Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Day 2 of Sherry's TIAS

Hi Folks

Well, I eventually managed to do day 2's offering just after breakfast on day 3!!  Well, Sherry is in the US so it was probably still day 2 over there!! LOL

Here's what it looks like so far....

Love the colours!!  It's Rainbow Taffy by Lizbeth.  Think I mentioned that the other day.... but I think it's going to be a favourite thread! VBG.  I feel earrings coming on as well.... diamond ones could look good in it, with beads round the edge.... setting myself off drooling again and I'm supposed to be cooking lunch!  Son has to start work at 4pm until 2.30am tomorrow!  He needs a meal before he leaves here around 3.15pm to get there!

Where's me spare shuttles.... (dilemma.... shuttles or cook, cook or shuttles....??)

Chat soon

Monday, 23 September 2013

New Tat It And See

Hi Folks

Sherry over on Tatting Tales has just created a new Tat it and see.  Today is day one!!  Here's what I've done so far....

I think it's a flying flower necklace at the moment!! VBG  Bet I'm way off tho!!   The thread is Lizbeth Rainbow Taffy, that and the picot gauge came from Roseground here in the UK.  The tatting shuttles and picot gauge are now sitting on the coffee table waiting impatiently for the next thrilling episode!!!

So .... as they say.... watch this space!!

Now what else have I been up to??  Making chutney with plums out of my Mother in Laws garden!  Cuddling the cat that is currently trying to help me type, and sorting my son out ready for an induction into a new temp job tomorrow.  More about that another day, maybe....

Anyway, back to my shuttles - still have to finish off the hankie edging, almost half way round now!!

Chat soon


Saturday, 14 September 2013

Back to School Tatting.

Back again quite quickly!  It's our daughter and son in laws 2nd wedding anniversary in September, and when they got married they gave every guest a small packet of sunflower seeds.  Her theme for the wedding was Sunflowers, she carried them, they were on tables, the wedding cake, etc.  Well, last year one came up out of 4 that we planted.. so I took a photo of it to make into a card for their 1st anniversary.  So, we were hoping that 2 would grow this year....  I've now decided that sunflowers are very contrary things!!  2 didn't grow.... 3 did!!! (Well, Kyra is expecting isn't she??) One of them is massive and has multiple flowers on it!

I may just have to tat Jane's sunflower to retaliate!!!

Anyway, it was back to school week last week.  The little ones started in either a morning or an afternoon for the first 2 weeks.  On Monday they start full time!!  Some of them look so tiny that you are sure they're too young!!  Anyway, it got me thinking about friends and friendship bracelets.  I know how to make them macrame style, scoobidou style, lucet style.... how's about tatted style??

Split rings!!!!

 I've got the one on the left on my wrist as we speak!! (and half of one that looks like the middle one... I ran out of thread!!) It was done in 20 Lizbeth spring garden, and an old Twilleys 20 variegated pink, and happened to be what I had left on my shuttle!  the second was a valdani fine (similar to 80 DMC) and done with 2 strands together on each shuttle, and the third was 1 strand valdani, 1 strand venus 70 and 1 strand dmc 80, with the other side a 20 Lizbeth!  Fun to do and dont take long to make!!  Fundraisers for stuff, here I come!!!!

Now as I have 'permission' to show you tattysawus.... my own personal tatty bug from Jane Eborall... here he is:


Another thing I did was to make some flowers for a cardmaking friend.... another great way to use up me bits!

Oh, I'm thrifty I am!! LOL  well, it's either that or crazy (my BC3 has gone off somewhere and it's not visiting Jane.... I checked!!VBG)

Also, I'd found a pattern, can't remember where, but it sounded fun and uses just one shuttle.... I added beads and am considering making another one for earrings.... and now it definitely is someone else's fault... I've started tatting the Fandango hankie edge in the Valdani 35 wt!!!  And Jane blames me for her working it now.... LOL

Oh well, back to doing something less constructive than computer trawling or tatting.... housework??


Friday, 13 September 2013

Summer Holidays and Pups and Campsites!!

Miss me??  Feel as if I've been missing 'since forever'!! LOL  Been up to all sorts of things, including house sitting those puppies and their mum & dad and Great Uncle.... The family went abroad on holiday and, of course, no kennels would take Mum with the pups.... so yours truly ended up with the job!!  Back and forth for 2 weeks, including sharing staying there for the night with my son.... mind you they were funny in the garden at times!  This is Darcy (blue roan) and Charlie (orange roan)  A few seconds later Charlie was chewing Darcy's tail!!!

Also, we went to the Cotswolds for a week, camping.  We treat ourselves to a new tent!!  This one:

It's an Outwell 3 man, so perfect for 2 people who like some comfort!!  The red chair is MINE!!!! (There's a net 'pocket' in the arm, perfect for putting balls of thread and tatting shuttles!!) While we were there we met up with Jane Eborall, and there should be a photo here.... however Chris still has not sorted it from his camera!  Men!!!!  We had fun in Stratford, walking along the river and had a coffee in the Theatre Cafe.  Great to meet up with you Jane!!!!  I gotta bug!!!  Jane, can I show them the tatty bug???

I started tatting Jane's twirly doily while we were there.... I'd got so far with it when Chris let some water into the tent.  Not enough to soak everything, just one of my balls of cotton!!!!  It dried out in the chair 'pocket' during the day! Of course, while it was still wet I needed it.... so I decided to do the Fandango square instead!!

Think I'll make another one and make them into a pair of earrings!!  However, as soon as the cotton had dried out I got on with the doiley!!  Here it is minus its outside edge.... which is still waiting!!

It was fun to do, however will someone please teach me to always check that I have the pattern in my head BEFORE I start a round, and not to go off in my own sweet way and completely miss joins!!!! You know the feeling.... 'I understand this, tat, tat, tat for quite a few hours.... oops, that doesn't look right.... oh no!! missed those joins right from the second repeat!!! Drat!! and spend the next 7 hours undoing what you'd done!!

Anyway, next instalment of what I've been up to following soon!!