"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, January 7, 2011

Squijum, Bookmark, and Resolution Maintained

First off, have I mentioned lately that I have the cutest cat in the world? I just got him this new toy, which he seems to enjoy. It's based on the principle that a cat's favorite thing is whatever they can almost but not quite get.

And here he is with a chew toy which he has completely ignored for months and is now suddenly fascinated with.

And I couldn't resist showing this one.

On a completely different subject, in today's mail, I received one of Jane's magnetic bookmarks.

Here it is in my binder of tatting patterns from the internet.

I'm pleased to report that it really works. Squijum was unable to pull it out, despite his best efforts. Now I just have to remember not to set it on top of the computer.

On to my own tatting. I've been working diligently on my cousin's wedding present, as resolved. Here is the progress to date.

Erm, the problem with large pieces is you have to fold them up in between working on them. This one will probably need both blocking and pressing. But, hey, you get the idea. This row will have another red motif the mirror image of the first one, then I will start a few rows of red and blue stripes. Once again, I really must thank Jon Yusoff for making this pattern available.


  1. That Squijum is the best! Great toy. I must investigate for The Cat. (Meabh's orders)

    The wedding present is looking mighty fine... I cannot believe your patience.
    Fox : )

  2. That mat is coming along nicely and will be awesome when completed! Can't wait to see the finished project! :)

  3. You have one cute cat and the wedding present will be awesome when done.

  4. Your cousin will be receiving a beautiful gift! How I miss not having a cat (severe allergy)so it is nice to watch yours playing.

  5. Love Squidjum...that cat toy looks like a great thing for curious cat, Pippa. She is currently ‘in love’ with my largest blue plastic Tatting shuttle and a small EZ Bob. As you said though, cat is not discerning between all shuttles..and managed to snag two wound CTM which we found attached to her large bag’s handles! So, traded her the “possom’ toy for the shuttle and she made the switch. Fortunately, her mouthing shuttles is not like a puppy chewing on things ~ so no damage done!
    Tatting with a Kitty is indeed a challenge. LOL But she is so pretty and so forgivable.