Saturday, April 12, 2014

I had a good day

Today my best friend and my family put together a wonderful day to celebrate my birthday.

I don't actually turn 60 until monday, but to get the most people together it needed to be done on a weekend.

They treated us to dinner at one of the better restaurants in the area.  Then they took us all bowling.  I think all 22 of us from 2 - 66 had a good time. 

My bestie made both an eclair cake and 3 candy bar pies for dessert so we all enjoyed ourselves.

I got some great gifts.

A ball of very pretty thread to tat with

 Purples and greens this will be very pretty worked up.

My daughter must have done some research and got  me some sock yarn from Pat Fly. 

The colors in the picture are quite as rich as the yarn really is but it is going to be very nice to work with.  The ombre Rose is a Super Wash Merino Wool, so it doesn't have to be hand washed.  The Blue/Purple variegated is also a Super Wash but a Blue Face Leicester Wool so that is really nice.  The Natural colored skein in the center is 30% NZ Possum 50% Merino Wool and 20% Nylon.

Just this morning I was doing some research on NZ Possum to see what exactly that is, and it really is fur from an Australian Possum that is over running New Zealand.  From what I understand when you mix the fur from the Possum with the wool to make yarn, then wash the item you have knitted, the Possum fibers "fluff" up and make really nice thick warm clothing.

These yarns are going to be fun to work with.  Right now my Circular Sock Machine (CSM) is visiting the specialist.  It needs a bit of work before I can make any more socks on it.  Once that gets back home I will be having some fun with it.

Thank you all for a wonderful day.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

April 1st

Happy Tatting Day to one and all.

May you have time to tat in public and private. 

Enjoy the day with your favorite beverage hot or cold and some chocolate.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Twirlz and Stawasz Flowerpot II

I needed an easy take along project as I accompany someone with medical issues. Something easy to pick up and drop at the call of a name, so I pondered what to chose and picked up Jan Stawasz book of Tatted Treasures. 

Diane of Lace Lovin' Librarian had sent me 4 samples of Lizbeth Twirlz threads in red, green, purple and blue to try.

Jan's Flower Pot II looked perfect, I could pair both the Twirlz threads and regular Lizbeth and other brands in the same project.  All threads are size 20
Please ignore the thread ends, I never cut them close until the project is complete.

I have completed 2 of the flowers.  I used a Manuela variegated for the bud and the Lizbeth Twirlz for the sepals,stem and leaves.  If you have looked at the pattern, you will note that I missed the picots at the sides of the bud.  I like this better, but it was an oops. 

The second flower on the right is done with Lizbeth yellow and 2 of the Twirlz. 

The Twirlz thread seems to me to be softer then the regular Lizgbeth, not as soft as a perle cotton, but not as crisp and firm as regular either. 

I do have to admit that I do not tat using Jan's method,  I tat frontside/backside and many years ago when I studied his technique, it worked out to be about the same, so that is what I do. 

I have also used a Single Shuttle Split Ring at the bottom to hide ends, in doing so, I have missed making the joining picot, but I think I can tease one out anyway when it comes time. 

I have 3 more flowers to make and then the pot.  I have the colors picked out for the flowers, but I do not have any idea yet as to what I will use for the pot.  Maybe I will have to find a terracotta color so it really does look like a flower pot.

This project is going to be my "take along"  work, so it will be a while before it gets completed.

Life is going to be a bit calmer for the next week or 2, so maybe I can sit down and finish a couple projects that I need to get done. 

Thursday, March 13, 2014

some catchup

This has been a very cold winter. 
My office at work has a huge north facing window - it used to be a school.  The chill coming off the window even if I am dressed warm enough, has bothered my hands.  So there has been not too much tatting this winter.

I did get a few things done.
This is Frivole's Snowflake Celeste. 

Last November I shared the start the Clover Leaf Doily by Linda Davies. The links to her patterns are in the right hand column of her blog.

Looks great here doesn't it. Well, This is what it looked like when I finished the 2nd round .

I pulled and pulled the joins, but the picots are just too small.  So, I will have to start over.

I did a bit more on the sock machine as well.

I made my first pair of socks. 

The weather has suddenly gotten much warmer.  A couple weeks ago we are still having temps below zero and not just at night.  Now today it was 58 F and sunny.  Still very windy.  but the snow is disappearing and the ground is starting to dry out. 
I think spring might actually get here.

Have a good day tomorrow and count your blessings.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

not tatting but Socks!

As the title says, there is no tatting in this post.

Some of you may recall a few months ago I posted that I was in search of a Sock Knitting Machine.
I have not found one to purchase yet, it is still on my wish list.  However, I have had a chance to use one.

A few weeks back I heard from a friend of mine (MB) who knew someone (JE) with a Sock Machine who wanted some help with her tatting.  I was willing to help and JE was willing to bring her Sock machine and let me play a bit.
We got together and spent an afternoon swapping knowledge.

She helped me learn to do some straight knitting, make a heel and a picot edge turned hem that became a set up basket ~ one of the ways to cast on when starting a project.
Heel knitted under the tutelage of JE

Set up basket, the loops in the spaces on the right are put over the needles to make the beginning stitches, the ring on the left is where you hang a lot of weight - several pounds.

 A couple weeks later another gal (PB) I know that shares a booth with me at WMSTR over Labor day weekend, agreed to show me her Sock Machine.

She has several and was showing me the differences in them.  Near the end of my visit she asked if I would like to borrow her machine from the early 1920's and work with it for a bit.  Well, I nearly jumped out of the chair I was sitting in YES!!
So, instead of tatting, which I need to get at quickly, I have been sloughing off and some one is patiently, or maybe not so patiently waiting for the rest of the snowflakes I owe her, I have been spending my spare moments playing with this awesome machine.

I didn't take any pictures of my work on the machine, but I have a few more pictures of things I have been doing.
The yellow is the first heel I made and you saw it above, the grey is from the cone of yarn that PB sent home with me and her machine. This heel I did by myself.  Not as good as the other, but not bad.

A section of mock rib.  I don't have the ribber attachment for the Sock Machine, so thought I would see if I could do some mock ribbing.  Not too bad.  Need to do more playing with tension.

This is what I accomplished this weekend.  Actually I did have another one up to about the middle of the heel and then didn't pay close attention to moving the weights to keep the stitches down on the needles where they needed to be and made a mess of things so took that one off and started again.

 This sock took me a couple of hours all told.  I did it in between laundry, housecleaning and attending a wedding reception for a niece last night. 

I finished it today after Mass

side 1

side 2
Not too shabby if I say so myself.  He he.
There were a few dropped stitches during the whole process, but I have "mastered" the technique for fixing dropped stitches.  The heel turned out pretty good.  The toe on the other hand, while you can't really see them in these pictures, I didn't do as well, and there are some holes along the mid line.  But I Kitchenered the toe seam and that looks pretty good. 

 Here is the sock on, it actually fits pretty good.  surprisingly, as I was simply doing rows between the hem and heel and between the heel and toe for practice.
I am sure that I will not be able to do another to match.

But I am rather "chuffed", as a well known tatter UK would say, in what I have accomplished.

Monday, November 18, 2013

quicky post

just a couple of things

Size 40 Olympus in red and size 40 Flora in green,  The Olympus is a larger 40 than the Flora

Size 40 Lizbeth with DMC metalic blending filament.

I have a 2014 payroll seminar to attend tomorrow. Oh so much fun as I have to leave home at 7:30 am to get there.  But it means I get to have supper with my son as he lives in that city.  And in the evening I will be able to meet a gal with some sock machines and I will get to play a bit and check out the different kinds. 

have a wonderful day.

Monday, November 11, 2013


Thank you all Veterans and Military personnel who have served  to keep our freedoms and to help those who need it in time of war and peace.
God Bless all

Thank you