What I Did in Reality Land
Although knitting swam up and ate my brain several years ago, before that I tatted a lot for over a decade.This is a little motif that I've tatted more than once and given away. I like to have a sample hanging around, but I gave my last one away to Franklin back in January this year.
Before that, I gave one away to Sharon in South Africa.
Finishing that little motif didn't seem to have satisfied the tatting impulse, so I went back to another motif in this book Tatting Patterns, edited by Julia Sanders, still in print and available from Dover, a reprint of the Priscilla Tatting Book No. 2, published in 1915.This is a book that I both love and hate. There are a lot of great patterns in it, but sometimes the directions are just plain, flat wrong. I like the way the motif above looks (tiny illustration on page 15, at either end of the insertion).
But the directions on page 13 create a motif like the one shown below on page 18.If you compare the two (I've been doing a lot of comparing the two), the centers are completely different. The sizes of the rings and chains in one don't match the other. The center rings don't join to the next round's chains in the same spots. The bottom one ends up squarish instead of round.
If only the first illustration were bigger, I could count stitches and write the pattern up from that, but it isn't! It's only 5/8ths of an inch wide, about 16 mm. Tiny!
So what I've been doing is squinting at the tiny illustration I like and attempting to tat something that more closely matches it. I've made at least two attempts over the years before this one.
Although on the one hand, I'd like to tat from a pattern that actually works first time, on the other hand, it's great brain exercise.
When my brain wants to relax, I take bird photos. I have at least three hummingbirds this year, two males that chase each other frequently, and at least one female.One of the males perches on top of Mr. Stumpy, the big dead maple stub in our yard, to survey his domain and chase that usurper away.