Notes From a Knit-Wit…

Lately life has been… complicated. My husband is going on retirement soon, and is finding the prospect stressful, to say the least. There are also hordes of forms to fill out and submit.

I have two stalled tatting projects, and really don’t feel that I can just abandon them. However, they are on the back burner at the moment.

I have been keeping on with the lace knitting. 😉

Lace Knitting

I also promised my husband a jersey.


I am using an old jersey as a template. So far, so good. Apart from a quick game of thread chicken…

Thread Chicken

Then things got a little complicated with the front.


Yes, there are three needles, (not counting the cable needle holding a dropped stitch) and no, they are not double pointed. I managed to sort this out and soldiered on!

He wanted cables up the front.


I give you cables! And then realised that I hadn’t changed needles after completing the rib… Swearing abounded.

I pulled out to the rib and started again.

Oh, well. This is only my third jersey. I am never able to match the given tension, and so pretty much write my own version of patterns. (No, using different gauge needles doesn’t help)

My first was dead straight blocks with no shaping at all. Actually a good one to start off with and my son still wears it. My second ended up with gussets because I had measurement issues. I don’t wear it in public, but it is a favourite of mine. We will see how this one turns out.

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Ightham Mote

Peaceful centuries.

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Ightham Mote (pron; I tham) is a well preserved medieval manor house that was built in the 14th century and is near to Sevenoaks in Kent. The approach is down into a wooded dell that is not at all dingily. 

Their website ⇒ and the wiki history ⇒.

The manor house contains an interesting museum of artifacts from various eras (in the next post) and is surrounded by very pleasant gardens and an extensive array of footpaths throughout the surrounding area.  Ightham mote has never been inhabited by very ambitious people or involved in dramatic events.  Its gentle past is perhaps responsible for its very peaceful atmosphere and has made it a pleasure to visit.  🙂

Across the bridge and into the courtyard.

One enters the house under the rose covered arch.  Note the large dog kennel.  There is a picture of its inhabitant later.

Outside is just the…

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Ray of Light

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Ray Vincent Today, I’m thrilled to bring to you the functioning musical instruments by Ray Vincent that look like art and sound a little exotic, a little otherworldly, and a lot cool. Originally a musician…

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Medication frustration

For all those who have ever had trouble popping a pill…

Sue Vincent's Daily Echo

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My eyes no longer work too well…
I cannot read small print;
I don’t know where my glasses are
And always have to squint.

My hands, of course, are even worse,
My fingers ache and swell,
Arthritis, past its sell-by date,
Is putting them through hell.

Now factor in an RSI,
Because I type too much,
Then add a dodgy back and stuff…
I wince with every touch.

And so to get some small relief
To bottles, I retreat,
Not gin, though with the child-proof caps
On pills, I’d drink it neat!

It’s age-discrimination
When they proof the pots for kids,
‘Cause when your hands are playing up,
You can’t take off the lids.

Though some pills come all wrapped in foil
That’s fine and dandy, but…
As soon as you begin to rip
The stuff, you end up cut.

So, reaching for the first aid kit
You rummage for…

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The Glass Storyteller

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Micah Evans Micah Evans turns once-familiar items like sewing machines and teapots and elevates them to high art. The objects have an almost magical sense of nostalgia. And as poignant as his retro-styled glass objects are,…

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More Holey Than Righteous…

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This is something that came up on the Daily Post – a way to follow blogs that are not on WordPress. A lot of great tatting blogs are on Blogspot and other places which (probably due to my limited internet skillz…) I have never been able to follow successfully. You have to ‘claim’ your own blog to prove that it’s yours – which is what the link above is about.

Back to our regularly scheduled programming.

Lace knitting is one of those things I was always going to do ‘one day’. I loved the look of it, but felt hugely intimidated and resigned myself to drooling over other people’s shawls. Last Sunday I commented on this blog and salpal1 came back and said ‘Can you knit, purl, yo and k2tog? Then you can knit lace. It just requires patience and loads of stitch markers..’ 

Really? I have basic knitting skills – I have even knitted wearable garments (just not wear-them-in-public garments) I had a library book on lace knitting. (I was looking at the pictures, okay?) I thought about it for a few days, then grabbed the nearest piece of scrap wool and tried it out.

She’s right!

Here is my first attempt. Don’t laugh. It was just a practise piece in double knitting on 4,5 needles. It has holes where I meant them to be! (Mostly)

It is also not quite the dreadful brown colour that came out on the photograph. Also please ignore the piece in the middle where the right side mysteriously became the wrong side…

Lace Knitting (sort of)

Very wonky at the bottom, but it did improve! 😉


This kind of thing is why I love blogging and bloggers!

I have plans, lacy plans… 😉


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Getting Hooked

I have been doing mainly tatting for 5 or 6 years now. However, in the last little while I have started two projects and jammed with both of them. One is a vintage pattern with lots of ‘repeat from * to * six times’ or whatever, and I got lost somewhere. It’s in 100 thread, so I plan to do it again in larger thread, then correct the first one once I know exactly what I did. To add insult to injury, the book is a ‘Learn Tatting’ booklet from J.P. Coats.

Then I treated myself to a new tatting book by Iris Niebach – Tatted Doilies. Fell in love with one of the patterns (Delia) and… got into trouble again. I love the look of it, but the chains are long! The first one is 60 ds between rings with only three picots. I found out my tension is not as even as I thought…

So I went back to crochet. I forgot just how fast it is compared to tatting.

The Solomon’s Knot (also known as the Love Knot or Hailstone – don’t ask me about the last one…) is old, but I love the effect. The pattern is Love Knots and Leaves by Susan Badgley, which you can find here.

Shawl in Progress

I didn’t like the edging in the pattern, and so invented my own. I also ended up playing thread chicken.

Thread Chicken

That is all I had left after three 50 gm balls.

Here is the finished shawl.

Completed Shawl

Since we are in the Southern Hemisphere and heading into winter, it is now too cold to wear the shawl…

Something else while I was busy with crochet.

Behold, the Kraken!

This was for a challenge on Habitica. A fun way of motivating yourself to get things done by developing positive habits using a gaming format.

I have also published a post on my tatting site, Tatted Threads. Maybe I should do a post about biting off more than I can chew… 😉

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