Wednesday, August 21, 2019

First day of school

Today was the first day with students! Yes, I've attended meetings the past two days, but those don't count. It was great to see the kids again!

I did my best to get back on track with my goals today. My first goal was to finish the third motif of my Eightsome Reel doily, pattern by Mary Konior. I love my new shuttle from Rita Richmond of Shuttle by Design!

I started another Ice Drop before leaving for school, but I had to wait until I returned home to finish it. My other big accomplishment was completing my 10,000 steps before I left for school!

Our friend Ann stopped by this afternoon. Ann is in her 80s, and she is one of the most energetic people I have ever met. She brought this cute little crocheted flower basket and asked if I could make a tatted version.

I'm really not a designer, and I'm hoping there is a pattern that would work somewhere out there. If you know of one, please let me know!

Tuesday, August 20, 2019


I spoke too soon about new routines. I managed to get my 10,000 steps in today, but the rest...

Well, let's just say I only managed to finish one Ice Drop. The day just got away from me!

Monday, August 19, 2019

New routines

It's back to school time, and that means trying to establish new routines. There's so much I want to accomplish every day, and I know that I won't always reach my goals. Still, I'll keep trying!

My daughters and I have a walking challenge going on. We try to walk at least 10,000 steps each day. It doesn't always happen, but it's great fun to encourage each other to get it done!

My Ice Drop stash is seriously low, so I'm going to set my sights on tatting one Ice Drop each day. I have other things I want to accomplish, so I think I'll be sticking to the basic pattern for a while. I need to have Ice Drops to pass out at Christmas!

I also want to work on projects that I have waiting to be finished. I started this shawl for granddaughter Sophia in June. I looked at it several times while Joanne and the kids were here over the past two weeks. They just left on Sunday, and I finished it this morning. Sophia could have taken it home with her if I'd just picked it up and worked on it a little each day. Oh, well... I guess a surprise package will be in the mail!

I have quite a stash of beautiful hand-dyed thread. So, I've decided it's time to start using it on projects that have been on my to-do list. A while back I tatted a small square doily with Mary Konior's Eightsome Reel pattern. It was a test to see if the measurements would work out for a mantle runner for my sister-in-law. When I saw Marilee Rockley's Lantana Citrus, I thought of Eightsome Reel right away. Just think, if I manage to tat one motif each day, it will only take nine days to complete my little doily!

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Stormy weather

We had a rude awakening about 2:45 yesterday morning. A severe thunderstorm blew through and woke us up. After about 10 minutes of watching and listening to the rain, wind, and hail, I went back to bed. Dave, however, couldn't get back to sleep.

As it started getting light, Sophia looked outside and said that a tree had fallen down. We couldn't believe it. It was right outside our bedroom window, and we didn't hear it fall!

It landed on our gazebo, but luckily it didn't do any damage.

As it got lighter out, we were able to see that a pine tree east of the tree house had fallen down. There wasn't anything I could do, so after breakfast I headed out for Tollway Tatters.

Sue Anna was all smiles, as usual!

She was working on one of Marilee's earring patterns. I think Sue Anna has tatted more of Marilee's patterns than anyone I know, except for Marilee!

Barbara was Sue Anna's travel companion for the day.

She was working on a heart pattern. Barbara is very particular about her work, and she would rather take the time to undo a couple of rings than have her project look less than perfect. I think I know a few tatters just like her!

Glenda traveled all the way from Iowa to be with us again! We love having her with us. It's hard to believe that she would drive six hours just to spend time with us!

Glenda like to make notes as she's tatting. I think that's a habit I should develop!

Thea and Gail met at a tatting class that Gail taught. I met Gail at Tatting Corner Tat Days last summer. These two ladies are a wonderful addition to our group!

Thea was working on Christmas ornaments. I should start thinking about Christmas ornaments also!

Gail was working on a pattern from a class she took at Tatting Corner Tat Days. The class was taught by Kaye Judt, and the two patterns Gail had from the classes she took with Kaye will be in Kaye's new book, which will be available soon.

I worked on an Ice Drop. It seems to be the only project I can do while talking!

By the time I returned home, Dave and our son-in-law Jan had taken care of the biggest tree. However, both chain saws died, so they stopped much sooner than they had planned. I took this picture today. I guess we'll be relocating hostas. I'm pretty sure they can't take that much sun.

Initially, we thought we had lost two or three trees. However, as Dave and Jan cleared away debris, it was clear that at least seven trees need to come down because of the damage done to them. As Dave and I were driving home from purchasing a new chain saw, we could see that although we had a lot of tree damage, there were others west of us who had been hit a lot harder. Luckily, we didn't see any damaged buildings, just downed trees and flattened crops.

Joanne and family headed back to Minnesota about 6:45 this morning. It's a good thing they left when they did. The rain came pouring down about five minutes after they left. It would not have been fun trying to get three kids into the car during a downpour. Joanne said it rained until they were well out of Illinois and into Wisconsin.

As soon as they left, I set a few goals for myself. The first was to finish the Ice Drop I had started at Tollway Tatters.

Nest, I finished an Eightsome Reel motif by Mary Konior. The thread is Marilee Rockley's Lantana Citrus. I'm hoping I have enough thread to tat a nine motif doily. I think I should be okay.

As I was cleaning up my tatting space (I don't know how it gets messy so quickly), I found a few Ice Drops that needed ribbons.

I usually am very good about attaching ribbons right away, but somehow these were left undecorated.

I'm starting to feel like my Ice Drop stash is growing again!

Friday, August 16, 2019

Friday already?

The week has flown by! Since Joanne and the kids decided to stay an extra week, we had to find time to go shopping for school supplies and school clothes, something I haven't done for years. Although it was a lot of fun, it was also exhausting!

We had great fun going and helping daughter Carol set up her classroom for the new school year. To brighten the classroom, Carol and Joanne stapled tablecloths to the folding wall. Carol also had posters made using pictures from her trip to Europe this summer. I almost wish I could take a class with her this year!

I finally finished Blue Jean Saturday today. Kara thought was beautiful and wanted to try it on.

I'll block it after everyone heads home. The pattern was so simple, but I let my mind wander a little too often and wound up making a ton of mistakes. I probably unknit and reknit a third of the shawlette. Now it's finished, except for the blocking, and I will have something pretty to wrap around my neck when the weather turns colder.

Tomorrow is Tollway Tatters, and I'm really looking forward to getting together with tatting friends. I already have my project for the day picked out. I hope I remember to take pictures!

Monday, August 12, 2019

Fumble fingers

Daughter Joanne and family had planned to return home on Saturday or Sunday, but they decided to stay for another week. Yay! I really enjoy having them around. I wish I could have all four of my daughters and all seven grandchildren here all summer long. Imagine the fun we could have!

My friend Margaret asked me to test tat her Taj Mahal Ice Drop pattern. I was eager to get started, and I did fine until the 4th round. I've done SCMRs before, and I've done split chains without any problem... until yesterday and today. I've lost count of how many times I've retro-tatted this segment. It took me at least five tries to get the SCMR right, and now I can't do a split chain for anything. It's not the directions; it's just me. My fingers and brain just aren't working together.

I decided that a change of pace must be in order. After all, a familiar pattern can be so relaxing. I decided to tat Eightsome Reel by Mary Koniorin Marilee Rockley's Lantana Citrus hand-dyed thread. You would think I had never read a pattern before. Honest to goodness, this little section took me a good hour to tat. I'm blaming the humidity!

My knitting is also moving along slowly. I am making progress with Blue Jean Saturday, but I've had to frog quite a few rows because of mistakes. Maybe I'm having trouble because we're in the dog days of summer. That seems to be as good an excuse as any!

Saturday, August 10, 2019

I was bad!

Joanne, the kids, and I went up to visit daughter Alison today. We went to lunch, to the park, and to a yarn shop!

Did I need any more yarn? No! However, I fell in love with each of these, and I was even able to purchase a beautiful pattern for the three balls on the right. Oh, I was bad!

We arrived home just in time to make dinner. Afterwards, I got right to knitting. I have to finish up my current projects in order to work with my new yarns!

Tomorrow I think I'll start my new plan for the upcoming school year. Tat an Ice Drop in the morning, and take a knitting or crocheting project with me for when I'm supervising students. I really need to work through my stash if I want to keep shopping!