Thursday, March 5, 2015

An interesting eBay find

I haven't done much tatting this past week,so no progress on the JS mega doily or the WIOSNA 2015 doily. But!  There's always a but, I did find something very cool and tatting related on eBay. Here, let me show you. 

A neat Bucilla shuttle just slightly sprung on one tip, a teeny little latch hook(great for adding beads to picots, an unknown thing, and a set of hooks on a ring or handle!  That's what grabbed my attention, the hooks.

 They seem to be very old. I have some crochet hooks from the early 1900s that are very similar. I'm not sure if they'll be put to use, but they are a nice addition to my small collection of vintage tools.

Hopefully, this weekend I'll have some progress to show in my projects.  I know I don't post or respond very often, but I am actively following all of you!  You all just inspire me so much, especially when I'm having a crappy day. Enjoy the rest of your Thursday all!   

Sunday, February 22, 2015

So it begins...

Busy, busy, busy. This weekend is the first time in more than a week I've been able to work the shuttles. I got caught up on Renulek's WIOSNA 2015, rounds three, four, and five. I threw in a third color to liven it up. It really pops now! 
 

Next up, I took the plunge and started on the Jan Stawasz Mega Doily.  Originally, I was going with Antique Blue Medium, but went with Country Turquoise Medium instead. Gorgeous and a much better choice. I may use another shade for contrast. 


If the first round is any indication, this is going to be a long project. After three false starts, I finally completed it with no incorrect joins, missing rings, or knots in the core thread. Round Two took two attempts also. Good thing I bought a lot of thread from Handy Hands last week. 


Well, that's it for now. Until next time, enjoy your week and keep warm!

Monday, February 2, 2015

Snowed in


We had 13.5" snow dumped on my neck of the woods yesterday afternoon through this morning. Snow day for me! Last night(actually 3 a.m.), I couldn't sleep so I dressed warmly and attempted to walk to the corner so I could how the road conditions were. I stepped off the porch and promptly sunk to my knees in snow. That was enough of that!  So I shall work on tatting something, read some, and add some rows to my latest crochet blanket.  

This is Rounds One and Two of Renulek's latest Tat-Along. I'm using Altin Basak threads in coppery tones to go with the piece's antique-ish look. 


And this is my latest blanket, the Vintage Fan Ripple. It's a free crochet pattern I found on Ravelry.  I love the bold colors I chose.  Enjoy your day. 

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

First finish of '15

Hopefully the first of many. 'Doily XIV' from Tatted Treasures by Jan Stawasz.  Nine inches across using size 20, Lizbeth for the center and petals, Flora for tips. The large rings on the last round gave me fits, but it doesn't look too bad. Now for a few days rest then on to the next project.  

 

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Ahoy mateys!

Twenty-two months since I last posted. That's sad....and lazy of me. But, here I am to say I'm still alive!  The last eighteen months or so have been rough health wise. Tendinitis in elbows severely limited how much tatting I've been able to do(none).  Then I injured my lower back and right hip. I couldn't sit for more than ten minutes at a time.  I had to lie on my back with a small pillow under my right knee to alleviate the pain.  But standing for hours on end didn't bother me a bit. Just sitting. Go figure.

 Not being able to much drove me nuts. In desperation, I even tried to crochet while lying on my back.   That was a no-go.  So I whittled down my To-Be-Read stack of books and stalked you all on your blogs!  Happy to say I can tat now. I've done a few simple snowflakes to get back into the swing of it. Right now, I'm most comfortable with size 20 thread, but I'll be back to my fave size 80 soon!  

From what I've seen on InTatters/Craftree, the latest craze is a HUGE Jan Stawasz doily. I'm gonna do that. Oh, yes I am. I've already tracked down a copy of Moje Robotki, now to choose a thread color. I want it to be huge so I'm going with size 20. To warm up, I'm currently working on Doily XIV from Jan's 'Tatted Treasures'. I've gotten really good at opening rings so I don't have to snip off my tons of mistakes, too!  His designs are so beautiful. I was very sad to read of his passing.


I'm using a couple Lizbeth threads plus a Flora thread for the final round. It's my intention to use as much stash as possible before buying more. Of course, I've said that a eleventy-billion times, too.   So enough for now. I'm gonna finish this up, rest my arms, then pick up the shuttles again later his week.

Oh, one other thing.  My faithful little pick up truck finally died, so it was new vehicle time for the first time in thirteen years. After weeks and weeks of test driving I settled on....wait for it.........
a Nissan Cube!  Ahahahahahahaha!  The weirdest car ever, but it's totally me and I love it. The employee discount and rebates were added bonuses.

                                                         Aerodynamics are overrated.

Have a good week!