Saturday, December 31, 2011

Adding Beads to Netting

Several years ago someone asked me if there was a way to attach beads to netting.  I had no idea.  Grandmother's instructions had not included beads.  The little information I found did not describe the process other than possibly sewing the beads onto the netting when all was finished.  So I started experimenting.

I discovered that I could slip the bead onto the loop. The bead was not firmly fastened to the loop, so it slid up and down on the loop.

In the case of this ornament, the knot was small enough that the bead slipped over the knot also.  The bead still slid up and down the loops, but was caught inside the larger diamond.

Then I figured out how to attach the beads along the sides of the diamonds.  They still moved, but only the length of the side of the diamond.

Eventually I figured out how to place beads at the bottom of the diamond so it stayed in place.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Christmas Poem 2011

Peace on Earth

There’s a face missing at the old table tonight.
There’s a smile missing from ‘round the tree.
There’s a spot in my heart that is empty right now
Due to life’s mortality.

At this time of the year I can dwell on the fact
That I’m missing a loved one who’s dear.
I can weep, wail or curse (making everything worse),
And I’ll find no Christmas cheer.

Or instead I can ponder the story again
Of the angels the night of Christ’s birth
Who sang praises to God and who promised to men
Peace to all who dwelt on earth.

Oh, the peace that I need in my heart at this time
Is the peace that can heal my own heart.
And this peace he has given to all who will ask,
For our Savior did his part.

He has opened the doors of the grave and of hell.
He has let all the captives go free.
Through his great sacrifice all my loved ones and I
Can enjoy eternity.

So this Christmas, ev’n though a dear loved one is gone,
I will focus on what is to be
And the gifts that our Father and Savior have given.
There is peace and joy for me.

Each year since we've been married, my husband and I have created a Christmas poem. Often the events of that year influenced the poem. Though this poem was written after the death of my mother on December 7th, we decided to use it this year since we are not the only ones who have found peace through the Atonement of Jesus Christ. 

May you all have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Handles for Square-mesh Net Bags

Last week I showed you some of the new rectangular, square-mesh, net bags I was working on.  Now to show you a couple of the new handles I designed for those bags.  Rather than use a 1/2" mesh stick for the entire handle I used a much wider mesh for most of the handle.  I used wrapped loops to get the bigger meshes.  Only at the ends do I go back to the smaller mesh stick.  The smaller meshes make it easier to tie the two handle sections together.

This handle, from the small gift bag, uses half the number of square meshes across the width of the rectangle.

This handle, from the medium size net bag, begins with two knots in each of the square meshes along the width.  The third row of the handle decreases the number of loops.   An overhand knot sits on top of the fuller section of the handle.

 Here is a closeup of the lower part of the handle.

I was hoping to finish the large shopping-bag size, but I finished the last video (Creating Wrapped Loops) for the Square-Mesh Netting class instead.  Now I just need to finish the transcripts and patterns and that class will be ready.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Rectangular Net Bag - Square-mesh Style

Last week's Rectangular Net Bag (made with square-mesh netting) was just an experiment to see it I could do it.  This week I have worked on two different bags - a medium size one, and a small one.  I think they turned out much better than the first one.

The small size is perfect as a baby-shower gift bag.  It's big enough to hold the bibs I make and to hold bibs, toys, or whatever the new mother wants to put in it.

The medium one is a bit bigger.  I needed a bag to take my books back to the library, I only had a few, so I piled them in and it worked great going there.  The only problem was that while there I checked out more than a few books and some of those over-sized, so it did not hold everything on the way home.

I kind of like the look of the square meshes on the bottom of the bag.

This week I've also finished the videos devoted to making a rectangle of square-mesh netting.  I was all excited, thinking the class was almost ready.  Then, in the process of making the bags, I created a couple of different handles, one for each bag.  As I made the first one I realized that there was one, maybe two, more videos I needed to make for the Square-mesh Netting class.  I've listed it on the syllabus page for the Square-mesh Netting class.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Square-mesh Netting

The class for Square-mesh netting is progressing.  This week I was able to get the video taping done.  Next week I hope to have the videos finished.  I realized that for this class I have only small and large projects.  Nothing in the middle, and nothing that would be quick to make and  practical in an everyday sort of way.

So Thursday I asked family and friends gathered around our Thanksgiving table for some suggestions.  Scarfs and dishcloths were suggested, and I may come up with some, but late last night I picked up some left-over yarn and this morning I finished . . .

. . . a rectangular square-mesh net bag.

The handles are diamond mesh, but the body of the bag is square-mesh.

Now, before you say anything, I know it's small, so tiny in fact that I could barely squeeze in the two apples and and orange.  But now I know I can make one, I just have to figure out the proper number of squares for the width and the length.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Differences in Netting Methods

There are several methods used to tie the netting knot.  Lately I've been referring to two of them as the lace-maker's method and the net-maker's method.

Most of the time when I think of the differences between the two methods, I think of how they are tied.  There are also differences in how the knots look after they are tied.  This week I learned another way they are different.

I received an e-mail asking me if there was a way to create the Carrots Increase Stitch using the net-maker's method so that it looked like it does in the photo.

I was not sure, so I made a sample of this stitch using each method and I discovered a difference.  Can you see the difference?  The red sample was made using the lace-maker's method and the blue one made using the net-maker's method.

 Look closely where the increases are made.  In the red sample the 3 knots net into the loop follow the curve of the loop, while in the blue sample the 3 knots climb up the loop.  The knots in the red sample are tied around the single strand of cord forming the loop.  The knots in the blue sample are tied over both strands that form the loop.  Since the knots in the blue sample are tied around the loop, the loop actually gets smaller.

So, when it comes to the question in the email, my answer is that it is not possible to get the same look to the Carrots Increase Stitch using the net-maker's method as you would get if you used the lace-maker's method.  If you want the same look as the first photo in this post, you would have to tie the knots using the lace-maker's method.

Now I'll be the first to acknowledge that I don't know everything about netting, especially when it comes to the net-maker's method.  I received personalized, one-on-one teaching from my grandmother when I learned the lace-maker's method, but I learned the net-maker's method from a book.

So my question, to those of you who are more proficient and experienced in netting using the net-maker's method, is:  "Do you agree with me?"   If you do not, please tell or show us how to get the same look.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

New Netting Class and Mistborn Cloak are both finished

It's done.  After 11 months of working on it, Netting, More or Less is now available.  This netting class shows how to increase and decrease while netting.  It includes patterns for headbands, dishcloths, bags, and a snood (hairnet).  To register for the class, click here.  This class is ongoing, so when you can begin the class as soon as you register for it.  (Contact me if you have problems.)  I have also structured the class so that there is also no ending time.  You can go back and review how to do something whenever you need to.

I've already started working on the next class:  Square Mesh Netting.  By checking the syllabus for Square Mesh Netting, you can see that currently there are six more videos to make and all the PDF patterns and transcriptions.  I hope it will not take as long to pull together as the last one did.

Several weeks ago I mentioned that I was making a Mistborn Cloak as a Halloween costume for my son.  I did finish it before Halloween.  However, due to the snowstorm and downed power lines that arrived days before Halloween, he was not able to wear it for Halloween.

During the week when school was  not held, I managed to get some photos.

It came complete with a pouch for coins and a belt / sash with places to store his "metals" vials.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Winter Fairyland or Natural Disaster

It looked like a winter fairyland Sunday morning when I got up.  The storm arrived before I took down my garden trellises.  Everything was blanketed in 9-12 inches of white.

There were only a couple of problems with this winter wonderland.  When I looked out an upstairs window Saturday night, I noticed something that had not been in our backyard earlier in the day.

Yes, a tree had fallen under the weight of the snow on its leaves.  It knocked over the basketball standard and came within inches of the back porch awning.   We were fortunate that it fell the way it did.  It could have landed on the house.

By Sunday morning portions of a second tree had joined the first.

By afternoon the trees were without snow and we were without power.

We were without power from Sunday morning until Friday morning.  However, there are those worse off.  My daughter, who lives within a couple of miles from us (in the same town), lost power for a whole week - Saturday afternoon (October 29) to Saturday afternoon (November 5).

It's impossible to go through something like this without learning something.  Here are a few of the things I learned:

  • have enough coolers to hold the contents of the freezer component of the refrigerator.
  • pans of snow (changed twice a day) will keep a refrigerator cold enough that the food in it will not spoil.
  • having a thermometer for the house, freezer, and refrigerator gives peace of mind.
  • the basement kept slightly warmer than the upper part of the house overnight.
  • just having people sitting in a room for a while (playing games) raised the temperature of that room.
  • sitting in the sun on an enclosed porch while the sun is pouring in through all the windows can get you warmer than staying inside the house.
  • layering clothing works.
  • sleeping bags work to keep children warm at night.
  • even a small charcoal grill will cook food and heat up water if you have nothing better.
  • fix meals before the sun goes down and it gets cold.
  • I need to find some "emergency food supplies" that are suited to no-power, no-heat, individual-portion situations that are nutritious, affordable, and will store for more than a couple of years.
  • I was just as busy as usual, but on different projects (a quilt, a moebius scarf, a rectangular scarf, a net shawl instead of websites and netting classes*).

I know my list would be different if the season and the disaster were different.  And, speaking of disasters, I wonder what is coming next.  So far during 2011, my area of the country has experienced an ice storm, a tornado, micro-bursts, an earthquake, a hurricane, and now heavy snow storm.  Any suggestions what I should prepare for next?  My oldest daughter suggested fire.

*Speaking of netting classes - Netting, More or Less is completed as far as the videos and transcripts go.  I just need to have time on the computer to get the classroom up and connected to PayPal (something I was planning to do this past week).

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Netting, More or Less - One Step Closer to Done

The video transcripts for Netting, More or Less are finished!  Videos, transcripts, and patterns are all colored brown on the syllabus!  That means the class will be done and ready for people to take as soon as I get the classroom set up and everything uploaded to it.

It would be great to say that will happen during this coming week; however, I need to finish the Mistborn cloak for my son by Saturday.  I hope to finish both - but this week the costume comes first.  

Last week I showed a photo of a snood with a flat bow.  Over the last few of weeks I finished a couple more snoods with flat bows.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Black and White Snoods, Finished Videos

Several years ago I made some black and white snoods.  I had fun putting black bows on white snoods and white bows on black snoods.  I put a black bow on a black and white snood, but I forgot to put a white bow on the black and white snood.  Well, last week I took care of that problem.

 I made a black and white snood and put a white bow in it.  

As I was looking through my snood photos, I realized that I had never posted my flat bow snood.  So, even though I made it a while back, here is a different bow variation.

This week I didn't get much netting done.  Instead, I worked on my son's Halloween costume - not quite finished. I also worked on the last two instructional videos for my "Netting, More or Less" class - FINISHED!  If you look at the syllabus for the course, you will notice that I already have the patterns completed.  That just leaves the video transcripts.  I plan to put photos with them this week.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Netting around the Net

About a year ago I found a marvelous netting needle.  I mentioned it in a post.  Then one day I went to look at it again and it was gone.  Today I learned that the shop is back up, including the English version.  It was great to see the netting needle again.  Now I get to start saving my pennies again.

Today I also found that Barry Brown has updated his blog.  While browsing in his net making section I found a wonderful looking hammock.  Now, to get him to share his pattern.

I've been working on the videos for Netting, More or Less.  I'm got two left to finish and they are both partially done. I would love to finish them up on Monday and Tuesday, but I've promised my son to work on a Mistborn cloak for Halloween on Monday.  He doesn't think I can get it done in a day.  We'll see.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Third Spiral Gift Bag for a Baby

With three baby showers within a month, it's a good thing all the rectangular bags are done for Netting, More or Less.   I am ready to move from rectangular bags to spiral bags for a little variety.

This one is similar in size to the two I finished last week.


The handles are the same straight design as the other blue bag, however the mesh stick used was smaller.  This creates a firmer, easier-to-find handle.


The increases and grommet are also different.

In this bag all the increases are added in just two locations.  The two loops between the handles - that were created when the handles were joined together.  

There was no decreasing before the grommet was made.  While the grommet is bigger than the other spiral net bags, the hole is still smaller than the meshes.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

A Second Net Spiral Bag

This week I finished the second net bag for the double baby shower.

It is also done as a spiral from the top, so it does look similar to the bag I finished last week.

However, since I have a hard time repeating the same pattern over and over unless I have a good reason, there are some differences.

First, the handles.  They look different because of where the increases are placed.

Beginning about half way down the handle, the pink bag, made last week, has increases placed along the edges of the handle.  This creates a triangular shaped as the handle nears the bag.

The blue bag has a straight handle.  The increases are all added in the same row, just after the size of the mesh stick changes. 

Another way the bags differ is in how the decreases that form the bottom of the bag are placed and the number of loops that are pulled together for the decreases.

The pink bag pulls the loops together in groups of three on one row.  The grommet is formed in the next row.   The blue bag decrease only 5 times on one row and then decreases directly below those decreases on two more rows.  After those three decrease rows a grommet in the following row.  This formed a five-sided shape on the bottom of the blue bag.

Both bags were filled with my favorite baby bibs and the net handles were tied into a bow.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Spiral Net Gift Bag

Next Saturday I have a double baby shower to attend.  This week I was able to finish the bag for the expected girl.  The photos show the bag both with and without the bibs that will accompany it.

This bag is made from the top down.  The handle is made in two pieces.  After each piece is made they are joined together on one end to form the circular mouth of the bag.  The other ends of the handle sections are tied together in a square knot.  Once the mouth of the bag is created, I just net around and around the circle until it is as long as I want it to be. Then I formed a grommet at the bottom of the bag.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Net Gift Bag

Several years ago I decided to net a small gift bag to hold the bibs I was giving as a baby shower gift.  The bag could be used to hold the bibs or whatever the mother wanted to put in it.

This month I have three baby showers to attend.  So I net this Small Rectangular Bag for the one tonight.

Once the bag was done, I added the bibs.

This will be the last Small Rectangular Net Bag I will make for a while.  I need to make some circular and spiral ones so I can have some photos for those classes.