Monday, September 24, 2007

25 Motif Challenge # 7

Here is my motif #7, made using Linda S. Davies' "Elegant Coaster" design. I used DMC Cebelia size 10 thread in color #745 Banana Yellow. I really like this color. I made 2 mistakes on this motif,,, can you find them? The first I didn't find until I was joining my last chain, the second, I found while blocking it. Yep you guessed it, I'll redo this one too! Just bugs me when I don't do things right.

I was going to do Jon's idea of her 'Hearts Snowflake' pattern using beads and this color, since I had plenty of thread left on the shuttle, but needless to say, no way was my seed beads going to fit over this thread.

Well I am getting fairly close to being packed (I think), still need to figure out a few more potluck meals. I am still in the 'family' mode from when the kids were home and having to plan lots of extra to feed them,,, sure is different just being me. I am the only one going (besides a furry companion, my son's dog I am spoiling, she started out mine LOL), hubby and daughter have to work, besides aren't really into the 'camping out' thing. I got my reservation made for my camping spot, and it is suppose to be pretty must next to one of the rivers (Twin Rivers Canyon Resort), where I can also fish. Looking forward to it!!!

Sunday, September 23, 2007

25 Motif Challenge- Motif 6

I just finished this 'Hearts Snowflake' by Jon Yusoff last night.
I don't think I quite did Jon' beautiful pattern justice. I also used some beautiful thread I received in the thread exchange, Omega 100% Cotton Size 50 Color # unknown (pink), I got from Sunela Thomas. THANK YOU both Jon and Sunela for the materials to work with.
I will probably at some point in the near future try this pattern again as well. I like the thread as well, but I definitely need a little more practice.
Thank you to the members of HBT (Here-Be-Tatters) I quit having near the problems with closing my rings when the thread twists on me. This is the one I was working on, when I let my temper get the best of me:( Won't be doing that again, I hope!!!
Anyway,,,,THANK YOU ALSO to ALL who leave me such wonderful comments. I do try to reply back and GREATLY APPRECIATE your comments. Please also feel free to leave me tips and suggestions as that is how I LOVE learning and growing. It doesn't hurt my feelings in anyway, it helps me learn and grow, BELIEVE ME when I say I APPRECIATE it!!!
Have a great day. Here it is raining today, pretty dreary.

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Yom Kippur

Shabbat Shalom all and Yom Kippur,

Well I was right, there was indeed a couple of earthquakes yesterday, in fact one of them wasn't even over on the west coast. It was right over at Spokane, Washington. The one I was feeling coming on at the time of my posting yesterday. Hubby did a search last night. He watches that and my moods. LOL he has gotten to where he gets on the computer now and then afterward, says, so at such and such time, you were having problems today huh? About 98% of the time he is right on the nose.

Well I started last night trying to decided just what tatting I wanted to take along with me to Sukkot. LOL I think I am going to end up with taking more projects than I can actually do, oh well, at least I won't run out. But then again, even if I do,,,, I'll be close enough to home (about 18 miles), to pick up more.

I was on a last round of another motif, when well, my temper kind of got the best of me, and when my shuttle and ball twisted together, I after a couple of minutes trying to untwist them, finally yanked on them, and yep, ya guessed it, thread broke, of course only leaving me about an inch to tie with (so I wouldn't have to re-do my clover). Thank goodness my temper SELDOM gets to me like that. In fact that is actually the first time with tatting. Usually I can just lay it down BEFORE I reach that point. Yesterday just wasn't good. I know, I know, that isn't any excuse.

Onward,,,, I forgot to tell ya,,, a couple weeks ago, while I was over in my studio looking for crochet thread (while I was doing doilies) I found a piece of tatting a really pretty edging. I don't know who did it, or really where I got it, but it was still pretty exciting. I also found a collar and beaded bag. I'll try to get those posted before I leave for Sukkot.

Well at least today is a much better day. Ya all have a truly BLESSED day!!!!

Friday, September 21, 2007

Seems to be one of those days,,,,

I seem to be having one of those days,,,,
Actually it isn't that things are going all wrong,,,,just a feeling I guess. I am trying to figure out my camping list (don't even know for sure yet if I am going to be able to go (finances). For those who don't know what I am talking about, I celebrate the Feast Of Tabernacle (Sukkot). It doesn't help when for those unknown reasons I just feel antsy, (usually happens with earthquakes along the west coast).
Anyway on breaks I have a motif I am tatting while thinking about what I need to do with the other 3 I am working on.
Anyway, just needed to chat a bit I guess. LOL.

Hope ya are having a WONDERFUL N BLESSED DAY!

Thursday, September 20, 2007

25 Motif Challenge- Motif 5

Here is a Snowflake I just finished last night. Thank you to the group members of Here-Be-Tatters, explaining what I was doing wrong on throwing off rings from the chain. I was too far along to change, so I will definitely be practicing on my next one. I kind of actually like this pattern, so I may try it again only the 'correct' way this time.

Motif # 5

This pattern is from Teri Dusenbury-
Wheel Of Fortune Snowflake 1992.
(Thank you Teri for such a beautiful pattern!)
I used DMC Cebelia Pink and Ecru size 30.

This isn't the doily or motif I was trying to do for my mom, I still have to finish those. Mom's I can't do anymore with as I am out of that thread, but that is OK. I have also started the first 'basic' motif from Wally Sosa's Tat-Along project, I just need to figure out now what I am going to do for the next round (if I can LOL).

Well I also got two of my baby blankets finished yesterday. I haven't taken pics yet, but will post as soon as I get that done.

Been kind of rainy (sprinkles/light rain) yesterday and today. Pretty chilly too. One can sure tell Fall is in the air. On one hand I am for the first time in my life actually ready for winter, but then on the other hand, I'm not as we still have some stuff we have to get ready (firewood, garden, etc).

Ya all have a great day!!!

Sunday, September 16, 2007

My Doilies and Weekend

Well I FINALLY got photos of the doilies I made. Had a pretty busy and WONDERFUL weekend. Our grand daughter was here, we celebrated her FIRST birthday even though it really isn't until about the middle of this week. Our oldest son and his wife were here (Aunt Jen and Uncle Dan LOL). The house is really really quiet now that our oldest and his wife went back home to Washington and our grandbaby went back home to her mom and dad (locally).

Here are two of the doilies I gave to my daughter in law:
This is 'Water Lily' pattern by Claudette Squazzini.
Source: Magic Crochet Magazine Issue April 1992 Number 77
Thread is either a Knit-Cro-Sheen or Size 10 Bedspread Cotton.
Done in a White.
Size is approx. 18-19 inches diameter

This is the second one I gave her. (Purple is her fav color).
Name is "Two Of A Kind" pattern by Claudette Squazzini.
Source: Magic Crochet Magazine Issue April 1992 Number 77
Thread is either a Knit-Cro-Sheen or Size 10 Bedspread Cotton.
Done in a Varigated Purple.
Size approx: 15-16 inches diameter
Here are the other doilies I have finished.
"1952 Pineapple Frosting" by unknown
Source: Old Time Crochet summer 1989
Made with Knit-Cro-Sheen, Color- Natural.
Size is approx 16.5 inches diameter

"Fairest Of Them All" Pattern by Elisabeth Hiddleson
Source: Decorative Crochet July 1993 Number 34
size approx 21-22 inches diameter
Thread used is either Size 10 crochet or Knit-Cro-Sheen. Label was gone
Colors used: varigated yellow (center), orange (middle) & red (outside)

"Wagon Wheel Doily" Pattern by Becky Adams
Source: Workbasket April 1989
Again either size 10 or Knit-Cro-Sheen Thread in Silver with brown trim
Size is approx. 10 inches diameter

"umbrella Palm" pattern by Chantal Chevallier
Source: Magic Crochet Feb 1993 Number 82
Knit-Cro-Sheen thread used for the middle (natural color) Red is again either size 10 or Knit-Cro-Sheen.
Size is approx. 13 inches diameter
This is two different colors of:
"Deep South" pattern by Chantal Chevallier
Source: Magic Crochet Feb 1993 Number 82
Knit-Cro-Sheen used for green. Red is probably same or size 10.
Both are approx 12 inches diameter in size.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

WoW, I can't BELIEVE how FAST time has flown by!!!

I've gotten about 9 doilies crocheted, and almost 1 doily tatted (my first tatted doily, WOO HOO!!). I also started a motif using a simple flower pattern from Susan H. I kind of messed up on it, but after having to go back uhmmm (let's just say a few times) and having to 'frog' it,,, (King Tut quilting thread), I'm not going to bother with correcting it. Besides it is what is left over from my thread exchange, so I don't have enough to make too many corrections as it is. LOL I am sure my mom will understand anyway, since it is more or less a sample to show her what I have been learning this summer.

Anyway, I hope to get some ready to post by the end of the week, or possibly the first of next week, as my oldest and his wife is coming to visit this weekend. I am soo excited!!!!!

Hope ya are having a great week!!!! Blessings!!!!