Not only am I diminishing the thread stash at quite an admirable rate, but also am using up lots of beads. The tiny purple ones here can only be added to the work with that amazing Tulip shuttle, purchased ages ago and never used before.
But I realized, when I chose the beads (received from a tatting friend - but unhappily, I forget who it was! Maybe Wendy?) I quickly saw I would need a super-small hook.
The Tulip crochet hook is perfect, for it is the smallest I have ever seen; it says it is a 24, or .4. I do have a Lacis .4, but it is not this minute. I use it gingerly, and you very well know why.... ahem...
The thread is "Wisteria Lane" #40 HDT, from Krystle, and the pattern can be found in Italian, in the Il Chiacchierino Vol3 book.
About the thread dithering... I have ordered some #80 Lizbeth in pink and grey and am hoping it will solve the problems I seem to be having when it comes to choosing not only size, but also brand.
I want to tat the Dutch pattern again - so much for "never!" It doesn't work well in the #40, and I don't have colours I particularly like for it in #40 anyway. Sulky was an option, but colour is also an issue there, as I have only a few spools.
So, it seems I am still on the smaller thread track, and the thicker thread is feeling a bit rope-like, but it is so much easier to tat with. Dithering on...
Oh yes, and of course all the yellow met with Mr. Scissors. Wrong. Wrong. Wrong.