Monthly Archives: March 2012

Winter be done already!

I’ve had enough gray days and rain. Things are flooding all over the place. So I needed a little cheering up and decided to put up some pictures of my bestest ever year of gardening. I am fairly convinced, with as much work as it took that year, I’ll not be having another fab garden like that any year soon. So if it sounds braggy, so be it. It stopped traffic this garden. lol I had strangers coming up to me when I was working outdoors commenting on the size of my sunflowers and my beautiful garden. That one just spread love and made people smile. In fact someone turned it into the newspapers for a story. I neglected to be home that day when the reporter showed up. 🙂

I had set out my fairy houses that year as well. Had people stopping and getting our their binoculars to have a closer look too! haha  That cracked me up!  Another day and another stopper, my husband was outside. They asked him, “what is that little building on that hill in your yard?”  He just knew what was coming when he answered. (snickers)  So he said rather matter of factly, ‘Fairy housing community’. hahaha  You should of seen the looks on their faces!  priceless

Yep, this did the trick. I’m feeling more cheerful already 🙂

Rebel with no cause really/just a rant

The madness I went through, trying to learn all these new things to put up an etsy store, had me running at a pace that doesn’t suit me for too long. Not at my age anyways.

I was rebellious in the 60’s and I suppose it stayed with me. Because although I’ve read, to be seen and exposed and known, you need to do this, that and the other thing, flinging yourself all over the net, to get your business underway. Well, one of those things is to have a blog,…and I already had this, but I’m refusing to turn it into a place of blathering on about one thing just to get people to buy something. I’m not weeding out my blog in other words to be on one subject. Not going to start a new one someplace else for that purpose either. Just not going to market myself period.

I know why there are these methods and suggestions put into place for people to make a living online. And it’s all great. I’m thrilled for others! It’s just not my thing actually. I do have in my heart the desire for everyone to be successful in whatever they hold dear and are good at and are interested in. I want the best for everyone. And I do also have it in my heart for people to be happy in their lives and with whatever they do creatively. Creative expression in crafts and arts and so forth, I believe is divine.

I have too many interests and do too many things, and have too many thoughts to stay single focused like that. I wanted to share something. But my life isn’t all about just one thing. I make Faerie houses too and a bunch of other things, that I wouldn’t put out there for someone to buy. Just for my friends and new friends to see where my interests are at a moment in time is why I blogged. I’m like a butterfly, I flit all over the place to express my love of something beautiful.

Oh, and the other thing was this tweeting business. I didn’t get it to start with. But I thought I’d learn about it and check it out,…so I signed up and got confused by it. And why do I want to follow someone? Or why would I want someone to follow me?  That kinda gives me the creeps truth be told. So I won’t be doing that either.

I put my sharing out there. If there’s interest and it does some good, fine. If it doesn’t, oh well. I fulfilled my original intent and I went after a goal and achieved it. Done. 🙂 I did something that had me overwhelmed and new. I’m proud of myself that I suffered myself and worked through it. lol It’s all good.

So back, to my normal thing now. I’ve set another little challenge for myself and I’m proceeding with it. I kinda enjoy tackling something that has me feeling a bit intimidated. Just to see if I can make it through. I’ll add pictures when I get nearer the end.

The weather has been so strange. Snow on the first day of Spring and days after that. Now all this rain! Still cold temps. I’m going to bundle up in a big bulky sweater, make myself a cup of herbal tea, enjoy reading a new book and call it a day well spent online.

Yarn Tatting-Medallion to Doily Instantly

I had some dishcloth cotton yarn left over and decided to try out one of my favorite Medallion patterns. Usually it’s done in thread. I should of put a quarter on this so you could see how big it is! lol

So this small medallion, turned instantly into a doily. Big, bold and beautiful. I tried blocking it, but never got to all the picots to sort them out. In fact, I kinda of forgot I was blocking it for a few days. lol Let me just say that one of the double rings is the size of a quarter. That gives you an idea!  This measures 8″ by 8″. This scan doesn’t do it justice at all.

It’s a beautiful green mixed with white. Got faded out in the scan. Well, you do get the idea. 🙂

For many years, I’ve been tatting with yarn. It’s so much better on my eye sight. And the satisfaction I get is perfect fulfillment.

The nicest thing in tatting with yarn is the beauty of the bold. You see the prettiness of all the picots and patterns right away.

One of the things I have come to realize is that, although tatting has this reputation of being a lost art, it isn’t lost. I know that tatting with yarn is more of a rarity however. Mostly tatters turn to a tatting needle or a big Tatsy shuttle to work with yarn. I’ve never done either.

With yarn tatting, the possibilities to jump into big projects that you always wanted to do, is closer in reach to “getting it done” with yarn. Tablecloths, shawls, wool doily’s, lamp covers, place-mats (luncheon sets), scarves, bags, even bedspreads I dare say! lol

To take your favorite medallion pattern (or any pattern for that matter) and work it in yarn, requires a few adjustments. Usually a pattern reads a ring with equal beginning ds’s and ends the same. But when you work in yarn, you will see that this causes the ring to be a bit lopsided. So you need to leave off 1 ds at the end of your ring before closing it. This same adjustment can be made on a chain. When rings are to be joined, you will notice, you don’t usually have to leave off that last ds. Begin a practise piece. It’s best to watch the pattern your working with, take notes where in the pattern you need to make those adjustments, and then basically your rewriting the pattern for Yarn tatting. When you’ve rewritten it,…then you can go from start to finish with confidence.

The other consideration is to watch the yarn and how it twists. You have to stay on top of this when you make a join. Yarn does tend to want to twist.

And the other consideration I find important, is your tension. In tatting with yarn, a medium to light tension is required. For old tatters like myself, I noticed I tatted with less stress working with yarn. lol I didn’t have to make those tight little ds’s. In fact, tatting with yarn seems much more of a gentle experience to me.

Another point in tatting a pattern that has many long chains in it, is that translated into yarn makes it more floppy. If you like more floppy that’s fine. But if you want more stability in the piece, I find that making more joins in chains to rings has a stabilizing effect to the over all piece. This is just part and parcel of rewriting a pattern for yarn tatting. It’s exciting and fun to do to see how it all comes out. 🙂

In the long ago, when I adventured into yarn tatting, I made my own shuttles to get the projects done I wanted to. I never had a moments problem and still use the same shuttles I made almost 10 years ago.

Recently I had the thought, that there would be more yarn tatters if they had better tools to do it with. I have made my own tatting tools over the years and actually there has been no one to share them with. No granddaughters to pass it on to.

All these thoughts has motivated me to want to help out the Tatting community by sharing my tools with others, which meant, “oh my god” doing a shop of some kind online!  Ack. A whole new adventure. Well, I can’t think of how to do it any other way, so my passion for tatting is pushing me forward.

I’m tiptoeing into putting up a Etsy store, hopefully this week, if I don’t chicken out. It’s daunting! But when I think of all the creativity of tatters and what they could be making with yarn,….wow.

I’m not a great tatter and don’t design fancy things. I’m just a tatter is all and I made helpful tools for myself, that now I feel might be useful for others. We’ll see. 🙂

I like working with cotton and wool/blends mostly. And the next project I’m jumping into is doing a small triangle shawl. I got some beautiful wool, alpaca blend at Knitpicks and want to do a simple pattern.

I’m still in the process of making shuttles too. These are time consuming. Each one being hand sculpted which takes more than a hour to get just right. Works of art actually if I do say so myself. lol I mean, if I don’t fall in love with a shuttle I make, I couldn’t possibly sell the thing either!  That just makes it harder to let go of, or put up for sale. Oh my. lol

 

 

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