"But, really, why does anyone create? You feel a... a restlessness inside, a need to make something new, something no one has ever seen before. You want to add to the beauty and the richness of the world with a gift, an offering that is uniquely yours. It's an act of selfishness and generosity, all rolled into one."

-- Bruce Coville,
The Last Hunt

Friday, August 13, 2010

Thank God for Netflix!

I hate making edgings. They are so tedious. After about the fourth repeat, I'm bored and want to throw my shuttles across the room. However, I have a need for a rather long strip of tatting-- 46 inches, to be exact.

And you know what? It's not that bad. In this case, the monotony of the pattern actually makes it better, because I can watch movies while I do it and not worry about making a mistake. This pattern really requires no concentration at all. You just make one section, switch shuttles, and do the exact same thing with the other shuttle; it doesn't even matter which is shuttle 1 and shuttle 2.

I only wonder how people used to do things like this before Netflix, because if I couldn't stream movies, I would not be doing this.

The pattern is Edging No. 36 from the book Tatting with Anne Orr. I'm doing it in size 20 to make it go faster, and also because I don't want it any narrower than it is.

What on earth do I need 46 inches of tatting for? You'll see....


  1. I agree! Netflix has kept me tatting, crocheting, knitting, etc., this summer. I've watched many classic movies, and this past week, I've been watching the first season (of the new version) of Doctor Who... I had to find out what the TARDIS was so that I'd be inspired to make the bookmark!

    I love the edging! I have some hankies to do up. I may pull this book off the shelf, dust it off, and try it out.

  2. humm, interesting question, what would you need 46 inches of tatted edging for...? I'd be interested to know.

  3. Diane, that's interesting, I've been watching Dr. Who lately, too! I've been watching the early episodes, though, which are mainly only on DVD. Did you see Jane Eb's tatted Dalek?

    Not to worry, Bonnie, all will be made clear in time! Meanwhile, I'm having such fun being a tease. ;)

  4. Oh NO! I never knew about Netflixs - which is not in Canada, but something very similar is... I listen to e-books, but can see a whole new world opening up! Thanks for the info.

    Edging is pretty in white. I am curious!