yesterday. If I had finished it in one day, I might've felt I had a new calling with speed knitting. Hopefully I'll at least get far enough today to know whether I'm barking up the wrong tree with the pattern.

As usual, I'll still be not so patiently waiting for something interesting to happen in my shop, or some magic light bulb moment to pull me back to the lace. Until then though at least I'm staying busy.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015


So since Monday I spent the day knitting, I opted to find something to finish up the yarn leftover from the dragon cowl. I settled on some crochet slippers since my feet were cold for the first time this year. I got the pattern on Ravelry, where I am finally posting a few things. I picked the Seaspray slippers because they looked simple, but they still had an interesting design.

I was just using up the Caron simply soft yarn I had on hand and unfortunately the yarn did not make for comfy slippers. well that's not entirely true. They were perfectly comfortable to wear while lounging on the couch, but walking in them on my tile floors was actually painful as the stitches pushed into my feet. So I suppose it was sort of a wasted day. I was however forced to learn a new technique to make them, the magic ring. I'd never heard of it before, but after figuring it out, it's almost the same thing as the center ring in Armenian lace only with a crochet hook instead of a needle. I guess as long as I learned something, the day was productive.

Now I am again forced to find a new project unless I'm sent some orders in the shop in the next couple of hours. Yeah, I'm not counting on that either. I'll come up with something to make. It's just too bad my family doesn't like knit, crochet, tatted, or other fiber art gifts, then I'd have a purpose.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Dragon Wing

The battle for my idle hands was won by a knitting pattern I had seen fly across my twitter dashboard a few days ago. It's call a Dragon Wing Cowl and I thought it looked ever so interesting. Luckily I had plenty of plain black yarn on hand in the right thickness, so I was ready to go. It started out with a hell of a lot of garter stitch. I hate the look of garter stitch, but I trusted the pattern and knitted all throughout the morning of schooling. The rows got longer and longer and I was worried that I wouldn't finish it in one day. I really wanted to see the next step, because it's the reason I started on this boring garter stitch mass.

I kept at it and after an incredibly long day of schooling, there was an essay involved, I got to the next step. I dropped rows of stitches. It was painful to do, but kind of fun as well. They are dropped all the way to the beginning of the piece for the next step which is the one I was really waiting for.

You pick up all the dropped stitches and reknit them in bundles. Doesn't it look neat. I used a crochet hook and the process was fiddly as hell, but I was determined to finish my idle hands project in one day. I was actually still doing the braided spines while I was cooking dinner. I finished the piece right after we finished eating, a glass of wine in hand.

Now there was some talk of blocking in the pattern, but I never block anything, so this is what it looks like all done. I didn't have any buttons on hand to finish it properly, so I dug about my hoard of supplies and decided to use some jewelry toggle bars instead. I did sew them on in a way that will help with their removal should I acquire proper buttons in the future, but honestly I think it looks fine and it cost me nothing to make since I had everything already, just a day's worth of idle, project hungry hands.

The pattern is available free from Jessie At Home, if anyone
else is interested in taking a knitting day.

Now I just need to figure out what to do with my hands today. Here's hoping it's something interesting at least.

Monday, October 5, 2015


I realized that on Friday I was talking about the design I was making up for the latest Armenian lace doily, but none of the pictures showed it yet at all. So this is what I started with on Friday. You can finally see here what I was talking about when I referred to a stripe beginning to form. It's not as distinct as I was hoping it would be, but I think more rounds and it would eventually become a nice spiral stripe. I however, was not interested in working on the design that long.

After a few more rounds I decided to come up with some unique edging design. There were a few patterns in the book with pointed edges, but I knew the points were all worked individually and then the thread was tied and cut and honestly I was looking to complete this piece with a minimum of fuss. I still wanted it to look interesting though. So after doing a little math to confirm it would work I made these small points that I then worked down the side of to start the next one. So it's worked back and forth over a handful of loops and then down the side giving it a rounded look. I think it also managed to enhance the stripe a bit as well.

 I finished it early in the evening yesterday. It still needs to be
washed and pressed. but I'm fairly satisfied with what I managed to come up with to finish the piece after earlier math had failed me. It ended up being about 9.5 inches across which means this one is small enough to put in a nice 10 inch square frame. You know, should I choose to go that route. This one has taught me that I need to be more mindful of the math, but when I'm not, I can in fact make stuff up as I go and it's not a complete disaster. What's up for me next to keep my hands from idleness, I don't know. I also managed to make 5 pairs of tatted cat ear headbands over the weekend, so I've exhausted my current tatting projects as well. As always I'll just hope for inspiration, sales, or both to keep me going.