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Adventures in Tatting, Part 1.

Last night I made forward progress on the tatting. Some mysteries are easier solved with the help of experienced hands…

Tatting practice

From the top:

  • Some chain practice
  • More chain practice, using one coloured thread (this helped a lot) with the white shuttle thread
  • A complete ring – with inadvertent picot
  • Lots of rings, with intentional picots

I managed three rings on that last piece before coming home – the rest I did in the half hour before going to sleep. I really think I had begun to crack the problem by then. So, this morning I became ambitious. This was my first attempt. And this was my second – can you tell what it is yet? It’s one of these (my third attempt was a complete one).


I think the boat came in!

It’s not finished, because I don’t know how to do that – the instructions that I worked from don’t indicate how to attach the tail rings to the body ring. (EDIT: the solution is here)

I am very pleased with this.

Whaddya mean, you never saw a pink fish? Pah, what do you know!

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Bare Naked

Bare Naked

We are home again, after a month-long trip away. A trip during which I completely failed to get my laptop out. It was good to come home. We were driving along, close to Le Dorat at the time, when I felt that “aren’t we fortunate to live in such a lovely part of France” feeling washing over me. I had a sudden urge to invite all my friends to come and stay and to shareContinue readingBare Naked

A Month in France: Nothing is Lost

A Month in France: Nothing is Lost

I am lagging on the Month in the Country prompts, and lagging badly at that. I have a list of prompts t be caught up on and I shall be working my way through them here, or at Scattered Thoughts depending on where the post most naturally sits. I have elected to tackle the prompts not in date order necessarily but to seize upon prompts that offer me space in which to write down the things that I am feeling the need to say. Even if I need to crowbar it in. The thing is, I am going to continue to be short of time and space in which to write and so a two-for-one is useful and I hope to do as many of those as I can. Seems like a plan? … Continue readingA Month in France: Nothing is Lost

Recent movements of the: Deux Escargots

October 22, 2020 at 01:21PM

Ah, the windy highway. The last time we came down here our awning blew open… Thankfully it’s not even close to being that windy today. Phew. Not so good now that the tolls have been removed and there are HGVs to contend with. A bit macho, your Spanish lorry driver.. #livereportingfromtheroad #Spain #autumn2020

October 22, 2020 at 12:22PM

Rather a different day today but still warm, with 24 degrees expected by the time that we reach Ribamar. Those Happy Hour beers will be tempting. Shopped this morning before leaving, to find the Christmas Turron had arrived overnight. I confess; we spent an inordinate amount on Turron and chocolate. #livereportingfromtheroad #Spain #autumn2020