WOYWW 668 – desk? not really…


Happy WOYWW y’all. This week it isn’t so much my desk as it is taking a leaf out of Helen (H)’s book and showing you some of my floor!

I’ll probably detail my travels across the internet collecting info of the lovely Tom Daley ripple sweater that is my current obsession, maybe more for myself than anyone else (except my best mate Kirsty) but for now it is just what is all over my craft space.

There is a kit from Wool & the Gang but it is pretty expensive, and the pattern is not really a tricky one – I have a book of ripple stitches that has a couple that are similar

and there are many YouTube video tutorials as well. The construction is basically four squares. I grabbed a basket of cotton yarn (recently sorted when I did my sewing room) and had a bash:

As I was really just testing my capabilities with the pattern, I didn’t want to cut then ends, hence the massive tangle and snarl of yarn!

All my yarn is scraps, no ball bands on most of them, so I am testing out the hook size and trying to see how gap-y the resulting fabric will be, and if I can live with it. It’s not bad with a 4.5mm but may try a 4mm and see if the blue is better with that size.

I keep threatening to get back to my art journal and I will, but not quite yet. I did join the Petite Journal class that… Ali Wade (I think!) mentioned, but I can’t log in with Firefox and so far my email to the teacher has gone unanswered. I also booked a live class, then my dad fell and spent a day in hospital and I couldn’t make the Live-time so will have to catch up on the replay. Life, hey? Dad’s fine, all checked out and he’s doing well for a guy in his mid-80s.

Lastly, I’d like to direct you all back a post (or two) to check out the info on NANO TAPE (not sponsored!) and how I use it to mount unmounted or no-longer-sticky cling stamps! I can’t say enough about this useful stuff and I am sure all the WOYWWers will think of 100 more uses. I did test out the use of only a few small squares on the grey cling stuff on the back of Tim Holtz stamps, almost all of which have totally lost their stick and I cannot bring it back. Ta Dah!

OK so “stamps great” is meant to reflect the fact that all the stamp areas stamp well, ignoring how lazy I am in not wiping off the over-inkage in the background areas! And the grey cling releases, but you need to do it right away and not let it linger. I really think if you are a stamper, with a lot of old unmounted stamps, this is going to make you happy. And I am seriously considering unmounting even some of my “cling” stamps at this point as the bulk of them is so not needed if they simply DO NOT CLING anymore. We’ll see. I think we all know how bad I am at follow-thru LOL!

Happy WOYWW!

18 thoughts on “WOYWW 668 – desk? not really…

  1. So pleased to hear that you’ve Dad is OK…
    I was almost tempted to have a go at that ripple idea – but I have too many projects already!
    I will definitely look for some Nano though.
    I am once again at my youngest son’s thoughvso will have to wait until I am home for any orders!
    Happy WOYWW!
    Susan #17

  2. Helloooo Mary Anne, I’m so glad to hear your Dad’s okay, such a relief 🤗 sending gentke hugs his way.
    Tooooo that gorgeous jumper 🌈 how gorgeous that is and oh my look at what you’ve done already … swoooning here 🤩 Brilliant idea with the stamps ⭐
    I saw your post with the ATC’s … treasure of a post to pop through your letterbox ❤💕❤
    Wishing you a beautiful week ahead in sll you do. Be safe and well, love and hugs Tracy xxx #20

  3. I am glad your dad is ok. Falling at 80+ is pretty scary, as I am pushing 80! LOL Your yarn on the floor to roll reminds me of untangling my necklaces in my jewelry box. Thanks for the info on the Nano tape. Happy WOYWW!

  4. Glad your dad is ok! The ripple sweater is very cool! And I, too, have not heard of Nano tape, interesting! Thanks for popping by and have a wonderful week!
    Carol N #19

  5. Oooh! that takes me right back to the 70’s! Good times…The Nano tape is certainly interesting. I looked it up on Amazon – there are hundreds to choose from! All different prices, are they all the same thing? They are all called “Nano”. I will have to see whether I would have a use for it. I usually have success with my clings when I wash them with soap and water. Thanks for your visit, have a great day!

  6. Happy WOYWW. I love that jumper too, but definitely my crochet skills are not up to par yet! I have managed to make one swatch using single stitch, and not had a chance to progress with the course since. I will contact re. Petite Journal on your behalf. It is definitely worth perservering to get into. Ali x #18

  7. Good to hear Dad OK – life is full of blips like that isn’t it? I’m sure you’ll crack that pattern in no time, your tester looks pretty good. Haven’t head of Nano tape, will investigate. As ever your head is so full projects, I can still only cope with one thing at a time lol. Have a great week, love n hugs Cindy #10

  8. Morning May Anne. That jumper is something else, isn’t it! Fabulous. I have just finished a zigzag blanket – thoroughly enjoyed doing it, but realised I can’t always count to three – especially when watching tv at the same time.
    Glad your dad is ok and none the worse for his fall.
    Take care. God bless.
    Margaret #12

  9. I thought you had a swimmer staying with you when I first saw your blog. Must say i like the wave pattern and the sweater he is modelling but not really a man thing in my eyes. Love the bit you have done, clever you.
    Not a clue what Nano is but if it works, good on you!
    Hugs, Neet 6 xx

  10. That’s an interesting experiment with the different hooks and yarns, I think if you want a looser ripple that you’ll wear over a t shirt then the gaps are fine and I really like the effect. However, if you don’t want your bits showing through, then a smaller hook is the way to go. Have fun!! Thanks for your comment, I had actually thought about using some of those old glass plate photos with a caption as cards but for personal use, I don’t know if he could sell them. We’ll have to find out though!
    Hugs LLJ 4 xxx

  11. I love that ripple pattern though I can’t imagine getting any men I know to wear it Lol! Bet it’s fun to work on. I look forward to seeing you get back to the art journal as I need more encouragement. I’ll pop back later to see what else you’ve been up to. Sending happy woyww hugs, Angela x13x

  12. Hi Mary-Jane
    With my terrible habit of reading ahead, I thought for a moment you had Tom Daley on your floor🤣. That jumper is lovely and I’m sure you’re right. You don’t need a kit for 4 squares. Your initial waves look great.
    So glad your Dad is ok after his fall.
    Take care and happy WOYWW
    Lynnecrafts 11

  13. Your crochet is very pretty, love those wavy rows. That Nano tape definitely seems worth buying. Happy WOYWW. Angela #7

  14. Brilliant. I hate the grey cling, it didn’t cling for long and the glue is hideous! Glad to read that your Dad is OK, long may he bounce back. Argh, it makes the geography of living here whilst they’re there really real doesn’t it. I like Tom’s jumper and really admire your using up the ends….I think I might like one in a single colour…..she ponders aloud…..

  15. Tom Daley eat your heart out, love your ripple research and work. BJ#5

  16. I love the ripple pattern of the jumper – Tom’s as well! Good luck keeping your … ahem… balls.. untangled Your floor is much tidier than mine! perhaps you’ve chosen a tidy room to work in to start with. ha ha ! I’d never heard of nano tape when I saw your earlier post but I hope you have found a solution to your non cling cling stamps! Have a rippling week! Helen #2

  17. Thanks for the Nano tape tip Mary Anne, I hadn’t come across it before. That ripple sweater is indeed fabulous look forward to seeing your finished version. Stay safe and Happy WOYWW. Sarah #3

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