Easter tatting and another PWAT project

Easter is approaching fast and I am still working on my Easter decoration. I strongly believe that someday I might be able to produce countercyclical so that I will be ready when the seasons are approaching. Not this year though as it seems … First items on my list were some needle tatted easter eggs. I tried different techniques this time – first using seed beads and second tatting with two different yarns. I still love the simplicity of tatting as all you actually need is a needle and some yarn. I tatted one egg while traveling to a friend by train and did not need to take more than a very small crafting bag with me. With more practice and after realising how simple tatting with beads is, a couple of project ideas keep coming up. I’d love to try my hand on tatted jewellery – maybe some celtic motives inspired earrings or a fragile looking neclace for special occasions.

However I started another beading project with my newest favourite technique – Peyote with a twist, not crochet. This time I picked a pattern that is elegant and sleak without being over complicated – or so I thought. The pattern I used is the Tina Hemr Ribbon pattern and is in my opinion a very classical design. I was over confident as it seemed though. I struggled with joining as I interpreted the pattern wrongly and I tried so many time that I was really frustated when it did not work out. Sometimes I should just read what is written and NOT THINK at all! It took me two evenings and the help of the group to figure out where I went wrong. On the other hand it helped me a lot to understand the maths of a PWAT pattern. This method is a slow process though and therefore I still have not finished my project – also because this time I am aiming for a necklace. I will show you the WIP though as I am totally in love with the pattern and my colour choice. I guess by now every regular reader already knows that my favourite colours are purple and magenta 😂

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Busy, busy, busy – or why not being productive makes me unhappy

There are those weeks when I run from one appointment to the next and at the end I realize that I was not able to squeeze anything creative into the last seven days. This week was definitely one of those.

My hubby and I love to go to the cinema but did not have time to do so since end of December. Therefore on Monday we went to watch “The shape of water”, a movie I can highly recommend. It’s a modern fairy tale but not in a happy-go-lucky world but with a dark, emotional background. I love the subtle pictures the movie paints in between the obvious.

On Tuesday I came home late and did some homework as I knew I would not have time the coming weekend. Wednesday was the last of my beginner’s Yoga course which took the whole evening. Thursday there was a company event taking place I wanted to participate and Friday I prepared everything for a weekend trip to visit some very good friends. My friend is singing in a choir and they were giving a big concert together with other choirs, an orchestra and a percussion group. The theme was songs from movies – so I just had to come. It was such a great performance that I do not regret going there but as the concert was scheduled late and it was far from home, we had to stay over night. I did take some needle tatting project with me but hardly could find time to work on it. On Sunday we went to a nice little Zoo with our friends so that we had some time to chat – therefore we travelled home pretty late. I finished my needle tatting afterwards but it is still drying on my blocking board.

So as you can see, I was busy but not in a way that makes me feel like I achieved something. I actually hate it very much when days slip by like this and I have not much to prove that anything even happened. With crafting I am always able to look at the finished product and can remember the happy times. In search of a picture to go with this blogpost, I actually stumbled over one of those happy moments I have not shared with you yet. These are the first pieces of jewelry I made in October last year as practice pieces for the Christmas presents I had planned. I carried one set to the concert this weekend and am still very proud of them. And guess what: my friend asked me to make her some earrings to match the pendant I made for her. This really gave me the shivers as that means she really likes it! Now I have to figure out how to change the design to make it smaller and more fit for earrings. I love a good challenge!

Two little helpers

I am totally in love 😍. Okay, I know that I am easily falling in love with a pattern and have so in the past several times but this time it’s serious. When I first saw the Crafter Granny from Zhaya Design, I just knew that I need to make one for myself. Not only am I a huge fan of anything the designer has created so far, her patterns are always well written and easy to follow. I started to work on head and body and ran out of stuffing as this project is really big and I just didn’t have that much left at home. Additionally I filled a little bottle with rice to weight her body down so that she has a real solid stand. I mostly used leftover yarn and had several close calls with loosing at yarn chicken but luckily made it through. In the end I added some detail – a button on the hair band and a pearl necklace. I totally love the result and she is such a lovely helper. She usually stands next to me on the arm of my crafting chair holding my row counter, my stitch markers and my wool needle for me. I hate to put the row counter on my finger as it hampers me while crocheting and I kept misplacing my stitch markers all the time. Now anything I might need is stored nicely in Granny’s apron – even my sissors don’t fall off the arms of my chair again. Thanks so much Granny – and of cause thank you Kathrin!

After finishing my Granny I was again procrastinating, not wanting to work on my long timers. Then I remembered that a couple of weeks ago I bought the first book of Supergurumi where he shares all his patterns for bookmarks. You might remember that the rat bookmark “Leseratte” has been made by me several times already. Super cute but I wanted to make something different for myself. I had also bought some fluffy wool from Schachenmayr to fit the sheep pattern. Well let’s say, that was not one of my smartest moves: tough this wool is so nice and fluffy, it is awful to work with – the thread cut into my finger and the stitches where so hard do see that I am really not sure if I worked the stitches correctly (they most probably aren’t). I needed to adjust the pattern too as the bobbles on the head were impossible to make with this yarn. But in the end I winged it nicely I think and I now am proud owner of my first – and only – fluffy book sheep.

Last but not least – if you are curious about the Cake Dutchess Modelling Alphabet Collaboration I did my little hare for and want to know what all other participants created, mark the date in your calendar and bookmark Etty’s website. The reveal is scheduled for the 20th of March and I can assure you that you will be totally amazed of the creativeness of each and every one that took part!

Lazy Birthday

This week was terrible – I just couldn’t motivate myself to work on anything. Don’t know why but sometimes I just need a break from creating. So I had a really lazy week of playing games and reading and watching TV. And then I realized that at the moment I have only long term projects to work on again. And I tend to loose focus on long time projects as it just seems that I don’t get anywhere. A short, easy project – that’s what I needed!

temp-16As it was my birthday yesterday I made myself a little, low calory birthday cake. The pattern is from Yarn Blossom Boutique and can be found on Ravelry. The result is super-sweet but when sewing the candle on, I slipped and pricked my finger with the wool needle right under my nail. Hurt like hell and makes holding my project while crocheting pretty hard. I started Zhaya Designs Crafter Granny nevertheless – she kept popping up in my Facebook stream again and again and I just love the idea. I realized that I do not have enough stuffing any more to finish her, so I will need to do a little bit of shopping today.

temp-17My hubby spoiled me with a self made birthday dinner that was really excellent – pork curry Madras with rice and a water melon limoncello trifle with almond brittle. This was really special for me as my hubby usually does not cook. He helps me in the kitchen whenever I do the cooking but hardly cooks himself. He helped me afterwards with baking some red velvet whoopie pies with marshmallow buttercreme filling too.

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