Monday, September 23, 2013

Spiderweb Progress and Waiting for a TIAS!

It's funny how, when you know you should be doing something else, all you want to do is the opposite of what you should be doing...

I should be lesson planning. I've been teaching for ONE WEEK and I'm already avoiding lesson planning, something, by the way, I actually enjoy...

I just enjoy tatting more. :)

Also I'm into this Spiderweb doily...

It's hard to really see progress at this stage, but here is what I finished last night:
And here is what I finished tonight:
I actually made a fairly decent boo boo tonight; while attempting to cut off a recently-hidden tail I accidentally snipped the space instead...oops!
Luckily, I kept my head, hid the tails and added in a totally new thread...hopefully that doesn't come back to haunt me later:

My husband, who usually studiously ignores the tatting craze (and multiplying tatting book and thread piles) actually commented on how much he liked this pattern...I count that as a win...although I can tell this doily is going to need A LOT of blocking to lay nicely...

Probably I'll be taking a bit of a pause on the spiderweb over the next few days because a) I teach on Wednesdays and Thursdays and b) I am going to do my first real-time TIAS! (If you haven't signed up or don't know about it, follow this link.)

I have my size 20 continuously wound shuttles ready to's hard to be 16 hours ahead of US Central time...all the dates are wrong! ;)

Also, I thought I would show you the "beverage" I had with my lunch at an Uzbek restuarant today...
I figure any members of a group whose International Holiday encourages eating chocolate as much as actually doing the craft that inspired the holiday would appreciate this as much as I did... :)

 It was called hot chocolate on the menu, but it basically reminded me of a melted chocolate bar pudding with a bit of milk added was soooooooo amazingly good!

The packet next to it was a mixture of cinnamon, cardamom and black pepper...I could have added it in, but why spoil something so perfect?


  1. Your mat will when finished look lovely and great colour. Not sure about the drink as a diabetic I don't think I should try it, the little packet would definitely spoil it for me.

    1. Yes, that was a VERY sugary drink...probably not so great for a diabetic. :(

  2. That is very pretty! And the hot chocolate looks wicked!
    Fox : )

    1. Thank you Fox. :) I think sinful is another good word to describe the chocolate...amazing works too :)

  3. I am not familiar with the pattern, but I have made doilies like this and they don't need any blocking if you put a series of rings and chains round the netting. Its really fun, and this is beautiful! I'll be posting mine coming Friday. I love to tat It definitely has me hooked too!

    1. Good to know! The pattern doesn't call for them at the end but I may throw them in there if I can't get it to lay nicely... :)

  4. Your doily is quite beautiful like a burst of sunshine!! :)

    1. You are so right! I call it the spiderweb doily because that's what the book calls it, but in my head it's really the sunshine doily! :)