Tuesday, March 27, 2012

nuntium duodeseptuagesimum (68th post) What I learned

motif #17
Here is the another handkerchief for another former student who is getting married in June.
Bridesmaids by Mary Konior
Here's what I learned.
1.  I don't like to crochet, not a bit.
2.  Crocheting with tiny thread is even worse.
3.  Vintage thread while lovely can be a trick to work with.
4.  A pattern with just rings can still consume a LOT of thread.
5.  The possibility that one doesn't have enough of said vintage thread can be nerve-wracking.
6.  Nerve-wracking can have a -w- or not.
7.  Dark blue isn't nearly as pleasing on the handkerchief as the lighter blue.
8.  My eyes aren't what they used to be. Not even close...
9.  An ironing board cover which looks clean can still make mysterious brown spots on white handkerchiefs which then have to be "woolited" out.  Twice. Because I didn't catch on that it was the cover, not the iron.

Now I move on to Sulky thread which Diane the Lace-Lovin' Librarian has so graciously sent me.  Wahoo!!  She is so generous and this thread is FUN!

Latin for today:  nullam theam hodie habui!  = I didn't have any tea today!


  1. very pretty hanky,
    good lessons to know.
    have fun with your new thread.

  2. That's a lot to learn from one little project! I do like to crochet, but only with thread. I also prefer the light blue, but this is dramatically gorgeous! I'm really going to watch out for those spots on my ironing board. Maybe I'll even look for that press cloth I have stashed away. Thanks for sharing your lessons learned!

    P.S. ~ I didn't have any tea yesterday either! ; )

  3. Oh, it turned out beautifully! Your students are some very lucky brides - what wonderful gifts you're giving them.

    I enjoy crocheting, but like Diane I only crochet with thread. I have to admit I haven't done much since I've gotten hooked on tatting, though!

    Enjoy that teeny, tiny thread - very scary to me :) I can't wait to see what you do with it!

    1. Oh yeah - and your lessons made me chuckle out loud :)

  4. What a lot learned from one project, beautiful hanky, I am like you I don't like dark colours, I am tatting with black at the moment and had to give up as I have a very very bad cold and my eyes are suffering.

    Look forward to seeing what you tat with your new thread.


  5. This is fabulous and will be a most appreciated gift and keepsake! I think the thread color is gorgeous, and the edging is so skillfully done. This was a LOT of tatting!

    It is a feat of engineering as well as a beautiful edging! Your 'list' doesn't include positives, such as successfully working in the 'added ring' on the first round rather than doing it separately (Feb. 28 post). (Can't quite figure out how you did that!) And it also requires that the motifs have to work out so that the corner section is exactly in the right spot!

    I can crochet with both yarn and thread - but I'm not fond of crocheting with size 80 and up, requiring hooks higher than 11. My hands and eyes aren't comfortable. I was thrilled to discover that I can tat easily with the finest of threads, but I don't do it very often because I tend to make things that require 'thicker' threads. I certainly admire the workmanship in the finer threads, though.

    1. Ha-ha- you are too kind! You're right though. I'm just glad to be done with it. Today it looked even nicer to me!

  6. The hanky turned out lovely. You have a very lucky former student.
    I don't enjoy tatting with dark thread much, either, and only do it if I have plenty of light without much shadows.
    I agree about the vintage thread, it doesn't tat up nearly as nice as our modern thread does. And I work so infrequently with the very fine threads that I tend to pull too hard and break it - a lot.
    Enjoyed the lesson of the day :-)

  7. This made me laugh. Mostly because I sympathize with most of your "lessons" from experience. Thanks for sharing.

  8. Well, despite your somewhat negative learnt things... I think it turned out splendid! What a wonderful gift to a lucky bride.

  9. Very very lovely hankie...the edging is gorgeous! Your learned list was so right but so funny :-). I chuckled more than once...I will say that I now always use a press cloth due to a similar experience some time back!

  10. Très joli ouvrage...J'aime beaucoup le dessin de la bordure...

  11. Trovo molto belle queste bordure e anche il tuo lavoro.

  12. Magnifico y muy elegante el pañuelo.Besos.


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