Glow Tats

This is a journal of my tatting and other needlework adventures. Oh the picture isn't me, it is my fairy me, the me that can fly off in to the woods, forget all my troubles and tat pretty lace all day

Tuesday, October 23, 2007


I have been tagged by , Gina.
She has tagged me as a gentle nudge to update my blog, she is kind that way, subtle. It's like a nice warm hug that says, you are too quiet, I miss you. Thanks Gina.

Here are the rules which you must abide by if you are tagged.
1. Link to your tagger and post these rules.
2. Share 7 facts about yourself: some random, some weird.
3. Tag 3 people at the end of your post and list their names (linking to them).
4. Let them know they’ve been tagged by leaving a comment at their blogs.

Facts, just the facts, ma'am!
1. I am happier at this point in my life than I have been in years.
2. My grandmother taught me to tat when I was around eight years old, she used sized 80 thread, and the old traditional rings, chains, tie and cut tatting, done in reverse riegeo.
3. I'm no longer five feet short, I'm even shorter, sigh.......
4. After a thirty year relationship, my husband left, to be with a younger woman.
5. I think the word divorcee sounds sooooo sexy!
6. I talk to my betta fish, Flip and Finnigan. "Here fishey fishey, do you want a nice freeze dried blood worm?"
7. My knitting habit has become an obsession.

I tag Sue
I tag Sherry
I tag Sharon

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Summer Vacation

What I did on my summer vacation: I knitted, I sewed, and I tatted, but clearly I didn't blog. My daughter, the computer hog, snort snort, has gone back to art classes, yipee! She's happy, I'm happy, and I get some computer time, wheeee.
Motif 18, yea I'm still working on last year's 25 motifs, is that ok. The doily from the front of the Tatting from Burda book is finished. I have learned a few tricks along the way and am pleased with the result.

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Worth Waiting

I've had this orchid for 2 1/2 years, I think it was worth the wait.

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Lesson Learned

Some lessons must be learned more than once, blush, yes I have often made the same mistake twice. It starts innocently as a trip to a yarn shop, where I buy one skein of something wonderful to try, I like it so then I buy more later from a different person, and by the time I get to using it, my garment has multiple dye lots. This is the front of a great pattern from Art Yarns, triangle tank, it is modular knitting. The unmatched yarn is from South West Trading Company, 100% bamboo, really nice and I expect it to only get nicer, softer with washings. Notice the top band is a tad bit darker, yep different dye lot, but this pattern uses my ooops to it's best advantage, wink wink.

Thanks ladies for the lovely comments on my doily, and yes it is still in progress, last round is better than half way around. The thread is a sewing machine decorative thread, sulky size 30 blendables, cotton and tats like the DMC 50.

Monday, May 14, 2007

Knitting UFO Finished

Two seconds on the floor and the Blues Brothers think it is for them.
Silly cats!

Friday, May 11, 2007

Final Round

Woo Hoo, I figured out the problem that had this doily in danger of becoming an UFO. The snowflake book has a block tatted flake the looks similar to the center of this, and it starts with one chain of a block, goes to the center ring, and then back out to finish the block, yippee. This eliminates the need to cut after only one ring, or my solution of leaving one block with only four chains. I can't take credit for this genius, thanks Lene Bjorn, it's a simple and brilliant fix. Five done, fifteen to go, I think the last round is what makes this doily pop.

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Motif 17

From the book Tatted Bookmarks-cross-shaped design by Lene Bjorn, this one is Camilla. I really like this book, patterns are diagrammed with a few written instructions. I also have the tatted snowflakes book by Lene Bjorn, very impressed because they seem to be designed to climb out of each round, limiting extra joins. All the crosses have the fancy tassels coming off the top of the cross, it just looks like antenna to me, it makes me giggle, so I put them at the bottom where it just seems more natural.