It’s been awhile. For the last six weeks, I’ve been struggling to keep my head above water at work, traveling, not even enough time to crack a book. But now the semester’s over. No more grading every night. No more assignments. Three weeks of Christmas, a few writing assignments to occupy the days, tatting — and maybe even other crafty projects — to occupy the night.
Let’s get this thing restarted with “Masquerade,” a stunning motif from Tatting With Visual Patterns that really shows its stuff in multiple combinations. The three-quarter flowers at the corners combine to form circles, and the linked clovers in the center form contrasting square patterns that seem to alterate rows, catty-corner, in the mat. I’ve long wanted to do this pattern, and I gave myself a treat to celebrate my triumphant return to tatting and did one motif over two nights. #10 Cebelia. It came out nicely, and I’m probably going to do several more before I go on to something else, just because I want to see the larger pattern come together.
I want to try “Windmills” again, too, with smaller picots and in a solid color, like some of the commenters suggested.
And … as if I really didn’t have enough to do, with an entire new syllabus to construct, a magazine assignment, and several encyclopedia entries, I really want to learn to knit. Several folks have recommended the Stitch and Bitch books to teach the beginning steps. A class would be fun, too, if I could get started before schools starts again. What do you all recommend?