Thank you Jon and Ninetta!!!
ROUND ONE COMPLETED!
It took a week and a lot of hours and over 6 tries,
a lot of wasted thread, and my teeth are sore from grinding!
Never dismiss dyslexia as some form of excuse.
It is a real naughty problem for some of us!
Right Ms. S.W.?
Anyway, there is a great tatting story around this doily.
I have been following Ninetta Caruso’s photos on Flickr. Here tatting is wonderful, (Her kissing minnows border that appears today on Umintsuru’s blog) and she uses very skinny thread and colourful plastic shuttles that I have never seen anywhere.
So, I emailed her to tell her I love her tatting and quipped something about needing her magic shuttles to get through the Mystery Doily. I asked her what they were and where she got them as they were new to me. Just little kidding around I thought....
Well, next thing, in the mail:
This amazing woman sent me some of her shuttles - her own shuttles with thread on them - because the store she gets them in was out of shuttles when she went to find some for me! Can you believe it!
And look at the tatting - the little beaded tree and the metallic thread in the butterfly - gorgeous! Thank you so much Ninetta!
After I opened her package, of course I had to try the shuttles right away.
Strange not to have the hook, but I began the tatting trip with Clovers, and am used to holding a crochet hook, so I plunged ahead and tatted this right away, without even a pattern as I was so impatient!
The biggest test lay ahead... the question was to see if the magic shuttles could indeed do the trick.
Last night and this morning I worked slowly and with bated breath on the seventh try at the first round of the doily, and with Jon’s picture blown up large, my magic shuttles shuttles and a long crochet hook. It worked! How I love magic!
Someone around here was not at all pleased with the you-know language and the final whoops of joy. Not at all impressed...
I had disturbed him from his own enjoyment...
Isn’t he cute though?