Post by Lizzy Taylor Post by Janner
It is quiet here, I think a lot have trouble accessing. I try and check
in from time to time.
My ISP dropped newsgroups so I have changed over to aioe.org and it is
working very well and gave me a seamless transfer when I plugged my PC
in for the first time in the USA.
Now I just have to wait for my sewing stuff to cross the Atlantic Ocean
and I will be a happy bunny again. In the meantime I am knitting rather
Lizzy in PA
I am coming through eternal-september. My isp allegedly provides usenet
access, but I cannot connect to it through them. In fact I cannot even do
email through them. They blame linux I blame them for having a bunch of
idiots in tech support. When you have to explain in detail what you are
trying to do when it is no more complicated than a telnet connection you
have to figure you are dealing with "techs" working from a script.
My tummy has been giving me grief, so I am knitting too.
DH brought me home a bag of yarn from a thrift shop, that included some
really horrible stuff. Some polyester laceweight, a weird thick-n-thin
cotton that had what seem to be flecks of wood spun into the slubby bits,
and this really awful stuff by Berocco called Dante. The Dante is also a
thick-n-thin, the thin bits are fingering size, the thick bits are
between sport and DK. It is a cotton rayon blended three ply, with one
ply being about sewing thread, one carrying all the slubs, and the third
being pretty normal, this gives it a really awful texture and a tendency
to split when you knit it. It's a baby rainbow in color and I have enough
of it that I had some pretty good ideas for it until I swatched it and
discovered just how bad it is. I so would not put the texture of the
fabric it makes next to a baby's skin!
So just because I am crazy, I dragged out some 3.5mm needles and I am
making rose lace medallions of it from The de Dillmont "Encyclopedia of
Needlework" (yes the splitting is making me even crazier), and shall run
up some squares from crochet cotton to put them together as per her
the rose is here:
It is the second pattern from the bottom of the page. The very last
pattern is the lace edging for the tablecloth.
In older copies of the book the medallions are put together as octagons
with little squares joining them on the off sides.
I don't know as I shall do that edging as it is rather wide. There are
plenty of narrower edgings that would better suit the purpose. Who knows
though, by the time I have finished the medallions I may be ready to be
stored away in an attic with a bell, and just do the whole thing as per
I expect I will overdye the lot in blue and use it as a throw on a
particularly ugly chair we have.
BTW I wholly blame Therese de Dillmont for my knitting and crochet
vocabulary being continental. Drives our kiri bonkers, especially when
we are talking about singles and doubles in a crochet project.