Here is Sunny making it quite clear she was not going to pose - or even stay still enough for photos!
This is the start of the inner lining of the very pretty Orenberg lace hat pattern Valentina. I have made one big change to the pattern - I am working it in the round to save sewing up the seam. My eyes not being very good these days I was worried the seam would come out clumsy.
The yarn is Manos del Uruguay lace. I am using two strands together for the lining.
At long last I have got the cardigan for my daughter finished. The bottom photo is nearer to the actual colour - it is very dark. It was an interesting knit and one that I may repeat some day - but not in such a dark colour - though my daughter will like it - I hope!
This black scarf in Toft Alpaca Dk is a gift for a family friend. Being black yarn - which was the colour he chose - I couldn't see it well enough to do a pattern so it is plain garter stitch. As he wants it long I thought I might need 3 balls, but 2 seems to have made it long enough - and I have a spare ball to make something else with!
Having knit one long-sleeved, high-necked, black cashmere dress on 2mm needles, I am daft enough to have started another! It is so very much more comfortable than anything I can buy - after all, it is shaped to fit my odd figure. This is the bottom of the skirt - so a long way to go here too.!
About a year ago I looked at my cushions, decided they all needed replacing, and bought three of this kit and another 4 four different kits. I got the first cushion done and half the next one. I'm not sure what happened then, but this has been sitting looking reproachfully at me for far too long!
So here are the works in progress from the tatting box. A small doily.
A ridiculous bit of work in fine silk which may just be too much effort to finish - it's from one of the old Dover books.
A rings only doily. I like rings only patterns but this one has got me a bit bored as it is so much of the same thing. However it will be nice once I make the effort to finish it.
A doily that, at this stage, involves lots of small motifs. I'm bored! But it will be nice once I get it finished.
As you can see, when I am going to work a pattern from one of my books - I have a large selection of tatting books! - I make a working copy. That way, I can fold up the sheet and keep it in the box, and I can write notes on it, mark where I am up to etc. without damaging my copy of the book.
Sunny likes a hard surface to lie on, but Ginger was always one for a soft spot. But cats really do copy each other - Ginger has taken to sleeping in Sunny's tray. It looks very uncomfortable! And Tigger, who has spent 8 years of his life adamantly refusing to eat chicken and pumpkin, is happy to eat it now he sees Sunny enjoying it.
Sunny is 6 months old today - but still such a very little kitty compared to Tigger. Look at her fine whiskers next to Tigger's. She is so pretty and so happy. I'm partially sighted these days but always know where she is before I look because she purrs so much. It is lovely to watch her playing happily all by herself and purring loudly to herself as she does so.
Sunny has found herself some new places to hide. Here she is on the shelf under the computer desk.
And can you spot her here?
Blurred action shot just to show that really is her under there. We didn't think she would fit - and it was a bit of a struggle - but she managed it. And she got out afterwards - I had been wondering if I would have to move the chest of drawers to retrieve her.
This is what I hope to make in puncetto next. The pattern is from Dover's Filet Crochet Projects and Charted Designs Edited by Mrs F W Kettelle. This is a great resource, full of charts and ideas, many of which could be adapted for ideas other than filet crochet. Now I just have to decide whether to do it in the rich blue thread I have or whether to stick to white. Since it will obviously work well in both I am still in two minds about it. Anyway I must first get at least one sleeve done on my daughter's cardigan (which she is probably now getting for Christmas.)
I've finally made it to the end of the sleeve shaping. Now for a long section of working straight and then the deep cuff.
As you can see, Tigger apparently approves. I laid the cardigan out to photograph, turned to get the camera, turned back - and this is what I got!