Friday, November 30, 2012

Here Comes the Weekend!

Hello, readers :)

Today I worked a little bit on my sweater.  I'm having a lot of fun making bobbles and experiencing "knitting quirks" as Patricia Roberts is known for.  I love how I have to slant the stems on the cherries.  Very ingenious,  to my way of thinking.
  Who knew? LOL

Anyway, there is NO football tonight.  Yay! So I get to choose what we see on the telly. 
I'm hoping for a few "chillers" maybe?

I may make some headway on this sweater tonight and finish the next band of grapes.  We will see.

Hope everyone will have a wonderful weekend.
Until Monday.....


Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Another Round

Hello, readers :)

Today is another beautiful day.  A little on the cool side, but very welcome.
Yesterday I received my little picot sticks or gauges.  They are so darn cute.  They came in a little tin with a bobbin of really nice thread.

If you're interested in the picot gauges, you can contact aktatter@aol.com.  Her name is Ms. Georgia Seitz.  Great website also.
There's a lot of activity going on since she offers classes and they are really something.

I've added another round on my tablecloth.  It's not as large as a place mat yet, but I'm determined.

Until later......

Monday, November 26, 2012

A Beautiful Monday

Hello, readers!

Well, I worked a few more rows on the Sugar Plum sweater.


I'm now almost ready to work the stems of the grapes, or whatever they are called.  Then a repeat of this pattern for 30 rows to then divide for the fronts and backs.

It's a lot of fun working on this.
Keep in mind that I'm still working on the tatted tablecloth.  It's time consuming so I'm going to try to do a complete row each day, or whenever I need to tat.
Hope you are having a wonderful day.
Until later.....

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Sugar Plum

Hello, readers :)

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving feast?
I went nuts and made all kinds of dishes.  Thanksgiving leftovers are still wonderful.

I recently ordered some picot gauge sticks from www.georgiaseitz.com and they are currently in route.  

Still working on the tatted tablecloth, but to break it up, I started going through some of my pattern books and found a  couple of vintage Patricia Roberts' patterns.

Do you recognize this one?


Of course, it's "Sugar Plum" found in her Second Book by Patricia Roberts.
I can tell you that I've never used 10 bobbins at a time.

Yesterday I scrounged around looking for my bobbins, but couldn't find any.  So I made a fast trip to Hobby Lobby and bought out what they had.  So now I have 40 little bobbins to play with.  As long as it remains neat and tidy, knitting goes really fast.  I'm not sure what I want to do with the sleeve treatment yet.  I may use a raglan, since I don't like the look of a "fitted" cap sleeve.

I must admit I'm having fun, and it's a nice little relief from cramping fingers from the shuttle for a bit.

Hope you are all having a wonderful day!
Until later..............

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Thanksgiving Eve

Hello, readers :)

Thanksgiving is for giving thanks for what you have.

But on the eve of this wondrous event, it's also a time to get your meal prepped for the next day.

Try to find some oysters for your oyster dressing, forget it.  
Every Thanksgiving I make oyster dressing.  
You know, with Saltine crackers and a can of oyster stew soup by Campbell's.  

Well, twist my lid, there was none to be found.

There are several Brookshire stores here and NO ONE had any oysters, dead or alive.  
They all sold out at 11:00 am this morning.  

Memo:  do not wait, start to get your stuff a month before. 
Or maybe find what I need on the Internet?

So with that in mind I found some smoked oysters packed in oil.  
I am hoping this will make it.  
Never had 'em in oil.  Smoked or otherwise.
So I tonight I'm going to get everything started so I won't have to do much tomorrow.

Memo:  Get a store bought pumpkin pie, it's saves a lot of time.
So for tomorrow's menu :
A dish of oyster dressing and regular stuffing, corn, green beans, mashed potatoes, gravy, cranberry sauce...
Need I say more? 
YUMMMMM
I'm getting hungry now.

Hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

Until later......

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

It's a beautiful day today!

Hello, readers!

Here I am today with a little bit more of my tablecloth.  
What was I thinking?
LOL

I started off with 20 weight Lizbeth color 628.  I had a bit of waste with cutting off two rows and the end of a shuttle thread, but there's a little bit more left on the first ball.  But, when the cranberry bush color arrived, I just had to use it.  
I love these colors.


I'm sure that I"ll find this is going to take me a while.  It really went fast with the green center but I'm adding a progression of 6's and it's not cupping or waving.  Sooooo, I guess I'll work on this a while today.

Will keep you posted.
Until later....

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Sunday Night

Hello, readers.

Sunday was kinda lazy, not much to do.  We enjoyed a pot of chili and homemade bread, dripping with butter.  It was delicious, to say the least.

My two balls of thread arrived on Saturday and I'm in the process of adding this to my tablecloth.  
So far, so good.  
Actually, the pattern is mindless, something I can pick up and don't have to refer to the pattern.  I may get bold and change up a row or two, but I've not made the decision yet.  
I"ll see how it goes.
So, no pxs tonight, am taking a break right now with MORE football games.  This time my teams were not winning.  Maybe my luck will change.

Okay, until tomorrow...will have a px of my tablecloth.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Good Golly Miss Molley

Hello readers

Well, you'd never guess what I did.
Duh

Thanks to Judy for helping me out and realizing what I was doing WRONG.

In order to go around the doily, I was working a round and finishing with cut, tie and hide.
Okay

Then I was going around the next row by just selecting another spot. 

 BUT I was not watching what I was doing.

Judy said take a picture and cut and paste to find out the increments I'm going to need to make this into a tablecloth.  
Okay

When I compared this against the picture in the book, I should have kept all the 1st and 3rd picots lined up.
DUH

So I cut round 4 and 5 and am starting again.

It really didn't bother me to cut this off as I really would have been ticked if I was on say row 20. 
Yipes


You know what I'm doing today.
Until later....

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Happy Hump Day

Hello readers.

Hope your day is going well.

I'm almost done with the purple hankie and I've started a doily that I would like to expand into a tablecloth.

The pattern is taken from "The Tatter's Treasure Chest,"  It can be found on page 66, entitled Lacy Medallion Luncheon Set.

I'm at the 5th round and trying to figure out the progression so I can enlarge it.  I'm using Lizbeth size 20 color 678.  I'm going to mix this with color 181 cranberry bush which are the exact colors of my home.

I'm not sure how much it's going to take yet.  Like in knitting you can figure out the yardage.  But tatting with thread, I'm not sure.  I'll be winging it.

So, now you know what I'll be up to for a while :)

Until later...

Sunday, November 11, 2012

It's Football (again)

Hello readers.

Yesterday was a great mail day.  The packages came in the mail.  I love my new shuttles.  They're really smooth and I love to hear them click.

So I thought I'd jump right in with another pattern and try to expand it to a tablecloth.


But I'm having difficulty, so I have asked someone in my Intatters forum who would help me out.

We just had a tornado watch in effect and it's really gotten windy.  
Will keep you posted.

Until later.....

Thursday, November 8, 2012

It's in the MAIL, it's in the Mail

Hello, readers.

I've been busy.  
Pretty soon Thanksgiving will be here and I'm gonna have to work faster to meet all my deadlines for my crafts. 
(One more sock to go)

With that in mind, I've been working on my lavender hankie with Lizbeth thread size 20 color 162, a perfect match that Handy Hands selected for me.
Perfect.
It's curious though, I must be doing something very different because the stitches appear to be very tight and more uniform.  Could be I'm progressing? LOL

Using the same tatted pattern because I've got it in my head.  I ditched the other one I showed you.

So, then I played with a pattern for a 5 inch baby doll. 
I thought it came out cute.  



I"ll have to make a couple more outfits for him/her and the clothes, along with the doll, will be going to our great grand daughter.  

She and I have become pen pals.  
She writes us a really cute letter and I respond with a little gift.  
She really goes for Barbie doll clothing.  
I've made a bunch already, so now I"ll make some more.
Phew!


AND TOMORROW
Drum roll....................................

I should be getting an order from Handy Hands.  She has the new shuttles in stock now.  I can hardly stand it.  I'll have to run down the mail truck.

The expert tatters, who gave these new shuttles a test drive, gave thumbs up. 
 I can't wait.

Of course, I had to order some more thread to go with the shuttles. LOL

I'll keep you posted.

Until later...

Friday, November 2, 2012

It's DONE

Hello, readers :)

I guess there comes a time when you have to say, enough is enough.  

DH and I can't wait until this election is over and done with.

We are so very tired of the name calling and terrible, awful ads.

And now a marathon in NYC?

People are STARVING and have NOTHING - no home, no clothing, their treasures gone....
What next?

ENOUGH ALREADY
(That's all I'm going to say.)

As of the writing of this blog, the marathon was called off!  
Thank God!


Okay, it's done - I'm calling it the "pink lady."  

This was shuttle tatted with Lizbeth thread size 20 color 621 which was a perfect choice for me.  

As I was working around the hankie I used a
Mark-Be-Gone (blue) washable pen to tick off where the pattern was needed.  Mostly, it was a join at 9 spaces and the last two were 8 spaces.  I don't think that this threw off the pattern.  I did notice though, at the last design, I forgot to join the last picot to the first. 

 (You can't really see my boo boo, but I know it's there and I'm not perfect. )


The pattern I used is edging 3 from the book, "Embellishing with Edgings-Needle and Shuttle Tatting" by Handy Hands.

Okay, once the tatting was completed I needed to get out the blue markings and gave the hankie a dunk in cold water and swished and then finger patted to keep the tatting looking good.  

Once I made sure that all the blue markings were out, I put it aside and later I will iron with a press cloth and hide the ends to finish it off.





Okaaaaaaaaaay

The next one I'm going to work on, when I can figure it out how to shuttle join a chain, is pattern edging 12.  I really like the look of the little "flowers" and I'm stumped at the moment.  I did a little sample to show you.  I have a lavender hankie from Handy Hands, who were just wonderful in selecting the perfect, variegated, Lizbeth thread (size 20) color 162. 

 I love any shade of purple/lavender.  

They are just wonderful.

I ordered a really pretty, soft green hankie with variegated greens thread and a soft blue hankie with variegated blues thread.

Perfect, perfect, perfect.



So, when I can figure out how to join this to the hankie, I'll work on this one.  
It can't be that hard, can it?  LOLOLOL

Have a wonderful evening!

Until later.....

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Getting There :)

Hello, readers :)

Thursday finds me working on my pink hankie, I'm just about ready to turn the 4th corner.  Yay!

I'm hopeful that I can get this done and block it tomorrow.



There have been several projects I've still been working on.

Remember this sweater?


Well, I added some more to it, BUT after I completed the rust color, I added another pattern with red. Didn't like it much, so I ripped it back. 

 Back to the drawing board.

So, I"m off to finish the pink hankie.
Until later....