April 21, 2015

Small Things

Posted in Knitting, Tatting at 11:40 am by dianelaces

In February the Little Bobbins podcast had a little-a-long.  Small items, small people, “little” in the name of the pattern, etc.  That is why I knit the small stuffed heart in the last post.  At the same time I got a hankering to tat my favorite heart pattern, so I actually made two at that time.


I have so missed tatting that I jumped at a request to tat a cat for a co-worker.  She saw it on Pinterest and wanted it for a frame.  I couldn’t find a reference to the original designer so I can’t credit that person.  But if you know, please let me know.  It’s a very creative design, the cat is very recognizable, and I think I would like to make more patterns by this designer.  Here is the cat in process…I hope to finish it tonight.


I also finished my tea cosy with the little sheep on it.  Loved the pattern, learned a lot.  Did my first steeks, tried the Vikkel braid.  The cosy fits my smaller teapot, but it is tight.  I have a feeling this will be more decorative than functional for me.


February 20, 2015


Posted in Knitting at 9:59 pm by dianelaces

A sweet little heart.


Even sweeter, for Emily and Ian.


February 9, 2015

Project updates

Posted in Knitting at 12:27 pm by dianelaces


I finished my Rhinebeck sweater!  I am so happy with how this turned out and I’ve gotten tons of wear out of it already.  I love the fit and the knitting was fun.  It is a project that I would consider knitting again.


Also, I have sheep emerging on my tea cosy.

wpid-img_20150201_113637_857.jpg  This project could be finished now, except that I have cast on two more projects.  Something about this time of year…

I started a lace scarf that I plan to join the end to the beginning for an infinity scarf.  I’ve been missing the Orenburg lace, so I found this scarf with a reversible cable on each edge in an old issue of Piecework magazine (2009).  I’m using the Mountain Colors Winter Lace that my mother-in-law gave me.  No idea of the colorway since she didn’t have the ball band any more.  It measures about 12″ now since I can hardly put it down.



And if that wasn’t enough, I wound the yarn for another pair of socks for Ted.  Yep, I cast them on this weekend.


January 18, 2015

Tea cosy knitalong

Posted in Knitting at 10:59 am by dianelaces


The Tilly Trout podcast group started a tea cosy knitalong on Monday. I bought and wound the yarn Monday but didn’t get a chance to cast on until Saturday. Getting used to managing stranded knitting again has taken some time but this morning I feel like I am back in the groove of things. I chose this pattern because it has steeks in it, which I have never done but have been itching to learn. Also, I did my first Vikkel braid and I love the look of that technique. I will probably pick up some simpler knitting for football watching this afternoon. The thing about color work knitting is that you want to keep going to see that pattern develop!


The sheep feet are starting to emerge!

January 3, 2015

New sock day?

Posted in Knitting at 9:20 am by dianelaces


The needles are flying this morning and I may be wearing new socks tonight!

January 1, 2015

Happy New Year

Posted in Bobbin Lace, Knitting at 6:02 pm by dianelaces


I am reacquainting myself with all my current works in progress and worked a little on each of these today, some more than others!
1. Purple cable sweater from Craftsy class. Just needs sewing up and knit the neckband. (For me)
2. Rhinebeck sweater. Started the collar. Needs sleeves. (Me)
3. Green hat, Cousteau pattern. (Gift)
4. Purple slouchy hat, my pattern. (Gift)
5. Socks, plain vanilla with a couple of cables. Fish lips kiss heel. (Me)
6. Sock yarn blanket. (Me)
7. Bobbin lace ornament. Getting a head start on next Christmas! (Gift)

Can you believe while I was working on these I was planning several new projects?  Yes, it’s true!  I want to knit another baby sweater and would like to have some Orenburg lace on the needles. This weekend I have some tatting planned – my little tree needs a longer garland. It is going to be a good year!

December 24, 2014

First of the presents

Posted in Knitting at 7:17 am by dianelaces


Emily liked her Upstairs Downstairs cowl. Ian picked out the yarn and I knit it up. Third one and I never get tired of this pattern!

December 16, 2014

Lace on the tree

Posted in Bobbin Lace, Tatting at 8:08 pm by dianelaces


Here are some of my lace ornaments on the Christmas tree.

December 10, 2014

The theme of this year’s Christmas is…

Posted in Knitting at 10:18 am by dianelaces



Background info:  My husband and his mother love opera.  A couple of years ago we bought her a DVD of La Boheme, her favorite opera, and had a Parisian-themed night for Christmas.  Earlier this week we were discussing our Christmas plans for this year.  Here is Ted’s email to his mother.  (And she is a Knitter.)

Hi Mom,

I must thank you, as I really hadn’t thought about or planned on a thematic holiday gathering this year…but your enthusiasm proved contagious. After considerable thought and consultation, we have come up with an idea that should fit like a home made wool sock…quite literally.

The theme of this years gathering is Sheep. Yep. Sheep. And all things sheep related. Not much thought is given to sheep, yet sheep were arguably the fundamental basis for economic activity through 1500 AD, both Old and New Testament continually refer to the relationship of God and Man as a shepherd/flock relationship, Hebrew shares the same term for “lamb” and “word”, and sheep figure prominently in the nativity story…or Christmas. It is to the shepherds tending their flocks that Angels first proclaim “Behold, we bring tidings of great joy”.

So we will feature sheep based entertainment, including a Christmas themed operetta called “Amahl and the Night Visitors“. We will dine on sheep themed goodies including lamb or Shepherds Pie. Gifts must be somehow related to sheep…or bundled with something that is…for instance, a video game for Ian would need to be wrapped in a Yarn Ribbon and addressed “For Ewe”. You get the idea.

So get ready to hoof on over to Galena on Christmas Eve, and prepare to celebrate Christmas with a special focus on the humble sheep, which has so benefited us all. Ewe won’t be disappointed.


Ted, Diane, and Ian

PS…those not wearing some form of wool garment will be coldly regarded.

December 8, 2014

Tatted tree

Posted in Tatting at 4:21 pm by dianelaces


Today I finally put my little Christmas tree with tatted snowflakes on my desk. All that decorating wore me out!

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