Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Almost Abandoned

Yes, I almost quit at the round before the 18 fiddly motifs. It was late and joining when I am tired is beyond my comprehension, so I thought I was done with the Morimoto piece as it was.

However, in the light of day, I see I will indeed carry on. But NOT with the last quarter of the ball of #40 Lizbeth, doomed to the bin, as it  ranges from a size #40 to #80 and is splitting everywhere.


It is unfortunate that I had to order a new #40 ball of red in order to finish without maiming GIAN, who has reclined his name! ( It iis spelled differently than the offender's anyway! I still call him MrG too. : )

I switched to the green in the meanwhile, in an effort to use up more Lizbeth #40. Strange combo, I know, but I was also getting bored! This piece is going to finish at over 18 inches! It is 15" now.


Also, I had perfect complimentary beads for the green. Just three on the three picot joins, but enough for a tiny twinkle. Makes me happy!

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    1. Thank you, Sue. I’m glad, as this one is a lot of work!!

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  2. I think the colours are great! - and yes, it's always the ends of the balls of Lizbeth that give trouble. So really that makes it all twice as expensive. I have so much to use, and yet I didn't have the right green for my African Doily which finally I have begun. It has to be THAT green.....

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  3. Thanks, Maureen, I am enjoying the green. Plus, it is a much better quality - so far - than the red. Yes, it does become costly if you need two-for-one-Lizbeth.

    Good for you for tatting Jane’s African pattern. That is one of the few patterns I have attempted to tat and had to give up entirely. I just could not get those interlocking chains to behave to my satisfaction, much to my chagrin! Very humbling experience; : (

    Choosing the colours in my meagre stash was a process for me. I know what you mean by needing the absolutely exact colour. Good luck with it. It os a wonderful design : )

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    1. I have had at least 6 attempts before finding a way that works for me, I think the trick is to tat the interlocking chains with looser tension - so that each stitch is distinct and a little puffed up when you tighten the chain, otherwise it all just looks like a knotted mess. And hold the chain between thumb and forefinger when feeding it through the SCMR - slowly. Not a pattern to be hurried, but I have been waiting weeks for baby yarn to arrive and it has been amusing me and keeping me calm .I practised with size 10 in the end, and that made it easier to see what was happening.

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  4. Oh I like this finishing touch, hopefully you don't have long to wait for the new thread. Although I was hopping it would take a tad longer before you started Ben's doily. I still not sure what colors I want to use on his and I am taken with another one of his too.

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    1. This will take wa while to finish. I don't see starting Ben's for a bit. Still thinking about colours as well. : )

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    1. Hmm... Methinks "gaudy" might be a tad more accurate! : ))

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  6. Looking lovely another master piece in the making
    Love to Mr G
    Margaret

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  7. I am glad you changed your mind in the morning. It will be lovely! We must find you a brand of thread that you approve of.

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  8. Oh, and I'm glad Gian has reclaimed his name - it was his!

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  9. I like that combo of red and green! And the doily visibly grew organically, which gives it a lovely appearence, very different from machine made lace!

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  10. It's lovely, I'm glad that the title of the post was a joke! You also inspired me to tat it as soon as I finish the centerpiece by Anne Orr. I love it in red.

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    1. Two biggies in a row! You are tenacious, Ninetta.

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  11. Well, I'm glad you didn't abandon the doily. It looks wonderful in the red. Such a shame about the thread.

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  12. Dear Fox,
    Love your blog, read if often. I am still to finish off my Marilee Rockley course, but stopped to do other things, so back to work learning new techniques.

    Sorry to hear about your sore fingers. My husband had similar on his fingers and was recommended Flexitol, a heel balm, within a couple of days the sores had stopped stinging and healed up very quickly. Not sure you can get this in your chemist, but I have seen it work.

    Happy tatting, regards Dawn

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    1. Hi there, Dawn! Thanks for the lovely comments. My hands are healed and I have been using O'Keefes Working Hands.mit us a very effective cream! Happy Tatting! Fox : )

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