Anniversary, by Mary Konior, from the book Tatting with Visual Patterns. The thread is Lizbeth (of course) size 20 (of course). The ball thread is color 117 Countryside, and the shuttle thread is 651 Medium Blue (which is really light blue).
I've done this pattern a couple of times before, but this is the first time I've used a variegated thread. I like the effect; the colors look sort of braided. Serendipitously, the colors worked out so that at the end, the color on the ball thread was the same as the solid on the shuttle, so that I could do a split chain without it looking out of place. Unfortunately, I couldn't figure out how to join the split chain without a little color spot from the picot I was joining to showing through. Does anyone know a good way to do this?
I was looking through old photos the other day and came across this:
Awww, my little prodigy. OK, I admit I set it up. I tilted the harp back into playing position and got her curious.