Some time ago I described a painful beading incident which occurred when I was working on the Belle Greene shawl. I’m now working another beaded pattern, the Diamonds in the Ruff collar (from Defarge Does Shakespeare). This is the project which called for the Bead Biz purchase at the Alpaca Festival. Once again, I’m working with small beads and a really tiny crochet hook. I’ve made two changes in the process, which help with both speed and safety.
First of all, rather than working the stitch and then threading it through a bead, I’m just beading the unworked stitch and slipping it to the right hand needle. As long as I do it consistently it works beautifully.
Secondly, I’ve got a new crochet hook. One with a soft grip and, more importantly…
…it has a cover. Now, as long as I cap it before putting it away, there will be no more ‘painful incidents’, even if the cats do knock my project bag on the floor.
You can never be too careful.
But, seriously, it’s a stunning design, and I’m enjoying working on it when I stop the cat from lying on it.
In addition to the seed beads, I’ve gotten the ribbon and some focal beads for finishing
I think it’s going to be stunning. Now, if I can just be sure to finish by Christmas…
I didn’t win the “Wonder Clips” from A Simple Homestead, the luxury yarn basket from Expression Fiber Arts or the pattern and yarn from Aroha Knits. I did win the Arciform sweater pattern from Aphaia.
I entered the Expression Fiber Arts November/December yarn basket drawing (15 December) and the Knitting Pipeline drawing for Wool Baby Patterns ebook (26 November).