Sunday, February 28, 2021

Forgetful

I forgot to blog again last night. As I was snuggling down for the night, I suddenly realized that I hadn't blogged. Too late! There was no way I was leaving the coziness of my bed!

I didn't blog on Friday, because I didn't do anything other than read. I finished the murder mystery trilogy that I was reading. As I mentioned before, it was enough to hold my interest, but the foul language and detailed "love" scenes were not to my liking. When I finished the trilogy, all I could think of was the implausible plot twists that made the story confusing at times. I can't believe that the characters would make some of the choices they did, especially the ones that led to the final major scene.

On to better things!

Yesterday we had a Tollway Tatters Zoom meeting! I think there were eight of us this time, including my new tatting friend Ines from Germany. Bernice joined us from Canada. We had a great time showing off what we were tatting. Like any group of ladies that gets together, the conversation flitted from one topic to another. For once, I managed to truly accomplish during our meeting.

I finished round 7 of Renulek's Spring 2021 doily!

Thursday, February 25, 2021

Making new friends

 

One of the best things about the Internet has been the ability to build friendships! Recently, I've been corresponding with Ines in Germany. Ines shared this beautiful pattern with me, and I finished it this evening. I'm glad you found my blog and started writing to me, Ines!

I bet you're surprised to see another bookmark!

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Back to buttons

 

I had two shuttles wound with Island Breeze, and I decided that it would be fun to see how my January 12 ornament would look in this thread. It's a bit busy, but I like it. However, I do prefer it in a solid color.

I've added another bookmark to my stash. Is it time to become a little more adventurous and try some new patterns? Maybe!

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Another day, another bookmark

 

I used to love working with size 10 thread back in my crocheted doily days. Since learning to tat, I really prefer size 20 or smaller. However, I really am enjoying working with Elisa. It's nice and smooth, and it makes wonderful bookmarks!

Curds 7 Whey from Tatting with Visual Patterns by Mary Konior has been my go-to pattern lately. I now have nine of these tatted, as well as two from other patterns. If I keep going at this pace, I should have 100 bookmarks to sell at Christmas in the Village in the fall!

Monday, February 22, 2021

More YouTube

 

I spent hours watching YouTube videos yesterday, and I fell in love with "Olivia" by mai mai kaito. However, I made a big mistake, and her beautiful square motif became a snowflake. I didn't notice my mistake until I was almost finished with the second repeat. 

I thought about snipping my thread and starting over, but then I decided to keep going to see what would happen. I found that it's incredibly difficult to remember how a mistake has been made so that it can be repeated five times!

I hope to find time this week to tat this beautiful motif correctly!

I wanted to try another pattern for bookmarks, so I headed back to Tatting with Visual Patterns by Mary Konior. This pattern is Crooked Mile. I've started tatting this pattern many times, never successfully. This time I took a picture with my iPad and used the markup function to keep track of my place in the pattern. It worked like a charm!


My shuttle was wound with size 10 Elise for my at-school tatting today. For some reason, I was very sleepy, and it took me all morning to tat this Curds & Whey bookmark. I sure hope I'm more alert tomorrow!

Sunday, February 21, 2021

Ups and downs

I did no crafting on Friday! Instead, I read a murder mystery, Olive Park by C. L. Booth. It's not one I'd necessarily recommend, but it did hold my interest. In fact, I purchased the other two books in the trilogy. Why wouldn't I recommend it? I guess I'm turning into an old fuddy daddy, but I was turned off by the foul language. Are all cops and criminals so crude? Maybe they are. Give me Sherlock Holmes or Nancy Drew, please!

Saturday started off great with another Curds & Whey bookmark (pattern in Tatting with Visual PatternsI by Mary Konior). Once that was finished, I spent time on my computer looking for a pattern called Petals Button Pattern. Wouldn't you know, I got distracted and spent the morning with YouTube!

I can't tell you how many YouTube videos I watched. Let's just say I was on the computer for a few hours! This tape lace video caught my eye, and I just happened to have a shuttle wound and ready for action, so I followed along!

Pretty soon, I had another bookmark! I may be inspired to try some other new patterns today!

I was feeling pretty good about my morning, so after lunch and went back to my computer to search for the Petals Button Pattern. I found it! It was on the Tatted Button Ornaments page on Facebook. The pattern was posted by Iti Fox on December 2, 2020. I know why I didn't try it right away. It's a needle tatting pattern, and I wasn't in the mood to figure things out at the time. However, with renewed tatting confidence, I plunged right in!

I haven't tatted outward facing rings with buttons before. I had three very sloppy false starts before I got this far. The first set of rings looked great, but as I kept going, my small rings leaned further and further to the right. What was I doing wrong?

I decided to keep going, but I should have tatted one more pattern repeat. Maybe I should have used size 10 thread with the 5/8" button I was using, and maybe I should have checked before closing that last big ring with my shuttle on the wrong side of the tatting!

Totally frustrated, I contacted my friend Shelley and after a video chat, I decided to try again. Instead of tilting to the right, my small rings tilted to the left!

I then decided that the best thing to do would be to tat the motif without the button, a much easier way to see where I was going wrong. This doesn't look too bad, and I think I have choices. I can stick with size 20 thread and use a smaller button. I can stick with size 20 thread and add more rings to the motif. I can switch to size 10 thread, still using the 5/8" button. 

Maybe I'll take a break and tat another bookmark!


Thursday, February 18, 2021

Keepin' busy

Last night I was motivated to work on Renulek's Spring 2021 doily. This round is super simple, but it is also very time consuming!

Early this morning I chose to work on my latest Granny Rectangle. I really like the mix of blue and grey!

I promised Jon (daughter Carol's significant other) a loaf of homemade bread. This one is onion and parmesan. It smells so wonderful!

My tatting at school today was another bookmark and a donut ornament. Little projects give me such a feeling of accomplishment!


It's still plenty cold here, but the sun has been melting the snow on the roof leaving some pretty impressive icicles!