Friday, April 25, 2008

I Meant To Post Earlier, I Really Did

I think the title says it all. I have been kinda quiet lately. I have also not been tatting very much. Why? I was crocheting. I mentioned that I purchased some Lion Homespun yarn for an afghan, and I decided to begin work on it. This was decided so I didn't have to work on the afghan during the heat of the summer (which feels like a long way away). We, in parts of Saskatchewan (as well as in British Columbia and Alberta), got hit with snow, rain, freezing rain, snow and rain, and any other combinations of the three possible last weekend. This bad weather continued (to a lesser extent) during the week. A snowfall warning was issued for the city today. We had rain. Anyway, I am about half done the afghan, but I can't show you yet. You see, I can't seem to get a decent picture of it. If the flash on my camera goes off, it washes out the texture of the yarn and the pretty cool zig-zags that the pattern produces. If I turn the flash off, the colour is really bad, and often blurry. So, IF the sun comes out this weekend, I'll try to photograph it in natural sunlight.

I have done a little tatting as well. I signed up for the May Tatting Exchange run by Rachel Jackson (formerly run by Mary Donohue). The exchange is for a tatted bookmark. I am almost finished them but I can't show you them yet. Trust me, I really, really, really (you get the idea!) want to. I am using HDT matched with a solid colour to make them. One of my partners wanted many colours. Well, many colours she shall have; can anyone say "Tutti Frutti" by LadyShuttleMaker! I am matching the HDT with an appropriate solid, which will not be revealed. The pattern I have chosen is one I have made before, and I must say even I am impressed. The way the colour repeated in just the right way was unexpected, and welcomed.

While trying to find a nice pattern to make the exchange, I decided to try Mary Konior's Tatted Filet in Tatting With Visual Patterns. I tried it with HDT. I think I found another pattern where HDT may not work.

It seemed like a good idea at the time. Please let me know what you think. I still have the shuttle and ball, er bobbin, attached to the piece. I plan on making this pattern again, but in a solid colour instead. Maybe if the rings were in HDT and the background was a solid, it might work.

And finally tonight, I thought I will share a picture of the orchid I bought a few weeks ago.

I really like this orchid. And not just for the colour and pattern on the flower. The flowers are scented. I couldn't believe it. While Phalaenopsis orchids do not normally have a scent, some phals, (often yellow ones) do (apparently). This particular plant, which, unfortunately is a NOID Phalaenopsis, has a fragrance that reminds me of lilac. The funny thing is, I notice the scent most often after my computer turns off the plant lights for the night. I wonder, though, if I am imagining that part. I guess that's all for now. If I can get a decent photo of my afghan in progress, I'll post again soon.


  1. Your orchid is pretty. How nice for you that it is fragrant.
    Your tatting looks okay in that particular HDT, although, I agree you have to be careful what patterns to use with HDT's. I think if that particular filet patterns was done with multiple colors it might not look as good, I think it's the multiple shades of the same color that work better with it that say a rainbow mix.
    happy tatting!

  2. Yes, your orchid is beautiful! I agree with you about using HDT with this pattern. The color seems to be pooling the way variegated yarns do in knit and crochet. I like the pooling effect, but sometimes the pattern seems to get lost because the eye is drawn to the pooling. I wonder if Marilee's slow color change HDT would be more effective? There would still be pools of color, but not so close together. Despite the pooling, your tatting is beautiful!

  3. Hi Jeff, You are not imagining the scent of your orchid being stronger at night. They tend to be more fragrant when it is dark out I am not sure why but I sure do enjoy the fragrance they give off. No other flower can compare. Enjoy.

  4. Hi Jeff,
    As I couldn't find any contact details for you I am using the comment section to ask you a question. Would you mind doing some test tatting for me in the future before I put out my new ebook on summer flower? It won't be readay for quite a while yet as there is still a lot to do. But it would be a real help for me to know that you could try out some of the patterns for me! My email is on my blog.

  5. Thanks Diane and Tattingchic. The tatted filet doesn't look too bad, but the rings don't stand out the way they should. I'm not sure if the slow change HDT will help. I made that suggestion to Laura when she tried HDT with her heart. I may have to get some if Marilee makes some more.

    Thanks Clyde for confirming my suspicions. It's good to know I'm not going insane. It's odd that the fragrance is strongest at night, but maybe they rely on night pollinators.

    Linda, I sent you an email.