Patterns

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Thursday, October 28, 2010

tatting on Craft Gossip

Two Shuttles threatened to bring out her Christmas trees and that reminded me- I have a black Christmas Tree!   I still have time to pull it out before Halloween and ghost it up.  After Sunday I can redecorate it and leave it out until January!  If you make anything to give as presents you have to start so early that you need a little inspiration to get you going.  How early is to early?

I don't know if you've seen tatting on this site before but Craft Gossip showed Rozella Linden's Celtic pumpkin tatted by pieknits.  If you go to her site look through the older posts you'll see what Pieknit did with Martha Ess's skull pattern.  Heather's new 3 hole shuttles made it onto Craft gossip too.  Its always fun to see tatting somewhere you haven't seen it before. 

Ambitatterous  posted a NOT TO BE MISSED challenge last Friday.  It's taken me this long to say in a calm and kind manner- 
OH IT'S ON!!!!!  TIME TO PUT ON YOUR BIG GIRL PANTIES AND START TATTING!!!!
See?  Nice and calm....there's a lot I would do for 25 balls of thread.  A little smack talk and intimidation is nothing.  She's given us one month to come up with something...no pressure...

I'd like to leave this post with an appropriate quote from a movie:

Forrest Gump: My momma always said, "Life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get."

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Unbelievably crabby

Its a beautiful fall day- sun is shinning and the wind is reasonable. What's not reasonable is me! I'm unbelievably crabby!

This is me!
  Yep! I'm the one with the stink eye for everyone.   Really is it so hard just to get a regular tea at the damn starbucks?  You know the stuff that's in every restaurant in North America (why is everything so complicated?)   Do I want black tea or herbal tea?  There's Earl Grey (box was empty) and some other stupid concoction....I guess I'll just have to go home and yell at my cats. 

Oh, but I can't because I want to use the free Wi-Fi so I'll order the zillionth coffee of the day.  That's really going to help...

To make up for the vast amount of evil mental thoughts I'm sending out to the world today I'm sharing this very appropriate pattern that's pictured above.  It'll be on keep and share in a couple of days but right now I don't have the patience to handle it.  If there's any mistakes please let me know and watch out because there's a lot of turns in this pattern. (I guess that kinda matches my mood)

Sugar Skull by Vicki Clarke 2010

Sugar Skulls are often colourful so feel free to add more embellishment. Don’t feel you need to stick to white as the base color. You can also use pearly white beads for the teeth in which case you’ll need 14 white beads. Another option is to make the inside round a different color and the outside white.

Materials
White thread CTM with ball (in picture I used size 20)
1 yards variegated thread (in picture I used size 20)
2 beads

CWJ- Catherine wheel join
lp- long picot
slt- shoe lace trick
vsp- very small picot
Sugar Skull Base
R1 8 lp 8
Ch1 8 - 8
R2 8 + (to lp) 8
Ch2 8 - 8 (optional to add beads here: 2b2b2b2bb2b2b2b2)
R3 8 + (to lp) 8
Ch3 8 - 8
R4 8 + (to lp) 8
turn work from right to left

Ch4 slt 12 lj (to p Ch 3)
Ch5 22 CWJ (to p of Ch2) 22 lj (to p Ch 1)
Ch 6 12 join to base of ring 1
Ch7 2-1-1-1-1-1-1-1- 2 (total of 7 picots) joint to base of ring 4
Turn work from right to left
Ch8 slt 8 turn work from right to left
Ch9 slt 3-1-1-1-1-1-1-3 turn work
Ch10 slt 8 tie into beginning.

Eyes and nose

R 3-1-1-1-3 vsp 3-1-1-1-3
Dimpled R 3ds 3(1st half stitch) 3(2nd half stitch) 3ds
R 3-1-1-1-3 vsp 3-1-1-1-3

Attach eyes and nose to skull:

1. Bring thread through the center picot of the base.
2. Add bead to thread
3. Bring thread up through vsp on eye and then down through the picot on ch 1 of the base
4. Bring thread back through bead and tie to middle
5. Go to other side and repeat step 2 to 4
6. Secure nose if needed
7. Tie and cut.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Baby arrived

I though I posted this last week but here it is a week late:

Baby Olivia made an appearance yesterday morning at about 8lbs and 19inches.   In what is typical Jessica fashion she drove us nuts all through her pregnancy and then pops the baby out with minimal fuss.  Gets us all excited then boom its over.  Her water broke at 9pm, she went into labour at 1am, headed for the hospital at 5am, was fully dilated when she arrived and baby was out by the time they called me at 8am.  So that's pretty quick.  Baby and mom are doing fine.  Mom tried to bribe the midwife to tell Jessica it was a boy but the midwife declined.  (Jessica has already bought enough girl clothes for the next 2 years)

I get to see Olivia this weekend because its Thanksgiving here in Canada.   So its been a great week for our family! 
Comment:
I had a great thanksgiving and Olivia is very cute.  She's been so calm and easy that my brother in law is now wondering what's the big deal?  He figures its pretty easy to take care of a baby.  Ever hear of the saying "don't tempt the fates?"

Sunday, October 3, 2010

A little distracted

So I've fallen behind with converting my files to Keep and Share.  I will get back to it soon but I've been a little busy.  Between me and the other Chiropractor in our clinic (Salima) we are covering another chiropractor in the city that hurt her wrist.  She works by herself and had no-one to help when she hurt her wrist.  Since this isn't a common injury we are all waiting to see what's going on.  That means I'm working an extra 18 hours a week.  That's not a whole lot in other professions but in mine that's straight physical labour!  So I'm exhausted!  Between falling out of bed and working the extra hours I'm a little sore.  So I haven't been doing much other than sleeping when I get home. 

I'm also waiting for my sister to go into labour.  She was due on September 30th but so far not signs of baby Olivia.  I guess she's going to take after my father and keep everyone waiting for her.