Tight Lipped Tuesday #33

Another brief visit for a Tuesday.

Remember my struggles with the Fisherman’s Rib stitch?

Every mistake shows and is difficult to put right.

Well, I persevered and finished it and as every cloud – and there have been quite a lot of them – has a silver lining, it’s still cold enough to wear it in the middle of May.

Farewell Fisherman’s Rib – I’d like to say it’s been fun but it hasn’t so I won’t be troubling you again.

Do you have something in the artsy fartsy/crafting line you’ve tried once and decided once was enough?


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  1. #1 by Wild Daffodil on May 25, 2021 - 11:43

    Looking good! and just right for this weather – crumbs it’s cold!
    Tatting – I tried it, my Grandmother tried to teach me, I tried to learn it from a book. I just could not get the hang of it. Won’t be troubling that one again.

    • #2 by tialys on May 25, 2021 - 12:49

      I’m impressed you’ve even tried tatting – it looks scary to me.
      I don’t mind it being a little bit nippy but the strong winds and hailstorms I could definitely do without. I just have to keep reminding myself that I was far too hot in July and August in France and hope for a lovely British (temperate) Summer.
      p.s. I’m going to try a (fairly) local crafting group on Thursday – I’ll let you know how I get on.

      • #3 by Wild Daffodil on May 25, 2021 - 13:58

        OOoo yes, I’ll be interested to hear about the group.

      • #4 by tialys on May 25, 2021 - 14:42

        I’m a bit apprehensive as the organiser was featured in the ‘pop-up’ section in a local artisan shop recently with some absolutely stunning knitted pieces and some amazing copper hoop mounted mandalas. I am thinking about what to take along to work on for my first visit and will probably just take along one of the squares from my KAL. I believe they are making baby quilts for the Linus Trust at the moment so that’ll be right up my street and, of course, I have the stash! I’m Billy No Mates at the moment so will have to get out and about to these sorts of things or Mr. T. and I will get sick of the sight of each other. Only joking. ish.

  2. #5 by Laurie Graves on May 25, 2021 - 13:06

    Looks great! Too bad it’s so chilly, but nice to have such a lovely sweater to keep you warm.

    • #6 by tialys on May 25, 2021 - 13:46

      It will save on the heating bill – I wasn’t expecting to have the heating on at this point but, apparently, this is unusual – if the new neighbours are to be believed.

      • #7 by Laurie Graves on May 25, 2021 - 14:18

        Actually, sounds more like Maine weather, when it can be cool and rainy until July. This year, we are having warm, sunny weather with not enough rain. The opposite of your weather.

      • #8 by tialys on May 25, 2021 - 14:35

        The weather gods like to toy with us.

      • #9 by Laurie Graves on May 25, 2021 - 14:41

        Indeed they do.

  3. #10 by Evie Jones on May 25, 2021 - 13:23

    It was worth the hassle. It’s gorgeous.

    Stamping and cardmaking…made my toes curl. Cross stitch and tapestry just take toooooooo long.
    Would like to try spinning and weaving though. Maybe when the kids are a bit older? I have told my daughter that when she moves out I’m putting a loom in her room. She’s disgruntled! 😉

    • #11 by tialys on May 25, 2021 - 13:44

      Thank you. It’s not perfect enough – in my eyes – to wear outside the house but that’s fine as it can join my ‘slobbing around inside’ jeans in my ‘comfort wardrobe’. I think I ought to stick to blankets for knitting and crochet as I’m too fussy to forgive even the slightest mistake in clothing but can put up with it in a blanket.
      I have dabbled in cardmaking but can’t understand the appeal of scrapbooking so gave all my stamps away before the move. As for cross stitch – I think it would put me in an institution.
      I imagine your daughter can’t imagine herself ever moving out but it’s surprising how that can suddenly change when they go off to Uni or similar adventure – though both of mine expected us to keep their rooms ‘visit ready’ 🙄

      • #12 by Evie Jones on June 1, 2021 - 10:17

        I hear you about home clothes, but do think we’re awfully hard on ourselves and the things we make.

        I suspect Summer will just wake up one morning and be off. Dylan will probably be dancing on a cruise ship at 17 or training in Russia or something equally dramatic. Kids!

  4. #13 by Emmely on May 25, 2021 - 15:50

    It looks great though!

    • #14 by tialys on May 26, 2021 - 09:45

      Thanks Emmely, I did pull it on yesterday afternoon when the rain outside made it feel a little chilly and it did feel very cosy.

  5. #15 by claire93 on May 25, 2021 - 20:23

    sweater looks ever so comfy! great for keeping warm indoors or walking the dogs (if you aren’t happy about wearing it “out” out. I’ve been a Billy No Mates since we moved to this house end 2014 and it’s sad to say that I’m quite happy. We have lovely neighbours, for a chat if I need to see a real live person, otherwise my friends are all virtual these days.

    • #16 by tialys on May 26, 2021 - 09:44

      I know just what you mean but it would be nice to also have ‘real life people’ around to share my crafting passions – even though Mr. T., being of that persuasion himself, is valuable but he has to work 5 days of the week so isn’t always available. Also, he doesn’t knit or crochet.

      • #17 by claire93 on May 26, 2021 - 19:20

        I’ve offered to teach the neighbours to craft ^^ Cléo’s Mum is too busy raising two young children and working full time; Peggy is busy working full time and being a single mum to her three; Pascale works full-time and her free time seems to be spent keeping fit, and Brigitte (retired – great companion for a coffee and natter) suffers from arthritis.

      • #18 by tialys on May 27, 2021 - 15:23

        Well, you’ll have lots of fun.

  6. #19 by kathyreeves on May 26, 2021 - 04:23

    Cozy, cozy! Scrapbooking would be mine. It looks so amazing, and thinking about how to do it makes my stomach churn!

    • #20 by Wild Daffodil on May 26, 2021 - 08:09

      That made me chuckle Kathy! I know what you mean! 🙂

      • #21 by tialys on May 26, 2021 - 09:41

        Me too! I can imagine making one, perhaps, for a special occasion but judging by the amount of merchandise that exists to support the hobby we are in a minority.

  7. #22 by CurlsnSkirls on May 26, 2021 - 14:38

    Lovely slouchy sweater for being cosy! I’ve also been sans mates whilst down here in the heat. However, that couldn’t ever drive me to cross stitching or scrap-booking! Hope Thursday goes well!

    • #23 by tialys on May 28, 2021 - 09:31

      Cosy is good. I’ve had it with skin tight trousers, clingy fabrics and heels.

      • #24 by CurlsnSkirls on May 28, 2021 - 16:00

        Agreed! Speaking thermally, there needs to be a thin layer of air between a fabric and a body for real insulation to occur. That’s why tights or anything skin tight do not keep you warmer… or cooler. 😉 xx

      • #25 by tialys on May 29, 2021 - 08:16

        So, there’s another very good excuse to be comfy rather than constricted.

  8. #26 by katechiconi on May 26, 2021 - 21:47

    Gorgeous, and as an outsider, I’d say was worth the effort, but what do i know about knitting? I tried tatting once. I was taught by a multiple prize-winning tatting-ninja, but even she couldn’t make it stick.

    • #27 by Wild Daffodil on May 27, 2021 - 07:47

      Ah! the joys of Tatting eluded you as well.

      • #28 by katechiconi on May 27, 2021 - 08:07

        Yup! Although my older sister is a demon tatter and the Husband’s aunt and cousin (the tat-ninja) are prize winners at it. To be honest, I’m not sure I need that much lace in my life…

      • #29 by tialys on May 27, 2021 - 15:22

        I’d leave tatting to the tatters and concentrate on what you enjoy.

      • #30 by katechiconi on May 27, 2021 - 22:03

        My feelings exactly.

  9. #31 by nanacathy2 on May 27, 2021 - 22:22

    Well I like your jumper very much indeed. So glad you have found a crafting group, hope you have good time. Having moved a year ago to a new area I know just what you mean about making new friends. I have been on a group walk which was nice, and started swimming again. I am lucky that my son lives the other side of town, so plenty of family comfort. My trouble is I like all the crafts, including scrapbooking- my inner child coming out, but I never tried tatting, maybe there is a class….

    • #32 by tialys on May 28, 2021 - 09:34

      I’m willing to bet there is!

  10. #33 by nottaholiday on May 28, 2021 - 11:56

    Hello!! I wish I could say I only tried these once, but engaged just enough to drop a wad of cash on supplies/classes etc before moving on to the next … and then realizing there is no going back….
    *ceramics (yeah…nah)
    *cross stitch,
    *teddy bears (loved this for a long time)
    *scrapbooking (although I did reign that particular rabbit hole in pretty quick),
    *spinning (still have the wheel in the roof somewhere, but put it away when children (who are now mid 30s were prone to inserting fingers into the spinning wheel)
    *shadow embroidery,
    *cottage garden embroidery,
    *brazillian embroidery (the actual one, not the one where you are waxed within an inch of your life),
    *tapestry (glacial progress)
    *ceramic dolls (bit creepy and very damn expensive)
    *baltimore applique (why?)

    …umm let me look around the studio for a minute….knitting ( of the very basic scarf variety), piecing and quilting, stitchery have all stuck around and now been joined by drawing and watercolour and a new set of books/supplies have joined the shelves.

    So can’t relate really. lol.
    Good luck with your new group, had a weekend away with my gang last weekend..been going for more than 25 years and ridden the highs and lows together….wonderful friends.

  11. #34 by tialys on May 28, 2021 - 12:27

    Wow! I don’t even know what some of those things are.
    I don’t see tatting in there – although I only sort of pretend I know exactly what that is.
    How wonderful to have had your group going for 25 years. I would have had to have stayed with my first ever group (a patchwork one) in England to have achieved that many – now I’ll be lucky to be around and, if I am, even luckier to still be capable of wielding a sewing needle or crochet hook in a creative fashion,

  12. #35 by nottaholiday on May 28, 2021 - 12:43

    haha, yes we joke sometimes that we spend many sessions trying to remember the names of people/techniques/equipment/each other… no never dipped a toe into the tatting area. I think the tatting world will need to get by without my input. I think it will be ok lol. How are you going with the new house? Big adjustment?

    • #36 by tialys on May 28, 2021 - 13:16

      More like a small adjustment as the new house is a third of the size (and the land considerably less) than the old one. It’s quite liberating really now that I’ve got over the shock. I’ve just vacuumed the whole house in half an hour flat (if that) with the hoover plugged into the same point downstairs. It would have taken me so long in the old house that often I didn’t want to bother at all and sometimes didn’t. The husband feels the same about the more manageable garden – although I won’t let him vacuum it.
      Other than that – well, there’s no place like home is there and I did miss so many things about England – and a couple of those things were my daughters.

  13. #37 by magpiesue on May 31, 2021 - 17:26

    Catching up… I’ve never been able to succeed with knitting to any degree, nor crochet. I’d like to try tatting – I think. Your sweater looks great on you, and sounds cozy to wear. It’s good to know where time and energy will be wasted ahead of time!

    • #38 by tialys on June 9, 2021 - 12:28

      Well, you’re on your own with the tatting judging by others’ comments but I look forward to seeing the results if you decide to have a go.

  14. #39 by Born To Organize on June 1, 2021 - 17:58

    I’m impressed! That is a lot of work for something you don’t love in the first place. I’m glad you persevered, though, as it looks warm and comfy. Most of my one-and-done endeavors happen in the kitchen. I just don’t enjoy it enough to repeat recipes or take the time to perfect them. Lucky for me my husband enjoys cooking.

    • #40 by tialys on June 9, 2021 - 12:17

      Mine enjoys cooking too which is just as well as I’ve lost interest since becoming mostly vegetarian and so he’d probably starve if it was all left to me.

      • #41 by Born To Organize on June 15, 2021 - 04:27

        I’m a vegetarian, too. Mike eats meat, but only if he goes out for a special occasion. He actually feels better eating a vegetarian diet. I’ve been a vegetarian for 44 years.

  15. #42 by Creatieve Creaties on June 18, 2021 - 18:04

    Love the sweater! Sorry to hear you didn’t like the process of making it. But the end result looks great 👏🏻😃

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