"Get ready", she said. "We're outta here."
Abruptly waking me up, waving her newly-updated passport under my nose, Maebh reminded me in her own distinctive manner that I had only about ten days to get my own passport in order - otherwise I would not be admitted into the USA - our nearest and .. hmm... dearest neighbour country to the south! I had forgotten to renew my own passport, and it had expired last month.
I hustled. It is done; we will be off in a few days to see the rest of the family in Manhattan. Maeve has grown mighty and the boys have tales of new adventures ready to tell.
But first, there was:
Because finances are not what they should be in this uncertain time, I was not certain I would test my will power by attending the event this year. There have been vet bills, moving costs and the trip to NYC coming up - you know what I mean - and to be tempted by all the thread, books, shuttles and beads on those enticing tatting tables ... The blood fairly boils and the fingers twitch!
So, Saturday morning, I was still dithering, procrastinating, but tatting. I tried my hand at roll tatting just to see what would happen, if I still could do it:
The best one to date!
Then, I don't know how it happened - and I have LOST this little piece of tatting - ( I think I actually threw it out!), but just look at it:
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I AM AMAZED!
Next, I finished up the ends on the latest Stumpy, the one on the left - so addictive...
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That is when I realized I had to go to to Cambridge. I also remembered that Tatfully Yours would be there teaching a course on needle tatting. I knew I needed a new challenge and I wanted to meet up with Kelly, so I borrowed my mom's car - mine would disintegrate into a rust heap on the highway - and tally-ho!
It was great to actually get to know Kelly. Last year we were both at the event but maybe just said hello and that was all. I have been in touch with her this year, and it was lovely to have a face-to-face and to have a new tatting buddy.
Her class was wonderful, as she is a patient and knowledgeable teacher. This is what I accomplished.
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The lovely Ms. Kelly left me with her own tatted motif. So pretty. Thank you, Kelly!
It was a great afternoon, and I am so glad I decided to attend. It was grand to connect with a room full of of tatters, several of whom I have met before. I think it is important to sometimes experience the feeling of being a part of the larger tatting community.
I have one more thing to share with you.
Thanks to Miranda...
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Through The Thread Exchange, Eliz sent me some Mettler Machine quilting thread, which is about a #80. I cannot believe when I first started tatting I used mainly this size - it is INSANELY MINUSCULE!
Also, it is prone to breakage - in three places! I did not enjoy tatting with this although I do like the end result.
The pattern is one of the Bjorn snowflakes, but I changed the six points and added the bugle beads, as Miranda had suggested.
Maebe says I have to pack now. Aye, aye, Captain...Anon,