My first post on tatting! It is the 13th of January, and on the 1st I had not made a single double stitch. Then last week I decided to join the TIAS 2017 a fun mystery pattern that I have watched in envy for the last couple years. Jane Eborall has a tradition of hosting a TIAS (Tat It And See) every January, as far as I can tell since 2008! She posts pictures, sent to her by tatters who follow along, and every one tries to guess what it will turn out to be this year. I figured I should at least figure out how this tatting works before I even attempt to join, so I pulled out my Learning to Tat book, a present from my awesome knit group Secret Santa, and looked at a few different Youtube videos (sorry, do not remember which), and made myself a chain and ring:
Every “learn to tat” book, website, video I saw said to use Crochet cotton 5 or some such thing. I used DMC 80, since I did not have crochet cotton 5, and had decided that if DMC 80 was too small I could always start over with something bigger. Crochet cotton 5 is a fairly thick thread, almost yarn like, DMC much closer to sewing thread. But I think it it worked pretty well. BTW, that is a very normal sized pencil…
So, since I had plenty of other things occupying my attention (having 4 children between the ages of 3 and 10 will do that apparently…) I decided to see if I could learn the rest on the fly… For the TIAS we were supposed to use Size 20 (quite a bit bigger then size 80 DMC…) and as it happened, I had some Lizbeth size 20 in my favorite color from the same Secret Santa! She got me an awesome shuttle too, but since I needed 2 for this project, I decided to go with 2 that at least felt the same in the hand. So I wound my shuttles and waited for the TIAS to begin. And on January 11th, part 1 was published. It took me a couple of days to get it done, though there really wasn’t not too much to do. I had one false start… Apparently I was tatting a bit tight, and when I tried to close my ring I broke the thread… So I rewound the spool (since we were supposed to start with the continuous thread method (yep, I had to look that up too!), and tried again, with much better results:
No, I have no idea what it will be yet. Tomorrow is part 2… Will you guess with me? Assuming I can manage to keep up even remotely?