Monday, June 27, 2016

Knotted Weekend

Well I didn't get anything put into the shop, but I did get some things made. Here is the first Armenian knotted lace necklace I was working on last week. I ended up making the pattern over 10 rows and then I did finish with a boring round of small loops. They may not be interesting, but they did give the piece a nice finished edge.

Instead of spending time getting the piece listed in my shop, I just
went ahead and used any of my sitting time over the weekend to crochet up another cord to try another. We had a Monty Python movie marathon which gave me plenty of sitting time. This time I went with the larger loops I've always used before and hen followed those up with square loops. I didn't take a new picture yet, but these were followed by another round of plain loops and I have a plan for the rest of the piece as well.

I'm not sure I'll get finished with it today though as it's the husbands birthday and there are plans much of the day, but hopefully I'll at least get started so I have something to share tomorrow.

Friday, June 24, 2016

That's Better

Yesterday was basically a repeat of the day the preceded it. Though this time I think I got the Armenian knotting right. I still used the smaller knots, but this time I skipped one every fourth and created a bit of a pattern and thankfully that also worked to the get the piece back to the correct amount of curve.

 It's not quite done yet, I want to give it a few more rounds so it's a more substantial piece. I think I also want to add something different to the last round to give it a bit of an edge, but I'm not sure whether I'm just going to add small loops all the way across or get more creative.

I believe the children are off to their grandparent's house today, so I'll also be glued to the TV, watching those DVR'd shows that the kids dislike. Hopefully all that sitting will result in a new piece finished and listed in the shop by Monday. What? It could happen.

Thursday, June 23, 2016


I tried to divide my time between my need to clear off my DVR by watching countless shows and my desire to exercise during the day by walking and reading. I managed to do both as well as get out my needle and thread and work on an Armenian knotted lace necklace. Though there's a bit of a downside to that last thing. You see, I was going along well with small loops in the crochet cord. The piece was curving slightly which is good.

Then about the third row, it was clear I had made a poor decision. The curve was getting far too pronounced. Worse the knots were so close together for the smaller loops that the only was to undo the decision was to carefully cut the entire section of knotted lace off of the crochet cord to start again. It was a slow, painstaking process and it left me with a plain cord to start over with again. I made a different choice with thee pattern, but it's too soon to tell whether or not it will have the same end as this one. That should be discovered today as the plan is the same as yesterday: reading, walking, DVR watching, and lace making.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Brown Paper

As I suspected our outing in the morning to Stanford stretched all the way to the afternoon. Once we were home, I had no energy to do anything aside from read and sit, so I have nothing interesting to share or tell. But I do have a couple of pictures of one of the cats playing with packing material so that's what I offer to the world today. This is JiJi, and that is his piece of brown paper. It is a cave and a costume, clearly.
Hopefully I'll get up to something creative today. There are no plans for the day, so it's likely that I'll think of something. If not hopefully the cats do something amusing.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016


We're off out of town ridiculously early this morning so I haven't a lot of time to write, but I did do some tatting yesterday. It would be a shame not to use the picture I actually managed to take So here is the custom choker I was working on yesterday.It's another one made with the macame slide closure. I do adore these as I don't have to working about findings to finish the piece. It's already finished and in the mail to it's new home this morning.

We'll be out of the house much of the day, so tomorrow's post is likely to be even shorter than this. I did get a crochet cord base made for another Armenian knotted lace necklace, but I haven't thought far enough to the design yet. Maybe while I'm off it'll come to me. I likely won't get it started though.