Good news and not unexpected news

The good news is that I got my score back on my latest CPA exam and I passed!  2 down and 2 to go.  I’ve started studying for the next one, but am, of course, a bit behind from where I wanted to be at this point.  That fact and the fact that I have a lot of things to finish up at work before heading off on our Christmas/New Years vacation leads to the not unexpected news.  I don’t expect to have a lot of time for tatting in the next week.  Still grabbing at whatever I can get, but not making any big plans for what I want to tackle and am just going to take whatever I can get.

I DID get in some tatting at yesterday’s meeting of the Lacemakers of Puget Sound.  The group has a brand new website and I highly recommend that you check it out.  If you’re in the Seattle/Puget Sound area you should come to our meetings.  We have monthly meetings in Kent, Everrett and Bellevue.  It’s a great way to learn new things or just get a chance to hang out and enjoy the company of others who are just as fascinated by making things with thread.

As we’re getting near the end of the year I’ve been thinking a bit about the goal I set a few months ago of finishing an unfinished project every month.  I’m proud to say that I’ve actually kept up with it!   I haven’t reported here on the last two because they”re gifts and while I don’t think the recipients are following my website, I figured it was better to stay on the safe side.  I did, however finish two other garlands that end up on “our” Christmas tree.  The “our” is in quotes because we’ll be out of town for Christmas so we decided to set a tree up at my partner’s office instead.  We went over with his brother and set it up over the weekend as a surprise for his employees to find on Monday morning so we still got the fun of setting up and decorating, but without any rearranging needed at our house.  Since last Christmas we’ve acquired a piano and a new couch and are not sure where to put a tree.

The two garlands didn’t take long to finish.  I had the tatting done for them, and really just needed to go back to hide and clip the ends.  Didn’t take long to do, but they were unfinished objects and now they’re finished so they still cover two weeks of my goal.

Included on the tree are a couple dozen snowflakes I made years ago when I worked in radio and spent a lot of time in the studio sitting around, waiting to press buttons between songs/speaking breaks.  It was the sort of job that was perfect for a crafter and I got a lot of snowflakes made.  My only wish now is that I had used better thread.  I used the Royal brand thread that was easily available to me at Michaels and JoAnns and there’s nothing wrong with it, but since those days I’ve switched over to better thread and it makes me a little sad to see all my hard work and worry that it won’t hold up over the long (40 years) run.  One day maybe I’ll have the time to replace them with better thread.  If I did this they would also be made with much better tatting since making dozens and dozens of snowflakes is one of the things I did to really practice my tatting and get better.  I look fondly of them for that aspect and love the way we literarily fling them on to the tree and let them lay there rather than hanging each one individually.





  1. Wanda Said,

    December 17, 2012 @ 2:35 pm

    Congratulations on getting two of your UFOs done. The garlands look good, as do your snowflakes. I like that you were able to decorate a tree for Christmas even if it’s not at your house. I enjoy that part of getting ready for the holidays. May you have a wonderful and safe Christmas and a happy New Year.

  2. Susie Arnholt Said,

    December 18, 2012 @ 5:57 am

    Lovely! Can you point me at the pattern for the “garland” with red centers and green petals? Thanks!

  3. Jessica Said,

    December 18, 2012 @ 7:56 pm

    Thanks Wanda! I think it was a good compromise to decorate the office Christmas tree. Have a good Christmas and New Years as well!

    Susie, I haven’t posted the actual pattern for that version, but you can find the basic (single color) one here: To do the centers in a different color you’ll work with 3 shuttles. The third shuttle is full of the color of the centers. You make the centers with single-shuttle-split-rings and then carry it though as an encapsulated thread from one flower to the next. Does that make sense? Let me know if you have any questions about that descriptions. I’m teaching the basic version and also a similar version at Shuttlebirds, so I’ll get around to writing up a true pattern eventually, but it might be another month or two before I get to it.

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