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!!

Monday, 21 May 2018

From elsewhere

I've been reading about laces... different forms of laces... needle, bobbin, embroidered, shuttle, crochet, knitted....

The argument goes along the lines of whether this appeals only to people who are mathematicians or scientists... or not!  

I think it's more about art... it's a form of creative art, whether it's worn or displayed... if we think it looks pretty we're more likely to want to 'have a go' than if we think it looks ugly!

Now I'm doing a 'straw poll' here... amongst my tatting friends, do you consider yourself a scientist, a mathematician, a musician or an art lover??

Let's see what you have to say...

Before I go... did you have any ideas on what I'm tatting in the last post and this picture??

Thursday, 17 May 2018

Jane Said Oops!

And it reminded me... I don't think I ever shared this test tat!!

It's now got its ends finished and will go on a bag! Not sure which at the moment.

What else...

Any ideas???

Monday, 23 April 2018

Never Let...

... a Pigmini loose with an empty shuttle, some beads, a new ball of thread and a camera!!

Last week was the Lace Fair at Haydock Park.  Went along with friends, came back with... the new Liz metallic thread, a few beads and.... those clover shuttles that've just been released!!

Now I just had to test the shuttles didn't I??  And a new thread just had to be tatted didn't it??  And... Young Sir is now in his new house and he 'needs' some Mum tatting doesn't he??  Of course they all need to be done.... don't tell me you lot don't, because I won't believe you!

Young Sir is 'into' dragons... always has been... so I decided he needed Pam Palmers Tatted Dragon pattern.  The new Liz metallic in red with light gold beads would make brilliant flames...

This happened:

Looks good doesn't it??  The Dragon herself will be Black 20.  The major challenge is... don't mix the two together.  Lizbeth 20 tats tighter than Lizbeth Metallic 20!  I'm now waiting for the Black to arrive, along with a few other 'bits'...

Anyway, wanting to blog the metallic thread, I took a pic...

Pink??  It's Christmas Red!  What the...  Dirty Lens!!!

Took it again,  better....

Took it outside in the sun:

As for the shuttles, they're my new favourite shuttle!  I've always used Clovers with a pick, and of course I love wood shuttles 'pop a bobbin' type... mix the 2 and what do you get?? The new Clovers!  Brilliant!

So whilst waiting for the black to arrive I made these:

Corina Meyfeldt freebie on her website, some beads from my stash, and Rainbow Taffy!!!

By the way.... Thanks for your comments on the retro tatting... but... pointy scissors in a moving car?? Ain't gonna happen!

Apart from that... there's something satisfying about undoing and redoing after a mistake... correcting just because you can!

Chat soon

Monday, 2 April 2018

More ramblings, or how to make mastikes!

Ok, so I'm back!! Rambling as usual! It's Easter weekend and it's freezing!

Been up in Scotland helping Young Sir with wallpaper stripping, false ceiling removal, rehanging doors, furniture building... I was chief cook n bottle washer, sweeper upper and general drinks maker! I could write a book on the hilarity up there... but I'll be good.  His fish are now in their new home up there, and we're back home for a few weeks. Before we went, I did some test tatting for Jane... here:

Violets in the snow as my short version of her Flowery Bookmark.  The thread needed using up on the shuttles... and I couldn't spot the green! My excuse and I'm sticking to it!

I also made a bookmark from a Jennifer Williams pattern. It was in a recent Lace Guild Bookmark book... but silly me forgotten to take a pic before handing it over as a birthday present! Good excuse to make another one!

Oh, here's a pic of Young Sirs friend being a stripper!

One evening after a meal and before bed I decided to do a little tatting on that monster doily... made an oops and decided to take it back later...

In the car on the way home, out came the tatting and I carried on... then remembered the oops!

Took it back... but not quite far enough, started again, realised and ended up retro tatting most of the way home! I'm now back where I was when I'd spotted it!!

Shades of - warning... tatting and alcohol do not make good partners! Vbg

Chat soon