Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Hymnal Bookmarks

A few months ago our church congregation decided to purchase new hymnals.  The 'Lutheran Service Book' has been out since 2006 but we are slow to accept change.  We like the old hymnal, 'Lutheran Worship', and going to the expense of buying different ones just because there is a new one out there is a large investment for a small congregation.  But our organist of many, many years retired last year and we are having trouble finding another one.  Even guest organists are hard to come by and they are mostly used to playing out of the LSB.  So we voted to to purchase the new hymnals.

It was brought up that the new books do not have any bookmarks in them.  You can purchase bookmarks that have two or three markers but no-one wanted to pay the extra.  I made a bookmark for my aunt that had a few tails and my mother brings a handful of bookmarks to church every Sunday.  As other members had also brought up the lack of markers I thought I'd see what I could come up with.

I've seen this type of bookmark on the Internet - regular ribbon, a button and an elastic hair band,  then I added four ribbon page markers.  

Hymnal Bookmark with 4 tails wandasknottythoughts

I made eight of them while watching the super bowl Sunday night.  I could have made more but I ran out of ribbon.

Hymnal Bookmarks with 4 tails keeping them straight wandasknottythoughts

I will take these to church Sunday and let a few people try them out.  If they are liked I'll make a few more. I don't know that I'll make them for all the hymnals but, if they go over well, I'll make enough for everyone that comes regularly and maybe a few more.  We'll see what people think of them.

On the tatting front I've done a little:  I've made it to day 9 of Jane's TIAS.  

Day 9 of Jane Eborall's 2016 TIAS from wandasknottythoughts

I know, she's posted the last day and people are sending in their finished pieces, but at least I'm back at it  I need to remember not to use such dark thread on something like this - if I make a mistake it's hard to see to undo it!

I did find a wonderful pattern I wanted to make for Valentine's Day but it is not going to get done in time.  In fact, I haven't started it yet.  And I have the Round Robin that I need to finish before I start something else.

I think I need one of the hymnal bookmarks to keep track of all the things I need to do.
But I'd have to add a few more tails.

"The attitude you pose is greatly influenced by the links of friendships you bookmark. Good friends, good attitudes; best friends, best attitudes.  Guess what for toxic friends...!C"
Israelmore Ayivor

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Redbird in the snow

Redbird in the snow Nebraska picture by S. Hanke   wandasknottythoughts
Picture by S. Hanke

Western Kansas and a lot of Nebraska was hit with a blizzard February 2, 2016.  A friend of mine took this picture of a redbird in her yard. I don't know how much snow they had where this was taken but looks like quite a bit. Not enough to keep this little bird away.  Love this picture!

*I was told they had about 10 inches (25.4 cm)

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Forgotten kitty

Tatted cat from The Complete Book of Tatting, Rebecca Jones, found on wandasknottythoughts
Tatted Cat © Rebecca Jones 1985
tatted by Wanda Salmans

I was visiting an aunt this week and noticed this kitty on her side table among other pictures and nick-knacks.  I had completely forgotten about making this until I saw it again.  

When I saw it I was trying to remember where I had found the pattern and when I had done it.  I had to do some thinking about how old it might be before I could think of the book.  Amazingly I guessed right the first time and pulled out the right book the first try.  The pattern is found in 'The Complete Book of Tatting' by Rebecca Jones.  I checked the published date to give me a clue of when I might have tatted it.  My copy of the book has "reprinted 1992 & 1994".  I'm pretty sure I tatted this about 1995 and gifted it for birthday or Christmas the same year.

I'm guessing the thread is DMC pearl cotton size 8 because, at the time, there weren't many other threads in pretty colors that I could find.  I didn't take a lot of time to look at it closely when I was at the aunts' house or I could be more sure.  It is mounted on light blue material in a wooden frame without glass.  It's almost hard to believe I made it 20 years ago!

This is a favorite aunt that I spent many hours with growing up and once I knew how to tat she was the lucky recipient of quite a bit of tatting.  In those days I didn't take pictures or write down what I made or where it went. This is one of the reasons I started blogging, to keep track of all that!

It gives me a little warm and fuzzy feeling to see that she has kept it all these years and still has it out to enjoy.

"The ideal of calm exists in a sitting cat."
Jules Renard

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

January funk

I haven't gotten much tatting done lately.  It also seems that what has gotten done has had mistakes.

Take Jane's TIAS 2016.  

I was doing great until Day 6.  It wasn't that it was that difficult but I caught a thread where it shouldn't aught to be and didn't notice it until I was farther along.
2016 TIAS with a mistake   wandasknottythoughts
Jane Eborall's TIAS 2016 Day 6

And this is where I still am.  The way things have been going lately with my tatting I'm afraid to take it out due to the chance of making it worse. 
But I am looking forward to finishing it.  Jane already has Day 8 out; I have a bit of catching up to do.

The doily I currently have in the round robin I'm a part of on Craftree is sitting by my chair waiting on me to finish it. I have it figured out - in my thread - but haven't yet attempted it in the doily colors yet.  I really don't want to mess it up.

I hope I get out of my funk soon.

On a bright note, I found my snowman that came off in the wash.

Button-centered Snowman after being washed  wandasknottythoughts

He looked pretty pathetic.

Button-centered Snowman after being washed still okay wandasknottythoughts

But amazingly his scarf, hat and flower are still attached.  I used craft glue to put them on and I really thought I'd find the tatting but not everything still together.  A little blocking and he'll be as good as new.

I'm hoping a little patience and a little more care will soon get me back to as good as new, or least back to normal!

"You're going to go through tough times - that's life.  But I say, 'Nothing happens to you, it happens for you.'  See the positive in negative events."
Joel Osteen

Friday, January 15, 2016

Marlis Edging

Marlis Edging on wandasknottythoughts
Marlis Edging in Lizbeth #698 Fudge Med and #603 Ecru size 10

This is another edging I made last fall.  Yes, it is similar to Kamryn because I had an idea in mind that I was working toward and Marlis was one of the first versions of that idea.  I'm not all that happy with it, though once I added the second row where it is attached the material I liked it a lot better.  The colors look pretty good with the runner material, though.

After I had made Marlis and Kamryn - and a few other edgings - I saw a picture of an edging that is along the lines I originally was headed.  Fox over at tat-ology made 'Gardenia' by Iris Niebach, which if I'd seen it first I might have made it instead (I am sure I read about it on Fox's blog when she posted about it, but I've slept a couple of times since then). Oh, well, this way meant I had to take a chance at figuring out just what it was I did wanted and if I could get there from where I was.

I had a lot of fun in the trying.

"Just keep taking chances and having fun."
Garth Brooks