Sunday, January 18, 2009

#21 of 25 Motif Challenge

Happy 2009 Everyone!

We are back from our cruise. We returned home a week ago today, Sunday 1-11.

(the next 2 paragraphs are blah blah feel free to skip over them)

During the cruise I started to have side effects from the motion sickness patch my doctor recommended. I tried to go one day without it but that didn't work either. The most annoying side effect was blurry vision. I ended up having to wear my glasses (only needed for computer work, reading and crafting) all of the time. Unfortunately I lost one of the screws and the lens fell out, the ship's service desk, nor any of the following ports, had a repair kit. It wasn't until the return trip and our layover in Charlotte NC that I found a kit and was able to fix them. It took a long time for the side effects of the medication to wear away and the stability of being back on solid ground to take over. I actually had to take some anti nausea medication before I started to feel better, that was on Wednesday. Thursday AM I was hit with the flu. Late Friday I started to feel better and today I feel much better. Thankfully I had taken an extra week of vacation from work to enjoy just being home, sadly it was wasted being sick.

I won't go into all of the details of the trip but for the most part we had a wonderful time being together. We went with 2 couple friends, both which were celebrating their 10th Anni, while we were celebrating our 25th (which was actually yesterday 1-17.) The last thing I'll bore you with about the cruise is we are glad we splurged and had a balcony suite. Every morning I woke up and went out to watch the sun come up........ beautiful!

As the frequent readers of my blog know I don't usually talk about myself in anyway unrelated to tatting, so the reason for the above is to explain why I still haven't completed my commitment to the Winter 2008 Tatting Round Robin Bookmark Exchange, which was due while I was away. Before I left I emailed Connie and explained that with Christmas and then the trip I wasn't able to get her bookmark completed. I worked on it on the plane on the way to San Juan, but without my glasses I wasn't able to work with the size 80 thread again after that. My goal is to have it finished for mailing early this week.

I'd hoped to type a post before we left, and although I completed this piece hours before we were picked up I wasn't able to get it posted. So here it is......... Ruth Perry's 2008 Celtic Snowflake, and my #21 of the 25 Motif Challenge. It was made using Yarnplayer, Marilee's Lola HDT, size 30. For some reason the tips on mine on rounded where her's are nice points.

In my Tuesday, December 9, 2008 post I asked about stiffening tatting. This morning I used Mike's advise and stiffened my Celtic Snowflake with Magic Sizing. Thanks, Mike it worked nicely. (I still want to {successfully} remake your snowflake, I feel like I mangled your beautiful pattern.)

I'm sure if I reread this post I'd delete most if not all of it, so here it is for the world to see.

Happy Life and Happy Tatting All!



Jane Eborall said...

Welcome back to tat land! Glad you're feeling better too. Lovely motif - the colour is fantastic.

TattingChic said...

Sorry to hear the cruise had so many challenges! What a pain to have the lens fall out and no repair kits readily available! Hope you were able to enjoy it anyway. Your snowflake is absolutely lovely. The color is beautiful.

Tatskool said...

What an experience you had on your cruise. Glad you were able to enjoy it despite your setbacks.

Good to have you back showing your tatting. the snowflake is lovely especially with those colours.

LadyShuttleMaker aka MadMadPotter said...

Welcome back Bonnie!
The reason your tips are rounded rather than pointed is because you "floated" the rings rather than switching shuttles to tat the rings and then switching shuttles to tat the chains.

It isn't "wrong" it is just an alternate that I prefer...unless I specifically want a pointy end.

battatter said...

I do love this snowflake, and I REALLY love that thread! Oh, it is so pretty, I might have to get me some!
Thanks for the comments on Conor, too!

Msquared said...

Bonnie, Magic sizing is amazing, it relaxes the thread then provides some simple body. works great to stiffen projects.
You do fantastic work!