So tatting isn’t very popular, nor is it very easy to find anything about it. I’m so happy for youtube videos! I found a good Dover book about tatting. The videos are where I go for demonstrations. The big goal is to make a 4 leaf clover. My entire tatting experience is thus:

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That’s it! There it is. I made another butterfly two more butterflies and gave one to my mom. I mailed the first one to a friend. I made a ring of rings over on the left, a bunch of practice rings, a lil turtle, a daisy. Note the half formed butterfly on the right. The only thing about tatting that makes it really frustrating is that if I make a mistake, I either have to undo a bunch of knots, or start over. I’ll never complain about fixing knitting or crochet again. I think learning to knit was much harder, but this is a fiddly craft, I’ll say that. It’s very pretty though! I’m going to try to make a shamrock next, then a fancier one. I know I already said it’s frustrating, but the interesting thing about that is it isn’t maddening. It isn’t scream-inducing. If I mess up, I have to start all over. That’s just a snip and a couple knots and off I go. I have been known to throw knitting/crochet on the ground, then stuff it in the closet for awhile (sometimes years). I don’t know why tatting, a craft of unforgiving knots, is less stressful but there it is.
On that note, I am 5 rows away from finishing the Bat Shawl! They’re looooong rows, though. Still. The end is in sight!

I finally finished the outer edge of the window. I put this down two years ago because of that window ledge! I’m working on the grapes now, then cheese. I can see the light at the end of the tunnel…

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Update! 2014-2-23
OK I did the cheese, then the grapes. ;-) I’m working on the wall a bit as I use certain colors, to make it less painful. I’m excited to use bright colors in the grapes; I’m tired of browns and black.
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We visited Old Town when my brother and his wife were here for Thanksgiving. I had to stop by the yarn store of course, and found this stuff. Normally I don’t really like artsy yarn, but they had one knit up next to the display and it was neat! I like these colors because they remind me of the desert, and will be wicked cool against my black coat. I think it’s fun to see the different stripes and types show up. The fluffy stuff at the beginning is silly soft. It’s nice to just knit on whenever, plus I get to use the Galadriel yarn bowl. <_3br>

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P.S. Peri Charlifu makes these bowls. I won this and the Cthulu bowl at Bubonicons past. He is a professional potter from Colorado. I’d like to see a Doctor Who yarn bowl…or a Poe/raven inspired one someday.

My friend Beth gave me this pattern awhile ago and I finally found a neat colorway I like for it. It’s Atlantis from KnitPicks Imagine yarn. Pretty…

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I call it my grass vest, due to the color. My other score from TWF last year. The sample vest was on display at the entrance to their booth (Bijou Basin Ranch) and no on could resist petting it and ooo-ing over it. The collar! The colors! The lace! The drape! I had an epiphany that I should wear more vests. No idea what kind of shirt to wear underneath…but who cares? I decided to think about it after walking the whole fairway. Penny convinced me green was the way to go, so when we got back, there happened to be just enough green left for a couple vests. I got enough for mine, and bought it (pattern included-it’s how they hook you I think) and went on the hunt for some needles. I found some amazing carbon fiber double points at a booth down the way. These needles are so bad ass. They’re light weight, cool to the touch, and so shiny. mmmm…carbon fiber. I’m almost done with the back piece, which is the largest piece. I think I got a little freaked out once I reached the neck decreases, and put it aside for now. I’m 0 for 3 of sweaters/etc that actually fit. I made a sweater for B that fit. So far nothing I make for myself that’s bigger than a sock fits me. It’ll happen! If I change the type of yarn I use (acrylic is not the way to go for sweaters I guess) and be careful to match gauge (go figure) I might get one accomplished this year. Anyway, the vest will fit, I know because I took my measurements three times, measured the vest as I worked it constantly, and double-triple checked the gauge and size measurement. That plus sheer stubborn willpower might mean I’ll wear this with pride to TWF in October. :-) Cross you fingers!
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The bag is one Beth made for me, covered inside and out with sugar skulls and doily-fied sugar skulls. <3 It’s a nice big bag too, big enough for this kind of thing. The yarn is made of angora fiber and a little rayon for strength. Seriously soft and warm! Also, here is a reference to an angora rabbit, for giggles.
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So poofy!!!