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 am trying to teach myself how to tat. As in tatting, as in that tiny delicate knotted lace you sometimes see on hankies or really old pillowcases or really really old doilies at the state fair. I’ve seen the thread and shuttles at craft stores, but didn’t think much about it. Like, psh, who does that? I need more yarn…
Well I read a funny and interesting little post about it on www.the-panopticonblog.blogspot.com, specifically this post here, and I’ve been thinking about that for a couple weeks. Today I threw caution (and sanity?) to the wind and went to the crafty spot and bought shuttles and matching pretty rosy/green/spring thread. Size 20 thread. Most doiles are made with size 10 thread, which is twice as thick. Yes, I found something thinner than doily thread but just a hair thicker than actual sewing thread for a machine. But…it’s so pink and rosy and full of spring…
That being said, I may try again with some leftover doily thread I have tons of. But…I already wound the shuttles with the pretty stuff…and they make this wonderful clicketyclick noise when the thread is passed over the ends. I am loving that sound, which is a good sign that I might just get the hang of this.

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those colors!! Pastels and hot pink! :-D

It’s not that I’m bored, or need something to fill my many hours of leisure (snort), or need another (ANOTHER) hobby. It’s a challenge? It’s cool? Yes and yes, but mostly, it’s pretty. The obscurity of it is a little thrilling too, to be honest. ;-) How hipster is that?

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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