There is so much going on, I don’t quite know where to start. Of late I have been knitting lots again. I went through Victorian Lace Today and tried out more patterns.
The first one is real lace, with patterned purl rows. It doesn’t look too impressive, I think it calls for bigger needles, and of course getting blocked.
The second one is basically the same, just with differently aligned directional decreases and unpatterned purl rows thrown in. Therefore no true lace, and much easier to knit. In the second repeat I added a purl stitch in the center of the leaves to give them more structure. I do like this pattern.
The next one is again no true lace. It is done without cables, just with cleverly placed dirctional decreases. I like this very much, but not on a narrow scarf.
After that I started thinking. What I really want to do next is a scarf which will stand everyday’s wear and tear, is washable and not too slow to knit up. None of the lace scarfs from the book seems to fit the bill, so I’ll need to design something myself.
I took the true lace pattern from two weeks ago (also from Victorian Lace Today) and added in plainly purled back rows and directional decreases. This makes for a rather standard modern diamond pattern. I think this is going to be my scarf. I still can do something more lacy on another occasion then.
Now I’ve spent my time choosing and configuring a new theme instead of whipping up a proper blog post. Me bad.
Also, I’m behind with Sharon B’s challenge, which has barely begun. Here are a few pics of what little I did for it.
Here I just practiced knotted diamond stitch.
Next, I worked it over satin stitches, this was not too successful because it doesn’t hold them down very good.
Finally, the snow has gone and the flowers start to bloom. The world is like new, and so beautiful. Going back in my blog, there are pictures of the very same flowers that excite me so now. And I try to make time for working on an ufo I started last march. Where has the time gone? where will this year’s time go?
Well, it is not wednesday, but I have time for a blog posting and don’t want to wait.
The first one is the crochet doily. It is done, and lies flat properly. It was not yet blocked. Would anybody want the pattern? I’ll chart it and post it here if yes.
Another lace knitting pattern. this one is true lace, that means yrn-overs and purl-togethers on the wrong side. I did not add a second repeat because I did something wrong with the first one.
This is the smpler I’m using to try out my TAST 2 stitches. It started life as a sampler during the laid work month of last year’s challenge.
I need to have some more structure to my blogging if I want to do it more regularly. So I’m going to try and show you what I actually do every wednesday, no matter how boring it is.
Since last wednesday, I have been working on that doily pattern again. This time, I used Nr 20 crochet yarn, not 10, which I like much, much better. It does lay flat this time round.
the knitted stuff is supposed to be Victorian Lace. I felt I needed a new challenge in knitting, so my christmas present to myself was the book Victorian Lace Today as recommended by my friend at textiledreamer. Thanks to her, I also bought knit pro knitting needles which seem to be very good for this. Since then I’m busy trying out all the patterns so I’ll learn how to do it and can decide which complete project I want to do.
I also tried to come to grips with a certain knot stitch, ponto grilhao, not very successful so far.
The last thing I have to show is progress of a very different sort. Some time ago, I oderered a male roborowski hamster from a breeder to mach the female I already had. I got a female cambpell hamster, and the poor thing went into labor as soon as she arrived at my place. It is a wonder that she raised 2 pubs after that stress. The first pic shows one at about 20 days, the next at three weeks. Didn’t they come a long way since their birth, naked and blind? They are almost adult size by now. I will keep poor mom and give her a good home although she bites, but I will try to find new homes for the young.