Anyone out there like chamomile tea? I haven't actually tried it myself, though my neighbor really likes it and recommends it. I'm kind of a wimp when it comes to trying some new things and this is one of them. I'm not saying I won't, just that I haven't taken that step yet. So this Tatting Tea Tuesday I drink just decaffeinated tea of an unknown brand instead of something exotic or exciting.
The subject of chamomile came up the other day when our neighbor, a really great guy, was mowing our lawn for us. Probably because it was getting pretty tall. And because he's really a great guy. But when he got to our driveway up by the house he left a large patch un-mowed. He stopped and explained he thought it was chamomile. We both agreed it smelled very good where it was mowed. These plants are where we don't want plants, though. My DH is planning to get rid of them soon.
I'm not much on plants, herbs or edibles from the field, so I did a little (key word, little) checking on the Internet about chamomile. I understand that it has been used for medicinal purposes for centuries in Europe and then here in the States as well. It sounds like it could be very good for you as well as quite tasty (so they say). Wikipedia also says that it can become quite a pest because it spreads out everywhere, including in fields where it's not wanted. I must agree, what's growing and spreading in our driveway is going everywhere! So whether it's chamomile or not, smells nice or not, some of it is going bye bye very soon.
I don't know for sure if the little plant in the picture is chamomile or not but it looks kind of nice there with my tatting. The colors are not quite true-to-life though. The cross actually has purple as the outside, not blue.
The little doily is the center of the one I've been working on for several weeks. I'm not very happy with the way it lays now that this much has been blocked. The ds count has to be corrected for it to look better, so this is as far as this one is going. The next one will be in another color with a few more stitches in the pattern!
The cross bookmark is one of my patterns. It will have a 'tail' on it soon. I made one just like this for an insert in a wedding card last week but didn't take a picture of it before it was given away, so I obviously had to make another to share, right? It is made with Lizbeth size 20 thread in Springtime, I think. (The label came out of the middle *ahhhh*) It's pretty anyway. The outside is also Lizbeth size 20 in purple but which shade I'm also not sure of except it's pretty close to K States' purple.
Pretty sad, isn't it? Until I started this blog remembering what the colors were was only a very minor thing. But sharing what I'm doing with others means keeping track of these things. I'll have to find a better way of keeping the labels with the threads, won't I? While I'm making changes I might just have to give chamomile tea a try.
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