Well, I haven't really been gone. I just haven't had anything to blog about! ...until now. Isn't this a pretty little doily? It's pattern #31 from A New Twist on Tatting by Catherine Austin. There are some beautiful pieces in this book, but I find the patterns difficult to follow. I did fine with rounds 1 and 2 of this doily, but I could make no sense of round 3. Finally, I decided to just look at the picture and figure it out. It was really very simple, and I'm pleased with the result. It's 7" across in size 20 Lizbeth, color #651.
I've also been working on a TSTP (top secret tatting project). The two that I've tatted are beautiful, but I'm not free to show them to you yet. Stay tuned!
My hanky is taking forever, probably because I keep getting distracted by other projects! This weekend I spent more time blinging than tatting. I just wasn't up to using any brain power, and it takes far less brain power to decorate shuttles. Pictures later, after they finish drying.
Friday I came home from school and went to bed at 3:45. I got up at 6:20 Saturday morning, and I was back in bed within a half hour. I slept until 12:30! I just felt awful! Needless to say, I was no help with daughter Carol's move. I still have time to help, because we unearthed a lot more stuff that needs to be packed and shipped to her house! Sunday I woke up with a migraine... wiped out until mid-afternoon. Monday... another headache, but not nearly as intense as Sunday. Happy three-day weekend to me! It's not all bad, though. I'd rather feel lousy on a weekend than have to take time off from school.
I did have some fun yesterday. My sister Janet called and asked if I would tat a piece for her 18" long and less than 3" wide. I enjoyed searching for a pattern that would please her. She decided on edging #8861 from an old Coats book, #207. I found the pattern because of some wonderful discussion with some ladies at InTatters. Their suggestions gave me the kick-start I needed. Janet looked at all of the suggested patterns, probably 10 or 12, and chose this one. It's kind of cool, because the booklet is one my mom found and gave to me because of the beautiful tatting!
I'm a retired elementary computer teacher/librarian, mother to four, grandmother to seven. I love lace. I love books. I love to collect. Now that I'm retired, I know I'll never be bored because I have so many interests, as well as the goodies I need to indulge my whims!