Friday, March 30, 2012

Just a quickie post...

Just got home from work and lookie what was waiting for me in the mailbox today!!  The Burda book I've been looking for F-O-R-E-V-E-R.  I've been dying to make the doily on the cover.  This is one of the times I love eBay.  Next is another German tatting book, ya know, the one with Frivole's peacock and butterflies.  Last, but not least is the first of LadyShuttleMaker's Quad hook pens and a small skein of her HDT, 'Diablo' in size 80.

The perfect ending to a kinda crappy day!  :)  

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Goodies in the mail and a FO

The weather here has been so nice lately I've spent as much time as possible enjoying it so that means no tatting to show.  This is Michigan, it's still March and that means we're sure to get slammed by Old Man Winter at least once more.  I can handle it though, because I already have tan lines!  Last week I received a package in the mail from Tatskool.  Some of her cheery, sunny, lovely YELLOW 'Just Daffodils' HDT size 80  and beachy blue 'Coral Reef' HDT size 40.
      'Just Daffodils' shown on a vintage crochet doily found at a resale shop.

The Coral Reef is almost gone already.  I would have finished that project by  now, but something else grabbed my attention so maybe next post for that one.

The attention grabbing project is a UFO I thought was lost forever.  Last year, I lost a bag containing a couple WIPs.  I thought it  must have fallen out of my truck as I was getting in or out and didn't notice.  Well, I found it.  So back to working on them!  The first one done out of the bag is Jon Yusoff's 'Rosette Doily'.
I liked it, but there was something not quite right about it. Too plain.  It needed something more.  So I thought about it and revisited it today.  This is what it looks like now:
I added six more motifs at the center of each angle making it twelve pointed instead of six-sided. Quite a bit more visually appealing, don't you think?  I used Olympus 50 thread in lavender variegated and lime green.  On the very last motif, I ran out of green so I used some Lizbeth Spring Green.  Not an exact match, but close enough!  It measures just under 17(43.2cm) inches across, one of the biggest doilies I've done.

One more thing, Tatskool is such a sweet person and a dear friend.  Included in her package to me was this:
Isn't it gorgeous?  Tatskool does some beautiful tatting.  Her stitch tension is perfect! It's not too often someone gifts me with their tatting.   This is very special to me and I'll treasure it always.  

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Sunny Sunday

Oh, what a beautiful Sunday!  For most of the winter I was in a depression.  No particular reason, it's something I've struggled with all my life, but today was a complete recharge.  The weather was gorgeous and I got to ride my bike for hours on end.  My butt is going to be so sore tomorrow.  Totally worth it!

This morning before I went out, I tatted another heart out of 'From The Heart'.  This one is 'Chained Heart', using Olympus thread from Japan.  I really love their threads, especially the variegateds.  Before I blogged this I had to catch up on what everyone else is doing today and saw that Fox was of a similar mind and tatted a chained heart herself. Glad to see she solved her conundrum!
The hanky this heart is on was one I wanted to add an edging to, but it's hopelessly wrinkled.  No matter what I do the wrinkles WILL. NOT. GO. AWAY. so a background it's become.  Have a great time with the rest of your Sunday!  

Saturday, March 10, 2012

New stuff

Happy Saturday!  It's bright and sunny here today, a bit windy and cold, but that's ok because tomorrow it's supposed to warm up. Yay 65°(18°C for those of you outside the US)!  I happened to be in the right place at the right time earlier this week and found a great tatting gem:
An awesome collection of heart patterns. Ten very interesting patterns and bits of poetry by a fellow Michigander, Betty J. Goetgeluck.  She uses the usual rings, chains, and split rings plus some directional tatting, too.  The patterns grabbed my interest in a way that led me to to tat two of the patterns without getting or looking up one time, which is not normal for me AT ALL.  My usual is to sit down for five or six minute to tat then get up and do something else, come back and tat for a few, etc., etc., etc.  

 I don't know if the book is still in print as it is self published and has a copyright date of  1997.   I'll be showing more in the days to come.  Sitting on the cover are two that I just completed.  A close up!
On the left is 'December Heart' tatted with size 20 'Marina' HDT by LadyShuttleMaker and on the right is 'Heart of Life's Path' using size 40 'Rhubarb Pie' from Yarnplayer.  Click on the pics to make them larger for a closer look.  That wrinkly thing they are sitting on is the footstool in front of my tattin'/crochetin' chair.  Well, I'm off to go for a run, that is, if the wind doesn't blow me away.  Have a great day and don't forget to turn the clocks AHEAD one hour tonight.  Daylight Saving Time begins.  Yay Spring!

Monday, March 5, 2012

Another finish (blanket related)!

Last year sometime, I started a granny square blanket that was inspired by the colors of my sewing box.  You may(or may not) remember the post.  Being someone with a short attention span, it ended up being dropped on the UFO pile after I realized that ALL the squares with a green round needed to be done because it just wasn't working.  Well, back in early autumn I finally finished it. In the end, it became a lapghan and helped decrease my yarn stash a bit.  Since I never shared any pics here or on Ravelry and I feel a bit talky today, here it is:  The Sewing Box Granny Blanket:

For the edging I just went around with rows of single crochet and a picot edging.  It's so loud because of the grenadine used for the seams, something simple was all it needed for a finish.  It ended up being one of my fave finishes of 2011.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Now THAT'S a baby blanket!

So one of my many cousins is  expecting a baby next month.  I'm not of the 'pink is for girls, blue is for boys' school of thought.  I'm told that makes me a bit of a strange bird.  So be it! So after some research and a bit of digging through my ever growing stash I came up with The pattern is from The Adventures of The Gingerbread Lady blog.  It's her tutorial aptly named Crazy Patchwork -- Klimt Squares.  
The yarn is ten different colorway of Chroma Fingering from KnitPicks using a 3 mm crochet hook. These pictures do NOT do this blankie justice.  The colors are much brighter and more vivid.  I wish this damn dreary weather would go away!  It's screwing up my pictures.

Sewing the squares together was an adventure in and of itself.  There are 2-, 4-, 6-, 8-. and 10-round squares which had to be pieced together into strips then the strips sewn together into a rectangle.  The results get two thumbs up though!  I just hope I don't blind the baby with all that color.  ;)

And on the tatting front, the practice butterfly edging is working out nicely.  Now I just have to find a linen and choose a thread that I like.  Handy Hands had oblong table runners in various sizes now, so there's a thought.  When I was looking through my yarn stash I came across a tatting WIP that's now a FO!  She is Ricarda from Adelheid Dangela's Tatted Butterflies book.  She is made with Tatskool's Rainbow Lite HDT size 80 and the body is a vintage J &P Coats thread. The edging is done with a ball of Manuela 20 that I bought when I first learned to tat back in 2001.

Happy March 1!  Remember, spring is just around the corner.  I can't WAIT.