The whole of June was dry. In terms of rains in Mumbai as well as words from me on this blog. The rains have finally arrived here with a vengeance and I decided to come back and talk. My stash is in a garage, corrugated cardboard wrapped and clingfilmed. I spent one month working on … Continue reading Dry spell
Regular readers might remember the shawl-turned-tablecloth-turned-parasol I wrote about a few years ago. I've gone and done it again, but much smaller this time. This was one of several patterns in a collection I tested for the designer, Linda Browning on Ravelry. Turning this doily into a parasol was slightly better than the larger … Continue reading From sun and rain
We had some unseasonal rain here in Hyderabad (where I've been visiting for the past few weeks). What I made will not protect against that. It's entirely decorative, with very little practical application. Only the "Ooh" factor. I've long been watching all the gorgeous crochet parasol patterns whenever I come across them, and been wanting … Continue reading Inspired
I sometimes wonder if I'm going to become a semi-split crafter. Most of the time the only thing that appeals to me in crochet increasingly is thin thread and therefore mostly doilies and lace, while with knitting I can still manage the bulky cables. I think of a pattern in crochet and run through the … Continue reading Doily quartet.
I didn't realise I hadn't blogged for the whole of December. I have become quite sloppy with my blogging and must be grateful to have any readers left! So scrambling to fill the gaps, here are a couple of doilies I crocheted in that month. First up is this one, an oval doily. Ravelry project … Continue reading Scratching itches.
Oh dear! I hadn't realised that I haven't blogged in ages! It's a good thing most of my online friends see me around on Ravelry and the mailing lists, else someone might have been worried. No? Which raises the valid question, what good is this blog? What purpose does it serve (aside of occupying cyberspace)? … Continue reading All in a rush
This one is #1 in Jaishree's doilies. So called because she gave me the thread and the pattern. I only have the pattern, so I'm not sure where it came from. Let me know if you recognise it. It is also in my Ravelry notebook, but that doesn't have any other information. I made it … Continue reading Not a test
Or first cousins perhaps. There is a Doilie-along over at Ravelry for the Doilie Heads group, and I decided to join because I've never knit a doily before. I'm happy to say it wasn't as difficult as I thought it would be! Here are my results. First, the crochet version (although I did it second). … Continue reading Fraternal twins?
After a long self-imposed gap, I got tempted again by one of Kathy's designs and begged to be allowed to test for her. I used some 'silk' thread and a Pony handled hook to produce this: Here are the details: Yarn: 'Silk' on cones, about #10 or so, I think. I used two separate cones … Continue reading Orange gypsy
This is another case of "I'm out of thread, I'm calling this done". To quote verbatim from my Ravelry notes on this project: "Ran out of yarn at the 16th row, so mine has become an 8-point star instead of a nosegay. No problem. There were what appeared to be errata in the pattern, but … Continue reading Nosegay, interrupted