Friday, October 21

the three C's... day four

crafting and crocheting: (notes)

note one: on saturday a whole new world of crocheting opened up to me, after looking through my little loved pile of Japanese craft books i stumbled across a lovely scarf pattern. it reminded me how every year i see lovely crocheted scarves in the stores (namely anthropologie) and wish i could make one for myself. this appeared out of my reach until i sat in my PJ's, yarn and Mr Hook in hand, and discovered i may not beable to follow the written crochet word, but i can read patterns using symbols. the best thing of all, these symbols are universal, therefore does not matter what language the book is printed in, i can attempt the pattern if it is written in symbols...

oh happy joyous crocheting moment

note two: in november i am teaching a two part sunday workshop at the fine and dandy Assemble Gallery and  
Studio, i am tres thrilled to be doing so and my hope is you may wish to join me. all nitty gritty can be found here


**EXCLUSIVE WORKSHOP** Vintage Lappity-Lap Blanket with dottie angel

Piece, sew and embroider a small blanket with the one and only Tif Fussell (aka dottie angel) in this two session workshop exclusive! A bit by the artist: “Using the age old idea of taking loved and used fabrics to make something new again, we will be ‘piecing and layering’ fabrics to create a ‘lappity lap’ blanket adding finishing touches of hand-knotting, appliquéd patches or doilies and embroidery. The finished result being a lovely reminder of traditions gone by and a rather spiffy bit of handcrafted goodness for your home, or to gift to another.”
Students must have previous sewing machine experience and the ability to do a running stitch by hand. A materials list will be provided upon registration. Seats are very limited, so don’t miss the fun!
Date: Sunday, November 13th AND Sunday, November 20th
Time: 1pm – 4pm


note three: i marvel at the mysterious ways the handcrafted Gods move. there i was on monday in my shed, rambling on about 'dumpties' and there was lovely Sophie in hers on tuesday, trying to locate a lost crafty mojo. off out the house she pops hoping to find it and she does! in the recycling centre no less. gosh what are the chances of two spiffy dumpties being found on the brink of no return. Sophie has done a peachy job of 'dumptie number one' and she tells me 'dumptie number two' is asking for a crocheted hat. never have i seen such marvelous finds, and how fitting to find 'dumpties' at the dump

note four: the three C's and the thrillingness that it is, will continue next week due to there not being enough days this week to fit in all the thrilling thoughts...

she notes it is friday, she notes the 'hurrah horray its friday' feeling coming on, and she wishes you a peachy one ~ Tif


  1. This week I crocket too, but not with crocket words.
    I think I have to try the symbols :).....Nice scarf!

  2. Dear Dottie Angel/Tif,

    I'm so glad that I saw your book on modcloth, which in turn caused my curiosity to wonder about your blog, which in turn caused me to wander over here.

    I'm so glad that I did!
    I enjoy the pleasant way in which you write and I of course enjoy your crafty skills.

    I wanted to let you know that it is through you I discovered the term "nesting" which has finally given me a word for what I've been daydreaming and night dreaming about for my own little space.

    A new reader,

  3. Thanks did make me laugh
    :-), :-), ;-)
    A chuckle is a good thing, especially on a Friday.

    I love your crochet, i find it easier with pictures too, actually I can't actually crochet, but generally i like pictures to explain things.

    Have a lovely weekend

    Sophie xx

  4. It is the other way round for me, words are great - the more the better while diagrams can add a little something but by themselves they are yuck. I can follow a simple diagram but there are words too which I can not translate which must tell you things like turn over or work at this end etc. A diagram just does not cut the mustard by itself. Some of them just totally confuse! The smaller items in the books are just about ok but there are bags etc which from the look of them I wouldn't know where to start. For instance a flat plane ends up as a 3 dimentional bag and I can't for the life of me see how. In my world, words are so important.

    Very pretty scarf too but catching a glimpse at that picture shows me that I can't do it. It's a shame as there are so many Japanese patterns I love, much more so than English ones.

  5. Isn't Fall just the perfect time to crochet? Bravo on your gorgeous "ruff".. I bet you look great wearing that! I love your ripple, too. I'm working on one. I'm about to put up a post about a pair of beaded earrings I made yesterday that look like Indian corn. I hope you pop over and see. Your friend from Oregon... Teresa

  6. I am sure that all crocheters are either written pattern people or symbol pattern people. I myself do a lot better with the written ones, but have friends that can only do the symbols. Funny how that works.

  7. I do so envy your skills with hook and yarn - and I can never understand diagrams, I just have to have words, in English, please.

    Just been reading your lovely, lovely book at swimming club (not in the pool, that was the Princess), and it quite distracted me from my knitting (for which read battling) my postmodern socks, which I had heaved all the way there.

    I especially like the lace and button - I think all books should come with presents.

    Pomona x

  8. I love your crocheted scarf/cowl! It's a gorgeous design and I like the colour you chose too. I'm inspired to pick up my hook again.

    Just want to say how much I admire your blog. I've been reading only a short while but I am enjoying your posts and your beautiful photography.

  9. Love, love, love the scarf and the beautiful button!!
    Happy weekend,
    Vivienne x

  10. I have the same Japanese pattern book for a couple of years now and sadly have not made anything from it yet. Good for you for sitting down and just starting on it and finishing it.

  11. Hi Tif..delicious looking neckwear indeed! Enjoy your weekend.

  12. Oh wow - I never knew they were called dumpties! Absolutely Fabulous, Sweetie! xxx

  13. I love that scarf, Tif! gorgeous (is that some crochet mojo I see?)

  14. Hi Dottie Angel - just found your blog recently and am loving it. Gorgeous cowl - great job translating:) Love the dumpties too - have a couple which need this very same upgrade:) Wish I loved closer to go to your class - have a lot of old linens which would love to be used as well;)

  15. Love the little scarf!!! Might have to give this a go for this winter :)

  16. looks like you found your crafty mojo ;)

  17. very can look very stylish with cool weather. Oooooh, a ruffle would look very good on the model...Little Olive...Used dog is so good and quiet she may have to have a whole one to keep her old bones warm. I like the way she checked on Little Olive in the video. Passing by with a bit of big dog love. Have fun on the crochet-fest. Just seeing yarn gets me excited...the shapes,the colours,the amount..oh,and thrifted is the best.
    xoxo, Helena

  18. The scarf looks gorgeous......I love Japanese craft books.

  19. Ahhhhhh love the scarf! Aren't those Japanese crochet books just the loveliest?!!

    Sending love, Julia x x x

  20. Oh my - what a wonderful crochet scarf you have!
    Just wondered which book this was from (not that I am able to read japanese) or if there is any chance you could give me a clue of the pattern so I too could have a go at making one.
    By the way - thank you for your truly divine new book - it has to be the most beautiful book I own and will be treasured forever :)

  21. Let us not leave off the thrillingness of the three c's anytime soon!

  22. Wow I am tres impressed by the scarf! I bought a Japanese crochet book for my sister-in-law and secretly wish I'd kept it for myself.. Hx

  23. how true that is, i had not thought of it before but some like words and some like symbols and the best patterns of all, are the ones that contain both, in a language you can read!

    Sarah, many thanks for coming to find me :) i must tell you my daughter called from the east coast when she found me on modcloth, i was none the wiser until she did so... it made my day! lovely to hear from you

    thank you all for the spiffy nice comments of late, you are most lovely as always... a happy day to you :)

  24. I love that scarf / neckwarmer what-not, I think I need one too...

  25. can you tell me the name/ISBN # of the japanese pattern book you used to make that lovely ruffled cowl?

  26. all i can tell you is the number on the back of the book, however i recall from when i showed this book before at least over a year ago, the number did not match up to any books out there. however it may have changed since then, here it is


    good luck!