One of my granddaughters had a program this week, which meant I traveled up to Nebraska to see it. Instead of taking the time to cook supper, we went out to eat at Ruby Tuesday in Bellevue. As we walked in I was pleasantly surprised to see a tatted star ornament hanging from the hostess desk.
Of course, I brought it to my daughter’s attention. The manager over-heard my remark and commented how surprised he was that someone recognized what it was.
While we were waiting for our order the manager came over to talk about tatting. His mother tats items like this then gives him a stack to pass out at work during the Christmas season. I learned that his mother is 88 years old and has been tatting for about 10 years. She has tried teaching people to tat – to share the fun – but most have decided it was too tedious (?!) for them.
I had brought my collection of Ice Drops with me to visit the family so the children could choose which one they wanted for their tree, but did I have them in my purse? Surprisingly, no, I had left them at the house. I showed him a picture of the Cosmic Ice Drop I’d made, which he thought his mother would like. It was an amicable conversation.
I wished it would have worked out that I could meet his mother. As that wasn’t possible during my short trip I decided to give her the Cosmic Ice Drop. After the program, we went back to the restaurant so I could deliver it to him to give to his mother. He was amazed that I would do this. But it is the season of giving, isn’t it?
“Surprise is the greatest gift which life can grant us.” Boris Pasternak picturequotes.com
Okay, I made it at the end of December, but just barely!
I had two shuttles loaded with Lizbeth Blue Ice #163 in size 40 and had a thought, basically on a variation of one of my other patterns. “What if I tried this…” And this is what came about. As you can tell by the Clover shuttles beside it, the star is pretty small made in size 40. It didn’t take too long to make and looks good in that color, don’t you think? (I had a hard time photographing it. I tried it on a black background and it was way too bright so showed up fuzzy and stark white.)
And guess what?
I have it diagrammed already! It didn’t take too long to do that, either. I guess practice does make things easier. Check the sidebar, I’m going to be adding it there. How soon depends on if I have trouble or not 🙂
I’m using the new blogger changes and still getting used to the way it looks. The one thing I definitely like is how it adds the pictures. It doesn’t add them all at the top anymore, where you have to move them down if you’ve started adding text. Some of the rest of the changes are still debatable on whether I like them or not, though I suppose that eventually I’ll get used to them.
Have you heard? Jane is having another TIAS (Tat It And See) starting on January 10. Check it out here. I did the one last year and it was a lot of fun. My piece from last year is actually hanging on the Christmas tree as an ornament – my grandsons thought it was pretty cool.
I started this Tatting Tea Tuesday with a cup of Zen green tea by TAZO, a gift from Tabatha. (Thanks, it’s very good!) I didn’t really tat yet but I did work on the diagram for the star – does that count? I do plan on getting a little tatting in today sometime, somewhere.
I hope everyone is having a wonderful start to the New Year.
“Every day is a fresh beginning. Every morn is the world made new.” Sarah Chauncey Woolsey