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…

3. SOUTH AMERICA TRIP.
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…

11 comments:

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

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

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

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  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
    Margaret

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  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.

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  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

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    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.

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