I made a lot of progress this week! I put some shiny thread around the stars*, put a tatted snowflake on**, finished the house and started the border for March. I still don’t know what to do with the goat…Maybe some fuzzy thread I’ve heard about bc white and grey get lost in the fabric…so I’m leaving him for now until I find something suitable. I can’t wait for Wednesday afternoon when we get the next one!

Invisible goat…

*DMC S5200 satin floss and Kreinik blending filament 032, one strand each. Thread Heaven really helped here!

**I used size 20 cotton thread (DMC I think) and about a yard on the shuttle was just right. I made four rings of 12ds each.

I used three strands of white for the cross stitches and two strands for the french knots. I’ll use three strands of white from now on because it shows up better.

Here are two more I’m working on, I’m really pleased with my progress! I finally feel like I’m out of the “beginner” stage. Renulek’s patterns have always been a challenge, but they are so pretty. She has nice diagrams but a lot of it is figuring out how it was done, based on experience. When I get stuck or overwhelmed or tired of tatting I go to the Crochet doilies and it feels like I’m flying through those. :-)

I don’t know if it’s because of spring, or being able to stay home again, or what, but doilies are all I‘m thinking about lately. I have a couple old ones to finish as well as these new ones, which gets me every stitch closer to getting these WIP piles under control. ;-)

Clover Doily (free online) with Lizbeth sz 29 color 178/Grape Pomegranate and my favorite vintage Detach-A-Spool shuttle. I’ve been blocking each round and it really helps!

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And this is Renulek’s latest spring doily/”napkin”, I’m on round 2. It’s Lizbeth Twirlz sz 20 color 400/Patriotic.

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I grabbed the closest white paper and saw the LOL guy. Tatting is awesome!! LOL! X-D

Well, no fevers, thankfully. My youngest got sick and now I have something…coldish…stuffy  in my sinuses. I took my allergy meds and have a nice cuppa coffee this morning to battle it. ;-)

Lots of stuff happening on the home front that kept me from blogging last week-I gave notice at my job (been there 8+ years, and with this boss for over 10) so I started getting things caught up/just right so I can train my replacement soon. We also have a big internal audit coming up so there’s a lot to do! I’m leaving for lots of reasons, but the main one is to be home for awhile with my family again.

Regardless, I got some tatting done last week and this weekend! I’m taking a break from the crochet projects (this vest and this vest) and Yei. It’s warm and sunny out and this thread color fits my mood. Spring=tatting for me and I have an obsession with doilies lately.

Amusement Doily in Lizbeth 131 sz 20
Amusement Doily in Lizbeth 131 sz 20

I found this awesome thread this week too! I can’t wait to use it on some massive doily, lol. I need to finish up a very old WIP and then I can dive in to this thread.

Artiste 100% Mercerized Egyptian Cotton size 10 crochet thread in Pewter, Terra Rosa; and Country Rose. I looove this gothic mix of colors.
Artiste 100% Mercerized Egyptian Cotton size 10 crochet thread in Pewter, Terra Rosa; and Country Rose. I looove this gothic mix of colors.

I’m thinking of crocheting a big doily because it’s faster than tatting and I found a very cool pattern on pinterest. (More on that as I get to it.)

We have a different kind of March Madness around here-Netflix new releases! We’re into Game of Thrones season 5 on dvd, Daredevil Season 2 on streaming, then House of Cards season 4 and the Madagascar movies with the kids on dvd. We don’t have cable, we use Netflix pretty muchexclusively, not counting PBS on the rabbit ears. Gotta have PBS!

This means lots of yarn time for me, I can get a lot done while there’s a good show on. I’m a little more than halfway done with the Ninja vest and finally changed colors on the hooded vest. I think I’m 1/3 done then, with my yarn math. The project takes 3 skeins worth of yarn, I have used 1 skein. Thus, 1/3 done. Yarn math= truth. Years ago Ben gave me a head lamp for Christmas, not for hiking or camping but because he got tired of me trying to knit in the dark. ;-)

<achoo!> well, off to sit and tat for awhile. I’m hoping for a nice lazy day. Hope you have one too! Go do something you love, and hugh someone you love. Maybe give them a smooch or two.

I found all my tatting stuff! All the WIPs and everything. I finally organized my tatting tools in one place, in a candy box my mom gave me. :-) I have a small multi tool, pencil, picot guide, and my chatelaine.

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I finished this little bookmark. It’s supposed to be straight, haha, but it could make a nice barrette. It was a practice project for tension, and only one heart (on the right) is the right tension.

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Hearts by Dee Powell, from Tatted Bookmarks, the shuttle is an unknown brand, from Penny’s mom <3

I started this little shamrock too! It is one of the first patterns I attemtped when I got into tatting, and now I am confident I can make it. I’m thinking of putting it on card stock, with a hand written poem around it. I was thinking of this one:

“May you have warm words on a cold evening,

a full moon on a dark night*,

and the road downhill all the way to your door.”

That will look nice. :-)

The other tatting I really want to finish (finally) is this square doily. Oof. Another exercise in patience and tension! Blocking will help a lot. I love the colorway. I have this row and one more to finish.

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Bruce’s Tatted Doily by Nancy Tracy, www.be-stitched.com, Lizbeth size 10 color 408 Autumn Breeze, shuttle is Handy Hands Aerolit

Hey that one has a clover motif too! I’m right on schedule with the holiday themes!

I’m still trying to do one or two projects at a time to get things finished. I’m working on whatever interests me at the time, too, which is a lot easier.

We don’t have any big plans today. Mostly we want to sit around and relax.

Happy Valentine’s Day! I hope you get to do something you like with someone you like.

P.S. When you hover your mouse over the rav logo, it turns into a heart today. :)

 

 

* I totally typed “knight” instead of “night” at first, lol.