The Glass Storyteller

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Originally posted on My OBT:
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! 😉

Close-up

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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Nature Boy

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Gordon Pembridge An avid outdoorsman, artist Gordon Pembridge has had the good fortune to be surrounded for most of his life by the very best of nature. After spending the first ten years of his life…

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Back to Nature

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Originally posted on My OBT:
Rachel Dein Rachel Dein, A.K.A. Tactile Studio, makes casts of incredibly fragile flowers, plants, and even vegetables, then turns them into extraordinary Wedgewood-style decorative tiles. Dein adapted a glass casting technique she learned at Middlesex University by…

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Sad News

We lost Caesar today. He had what appeared to be a stroke and on top of his other health problems his prognosis was very poor. He was around 14 years old, and had been battling health problems for the last 8 months.

I will be going offline for a while. Many thanks for all the positive thoughts and wishes that so many people have sent my way.

Open tap, stupid.

Cumfy Cat

Caesar with my husband

Much loved. Greatly missed.

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Westminster Cathedral

Freed from Time

Westminster Cathedral (Wiki) ⇒ was built in the Byzantine style and completed in 1903.  It is free to enter and photography is allowed, although perhaps best to avoid when used for Mass ⇒. The Cathedral is on Victoria Street, very near to London’s Victoria Station.

Westminster Cathedral should not be confused with Westminster Abbey ⇒ which is much older (1089 AD).  The Abbey is worth seeing but does charge for entry and does not allow photography.

The lower part of the Cathedral is very ornate but the upper ceiling and walls are bare dark brick.  I found it best not to look. 

There is a small museum of religious regalia and a lift up the tower to a viewing platform.  There is a small charge for each of these extras, paid for at the Cathedral shop.

     

Inside Westminster Cathedral







   

Westminster Cathedral Museum




  

Westminster Cathedral View from…

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