Saturday, January 18, 2014

40 Badly Blocked Blue Tulips (Motif 1) and TIAS Day 5

Did you know that there really are blue tulips?

According to a quick Google images search, there are!

A fun fact to go along 40 (Blue and (badly) Blocked) Tulips!
I think this is actually Motif 1 of my 25 Motifs for 2014?
Overall I really liked tatting this pattern...but BOY was it a pain to block!
What with all the thread stretching and then the tendency of the tulips and circles to overlap, this doily did not want to lay flat! Also, there is a mistake...I can see it, can you? :) I'll give you a hint: it's blue
 Of course, I'm not sure what I expected from a pattern of tulips...having grown up with Pella, Iowa with their ostentatious Tulip Time Festival as a major school rival, tulips are not my favorite I was not totally surprised when a pattern of tulips turned into kind of a headache...

Oh well. It's blocked, done, and I can move on... :) Hooray!
Ok actually I can't totally move on; I really, really want to iron it too, but we STILL haven't gotten a new iron. You wouldn't think it would be that hard, but it's turning into a bit of a saga. Shopping in Russia is kind of hard, apparently. :)
I also have my TIAS Day 5 completed...I can't wait to see what this thing actually ends up being!
Teeny, tiny Day 5!
 It's a three day weekend for me here in Vladivostok (in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day...I love living abroad and getting to celebrate both US and host country holidays!) so I should have plenty of time to tat...but we're also still hard at work ranking countries on our bid list and getting ready for another trip later in the week, so, we'll see.

Oh! Another fun is the one-year anniversary of our arrival in Vladivostok! Yep, it's been a whole year! Crazy! :)


  1. Yes I have seen and grown blue tulips, of course there are always new colour combinations coming out every year. Your mat looks lovely even if the tulips are not your favorite flower.
    Will you be going to the oylmpic winter games while you are in Russia

    1. Sadly, the Olympics are on the complete opposite side of the country, and we will not be able to go this time :( Someday, somewhere we will get to the Olympics!! :)

  2. Tulips are my fave! Love this doily.

    Can it really be one year already?
    Fox : O

    1. One year and change! It's crazy to contemplate! I'm glad there are people in the world who like tulips...I'm more of a hydrangea girl myself! :)

  3. I always like your color combinations, and I tried but can't see the mistake really I counted the sets and all so your just fine! They say you are your own worst critic.
    Looks like this day 5 is another side or an angels wing? mmmm.

  4. I will pretend I did not hear you dis tulips:) They are my absolutely favorite flower even though I have given up trying to grow them - too many animals snack on them. Beautiful doily - the colors are really vibrant.

    1. Thank you very much! I'm sorry I don't like tulips, but I'm glad someone out there does! As I said, the pattern was really fun to make, so I guess I like tulips well enough :)