Monday, May 26, 2014

Memorial Day USA

Please remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Finished Flamingo and More Spring Doily

I finished and framed the pink flamingo from the last post.
This was an end of school year gift for my son's teacher.  She was thrilled to get a tatted flaming to add to her extensive flamingo collection.

I'm making progress on the Renulek Spring Doily, currently working on round 11.  I noticed as I was finishing round 10 that it was cupping a little, something that hasn't happened in previous rounds.  I thought it was too much tension in my chains. But as I began round 11, I realized that I had made a mistake in the pattern in round 10.
  I should have joined the thrown ring in round 9 to another ring, not a chain as I did.  I marked in this picture where I should have 3 rings stacked up, not just two, hence the cupping as I finished the round.  But I think I can block it into submission when the doily is finished.  On the bright side, it is not an obvious error, and since I made it 25 times, it is consistent all the way around, so only those familiar with the pattern may notice the mistake.  I will henceforth refer to this mistake as (ahem) "artistic licence" or "artist interpretation."

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Not much tatting

My tatting time has been taken over in the last week with a new addition to the family.  No, we did not have a new baby.  We got a new kitten.

My daughter named him Neko.  She says that means cat in Japanese.  I wanted to name him Osito, which means Little Bear in Spanish because he was born without a tail.

He is a tiny little thing, about 2 or 3 months old.  That is a doll chair he is playing on, not a people chair.  He was caught in a trap near a feral cat colony and put up for adoption just a few days later, so he was pretty wild when we got him, but he has adjusted nicely and is a joy to play with.

On the tatting front, I did manage to tat this flamingo.
It is designed by the great Jane Eborall and tatted in Pink Blossoms (Lizbeth) size 40.  He will be framed and given to my son's teacher for an end of school year gift.  She collects flamingos.