Monday, 5 July 2010
First up, apologies if your comments have disappeared.... I had only saved this post, not published it (wasn't finished) but Blogger in its wisdom published it anyway.... D'oh!
I was having trouble formatting, and deleted the post out of frustration, but apparently it stayed visible long enough for comments, so if I accidentally orphaned your comment, I apologize!
Back to the actual blogging bit....
So much for a blog being easier to update than a website! Can't believe it's been 4 months....
Since Feb, I've been to my dad's 70th birthday, our house has turned into an experimental virus lab, and I've gone broody. Yup, bub#2 is due late Novemberish. (Apologies to those I haven't got the news to to personally - living in a virus lab is rather draining, and after hubby coughing himself silly last night, it's evident the the lurgies aren't 100% dead yet!!)
Hubby got the flu (probably the swine one). DS and I dodged that, but with the usual seasonal bugs going around my work, plus what comes in from daycare, the combinations seem endless.... We seem to just pass them around and around until well all end up resistant to roughly the same stuff. Seems to take FOREVER...We had 6 fairly bug-free months, and then this bunch hit us..... Joy oh joy. =)
Anyway, down to what I've actually finished. A note on the picture quality - I'd love to use my scanner, but it's a great behemoth of a thing (one of those printer/scanner all-in-one jobs), and I don't have anywhere to leave it set up anymore. So in the spirit of getting some pics before near terminal I'd-rather-be-tatting-ness sets in, I've been resorting to the camera. The digital macro mode doesn't do too bad a job for the occasional close up I think....
1) Bookmark for Dad's birthday. Deciding on a relatively masculine pattern was a challenge, but came up with something. Colour not such a big problem, due to extreme colour blindness on his part, but still a challenge. And until I recreate it for myself, you'll just have to take my word for it, as it seems I forgot to take a photo! D'oh!
2) The vase doily, AKA Mary Konior's "No, Nay, Never" from "A Pattern Book of Tatting"! Not sure if this is REALLLY finished, but it's as finished as it's getting for now. The photo doesn't do the vase justice, it's a deep royal blue at the bottom and emerald green at the top. The doiley could probably do with an extra round to look really speccy, but this is where I ran out of oomph. Any votes? Expand or not to expand, this is the question...
3) A hanky that's been in progress for 7 years (at least!) This is the kind of project clogging up my UFO basket that I'm trying to shift....
However, it's such a pretty thing I just had to finish it. I can't take the credit for the colours, this is actually a "kit" I bought on ebay from Georgia Seitz...well, over 7 years ago. At that point, it was a hanky, cotton, decorated shuttle, and came in a cute little tub. I'm not generally an orange person, but I love this particular one (probably because some bits look crimson to me!)
The pattern is "Betsy's Downfall", from Mary Konior's "A Pattern Book of Tatting". I like this close kind of pattern for variegated cotton - the pattern's pretty in itself, but really shows the colour changes nicely (in my opinion anyway.) =)
4) An "every day" hanky, using Rosmarie Peel's split ring edging.
I've done this pattern before on a "display" hanky many years ago, but this one is for regular use. I like edgings with lots of joins for things that will go through the wash a lot, as I think it makes them stronger, and easier to block.
5) And this is my current UFO... If the pattern looks familiar, it's the same as the orange one! I just couldn't find anything else I felt like doing. Much as this might seem to be generating duplicate projects, the aim here is to stop my hanky stash blowing out any further.
Well, that's about it for now. I'm probably not going to get anything into a show this year. I've got enough things to achieve by November as it is!
Friday, 12 February 2010
Truth is, like most cats, if it's warm enough, still enough, and not too much effort to get to, it'll get sat on. Me tatting provides pretty much all of that. However, Tigger has trained himself to ignore shuttles. Unfortunately our other cat still gets an insane gleam in his eye if he's on my lap and one dangles within batting distance (or I'm two-shuttle tatting and one gets dropped on him).... I have to face him the other way and pat him 'til he forgets about it if I want to keep my lapwarmer. =)
This pattern looks so good on Tigger...would lacy cat coats catch on do you think? =)
I've probably messed it up for using for a show now, but it was worth to see that "I look GOOD in this" look on that furry little face. It had some accidental scorch marks on it from the initial blocking that I had to wash out (grumblemumblestupidstuffupgrumble), so it's not really show worthy anymore anyway (washing's a bit of a no-no for shows down here).
That's it for now.... Hopefully I'll have one of my other UFO hankies that I've been too lazy to stitch up done soon. =)
Sunday, 7 February 2010
I'm afraid this post probably has a bare minimum of tatting content, so feel free to skip over.
My apologies in advance for the huge, rambling length of this, at least hopefully it'll be out of my head!
The full version (in Andrew's words) is at http://www.wongaparkcfa.au.eu.org/KinglakeRescue.html
There are also pics of his crew.
Friday, 5 February 2010
I've started cycling through UFOs..... I have an abundance of hankies that have stalled in the final stages.... The tatting's not the problem it's the attaching!
I know there's other ways than stitching, but it gives an effect I like. But I really hate doing it...
Anyway, here's first cab off the rank. It's a combination of black size 80 DMC special dentelles, and something that might be some pretty ancient J&P coats ( I can't remember and the cardboard doodad has fallen out.)The edging's hardly even a pattern, its meant to be plain and sturdy, as this will be an "everyday" hankie (i.e. must survive the washing machine every week.) I just like the match of colours between the hankie and the J&P thread. Only put the black chain in as I didn't want multicoloured picots attaching to the black cloth....
I'm also putting in a pic of my latest useful toy.... Not sure what it's really called, I got it in an chemist shop's pre-xmas cleanout.... I just call it the 'globe magnifier', and it's very useful when trying to pick up doing a piece from 6 months ago for which you didin't write down the stitch count (or can't relocate the pattern).... =)
Well, Tigger the tat cat has moved in for the evening, so I guess I'd better oblige him by doing some tatting. =)
Sunday, 31 January 2010
This is something I've been wanting to do for a while, but usually when it comes to the choice between updating a website and tatting, I'd rather be tatting (or depending on how the toddler-wrangling's been going, sleeping!)
Unfortunately, when it comes to tatting, I'm much better at starting than finishing. The UFO pile has hit critical mass, it's getting so I can't find things and I've forgotten what I've started, so I'm starting this up as a bit of an incentive to try and get me to finish a few things!
My ultimate aim is to be able to fit all of my UFOs into a lovely box my dad made for me a few years ago, as different from the multiple boxes, bags, coffee tables, and other random spots throughout my workshop (sorry, "house") they current reside in.
This could take a while.
Given I now have a toddler, it's not going to be too long before he's going to find it a bit rich for me to expect him to pack up and be neat when I obviously have trouble doing it myself. =)
DH is neater than me, but then computers don't (usually) explode and cover the entire house, unlike my UFO pile - to say nothing of DS's burgeoning in-house rail yard and jigsaw puzzle collection.
So, here we go - My first project is the "No, Nay, Never" out of "A Pattern Book of Tatting" my Mary Konior. I hope the title doesn't describe when it'll finally be finished.....
The plan is for it to be a table centre to go under a lovely blue and green vase I got for a birthday many moons ago.... It's in size 20 Lizbeth thread I got (bought) for my birthday last year. Have to say, I'm loving this thread!
If you want to see what I've actually managed to finish in the past, the link to my website is in my profile info. But I'm hoping updating this blog will be quicker. =)
So I'd better finish this and get on with some tatting!