TIAS, Test tatting and Trying something new

On this Tatting Tea Tuesday the TTT could stand for this week's tittle - I put a lot of T's up there! I've let my housekeeping laps a bit so I can do other things - terrible of me, I know. Today as I ignore my chores again I'm drinking Vanilla Rooibos tea and writing this.

TIAS day 5 2011

Jane has posted up to day 5 of the 2011 TIAS and I'm still right in there with 'em! Yea! I still have no idea what it's going to be, I don't even know if this is right side up or if whatever-it-is is standing on it's head ☺. There have been some really cute guesses so far, but Jane still isn't telling.

This week I tatted a couple more motifs designed by my classmates in the Design-Tat class. This one is by Nina Libin. I liked it in the white she made it in and really liked it when I made it in two colors. The two colors change the look, letting you see the flow of the pattern more clearly. Sharon suggests that we design in white or a light color but then seeing how color can change our patterns is fun, too!

Design © 2010 Nina Libin
As I'm going through this class I'm learning how much goes into writing the patterns, how to write the pattern to explain to all who read it what each step needs to be to get the same results I did when it was designed. We're writing them out in long form, in short form and then diagramming them. Each type of pattern writing has it's good points and bad points, and some are easier to do than others. After reading patterns of classmates, how they have written their patterns, I'm looking at my own pattern writing more critically, seeing how they phrased things to make themselves understood and asking myself "have I accomplished that?"

In a Christmas swap this year I was given a Nifty Knitter by Tabatha. It's a round plastic loom with pegs that you wrap yarn around. It comes with a tool that's got a hook which is not nearly as small as a crochet hook and not bent as far, more like a 90 degree bend. You use this tool to catch one wrapping of thread on a peg and pull it over the top wrapping on the same peg. Okay, it's easier done than said. So in the last couple of weeks I've given it a try and found it's rather fun, and very easy. These looms come in several sizes; small, medium, large and extra large. I was given the smallest loom that makes hats small enough for infants and with it I was able to make two small hats.
Hats done with the Niffty Knitter

Many ages ago I learned the basic stitch of knitting in school. So that no-one had to spend money on something that may never be used again the class used sharpened pencils as knitting needles. And, yes, the pencils marked the yarn a bit but we didn't care. It was a cheap way to learn and we had fun - who wouldn't want to do something like this a few times during school instead of math or English or such? But that is as far as I ever went with it, a pot holder or two (it was a good thing we didn't have to pay for knitting needles!). I never thought I'd make anything like a hat. I feel so accomplished!

If it's not fun, you're not doing it right. - Bob Basso

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