Saturday, August 20, 2016

I'm a Minnesotan now. - nuntium duocentesimum duodequadrigesimum

I've lived in MN for 30 years now but have always considered myself a North Dakotan.  Proud to be too.

But I think on Monday, I really became a Minnesotan.  I entered the State Fair.
I covered foam board with blue satin-y fabric and then sewed it on.

Hopefully I'll find out on Thursday- the first day of the fair.  The 2nd day of school so I might be busy.

Thank you, Renulek, for an absolutely gorgeous pattern.  It was very fun and exciting to be a part of a world wide group doing this.

And now, back to school.

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Pay attention! - nuntium duocentesimum duodequadrigesimum

Sheesh, guess what happens if you work with a solid color and a variegated which contains the solid color  AND you don't pay attention?

Yep, untatting.
 Here's some of the untatting, I had actually gotten to blue before I realized.

Back to here.

But I've done it and have made some progress.  Today was Twin Cities Tatters meeting so that was very fun.  I'm more than a 1/4 way around- well, one repeat more than 1/4 way.  Still, I'm pleased.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Just follow the directions! - nuntium duocentesimum tricesimum septimum

While I've been waiting for the final round of Renulek's WIOSNA 2016, I've been tatting snowflakes.  In fact this is one of the more boring blogs, I'm sure because that's really all I've been doing this year. Snowflakes, snowflakes, snowflakes.  I'll be happy in November and December when it comes time to sell but...
Anyway, I've been tatting Bentleys because I love them, they're popular and they have beads.  I can tat during meetings but not really with beads, too much concentration so I've been working on them now.

 And then there's this disaster.  It's not awful but it doesn't do Joelle's gorgeous pattern justice.  Why, why, why?  Because some numbskull thought she knew the pattern so well she didn't need to look.  And making chains instead of lockchains to the "arms" is too short!  Lesson learned.

We recently went to our lovely Institute of Arts which has a marvelous collection including the only Doryphoros outside of Italy.  We went because elder daughter requested but when we pulled up, both younger daughter and I burst out laughing!  Why? Because of the head below.  When we were in Pompeii this June, many students were irritated by the modern sculptures placed throughout the site.  These massive bronzes by Igor Mitoraj were incongruous in their eyes (mine too but I tried valiantly not to color their opinions with mine.)  One of the biggest grumps about it was my younger daughter so to be confronted with another Mitoraj here in our backyard was just too much!

Now on to row 17.  I plan to follow the directions!