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Wrexham, Wales, United Kingdom
Ex pat Yorkshireman living in North Wales. Married to Heather. Two dogs, Two cats

Friday, 28 September 2007

25/4 Next entry for 25 motif challenge.

Size 12 Finca perle ( got it at Stourbridge tatting day).

Colours 3670 and 1072.

Round 1

R1. 5-5-5-5
R2. 5+5-5-5
RW. Change colour (ring thread now becomes core thread)
Ch1. 5-5.
Colours alternate all way round.
RW Rpt for total of 10
Round 2
Join to 2nd Picot of a ring. (opposite colour)
ch. 5
Split ring. 5-5/10
Ch. 5 Join to 2nd picot next ring
Ch. 3 Join to 2nd picot next ring.
Swap colours. repeat all way round.

I hope that makes sense. Must write things down as I go along.



Victor just needs to raise his forelegs a little and push his head slightly forward to make a top class formation begger.

Friday, 21 September 2007


Not sure about the "flowery" bits.

Had a "divil" of a job trying to get the leaves done right. Finally managed it by making a 1/2 stitch back over the leaf so that the next piece of the branch could carry on from the original base of the leaf.

Looks like it will go well on a pair of Jeans or something like Sharons' bag

Beasties in my house

Here are some of my best freinds

First up we have Victor.
Seen here in his bed after kicking his bedding out.

Part Staffie part Boxer.

Other name. "The great orange worm".
From his habit of crawling along the floor dragging his back legs behind him.

Mad eye.

Another of his quirks is to show large ammounts of eye white. His better efforts make him look completely mad.

See I told you there was a radiator sneaking up behind me.

Next is Wilf.

Part Sheepdog part Labrador.
Labs tend to be lazy, Sheepdogs tend to be very energetic.

Please meet the worlds first hyper active sloth

Most pictures of Wilf are of his back . Because he can't stay still enough, for long enough for a picture to be taken. In the half second delay of the button being pressed and the thing going off, he's gone.

His favourite and most spectacular trick is catching frisbees. This is not Victors forte as he is incapable of thinking in three dimesions. He runs like a maniac swinging his head from side to side looking for it, until he hears it hit the ground. He then whips round spots it, runs like stink, grabs and misses it, generaly rolling along the ground in a cloud of dust and little pebbles.

Victor and Wilf.

A moments peace.

Zak. Built like a fifteen week old kitten. Is actually 7 years old.

Has never been known to use the floor, or to walk.

( my daughter was into Gun's 'n Roses when he arrived)
19 years experience of nicking or mooching food.
Has never been known to scratch even when he doesn't want a cuddle.

A typical pose.

Friday, 14 September 2007


New entry for 25 motif challenge.

It was supposed to be Sue Hansons pattern, but I messed up the ammount of picots on the chain , and didn't notice till third one, So decided to carry on and see what happened.

Pin loom Idea seems to work ok.

Tuesday, 11 September 2007

Been trying to do cluny leaves. but these nadgered fingers of mine won't stay in place with out getting severe cramp.
Cost's nothing.
See equipment source!!
Equipment and method of procurement.

1 Steal wifes cork, pricking board ( she does Maltese style bobbin lace ) .

Here are a couple of examples.

2 Raid wifes needlework box for pins.
Thats it.
I hope that the folowing pictures are clear enough

I just need to work on how the leaf is shaped now and hopefully things should be fine

Monday, 3 September 2007

First Try

Finaly managed to do something without loosing my rag and chopping it up since this heart problem started.
Messing about while waiting for my wife to finish work.

- = Picot
+ = Join

R1 2ds - (repeat 8 times)
R2 2ds + 1st picot ring 1, 2ds - (repeat x 7)
R3 As ring 2 but join to ring 2
Ch 2ds + 1st picot R3, 2ds - (repeat x 7)
R4 2ds + last picot on chain, 2ds - (repeat x 7)
R5 as R2
R6 as R 3
ch2 + R6

Repeat for third set of rings and last chain.

Not sure how I got the finished article to this form as I have repeated it a few times got 1 result completly different to this, the rest were tangled messes!!

Done in Pink Crochetta size 10 (ruddy awful stuff splits frays and breaks without provocation), but is all that was available locally.

Oh to find some decent cotton.