Sunday, February 21, 2010

Opal

Okay, one more.  This curvy, swervy little flutter is named Opal. Her little wingtips need to be a little tighter, but I like her just as she is.  I used Yarnplayer's 'Purple Pansy' in, yep, you guessed it, size 80.  She measures just over 4 cm.


Saturday, February 20, 2010

Diamond

Another one from Lady Shuttlemaker's latest book!  For this one I used a vintage J&P Coats thread in size 70, color 177.  She measures 2-1/4" (5.7 cm).  This butterfly is good practice for those who want to sharpen his/her skills at following diagrams as there are no written instructions for this one.
What a difference a few hours makes when it comes to tension!  I made one wing last night before I went to sleep then did the other today. I couldn't get them to match to save my life.  Thanks to a bit of creative blocking, I managed to make it a little less noticeable. 

Friday, February 19, 2010

Well, hello there

I'm still here!  I've been laying low for a few weeks due to another elbow injury.  In my normal oblivious-to-my-surroundings state (i.e., not paying attention), I smacked my right elbow on a steel beam bruising it inside and out.  For the first two weeks, there were issues with my middle and ring fingers going tingling and going numb.  No permanent damage, though.  As the injury faded, so did the numbness and tingling.  I was seriously considering what life was going to be like without shuttles and crochet hooks. This is the same elbow that has been problematic.  Nothing like making it worse!

Having been completely pain free for a week now, today was my first time back on the shuttles.  Lady Shuttlemaker's new book promptly arrived on my doorstep this past Tuesday, and I've been dying to get at it!  Not being able to make up my mind, I just opened the book and whatever page it fell to is the butterfly I did. 

 

Meet Lilly.  This teeny tiny flutterby is done with Yarnplayer's oh-so-fabulous 'Vibrato' in size 80.  Yes, I deliberately started at the same point in the thread so the colors would play out the same on both sides.  It took me a few minutes to get my groove back after not tatting for weeks and weeks so this is not my best work, but she did turn out pretty cute. 

Now that the rust is knocked off, it's time to get back to work on some UFOs, such as Jane's TIAS.  Sorry, Jane!