A Sorry Tail

I haven't been tatting much this week, instead doing a lot on our house project. This has de-railed me a bit from my tatting to-do list but I did finally decide to start one of AnneB's dragons for my son-in-law.  A dark blue had been suggested but I thought a dragon would look good in one of the Lizbeth Twirlz threads, so I ordered the Winter Ice #403.

As I don't do Single Shuttle Split Rings (SSSR) very often I re-watched AnneB's YouTube video to refresh my memory, using a shuttle filled with a random thread.  It came back pretty quickly, so on to the dragon!

Four starts later (it might have been five) I have some semblance a decent tail.  I think it must be the way the thread is colored that it makes it hard to work with doing SSSRs.  

 I'm not exactly pleased with this tail but I might - might- use it.  Or I might start over - again.

When pulling out my copy of the dragon pattern I found the pattern for Ringtrim, which AnneB says is for practicing SSSRs for the larger dragon, so I made one.  I certainly could use the practice!

Ringtrim came out well, with very little problems.  Before starting I was thinking to make him a zipper pull for my purse then forgot to add the lobster claw hook, so I just made an extra ring for it.

You can see that Ringtrim is on the lobster claw, which is on another hook, which is on a ring, which is on the zipper. I've lost several zipper pulls (not tatted) and have just left the hooks and rings there.  Attaching Ringtrim like this leaves plenty of hook to grab and pull without actually pulling on him.  I'm hoping he'll stay awhile this way.

Ringtrim turned out okay, now I'm ready to get back to the larger dragon.  The fifth (or is it sixth?) time could be the charm.

"It's never okay to give up on yourself.
Fall seven times, stand up eight.
Failure isn't falling down, 
it's refusing to get back up.  The reason why
people give up so fast is because
they tend to look at how far they still
have to go, instead of how far they 
have gotten.
If plan A didn't work,
the alphabet has 25 more letters,
stay cool."

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