Wednesday, May 27, 2015


Thanks for the input, dear friends! After looking at the pattern again, I've decided that it really doesn't matter where I start round 10. The number of motifs in this round doesn't match the large motifs in the earlier round, so I can't see that it makes any difference where round 10 begins.

I kind of like that I will have to rounds finished when I've completed these motifs, but something looked off.

Oops! I joined the first ring of round 11 in the wrong place! I'm not going to fix it now. I'm going to work on the next round 10 & 11 motif so that I can see how it looks. I may even work all the way around before fixing this.

I wonder if my brain is just weary from all the end of the year activities at school? It seems like a good excuse to me!

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Was it the weather?

I had very spotty Internet access over the weekend. I did manage to leave a few comments on blogs, but when I went to post my connection dropped... very strange!

I need some help here...

I finished one motif for round 10.

I decided that it made sense to complete the round 11 portion so that I could keep better track of how each pattern repeat fit in the round. As you can see, I'm almost finished with the round 11 portion of this motif.

When I was taking the photo, I realized that the motif does not line up with the large medallions a few rows back. I looked at a photo of the completed doily, and I'm not sure if it makes a difference.

So, tatting buddies who have finished this beautiful piece... do I cut off the little bit I have done and try to align these two rounds with the large medallions, or do I keep on going? Does it make a difference?

I'm stopping right here for now. I'd rather snip off this little bit if necessary, but I won't snip if it doesn't make a difference. Thanks in advance for your input!

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Round 9 competed!

I was too tired to tat much last night, but I woke up bright and refreshed this morning and managed to complete round 9 of the Jan Stawasz Masterpiece.

Although this round was very simple, it seemed to take forever to complete. Maybe that's because it was too simple!

My living room throw rug has circle patterns, which is quite convenient for showing off a large doily. This beauty now measures 19". On to the next round!

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Almost there!

Believe it or not, I'm almost finished with this round! It won't happen tonight. Two hours of tatting is plenty for me. Maybe tomorrow will bring the finishing touch to this round.

My newest shuttles arrived today. They're from Hungary, and they are beautiful! They're posted on the Tatting Shuttle Addicts page on Facebook. I wonder if I will ever tire of collecting new shuttles? I hope not!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

This much more...

I've been tatting rings and chains in between working on invoices for Dave. It's amazing how much can be accomplished in bits and pieces!

I was up extra early this morning, so I was able to finish another pattern repeat on my shawl.

It's looking like another busy day tomorrow. All books are due in the library this week. I've been busy making sure the shelves are in order. Next week I'll print out a list of books that are still checked out. I'll double check the shelves to see if any were re-shelved without being checked in, and then I'll have to send out reminder notes with the hope of receiving all books before school is out. None of it is hard, it's just very time consuming, and it does leave me a bit brain weary by the end of the day. Thank goodness I have my tatting and knitting to help me unwind! How do you unwind?

Monday, May 18, 2015

Shuttle love

It's no secret that I love my tatting shuttles!

My newest shuttle from Grizzly Mountain Arts arrived last week. I really like these Handi-Wind Shuttles. The screw-in handle makes it easier for me to hold the shuttle while I'm winding it. I also like that Dave puts a little ring on the end of the handle so that it can be worn on a ribbon around my neck. I always know where my handle is when it's time to reload my shuttle!

Today's post brought my newest Pop-A-Bobbin shuttles. I was really hoping that the Spalted Beech shuttle would be available when I visited Jane's shop. Luckily, I visited right after it was listed! The Elm shuttle was too pretty to pass up. I really like working with wood shuttles. The wood feels so warm as I'm tatting... perfect for tired fingers!

I managed two pattern repeats on my shawl today. I do enjoy knitting, but I find that it's getting harder to knit for long periods of time. I guess that it pays to have multiple interests!

I've passed the halfway point on this round of the Jan Stawasz Masterpiece. I guess if I didn't take time to blog I would be able to get a lot more done, but I do enjoy posting my progress. It's a great way to keep me motivated!

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Caribbean Spinning Wheel

I had another morning of riding in the truck with Dave to make plant deliveries, so I had plenty of time to work on my Spinning Wheel glass mat (Tatting with Visual Patterns by Mary Konior). Size 10 is not my favorite for tatting, but I've been using it for these Spinning Wheels so that they turn out larger. Since blue is my favorite color, I think I'll be keeping this one for myself!

I did spend time working on my Jan Stawasz Masterpiece. I'm about half way around. I didn't take a picture of it opened up, because I would have had to vacuum the carpet first, and I was just too busy tatting!

I also knit a little more on my shawl. Although blue is my favorite color, I find this beautiful Lemongrass color to be very soothing. I've been trying to complete one pattern repeat every time I sit down to knit, but I won't be able to keep that pace up for very long. The pattern repeat is ten rows!