The new sun on our table

Isn’t this just the best pot holder?

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*pattern available on ravelry.com

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Tatting

Tatting??? You mean like, tattoos???? No. Noooooo. NOOOOOOOOOOOO. =P

TattinLoop di loop finishedg is a form of lace falling into the abyss of who-cares-ism characteristic of this time and age. Apparently, the word is derived from the french word “frivolité” (don’t ask me how it’s derived, because really, I have no clue at all), which means something frivolous, lace-y, light, flirty, futile. Basically, the name comes from the fact that this the of lace is not very heavy-duty, is super light and airy and elegant, and has a solely decorative purpose. This type of lace comes with little loops called picots (french word for little dot), and with those you can create beautiful lace patterns, for they give a lightness to the chains created.

To tat, you need small crochet yarn, of maybe 1mm, or less. A hook can also help, but most important, you need at least two tatting shuttles. A tatting shuttle, featured on left, is basically like a little holder for your thread that you will pass through loops to knot it and create the knot you wished to obtain. Often rounded, Unknownone side usually is smoother to permit easy gliding through the loops without damaging your work, while the other side can have a more pointed edge, or even a hook. This will be to control the size of the picots and straighten the work as it goes along, but also to aid in the joining of neighbouring picots. 

My other grandmother, not the crochet one, the everything else one, well, she is the one that gave me her tatting shuttles and some yarn and pieces of tatting she had tried out. I am lucky for she had some good quality metal tatting shuttles, for the plastic ones, even though they work, aren’t as great as those with a bobbin inside. But yes, I have been practicing a little, but before going full on into tatting, I want to get through with a couple more doilies, finish my scarf and learn more about knitting. I actually will take a crochet and knitting class with my mother this autumn! I’ll say more about that in a further post, but yeah, I’m going to be busy, so tatting is gonna have to wait.

My doily story

I have fallen in love with the concept of doilies. I grew up always seeing them in my grandmother’s house, and seeing her shakingly crochet her way through smaller projects. As I got older, she initiated me to crochet and taught me the beauty of this needlework, and I slowly opened myself up to the idea of having this as a hobby. However, high school came with its load of projects and activities, and I slowly let my crochet slide. Even during the summer, I worked, so I never took it up. However, once in cegep, the numerous breaks allowed me to renew with my passion for this ancestral art. i eased back into it with a couple smaller projects, like cases and scarves and so forth, to finally hook up with my first love, doilies (hehe saw what I did there? hook? crochet? okay I’ll stop, but still was good eh? eh? hihi).$_35

So, I slowly started with a few small glass cosies, for I had found one of my grandma’s old pattern pamphlet (oh my gosh that booklet is like three time my age, no kidding) and it featured a few small pattens. Doesn’t the pamphlet look oooold? So yeah, I managed to decipher the old yellowed paper and get a few of those done, but it wasn’t enough. Some of the patterns were for knitting or for tatting, so those were out of question, and some of the other patterns were so, soooo… old? out of fashion? So yeah, I haaaad to find new patterns, or my lace crochet career would soon be over. Luckily, I was able to find ravelry.com. Yes, i know I sound like I was paid by them to advertise or something, but this comes from the genuinety (so not a word lol) of my heart.

Aaaanyways, so once I signed up on Ravelry, I got access to thousands of patterns, including hundreds of (free) doily patterns. Commence shopping! *squeals* So I basically copied a bunch of patterns and placed them in a Pages document (too fancy for Word =P) , which are now my waiting list for the next five years, seeing how slow I am. So yeah, doilies are pretty and fun, easy to carry around to make in the train or bus, and are quite long, so they develop patience, and the repetitive pattern really is a great way to meditate.

Doily lovers, together, let’s unite!

 

Ravelry.com, possibly the best site for crocheters and knitters?

Okay, so we all know that I love crochet and other yarn arts, as I call them. Well, I may be above average with my crochet, but that definitely does not mean that I have the patience, skill and imagination to create beautiful patterns. Of course, I can manage to make simple things that require hardly any thinking (flowers, little cases, scarves, etc.), but try and make some lace without pattern? Yeah, no thanks.

However, to all those with the same problem as me, this is the solution to all your problems: ravelry.com. This site simply needs a free sign-up only requiring an email that will solely be used to confirm your signup, and is the proud categorizer of thousands of patterns. From crochet to knitting, every pattern is categorized, including free and less free patterns, as well as by the diverse techniques, the yarns, the types of project, and so forth. You want a 1.5mm hook doily themed with the pineapple stitch? You got it. You want loose knitted leg warmers? A touch on the keyboard, and voilà!

Frankly, I am not surprised that the thousands of users are very happy with this site, for not only does it have this immense library of patterns, but it also provides a space for discussion, for your own projects, for browsing other users projects, and so forth. frankly, now that I discovered ravelry, I don’t know how I didn’t find out about it earlier. 

Little glass cosies

Ideal with my white furniture: the light pink adds a soft feminine touch!

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It’s quite funny, for even though I used the same hook (1.5mm) and the same yarn, as well as the same pattern, obviously, for all three cosies, they all have a significant size difference. I guess tension really does play a role in the size and shape of your work!

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Something else quite interesting, is that I had thought I was using the same tension, but I think my stress levels increased the tension. The looser bigger one was done while I was on vacations, while the other smaller ones were done during exam period, while I was trying to actually vent off some stress. Who knew the impact was so visible?

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*Pattern available on ravelry.com

Pink princess gloves

Cute gloves perfect for a little princess~

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arm part
34ch; 34dc; 33dc; 32dc; 31dc; 30dc; 28dc; 27dc; 25dc; 24dc; 23dc; 23dc; 22dc; 22dc; 21dc; 21dc; 21dc

crocodile part
ch2 dc in same stitch, ch3 2dc in 3rd dc, ch3, 2dc in 3rd dc, etc. to create 7 spaces, then fill that up to create the crocodile part, I used 5dc for each “ladder bar”. Do two rows of that, making sure to have one wave per space (don’t skip bars)

loops
5ch for each space, I did the first round all around, then reduced of one each time

ring 9ch