Before I begin, I have to say I have fallen hopelessly in love with my new blog background. Isn't it the cutest? This one is definitely staying for a while.
Now on to the tatting! I couldn't resist the call of a good Joann's one day coupon, which was 25% off the entire basket. Here's some of the highlights of said basket:
Oooh, pretty! Each spool holds 100 meters of thread. It looks like the thread is about equal to size 100. I think it'll make nice hanky edgings. The final really interesting goodies I picked up were these:
Three pairs of Gingher scissors. The pair on the left are 3-1/2" Epaulettes, the center are 4" spring action snips, and on the right are 3-1/2" stork scissors. Also shown is one of the sheaths they come with. Gingher snips are a bit pricy, but they are worth every penny. Being on sale for 50% off made them extra hard to resist. I also picked up three packs of Clover shuttles, a Clover crochet hook and a bunch of Lily brand Sugar 'n Cream cotton yarn. I'm feeling the urge to make some new potholders and Sugar 'n Cream is my favorite to use. Lots of pretty colors!
One other thing, Gina recently commented on the reliability of Lizbeth thread and I have to say I wholeheartedly agree. I'm currently working on something using mint green and have had the plies untwist and become so tangled I had to cut it out and start over. Also, there's been splices in almost every ball of size 20 I've picked up in the last two months. I've yet to have this happen with the 40, so maybe it's just a temporary problem, especially with the size 80 about to launch in another month. I still buy it because of the beautiful colors and it works up so nicely. Still, I would have to echo Gina by saying buyer beware.