Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Completely Illogical

I am generally a very logical and practical person.  When I go to the grocery store, I buy only enough for one week.  I don't have a million shoes or clothes or purses.  I like to keep things simple.  But when it comes to tatting, I go completely nuts (crazy).  I have at least 30 shuttles even though I only use 1 or 2 shuttles at a time.  And my thread stash?  Let's just say I have more than enough for this lifetime and maybe half of the next one.  But my biggest weakness is patterns.  This is a picture of all my pattern books.

And those three binders on the left side? They are filled with free patterns that I have printed off the internet.  I just printed a new one off yesterday that I'm working on (I'll blog about that when I'm finished).  So how many patterns do you think this represents?

I would say the number is in the thousands of patterns.  Will I be able to finish all these patterns in my lifetime?  Of course not.

But I still want to have more patterns.  This collection does not include all the patterns I have on my computer in a folder labeled "Tatting Patterns," the ones that I have not yet printed out but have every intention of working on as soon as I have more time.  And my next tatting purchase will include at least one or two more pattern books that are on my "Must Have" list.  I guess you would call this an obsession.  But at least I'm admitting it.  And the first step to fixing my obsession is to admit it, right?  But I'm not sure I want to be cured.  I love every one of my pattern books, even though there are many that I have not tatted a single pattern from.  But I will.......someday!


  1. It makes me feel much better knowing that I am not alone!

  2. I am joining that "not want to be cured club"!! :)

  3. I share your addiction! - Books are my thing too. Long ago stopped feeling guilty about it, as long as you can afford to buy them, go ahead and enjoy them! We may not tat all the patterns, but just looking through them is inspiring, and I refer to my books all the time to hunt out instructions.

  4. There's no such thing as "enough" in a tatter's vocabulary ! Be it books, patterns, shuttles/tools, Or threads -- 'yeh dil maange More!' ( This heart wants More! If you Google it, it is a well known ad slogan for Pepsi in Hinglish - Hindi+English : ) ;-P

    Enjoy your collection & we hope to see those patterns worked by you :-)

  5. LOL.... I'm in that 'club' too!!!!

  6. I'm not sure if you got my email so I write here
    I am very pleased that you came into my blog and that you liked my pattern. Of course I dont mind you to use it on your blog and put your changes.
    Greetings and I wish you good luck

  7. I resemble this blog post!! I have SO MANY books, and will never tat them all, but I want more and more and MORE!!! For me the shuttles are eh but the books...oh the books. My book reviews are a direct attempt to legitimize my tatting book purchases. I think it's working... :-D