Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Back to the bobbin shuttle

One of the advantages of working on a really large project is that I can use a variety of shuttles. I do love my post shuttles, but I'm finding that the more I use my La Cossette shuttles, the more I like them. I think I've finally gotten in to the groove of tatting with a bobbin shuttle!

I've tatted 1/5 of this round... I'm practicing my math skills. ;-)

Monday, October 5, 2015

Round 15

I started round 15 of my Jan Stawasz Masterpiece today. I hope with the long weekend coming up that I'll be able to finish round 15 in less than a week. I'd say fingers crossed, but it might make it a little hard to tat! ;-)

The next scarf on my list is "Ruddock" from Sequence Knitting. The yarn I'm using is Preciosa Tonal "Pokeberry" from Knit Picks. This pink is very bright, not at all what I'm used to working with. It's kind of nice to work with something that's not in my comfort zone!

I was going to post yesterday...

...but I didn't finish round 14 until early this morning. Daughter Carol's garage door broke, and we went over to help her. We were only gone a couple of hours, but that was enough to keep me from finishing.

There are only four rounds to go! My Jan Stawasz Masterpiece now measures 27.5" across. It's time to move on to round 15!

I finished my Piland scarf yesterday. So far, this is my favorite pattern from Sequence Knitting. The yarn is Preciosa Tonal "Duchess" from Knit Picks.

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Early morning tatting

Somehow I ran out of time yesterday, and I did not pick up my shuttles at all! However, I did wake up very early this morning and managed to tat around another motif.

I've been using one of my La Cossette shuttles the last couple of days. I think they're beautiful, but I've always been slightly uncomfortable using them. I think it's because I learned with Susan Bates post shuttles and old habits do die hard. However, I've been watching some of Joelle's videos lately and I'm happy to say that I'm starting to get the hang of using a bobbin shuttle! Sometimes watching a video repeatedly helps me learn something new... go figure!

Anyway, as I've been tatting on my Jan Stawasz Masterpiece I've been thinking about what I'll be doing next. All sorts of ideas are spinning around in my head. I know I want to work on something small and showcase my shuttle collection. I know that I have some real beauties in my collection. Some of them are wonderful to use, and others are just pretty to look at. The librarian in me wants to categorize and organize all of my beautiful shuttles. First though, I must finish my Masterpiece!

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Faster than a speeding bullet

Well, maybe that's a bit of an exaggeration, but I am making good progress on round 14 of my Jan Stawasz Masterpiece!

In fact, I'm now half way around! I'm carefully blocking each section as I go. I wasn't as good about blocking the last round, and I want to make sure everything lies flat.

My newest eBay purchase arrived in the mail today. It was quite a bargain... only $2! The shipping cost more than the book! I've only leafed through it so far, but I'm pretty sure the book has never even been read because there are some pages that are not cut. I'll be doing that carefully this weekend. The book is from 1974, the year I graduated from college. The original cost was $7.95. I paid less than that with shipping, so I'm feeling pretty good about my purchase. I'll let you know more about the book as I learn more about it!

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Two down, eight to go

I think this is a good round for tatting in small bits of time. It doesn't take a lot of concentration, and I can finish a pattern repeat very quickly. Can you believe it? I'm 1/5 the way around!

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Starting round 14

It was nice to have some time to sit and tat tonight. I've started round 14, and I can tell that this will be a very easy round to tat. Looking ahead at the rounds to come, I really think I'm on the way to finishing my Jan Stawasz Masterpiece by Christmas!

I love technology! Today I received some adorable pictures from daughter Joanne. Here's Sophia showing off her new hair do. I think she likes it!

Karolina appears to be totally unfazed by Jan's fussiness. Grandpa Jan is visiting from Slovakia. I'm sure he's having a wonderful time!