Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Way too many things I want to blog about…

Yes, I am back from a month in South America, and there are so many things I want to blog about! I may not ever do justice to all of them, so here are a few glimpses:

1. White doily I made for my friend's mother:
This is item 11 in Tatting Lace by Sumi Fujishige. I call it the "Japanese Twisted Clover Doily" because the twisted clover stems in Rounds 2, 4 and 6 are a major feature. I didn't want to show everyone until I had given it to my friend's mother. She has now received it! :-) We stayed with her while we were in Buenos Aires, 21 October–1 November.

2. Celtic shuttles I invented from a laundry detergent jug:
Necessity is the mother of invention — I found I couldn't do the twisted clovers unless I had celtic shuttles that wouldn't unwind every time I dropped them. Yes, yes — I do want to do a blog post showing you how I made them…

Actually, there should be several blog posts on each of the following.
A. Ecuador - Galapagos Islands:
Actually, I lost my photos because I lost my camera at the next stage of our trip. But I'll show a few pictures from my friend's camera:
Yes, giant tortoises. Definitely a highlight. More on them later…
Sierra Negra volcano crater. More on this later…

B. Peru - Cusco, Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu:
Yes, Machu Picchu. We were there! We made it there and back! :-)

C. Argentina & Brazil - Iguazu Falls:
Many majestic waters. Yes…

D. Argentina - Buenos Aires. Much yummy barbecued meat. A day at a ranch. Evita's tomb. Lovely times with friends…

4. Also, now that I've finally resumed work on the Jan Stawasz Big Doily, I will probably at some point be doing a post about hiding ends — not exactly with joy, but with equanimity…

Okay, that's all for now…


  1. Ooh, can't wait! I've missed reading your blog while you were gone.

  2. Welcome back! Lovely doily, the twist is interesting, you're smart at inventing the shuttle! Beautiful photos.

  3. Beautiful post and I too hate a shuttle that completely unwinds when dropped :) Wonderful doily looks like you blocked it nicely too!

  4. Wow I lot in a short post, firstly welcome home, that doily is beautiful love the twists, can't wait to see how you made the shuttle.
    So much of interest to show us, I can't wait for that either.
    Nice to have you blogging again

  5. I hope you enjoyed your trip, Grace. I'm sorry to hear that you lost your camera.

    The pictures are lovely. I hope I'll get to visit South America some day too.

  6. Very enjoyable post, Grace :-) Glad you had a great time & met "Darwin's critters" ... waiting to hear more about your experiences ...

    Would very much like to learn how to make the Celtic shuttles - I love the Celtic patterns & without a narrow shuttle, the patterns are v limited

    1. Yes, we met giant tortoises, blue footed boobies, sea lions, Galapagos penguins, marine iguanas... :-)

      You can get very narrow Celtic shuttles designed by Patty Dowden - much narrower than mine. (See this listing at Be-Stitched.com: http://www.be-stitchedstore.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=69_89&products_id=1132) But the tips don't meet! So I improvised my own. It's narrower than the traditional Celtic shuttles, but it may not be narrow enough for the really intertwined Celtic patterns.