Sunday, 13 November 2016

Something to show

For a change!!  Back at the beginning of October I went down to Alexandra Palace with the Ring of Tatters.  We were promoting the Ring and demonstrating the noble art of tatting.

Now some of the others there were sporting lanyards.  Yes you know the one, Patti Duff's pattern here.  There were plain ones, and multi coloured ones, all with plain beads.  When I got home I decided to hunt for the pattern (well, I knew I had it because I'd downloaded it to my laptop), and then grabbed a HUGE shuttle (this one).

A while back I'd been fortunate enough to get a load of beads from a local shop, in holders... and they were the right size!!  But... not enough of any colour, so I did a 'rainbow effect' lanyard.  Want to see it??

Ok.  Here you go:

The thread was an odd ball of Coats 20 which I've had for a while, and the whatsits to go on it are simple...

Tatting hook, picot gauges, snips (because I'd stab me with scissors!!), and a pair of 'Uncle Bill's Sliver Grippers', useful for undoing tight knots along with a 'third hand', (hackle pliers), more commonly found in fishing tackle, and used for tying flies.  At the bottom, I decided to put a holder...

Tell you what.  I'll show you:

Chat soon

Monday, 31 October 2016

Mail!!

I got Mail!

More specifically I got Marilee Rockleys new book!!  It's hot footed it over here to the UK from the US!  Must tell you it's.... GORGEOUS!!  It's this one:


There are beautiful patterns inside!  Well worth getting IMHO!!  I ordered mine here

What else.... Well there was some HDT in size 10 as well....  Dark Hydrangea!


It's even more gorgeous 'in the flesh'!!

So, I've dug out some crystal faceted beads and some crystal seed beads to go on it for one of the patterns.  Will get the shuttles wound tonight and I promise to show you when I've done it!!

Happy Hallow'een!!

Chat soon

Friday, 21 October 2016

Aberfan... 50 years on

As some of you will have seen on British news, today marks the 50th anniversary of the Aberfan Disaster, where the slag heap from the coal mines slid down into the village, burying the school, a number of houses and killing 144 people, 116 of which were children.

Sir and I both remember this, we were both around the same age as the children that lost their lives in the disaster.  It's something we both remember very well, watching the news as people pulled out both survivors and those that didn't.  It seemed to go on for weeks.

At 9.15am the school and the houses were covered.  This morning at 9.15am BST a minutes silence took place throughout Wales and most of Britain in houses where people remembered this.

To quote a song written in Hull....

They say that the pit heap's an eyesore
So they landscape it, scrape it, and make it a hill
But still there's a lump in the throat of the men
When they think of the lives lost to build it so high
Aye, they'll make the place 'pretty' again
But what will they do for the men?

I'm not going to go into detail regarding the disaster.  However, if you want to read more simply go to:

This report

Chat soon

Monday, 10 October 2016

To Tat or Knot to Tat and Which Way To Go...

I've just been 'blog hopping', and came across Eliz's blog here. (see her 6th October post).... Left handed or Right handed tatting....  Hmmm..... Well, thought I'd let you all know:.... As a left handed tatter and teacher of tatting I found this really interesting.  I naturally tat with the shuttle in my left hand and the thread in my right!  There have been comments about beads etc... once again it really doesn't make any difference to the finished article whether the tatter is left or right handed!  People who follow my blog would not realise I'm a 'leftie' simply because I don't tell them!  When I'm teaching a right handed person the 'flip', chain and ring I hold the thread in my left and the shuttle in my right.  That does not come naturally, so I have to concentrate and so do it VERY slowly, which is great for teaching anyway!!  For a left hander I do what comes naturally anyway!

If you think about it.... when you see a knitted article, can you really tell from the finished thing what method of knitting the knitter used?  Did she have the yarn in her left hand or her right?  No!!  Crochet... you can tell but only by looking VERY carefully at the top of the stitches!  Does it make a difference to the finished article?  Does it look 'wrong'?  No!! Why should tatting be any different???




So tatters, we all know the basics... why not 'practice' working the 'other way round'? Yes, we will be all fingers and thumbs at first, it is good for us!!  First of all it slows us down, AND reminds us of what it was like to learn that flip!!  Anyone joining in with this???  AND I don't want any comments about it's the left hand that does all the work either from any of you 'righties'... ROFL  Or any comments like Sir comes out with about left handers being 'sinister, cack handed, or any other...'  Remember... we are the ones in our right minds!! VBG

So come on guys n gals, let's see everyone practicing the 'other way round'!!

Chat soon

Monday, 3 October 2016

Tatting or no tatting??

That is the question!!

Now I could carry on in the same vein as a certain deceased gent from Stratford on Avon, but... you'd all shout at me if I did!!  So I'll explain what I mean...

Before I do, I'll show you the latest 'bit' of that there doily what's taking it's time in being done.  The next 'round' is finished, and the whatever it is, started... these are part rounds with LOTS of ends!!!  I hates ends unless it means it's finished!!!


Anyway, back to 'Him who Shall Not Be Named' (or was that a book....) VBG...

Mummy is 'expecting' in January, and decided that bump should give Li'l Miss a Rainbow blanket as a present when it arrives... this is to say thankyou for the toys etc!!  Can Mummy crochet??  Yes!!  Can she be bothered to make it?? No!!  Guess who got the job....

So, these are the colours:


Since this was done the thing was pulled out and restarted with 6 rounds per colour and 2 of white instead of the 4 shown.  Nearly finished the green now... (again).  That's because somebody realised it'd only come out around a metre square, and wanted it about 1.5 metres... Taught my crazy Dutch Friend how to remember the colours of the rainbow a few years ago... She still remembers it! Lol

Oh.  For those of you who intend visiting Ally Pally Knitting & Stitching Show, I'll be manning the Ring of Tatters stand on Wednesday!!  See you there... (unless I've sloped off for a quick something or other, like a look round, or a ciggie, or a coffee...

Talking of which...

Chat soon

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Real One!!

Devon Cream Tea that is!!

No sooner do we get back from Italy than we head off camping in Devon!! So short order was a real Devon Clotted Cream Tea with coffee instead of tea!!!


Now the question is... Butter, jam, cream or butter, cream, jam??

The reason for the cream tea??? Well apart from being hungry and thirsty... We decided to camp in Devon because there was a Ring of Tatters committee meeting and staying over for a few days camping was preferable to a 400 odd mile drive there and back in one day!!! Far too far for this Tatty OG!! 

Anyway, we treat ourselves to a few cream teas!! Lovely!!! Stayed on a site in Chudleigh! Luvverly site! Bit slopy, but its ok... I could roll downhill and Sir stopped me rolling outta the tent!!! Vbg

Think Li'l Miss missed us tho...

Must show you the next part of that there doily but ifs too dark to take a pic so you'll have to wait!!

Right, chat soon with pics!!! Lol

Monday, 29 August 2016

I'm Back!!

From Italy!! Earthquakes not felt in Northern Italy by this Tatty OG and her OH!!  If they were felt, we slept through it!!  Horrendous for the people though... watched it on Italian News channel in the evening.

Right... so, what did we do??  Want to know??  Ok... I'll tell you anyway! VBG  Spent 2 days on a coach!  Leaving home at 4am and arriving in Metz in France at 9pm!!  Ferry from Dover to Calais, and the following day went from Metz (breakfast) to Switzerland (lunch) and then through the Gotthard Tunnel to Torbole on the side of Lake Garda!  Beautiful area of the country!  Well worth visiting!!

We also went to Venice the day of the earthquake... the water was suffering from the aftershocks!  Venice is beautiful and not expensive if you get away from either Rialto Bridge or St Marks Square!  Will show you pics of those when Sir takes them off his camera!!!

Returned home via the St Gotthard Pass to Metz, then over on the ferry to UK where it was.... no not raining... Thunder and lightning!!!

Here's a few pics:


St Marks Square... complete with flagpoles!!



Sir at the top of the pass!

Now 4 days on a coach is mind numbing unless there's scenery!!  So parts of the UK and most of France was flat and boring... Guess what I managed to do!!  I'll show you:



 No, not all of it!!! That there last round!!!  From almost the start to the finish!!  I will get that darned doily finished one day!!! Rofl

Chat soon