Monday, 2 April 2018

More ramblings, or how to make mastikes!

Ok, so I'm back!! Rambling as usual! It's Easter weekend and it's freezing!

Been up in Scotland helping Young Sir with wallpaper stripping, false ceiling removal, rehanging doors, furniture building... I was chief cook n bottle washer, sweeper upper and general drinks maker! I could write a book on the hilarity up there... but I'll be good.  His fish are now in their new home up there, and we're back home for a few weeks. Before we went, I did some test tatting for Jane... here:

Violets in the snow as my short version of her Flowery Bookmark.  The thread needed using up on the shuttles... and I couldn't spot the green! My excuse and I'm sticking to it!

I also made a bookmark from a Jennifer Williams pattern. It was in a recent Lace Guild Bookmark book... but silly me forgotten to take a pic before handing it over as a birthday present! Good excuse to make another one!

Oh, here's a pic of Young Sirs friend being a stripper!

One evening after a meal and before bed I decided to do a little tatting on that monster doily... made an oops and decided to take it back later...

In the car on the way home, out came the tatting and I carried on... then remembered the oops!

Took it back... but not quite far enough, started again, realised and ended up retro tatting most of the way home! I'm now back where I was when I'd spotted it!!

Shades of - warning... tatting and alcohol do not make good partners! Vbg

Chat soon

Wednesday, 7 March 2018

Testing tatting...

Or how to 'break your duck' by volunteering!!

A week or so ago someone told me they were back to tweaking and redesigning patterns... as I was 'in need' of something different to do, fingers took up the keyboard challenge and volunteered to test the pattern!! You've seen the black and gold result... I don't have gold bugle beads... I found silver, silver beads, and I had a fair length of thread on shuttles that needed using up... being a Yorkshire skinflint (hate waste) thread don't get thrown or put in the waste tub till it's too short to even make a tat splat!  (For those of you who don't know what it is, I'll explain in another post)...

Anyway, That Designer... didn't tell me there was a technique I avoid like the plague!! And I didn't realise till it was too late... bit the bullet, as they say, and followed destructions...  lot easier than I thought it would be... now no avoiding!!  Thanks for breaking the duck Miss!!

Here's the result, needs the ends finishing off... and I'm not forewarning anyone else... join me and break your duck!!! Lol

Thursday, 1 March 2018

Weather or Whether...

Whether to stay in and tat or venture out in the weather...

Young Sir is stuck up in Scotland... no way to get his car out of the hotel car park! Red weather warning for him! Red also for those in the South West and South Wales, stay in and keep warm and tat!!

Red warnings in the uk are the highest - severe danger to life! 

So... think I'll sit and make earrings or something here in my corner of England... below freezing outside just not the blizzard conditions!

I'll show you the earrings almost finished from yesterday and a pretty snow pic from central Scotland...

Monday, 19 February 2018


So, the TIAS is over bar the finished pictures. Some beautiful mermaids are appearing from all over the world over on Jane's blog!

Meet Tritana, wife of Triton... they don't meet up very often as you will appreciate when I tell you that Triton lives most of the year in the Adriatic and Tritana much prefers the cold waters of the Arctic Circle!! 

Now I know you're going to tell me that mermaids aren't seen in the Arctic... there's a very good reason for that - she spends most of her time under the ice!! When she is seen fishermen mistake her for a seal!

Arctic mermaids are distinctive with their blue and white colouring and white hair... however their hair changes colour about the same time as seal cubs lose their soft white fur... hence the mistakes! It turns grey which aids the belief that they are seals not mermaids!! They are also very adept at hiding in plain sight up there!!

You can tell an Arctic mermaid from an Antarctic mermaid in summer and winter as the hair is a different colour, however they both look the same in spring and autumn! But... Antarctic mermaids are much rarer!!

Tritana is done in Lizbeth 20 colour 143 and her hair is white Aida 20.

Now I'm off to see what everyone else has done!!
Chat soon

Friday, 16 February 2018

More TIAS!

So... to date we've done lots of very tiny picots round the head... too short for mermaid hair unless we're doing something else with it... and then there's the very small picots at the other end...

I'm thinking now of Triton, the son of Poseidon and Amphitrite from Greek Mythology!! You watch that TOG down south prove me totally wrong!! Vbg

Anyway, here's the pics so far...

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

That Doily

As those of you who follow the ramblings of this tatty old git will be aware, a couple of years ago I started Jan Stawatz Monster Doily!  Now earlier in the year it disappeared! I searched for it to no avail! Grrr!! I was even tempted to start again....

On our return from Tenerife back in December we were so cold (a 30 degree c drop in temperature is not my idea of fun), the day after we'd got home I grabbed a thick jumper each. 2 or 3 days later another 2 came out... with the bag containing doily!! It had got folded inside a winter jumper! 

Anyway, tatting hasn't been on my mind while we've been doing the bathroom... now that the only things left are not immediate jobs (grouting and replacing the ceiling) and can wait till the slightly warmer weather... I can get on with knitting a jumper for Sir AND the doily! (As well as the TIAS of course, and back and forth to see mother in law)...

It may pause in a few weeks when we move Young Sir up to the land of Whisky... he's in the process of buying a house up there... but it may go with me!! Vbg

So, I thought you'd like to see it now...

Here you go:

Chat soon

Saturday, 10 February 2018

TIAS Continues

Right, I know you will all want to see the latest instalments of the EFUS.... here you go:

Well, I thought it was an EFUS!!  but one with a human looking head?? Scary!!  I think now it must be a ghost, a mermaid or a merman!!  You will note that I suggested its Ariel today over on the TIAS blog!! Big Li'l Miss and Li'l Li'l Miss will love her!  I may have to make another one so they have one each!! VBG

What a busy liccle B I have been!  Most of the tiles are now on the bathroom floor (just 6 to go but they involve lifting the toilet out and cutting and laying them, drying, grouting and replacing the outlet for the shower and sink before we can put the toilet back!  Yes we only have one loo in the house!!  No we're not moving out!  What are we doing?  Using a camping toilet for a week!!

The cement is back in the wall and drying so we can replace the wall tiles too.  Hint here for anyone else that has to do this mammoth task.... ensure you wrap your copper pipes with something.... cement eats copper!!

Hopefully, next week we can finish the tiles, so I can grout everything,  Sir then can replace all the plumbing, offer the sink back in, decide where it will sit and ensure it's in the right place on the floor... reseat it, and the toilet.... then I'll have a fully functional bathroom around 6 - 8 weeks after finding the leak!!!  I can't wait!! ATM we can't even use the shower!!  Can't remember if I told you that we'd not got enough tiles for the floors.... couldn't get any more 10 years after we bought the first lot.... so we found a tone!!!  I'll show you:

Well, that was a couple of weeks ago!

Now? Tiles in, floor sorted, toilet back, sink back, plumbing sorted... I now have a functional bathroom!!

All that's left to do is finish putting tiles back on the wall and replace the ceiling, then grout the floor tiles in the hallway... that can wait till it's warm and dry!!  Or the floor can at least... Sir and Young Sir are sticking wall tiles as we speak!

Chat soon!