This is all I have to show for tatting this week and it’s not even done. I had a little distraction this week, which I’ll get to in a moment, and what I’ve been trying to tat hasn’t worked out quite the way I’d like.
I started out with an idea to utilize my new knowledge and skill of SSSRs (single shuttle split rings) on, maybe, a bookmark. I had a pretty clear idea what I wanted to do and how, so loaded up a couple of shuttles with Lizbeth size 20 in Lilac Dk. #641 and started. It actually went really good, putting my shuttles just where I wanted. And then things didn’t happen quite like I had imagined.
I knew from doing the dragon’s bodies that SSSRs didn’t behave quite like regular split rings – obviously, there’s just one thread instead of two – but it didn’t really hit me just how different until I had the first row of SSSRs done exactly how different they are. They were kind of, well, wimpy. Some of it could be that I’m new enough at it that it was my stitches that were the main culprit, but whatever the reason, I did not like how it felt and reacted, though it looked like I wanted it to. So I cut out the offending rings (it’s not easy to open a SSSR after it’s closed!) and tried something else.
In the Design Tat class Sharon is teaching us that using drawing software can be quicker and easier to use in testing out some designs than actually tatting them. And I’m working on it, but I’m not there yet so it was back to the shuttles. I should have tried the software, because I didn’t like where I was going with the next try.
So this is where I’m at. I like the start, I just need to re-think what I want to do next.
That little distraction I mentioned earlier: it started when I decided to take advantage of an offer I heard when I was listening to Pandora radio on the internet. It was for a couple of free audio books from audible.com. The first book I chose was Jeff Dunham’s All By My Selves Walter, Peanut, Achmed, and Me read by Jeff himself. I loved it! It has a lot of laughs in it. If you don’t know who Jeff Dunham is or would like to know more check out jeffdunham.com and this.
Okay, I can tat and listen to audio books. But then I started looking for a second free book and I saw a Lois McMaster Bujold title I didn’t recognize. It was a new Miles Vorkosigan book! Oooo, I was so excited! Bujold is one of my favorite authors and the Vorkosigan books are the greatest – if you like space opera (as Ms. Bujold has described it). I of course had to get it, but should I get the audio book or the printed version? I hurried over to Amazon.com to see what they had. They had it listed, of course, but did I want to order it or go to a local store to get it sooner? Audio or printed? Getting my hands on it sooner and printed won out and to the bookstore I hurried.
It is only out in hardback yet but that didn’t matter, I wasn’t going to wait for paperback or the library. For the next couple of days I got almost nothing else done that didn’t absolutely have to be done. Even sleep was something of an option, at least for as long as I could keep my eyes open, then it was up and at it again as soon as I could the next morning. Ahh, I love a good Miles story! Then it was back to other things, all that I had ignored for a couple of days including tatting. The book lay on my table, finished but not yet ready for it’s home in the bookshelves.
I had noticed when I bought it that it had an announcement on the front about a CD-ROM in it and had found the sealed envelope in the back but hadn’t opened it yet. I finally took the time to find out what it was. And, oh, wow! It contains the new book, Cryoburn, and the entire Vorkosigan Saga in multiple formats – that’s all 14 novels for free! It also contains all the cover art, pictures, essays – all kinds of stuff. And you can do almost anything with it you like, including make copies and give them away. The only thing they don’t want you to do with it is sell copies of it, otherwise it’s yours to do with as you like.
This is well worth the price of the hardcover. I already have all the books in one form or another, but I love it anyway. If I ever get a Kindle or other digital reader I can read the books on them, too. This is a really sweet deal.
Well, next week I shouldn’t have such a distraction and I’ll try to have a bit more tatting done. I do have a list of things that I want done…