"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

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

The Challenge Continues

The "Tat This!" challenge is gathering strength. Diane has completed round 2. We have also been joined by Geraldine, who not only posted her round 1 yesterday, but she must also have tatted all night, because this morning she already has her round 2 up. Finally, check out Sharren, who is already on round 3!

The neat thing about this challenge is that each person is coming up with something slightly different. Diane made a couple of extra repeats to make her first round lie flat, so her doily will probably end up slightly larger than the others. Diane and Geraldine both have stitch counts in round 2 that make the picots on the chains appear offset towards the clovers (even though I think they have the same number of stitches at both ends of the chain-- it's something to do with the difference between the clovers and the single rings), but I think Diane's look a little more offset and Geraldine's a little less so. Sharren noticed that in the fabric print, the 3-ring clusters appear to have smaller circles in the middle, so she made an SCMR with three rings coming off of it instead of a normal 3-ring cluster.

I expect to see even more variation in round 3. When you look at the fabric print, you can't tell the difference between bare thread and thread worked into double stitches-- look at the thickness of the lines representing the picots compared to the lines representing rings; they are the same. This means that the lines in round 3 could represent either chains (with a shoelace trick before and after each outer ring) or bare threads. Sharren decided to be really unique and go with zig-zag chains!

It's not too late to join the challenge! There are no deadlines and no wrong answers, so why not give it a try?


  1. This beautiful fabric is available on line at Joann.com. It is on sale for $6.99 a 43" yard.
    As another tatter mentioned, I thing I will make my GD a little dress or a skirt.
    Thank you for sharing your talents.

  2. I just finished round 3! I'll be posting on my blog this morning!