Sunday, November 11, 2018

Keeping it simple

I haven't had much time to work on crafting for the past few days, so I decided to keep this bottle cap Ice Drop simple. I felt the need to complete something! I don't know if you can see the peacock design in the cabochon, but it's really very pretty!

Friday was Grandparents' Day at school, and I was subbing for the music teacher. I managed to crochet a little bit on my Waffle Stitch Blanket, but no significant progress was made.

Yesterday was the dodgeball tournament fundraiser, organized by daughter Carol and one of the fourth grade teachers. In June, approximate 40 people (students, parents, and teachers) are taking a ten day trip to Europe! That's a pretty good sized group for our little town. To help the kids with the cost of the trip, some fundraisers have been planned. I was happy to help with this one. I didn't get to watch any of the dodgeball tournament, but I had great fun working in the concession stand. Any student going on the trip who chose to work at this fundraiser gets to share the proceeds. The kids were able to raise $1,600! I'm not sure how many of the kids were working, but I'm sure they appreciate the support received from the community!

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Not quite right

I finally finished my bottle cap snowflake. It's not quite right. I'm not sure if it's the thread I'm using (Liz Metallic Silver) or my tatting. I was experimenting with different ways of making the six points, and that's probably part of the problem. The idea is okay, but it definitely needs some tweaking!

I finished the first ball of Mandala Genie. One ball worked up 9 1/2" of 36" wide fabric in Waffle Stitch. That means I have enough yarn to make this into a very nice lap size afghan!

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

False starts

Sometimes I can dive right in with a project and all goes well. Other times... hmmm.

I decided to start Ashley's necklace first. I wasn't so sure I'd like tatting with black thread, but so far, so good... with the thread, that is! I eagerly started tatting and quickly realized the rings were going to be too big... snip! I tried another stitch count... still too big... snip! Then I forgot to string beads... snip! I forgot to add the jump ring, but I'm not snipping this time. I'll figure something out.

My friend Kalah sent a picture of a waffle stitch afghan she had made for her grandson, and I knew that was the pattern I wanted for Aidan's afghan. Aidan loves anything soft and squishy, and this pattern fits the bill! I didn't find an actual afghan pattern, just tutorials on how to do the waffle stitch... easy peasy, right? It took me several tries to get a stitch count and hook size I liked for the pattern. Now that I have it all sorted out, I'm on a roll! My goal is to finish this one by Thanksgiving, which will give me plenty of time to make Eva's. Time to crochet! ...or tat!

Tuesday, November 6, 2018


Yesterday was so much fun! I took my Swarovski rivolis and my box of Sulky 12 wt thread to school, and the girls made their choices for their necklaces. It took a while, because they kept changing their minds about what they liked. It was like being in a candy shop! The girls' choices...






I am really going to enjoy making these!

To get myself ready for tiny tatting, I finished up an Ice Drop that I had started with Madeira thread over the summer.

I got a bit distracted with bottle caps, and forgot about this until I was straightening up my tatting supplies over the weekend.

All I need to do is add a jump ring and a chain, and I will have a necklace!

I finished Lily's afghan last night. I'm so pleased with the way it turned out!

I've decided on a Waffle Stitch afghan for Aidan. I've now started it five times, changing the width, the yarn, and the hook size. I'm finally happy with my choice, and I plan on getting back to it so that I have time to finish both Aidan's and Eva's in time for Christmas. Luckily, my wrists are holding up!

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Another round?

Tatting is on hold as I work on afghans for Christmas presents. Lily's is a nice lap size now, but I really want it to be a little larger. I know I have enough yarn for one pattern repeat, but I'm hoping for two. I do like the way the colors flow with the Mandala yarn!

Have I told you how much I love lighthouses? I just couldn't resist this beauty from Grizzly Mountain Arts! There was another lighthouse shuttle listed, but some lucky shuttle collector snapped it up before I could even see the listing. That's okay. I was able to get one lighthouse to add to my collection, and that makes me happy!

I'm a big fan of Dave's shuttles, and I love his pyrography!

Some of the high school girls are fascinated by Mandy Kerwell-Bez's tatting. Mandy tatted a beautiful necklace for me, and I'm going to try and follow her lead to make necklaces for the girls. It was very difficult to choose Swarovski rivolis for the girls to choose from! I'll be taking these to school tomorrow, along with threads, so that the girls can make their choices. I've already warned them that they probably won't get their necklaces until after the holidays. I have way too much going on right now!

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Special request

A friend asked if I'd make a messy bun hat for his wife's birthday. I found this pattern on Ravelry, Ribbed for Her Pleasure Messy Bun Hat by Nataly Navarro. I started four other patterns that just didn't catch my interest. This one worked out quickly and easily, and it had something really different that I really liked. The first round is crocheted over a hair tie. I'm not sure if having the hair tie in there will wear the yarn out more quickly, but it does make a nice, neat start to the hat.

I'm just about finished with the second ball of Mandala yarn for Lily's afghan. This Virus Blanket really works up quickly. I think one more ball of yarn will do it. There are other tutorials for this blanket, but I really like Fiber Spider's instructions.

Yes, my shuttle addiction continues! These are my two newest ones from Rita Richmond of Shuttle by Design. Recently, there was quite a bit of discussion about the direction the hook faces. I'm right handed, and I prefer to have the hook facing to the right, away from me. If you look closely, you can see that the bottom shuttle has the hook facing right, and the top shuttle has the hook facing left. This is not a problem for me. I just turn the shuttle over and tat away!

No, I haven't given up tatting. I'm just really focused on finishing these afghans for Christmas. I'm working on a snowflake design. I'm not sure I like the way this is turning out, but I will finish it as is and then determine whether or not it's worthy of a repeat tat!

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Ruth Mary Jewellery

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I love surfing the Internet to find out what others are doing to bring tatting into the public eye.

Recently, I connected with Ruth Mary in England, and she introduced me to her shop,, and some videos about her lace jewelry.

Ruth Mary, like us, is fascinated by lace, and she used to spend time at antique fairs looking for the perfect piece of lace to add to her collection. Then... she discovered tatting!

Ruth Mary uses silk thread for her tatting, and then makes molds for beautiful jewelry in both silver and gold. My favorite is her rose gold paisley design, shown above. Or is it the silver? Maybe the gold. Oh, my... the choices are wonderful!

I love the names of her collections: Constellation Dream, Deco, Romantic Perfection, and The Classics.

Ruth Mary will even take your tatting and turn it into a beautiful piece of jewelry!

Hmmm... now I'm thinking about how I can take my tatting to a new level!