Wednesday, 31 October 2018

Have You Ever....?

Had the feeling that 'someone' is interfering with your tatting???

I've cut beads off and thrown tatting over the last few weeks!!  Why? Mastikes a beginner wouldn't make and leave!  Missing picots and their associated extensions (5-5 instead of 5-5-5)... don't spot it till the next round... why can you always guarantee that these things appear at the END of the next round??  So the scissors have had more use than the shuttles!!

So somewhere there's gremlins hiding to grab my shuttles when Im not looking and retrotat bits!!!  My excuse and Im sticking to it!! LOL

Mind you, I have managed to do this:

He's destined to be framed for a new baby due in January... born in the Chinese Year of the Dog!  The pattern is from the little book of Tatted Animals.

Please ignore the purple 'snail trails' it's the camera on me phone!!

Now I've to do the Spider Earwigs before Tonight.  I started them and made errors too!! They've been cut off, beads rescued and will be restarted today! (wrong beads I decided). And its all the fault of that Tatty OG 'somewhere down south'.... if she hadn't shared the pattern and cited me in the associated text.... VBG

Anyway... let's see if I can do them!

Chat soon (sooner than the time since the last post!! Where does time go???)

Thursday, 30 August 2018

I can't resist!!

Either pretty patterns or Rainbow Taffy!! Add beads and I'm in my element!

Remember the Rachel mat in Rainbow Taffy & blue? I'll show you again later... we'll that's winging its way to Oz via London, Munich and Istanbul!! It'll arrive in late September in my Aussie/Yorkshire mates bag!!

Well, I had the Rainbow Taffy out and Marilee tweeted about her heart aglow pattern... so I had to get it didn't I?? Also... the charity shop had a necklace that wasn't pretty... but the big beads were!!

And the Mat?

Oh... double trouble... Yorkshire/Aussie Trubble and me!!  The one on the left is the one that brought the books!!

Chat later

Monday, 27 August 2018

Would you??

A friend I haven't seen for 27 years (when she emigrated to Australia) has arrived in the UK on holiday.

Before she left she was doing something most of us do from time to time... trawl charity shops! (Think they're Op Shops in Oz) and listened to an altercation whilst browsing...

"But I'm donating them to you for sale, you know, so you can sell them and make money"

"Madam, you must appreciate that they do not sell, we'd end up putting them in the bin. Throwing them away. Noboby buys this sort of thing."

"So what you really mean is that you don't want them, you don't want me to donate things to you for selling to make money". (Donor turns to my friend) "You'd buy them wouldn't you?? Here I'll donate them to you as this shop doesn't want them!"  She puts leaflets into my friends hands and marches out of the shop!!

Friend looks down and.... as the lady is leaving, says.... "I'll take them to the UK.  I know someone who'll appreciate them!!"

Guess who the somebody is!!

Ok, one is crochet, and the Semco one is all Norma Benporath patterns!!

Would you bin them???  I'm not!!!

Chat later

Thursday, 23 August 2018


One of the major challenges of using ancient computers is the fact that I forget to blog these days!!  Why?  Well, I've to link the phone to the computer to put pics on the computer, and the software on the phone doesn't let me publish a post if I write it on the phone and attach the pics!!!  Crazy or what??

Now I dare say you're trying to work out what I've been doing for the last couple of months... holidays for a start.... a week out in Tenerife, a week camping in Oxfordshire without a chance of getting to see my Tatty OG friend... boo hoo!!  Bet she was secretly pleased about that.... Rofl!

Mummy & Daddy took Big Li'l Miss and Li'l Li'l Miss to Vancouver, Hawaii and California for a month and then got stuck in LA for over 24 hours due to a plane fault... The challenge??  Everywhere in LA cooks with soya and what are the Li'l Misses allergic to.... yup... Soya!!  They eventually found a hotel where they could feed the kids on stuff that wasn't going to make them ill!!

Young Sir's been home as well.... not for long, but long enough for him to go to a festival, bring his washing back for Mum to wash!!  It's those darned tshirts that do it... full washing instructions and then it says... 'Or give it to your Mum'!  You guessed it... he does if he has the chance!

Right on the tatty front... Dragon's finished (the Pam Palmer pattern), and needs mounting in a frame when I get roundtoit... need the frame first!!  Another Rachel mat, and 2 that had major mastikes in them... beads coming off and ditching is what's going to happen with those!!  Earwigs too... one's being made into a pendant cos it's too big for an earwig! A tad more on that Darned Monster Doily!  Tat's it methinks!!  There probably is other bits but I've forgotted them!!

Show you what's on the phone...

That's one of a pair... the pendant ones vanished somewhere...

Couldn't resist that!!  Bought it here:

The Pop Up Rose Theatre in York... went to see Romeo n Juliet!

Chat later

Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Why is it... and those darned trees!!

That one realises that one duz a blog purely to answer daft questions from 4 years ago???

Sir is renewing his car insurance....  same company, no changes... just renew thanks....

"So Sir, have you had any accidents, whether it was your fault or not, in the last 5 years?"
"Yes, but I've told you about them 3 times already."
"Sir, we still need the details of what happened."
"Well, one was more than 5 years ago. So presumably you don't need the details of it?"
"No, we don't need details of more than 5 years ago, have you had any within the last 5 years?"
"Yes, but I can't remember when, and it wasn't the car I'm renewing the insurance on now."
"Nevertheless, Sir, we need the details.  What was the Registration number of the vehicle?"

(They expect my hubby to remember a car registration number???  (just like asking him a date or a phone number... no chance!!) he comes and asks me... I give him it, and then he asks when the accident was....  I tell him.... August or very early September 2014, or possibly early 2015)

"We need the date of the accident Sir, and details of what happened, and how you could have prevented it."

I found the date... where?? On here of course!!! September 2014 there was a post about flippin' low flying tree branches!!  How could we have avoided it?? Gone a different route had we known it was going to fling itself in front of us!!! Of all the stupid questions!!

Anyway... apart from that what have I to tell you...

Young Sirs laminate is finally down in that there house up north in Scotland!!  The fence would have been painted as well if it hadn't decided to rain!!  Some of his roses are trimmed too... all the dead bits off.  And the ivy that was covering the path has gonned... and weeds has been gived they marching orders as well!!

As usual they did the work... Me?? Chief cook, bottle washer, shopper, laminate laying gofer... hammer finder, screw finder, tea maker, chisel finder.... sofa bed putter upper and downer..., rose cutter, fence painter.... I come home for a rest!!  They had fun with an incinerator bin and cardboard!!

On the tatty front... yet more Rachel mats roll off the shuttles... another few!!  The reason for them is that they're so darned easy to prepare, transport and make!!  Great for travelling!

Here, I'll show you:

Top one is Atlin Basak 50, no beads or decorative picots, bottom is Lizbeth 20 with beads!

What else.... well Young Sir's housemate's cats are now up there too.... 'keep them in for 3 weeks', 'not letting them out till the nervous one is prepared to stay downstairs when there are other people in the house'...

If you have cats that are indoors and are used to being outdoors what happens when you open doors or windows to run electric cables for power tools?  They play at being indoor/outdoor cats of course!!  Make sure she's upstairs with her daughter (the nervous one) and the door closed.  What happens?  She's found out how to hook the door open!  Down the stairs... drat... the kitchen door is shut... throw weight on kitchen door... it opens... back door is shut... that's ok... look the window is ajar... push... outside cat!!  Call housemate down, catch cat, take her upstairs, shut bedroom door... guess what... a new game!!! (see beginning of paragraph!! LOL)

She's allowed out now!!!  And there's a bin under the window so she can get back in!! But NOT when there's noone home!!

Anyway, nuff said on this missive!!

Chat soon

Monday, 4 June 2018

And Another...

HWT Rachel mat bites the dust!!  Quite like the colours in this one, what do you think?

Using up threads that would take forever in the thickness they are... and be impossible to undo when I make the inevitable mastikes.. LOL.  I'm great for that!  Usually when I'm sitting tatting and nattering at the same time, I miscount in my head, don't look down and just carry on!!!  Either that or I glance at the wrong bit of the pattern!!

Anyway, another is about to be wound onto the shuttles shortly, HWT again, with a bit of bling if it works!! VBG

Maybe I'll learn to not make mastikes one day!! Rofl!

Chat soon

Thursday, 31 May 2018

I've just noticed

This is post 301!!

So, as you will recall, I did a straw poll.... it would seem that people who are interested in maths, science or art are the ones that responded... apart from that Tatty OG of course... who we all know is a thread artist but wont admit it!! LOL

Me?  Well I do have a background in the sciences and maths... but I don't admit to it!! VBG

Right, well, apart from all this, what have I been up to... making a Rachel mat... HWT this time, along with another one on the shuttles, and two more for when I'm travelling.  Then I'll go on a thread hunt again.

The leg I showed you belongs to a Pam Palmer Dragon!  Once he's completely finished and mounted I'll share pics.  He's destined to go 'up North'... but I'll tell you all about it when he's finished...

Now, I've been quiet for a few reasons, one of which is that a neighbour has been diagnosed with Dementia.  (about a year ago). She now has carers and if I get hold of her son I'll give him a piece of my mind!  He doesn't think that a care home is the right place for her... her husband answers the same statement over 100 times a day (I need to go home.... when she's there!!) and he is washing ALL the bedding every day too.  If he turns his back to go and get shopping, or washing in off the line, she's packing the car to 'go home'!   He spends all his time unpacking bags, sorting washing, cooking, unpacking bags, taking dirty washing off the line (she's put it out because it's 'wet'). unpacking bags...  Her son has told the authorities he comes down regularly to help... his idea of help is to arrive for half an hour on a weekend! He doesn't see the sleepless nights, the visits down to me to 'get rid of the people in the house' (carers), the bags, ....

Anyway, 'nuff about that!!  What else, oh yes, the router decided to get it's pants in a pandemonium!  It stopped working!  It's working again now, why??  because Sir decided to get a new telly and I pulled the wrong plug out and switched off the broadband!  Hey ho, least I'm online again for a bit!

Ok, so, I'm off to read about tunisian crochet or whatever bloggers have been blogging!!

Chat soon unless the whatsit goes off again!!