August 24, 2015
This year’s convention of the International Organization of Lace was held in Coralville, Iowa and hosted locally by the Doris Southard Lace Guild, of which I am a member. I arrived on Sunday, July 26 as set up and events were beginning on Monday the 27th. The convention prior to ours was Anime Iowa, so everyone was dressed in lots of great costumes and people watching was fun while waiting for friends to arrive and our room to be available. The anime folks didn’t just let us take their pictures – they posed!
The IOLI convention has evening events, group meals, and tours but the main draws for me are the classes, the vendor room, and the lace exhibit. I chose to take a 12-hour class in the afternoons with Karen Bovard in Pearl Tatting. I’ve been looking for a jump start to my tatting and thought that learning this new technique would do it for me, and it did! Karen was an excellent teacher, very excited about her topic and encouraging. I don’t have a lot of my samples because most of them turned into bracelets for the nieces. We started a big project that I haven’t finished yet but am eager to get back to it. I will do another blog post about that project and an overview of pearl tatting.
I didn’t buy much in the vending room, but I decided that I would purchase one fun book that is not readily available from other sources. Since so many Japanese people respond to my pictures of tatting on Instagram I realized that tatting is big over there and they are publishing some gorgeous books. I pondered and am thrilled with the Japanese tatting book I chose to buy. I have already made a few of the bracelets from the book and started a necklace and the belt. The patterns are diagrammed and clear for an intermediate tatter who doesn’t read Japanese, like me.
I also purchased several threads for tatting and some for a bobbin lace scarf that I plan to start soon. I picked up a few bobbins, a brake for my roller pillow and a kit for a bobbin lace-covered neckace. Oh and a tiny latch hook for making sewings in tape lace. One thing not shown is the lovely nostepinne for winding yarn balls that I got from Al Frederickson. It’s already in my knitting bag.
Each meal and event had favors at the place settings. Thank you to all the groups who donated and made items for us.
I think there were approximately 250 people registered and attending. People traveled from all over the US and the world and if they hadn’t been to Iowa before I think they were pleasantly surprised. The Marriott staff were marvelous and bent over backward to make sure all our needs were met. So many of the attendees commented to me about how nice the staff was. And the volunteers made the whole thing run; some of our members had never attended a convention but they jumped in and helped and made it a great experience.
The week ended with our gala banquet and entertainment by a woman who gave an excellent and engaging program about hats. As soon as it was over I flew out of the hotel because my brother and his family were visiting from Connecticut and I was eager to spend time with them. He was there waiting to whisk me away, what a great guy!
August 22, 2015
I promise to do a whole post about the IOLI convention and how it was amazing and inspiring. But that requires thought and this thread is all about the smile it gives me.
This was a sample spool of size 20 thread from Handy Hands. I am usually not one for highly variegated threads but I wound a little on my shuttle and immediately noticed the very short color changes. I got out my favorite Tatting with Visual Patterns by Mary Konior for a shuttle only motif and started working “Posy.” It works out that nearly every ring is a different color! How fun is that?
July 26, 2015
Got all the supplies packed for my pearl tatting class. Got a week’s worth of clothes & lace finery packed. Picking up money on the way out of town. Hubby is driving me to Coralville, IA for the annual lacemaking convention, this year hosted by the Doris Southard Lace Guild- of which I am a member. There will be classes, lectures, vendors, exhibits, demos, and reuniting with friends. The best part is spending a week with people who share the same passion and interest in a topic.
July 4, 2015
Took advantage of my alone time at the camper and got this Afternoon Tea shawlette blocked. This is the free pattern from Knitty.com and is just the right size to drop over my shoulders at the office. The designer just re-released the pattern with bigger sizes and I might have to try those also.
June 3, 2015
This was the last week and I nearly made it to the end with something different every day. Had it been winter and I was wearing wool socks every day this would have been a snap. However, I am not complaining about Spring!
Tuesday, May 26 – tatted pendant. This pattern is by Marilee Rockley and is in one of her boutique jewelry books. It’s actually an earring pattern, but the beads I chose were pretty heavy and I love it as a pendant. One of those things I forget to wear!
Wednesday, May 27 – Blue Celtic knot earrings. This pattern is by Rozella Linden and I love it. You can make it with or without picots and I like the clean look without picots.
Thursday, May 28 – beaded earrings NOT made by me. These were made for me by one of my lovely nieces, Sierra, and they go with so much of my wardrobe that I wear them a lot. Thank you Honey! My other niece, Abby, is a young seamstress and she is very creative as well. She isn’t afraid to try anything.
Friday, May 29 – seems fitting to end the month wear I started with my Rusted Root pullover. This is a great garment for this time of the year with the cotton/linen blend yarn.
This was a great challenge for me and I’m eager to try it again next year. Thanks to @sarapomegranate and her Yarns at Yin Hoo podcast for suggesting it.
May 26, 2015
Whew, this is getting harder as the weather got considerably warmer this past weekend! But, during the week we still had some cool days and I wore wool socks nearly every day.
Monday, May 18 – Absinthe socks by Sara Morris. My first ever toe-up socks, knit in 2009. They are still some of my favorite and best fitting socks.
Tuesday, May 19 – Rhinebeck by Lisa Lloyd. My newest cardigan and so wearable! I love this pattern and would knit it again in a heartbeat.
Wednesday, May 20 – my version of vanilla socks. These are a simple toe-up sock with a fish lips kiss heel and a couple of cables thrown in for interest. I love that they don’t match!
Thursday, May 21 – socks. These socks are some of the first I ever knit. They are a little big, but I still get some good use out of them. Can’t remember the pattern.
Friday, May 22 – tatted earrings. I think these are from a pattern kit by Snowgoose, a lacemaking supplier. I love them because they are pretty, and frilly, and so lightweight.
That’s it for week 3. I know I said I would wear something made by me each weekday, but since Memorial Day is a holiday I’m not counting it as a weekday! I wonder if I can get by for one more week without duplicating anything?
May 15, 2015
It’s coming to the end of the second week and I wore something hand made each weekday, without duplicating anything so far!
Monday, May 11 – Filey socks by Ingleside Belle. This is one of my favorite sock patterns, truly a unisex pattern. I’ve knit these for both my husband and myself.
Tuesday, May 12 – Verdant shrug by Gina Bonomo. This was a great use of mystery yarn that was in my stash. I wear it to work, and I wear it over my jammies. So useful and comfy!
Wednesday, May 13 – ‘s Gravenmoerse bobbin lace pendant and bracelet. Just like the gold one I wore last week, but this on is in blue. I especially love the bracelet.
Thursday, May 14 – Lily of the Valley Estonian scarf by Helen Wallin. I knit this in 2009 to wear to the IOLI convention that year. One of the first lace knitted things I made.
Friday, May 15 – My favorite blue scarf. You have seen this one on here before, but I can’t resist it. The color is so cool and calming and yet summery.
May 11, 2015
I’m participating in the Me Made May challenge with the Yarns at Yin Hoo podcast. The first week went pretty well and it was fun. I looked at my things in a new light.
Friday, May 1 – Rusted Root, knitted in 2009 with Knit Picks Cotlin yarn. My first attempt at a pullover.
Monday, May 4 – Meadowlark by Amy Swenson, knit in 2014 with Trendsetter Yarns Cash Woole. It didn’t fit until I lost 50 lbs. Still could stand to be blocked out some more, but I like it.
Tuesday, May 5 – Starlace Infinity Scarf by Pearl Morgan. Knit in 2013 with Bijou Basin Ranch Shangri-La that I inherited from my mother-in-law. She bought the yarn and discovered she doesn’t like knitting with laceweight yarn. I encourage her to buy more laceweight!
Wednesday, May 6 – a ‘s Gravenmoerse bobbin lace pendant. Not sure what year I made this, probably 2009. I get out of the habit of wearing my lace.
Thursday, May 7 – Vintage Vest by Linda Burt. This was knit in 2010 with Red Heart Sock & Sweater yarn. I don’t like the goofy thing going on with the notches, but I really like this vest and get a lot of wear from it in the summer.
Friday, May 8 – Tatted Celtic Knot earrings. Love these! Wear them all the time.
May 1, 2015
I’ve had a couple of items finished for a while now that I keep forgetting to blog about. These two items have been worn frequently since I finished them.
This shrug is called Verdant by Gina Bonomo. I downloaded it as a free pattern because it called for the exact yardage of a mystery yarn that was taking up space in my stash. It was a funny blue, worsted weight, somewhat thick-and-thin yarn that passed a burn test. I never looked at shrug patterns because they always looked tight and too small and I didn’t think they would look good on my body. I liked the look of the longer, flowing sleeves on this one. I made it a little longer than the pattern called for to use up more of the yarn and I absolutely love it. I wear it a lot – to work, bumming around, even over my pajamas! There’s nothing better than when a project surpasses expectations like that. You can see more info on my Ravelry project page.
The next project is the lacy scarf that I’ve talked about before. Once it was finished, blocked, and grafted I wore it for the next three days. Surprisingly the color goes with quite a lot. I like the reversible cables on the edge because they give it quite a bit of stability instead of it just lying limp around my neck. And the narrow zigzag lace pattern shows up no matter how it drapes. Since I love it so much and it was such an enjoyable knit I ran out and got another skein of the Winter Lace Junior yarn and am knitting it again in a different colorway. This one will probably be a gift for someone.
It pleases me so much when projects turn out better than I imagined!
There is a thing going around some of the sewing blogs where people use the month of May and wear garments every day that they made. I am going to try this, but my goal is to wear “something” I have made each weekday. I don’t sew garments, but between my hand knits and some of the lace jewelry and accessories I have this might be possible. We will see!
Here are some of the things you might see in the next month.