Wednesday, September 30, 2020

One done!

Mom is really going to town with her Orenburg warm shawl!

I'm pretty pleased with my progress as well! I've finished the first pattern repeat, and I'm feeling pretty good about my knitting!

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Six more


I have six rows to go to finish my first pattern repeat! I'd like to get those six rows done tonight, but my eyes are tired, and I think it's best to stop before I make a mistake. 

I stole Mom's Facebook picture of her progress. As you can see, she's quite a bit further along. I love the shade of blue she's using!

Monday, September 28, 2020

Keeping busy

Between school and a visit to the doctor, today was a busy day. Still, I found a little time to tat and knit.

Lynne Urwin asked me to test tat an Ice Drop pattern for her a while back. Needless to say, life got in the way. I found time to work the first three rounds of Lynne's pattern today. She reworked round 4, and I hope to finish it up tomorrow.

I'm not doing a very good job of catching up to Mom. She has completed four pattern repeats and is well into the fifth repeat. I'm almost at the halfway point of the first pattern repeat. We really are enjoying knitting our Orenburg warm shawls!

Sunday, September 27, 2020

Knitting challenge


Mom and I have been working on our Orenburg warm shawls. It's been quite challenging for both of us, but also very enjoyable. I finally finished the increase section of the first border today, and I'm ready to move on to the straight section. Mom is way ahead of me. She's on her fourth pattern repeat out of eleven. These shawls are going to be gorgeous!

I spent this afternoon working on the Harmony tat-along from Tat-a-Renda. I had to snip off six pattern repeats because I had forgotten to tat the Josephine knots. There are two rounds left to tat, so I'm hoping to finish this week. It does feel good to be knitting and tatting again!

Saturday, September 26, 2020

Full day of tatting

Today was almost a normal day! Mom and I went to get our hair cut this morning, and it sure feels good to look neat and tidy again.

Mom and I have been watching Endeavor on Amazon Prime and while we watched today, I tatted. It seems like forever since I've finished a tatting project!

This is one of my favorite tatted cross patterns, Christina from Tatted Bookmarks: cross-shaped  by Lene Bjorn. I didn't go looking for my King Tut thread today. Instead, I used the ball of size 40 Lizbeth sitting on the table by my chair. The color is #677, Lime Green Med. The shuttle is from Veronica of TattingShuttles on Etsy, and the crochet hook is one of my go-to tools from Dave Stanbrough of Grizzly Mountain Arts.

It sure felt good to be alert enough to follow a tatting pattern today!

Friday, September 25, 2020

Something to blog about...

 I finally have something to blog about!

The doctor said I could go back to work when I felt like it. Two weeks at home gave me sufficient rest, but I was amazed at how ready I was for a nap when I returned home!

While at school, I managed to do a little bit of tatting. It seems like forever since I've worked on Tat-a-Renda's Harmony tat-along. I know I haven't gotten far, but I count every ring and chain as a victory lap!

Tim of Tim Tats Too! emailed me last week to say he was sending a little something in the mail. Isn't it adorable? It will hold my spool of King Tut thread when I'm tatting. Tim loves to tat with King Tut. In fact, it seems he seldom tats with anything else! 

I also love King Tut for tatting. The colors are glorious, and I love working with the super fine thread. I've been trying to use up my stash of size 20 Lizbeth before moving on to my King Tut. After this appendicitis scare, I've decided that if I want to tat with King Tut, I will! Why do I have to wait to use up something else?

I do need to venture upstairs to access my King Tut. Maybe I'll leave that for tomorrow!

Thank you, Tim! I know I will put my new spool holder to good use!

Thursday, September 10, 2020

Things will be slow for a while...

Dave took me to the hospital Monday afternoon. I have a burst appendix. The inflammation is too great for them to do surgery right now, so I'm on antibiotics and pain killers for two weeks when I go back for an evaluation. It may take four to six weeks for the surgery to take place. 

I'm not sure how much I'll be up to doing. If I do manage to tat anything, I'll be sure to let you know!

Thursday, September 3, 2020


 I know I look like a slacker since I haven't been blogging, but I have been busy!

I worked on test tatting a new Ice Drop pattern for Lynne Urwin this week. As you can see, I really messed up! I hope to give it another try this weekend.

Since I had thread on my shuttle, I decided to start Curds & Whey from Tatting with Visual Patterns by Mary Konior. I love this pattern!

When sorting out my tatting bag, I found this Ice Drop almost finished. I really have no idea how long I've been carrying it around. At least it's finished now!

I've been busy making lavender eye pillows.

I've decided that the proceeds will benefit the Grant Park Drama Club. They're badly in need of new stage curtains. I sure do hope the kids get to put on a play this year!