Saturday, May 29, 2010

I'm a bad, bad blogger

I don't mean to go so long between posts, but before I know it a week or more has passed.   I'm good at keeping up with your blogs(yay for the iPhone!), though.  Anyway, here's the update of the past week in case anyone's interested.

Last Saturday was the Great Lakes Lace Guild's Love of Lace at the Livonia Civic Library.
 Banner is made of all different types of lace.

Bobbins from around the world.

Quite the success, it was!  Bobbin lacers, tatters, and other types of lace were shown and there were lessons in bobbin lace and tatting for anyone who wanted to learn.  There was a LOT of interest in all the lace types, so much so, that the tired phrase 'Tatting is a lost art!' should be immediately banned from the English language.

I took the opportunity to try bobbin lace.  On. My. God.  I could get addicted to that.  It was so much fun.  I made a fish: 
 My fish, name tag, and commemorative bobbin.

Not a very fancy or difficult fish, but I did it!  My very first piece of bobbin lace.  Now, I know how I am with my addictive personality and all so I had to come up with a way to keep myself from dropping a load of cash at Holly Van Sciver's booth on bobbin lace supplies. The deal I made with myself is this: I will occasionally purchase a pair of bobbins and when I have two dozen bobbins, THEN I will buy a pillow, books, etc.  Let's see how long this deal lasts...

ZigZag Corner and Kathy Kirchner were the other two vendors for the event.  People came from miles around to shop.  So much good stuff, I just stood in the middle of the room and looked around for a minute or two just to take it all in.  I was a good girl and only bought the bobbin in the previous pic and some thread...

 Venus, Altin Basak, and Lizbeth threads.

I even got some tatting done!  
 This is the start of 'Primrose Path' by Mary Konior.  I'm using size 80 Peach Pandorea HDT and vintage Lily in pale peach.  The Lily thread is slightly thicker than the HDT, but it's not making a difference so far.  *fingers crossed*  Other than that, I still haven't done much tatting.  There's something in my brain that says "summer equals crochet" or "summer equals cross stitch", so I kind of lose interest in tatting for a few months.  That's OK, though.  I'll more than make up for it come autumn.  

Speaking of crochet, I'm past the halfway point in squares production for my afghan.  It looks like there will be lots of left over yarn, so there may be a pillow to match.  My goal is to be finished with the afghan by July 4.
Shown in my lovely woven basket rescued from the Salvation Army store for two dollars!

 I would probably be further along on my afghan if my attention span wasn't so short.  After Love of Lace, I stopped at a needlework shop that is near the library and picked up floss and fabric for a cross stitch sampler I've been wanting to do.  This is Bluebird's Message(Loose Feathers #23) from Blackbird Designs.  I'm going to give it to my mom when it's finished.
So that's all I've been up to in between the intrusions of work and real life.  Hope the weather is as glorious in your neck of the woods as it is in mine!  Have a great weekend, everyone!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Some yarny goodness

Twenty-four down, one hundred six to go!  A lovely bamboo-y rainbow...


Edited to add:  I just noticed the date and realized today is my two year blogoversary!  I'm impressed.  There have been many forays into the blogosphere, but none have ever lasted more than two or three months.  Obviously, I found a great bunch of people to blog with for the last two years.  Thanks, everyone!

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Still not tatting...

I just can't get interested at the moment!  You'd think with thousands of yards(or meters if you're not in the U.S.) of thread and more patterns than I could ever possibly do, I could find something interesting to make.  But, nope, it ain't happening.  Instead, my latest project is an AFGHAN(<------click there).  A nice, colorful, summer-y throw to be made with luscious bamboo yarn.  I've never worked with bamboo before, but I am loving it.  So soft and cool to the touch, it's perfect for the warm weather.  The yarn was a bit pricy, $5.00 USD per skein, but I think it's going to be worth it. 

Yarn is Spa by  Colors are:(front row) Berry Frappe, Ocean Spray,  Green Sheen, (back row) Rose Bisque, Coral Lipstick, and Soft Sunshine.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

A post that is NOT tatting related! Look if you dare...

I'm tatted  out.  Nope, just not feeling it lately.  Crochet has been the craft of the moment.   I love making potholders, dishcloths, and towels!  Cliche, yes, but I love them none the less.  Ravelry with it's tons of free patterns and my huge stash of Sugar 'n Cream cotton yarn fuel the addiction, but it's all good!  I actually use the stuff I make, so it's not like it's all for naught.  Here's what has come off the hook...

A pair of towels in the shape of aprons.  The patterns are from Annie's Attic, in case anyone is interested.  

And a spiral potholder. This pattern is a Ravelry freebie.  A bit tricky due to having four working yarns at once, but worth the hassle.

Thanks for looking and hope all you moms out there had a great Mother's Day! 

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Een Tulp*

*Dutch for 'a tulip'.
Sharp eyed Isdihara was right.  It's a tulip. The reason for a tulip?  It's Tulip Time in Holland! Holland, Michigan, that is.  The western side of the state has a strong Dutch heritage and they celebrate it every May.  Always a lot of fun and more tulips than you can shake a stick at.

My tulip is actually German in nature because it was designed by Adelheid Dangela and can be found in her book Mustersammlung I.  Tatted using DMC threads in pale peach, melon, and light green it measures nearly 12"(30.5 cm).  I'm quite pleased with how it turned out and want to get it framed.  I still have to get my big butterfly framed, but cash is a bit tight at the moment.  Just another thing to add to the list of things to get done.