"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

Thursday, January 30, 2014

All Fox's Fault

Well, not all Fox's fault. It's also umintsuru's. They recently tatted Iris Niebach's "Annalisa" doily together, and I was so taken with the design that I had to buy the book and make it for myself. I'm a quarter of the way done now.

Both of them said they did a lot of untatting as they worked on this, and I can certainly see why. I've done a fair amount of that myself so far-- a couple of times because I used the wrong shuttle, and once because I missed a join. It's a gorgeous design, but one thing is clear: Iris's brain does not work like yours and mine. She is an absolute genius the way she comes up with these incredibly complex patterns that are worked all in one pass. I'm enjoying the challenge of this very much, but I can only concentrate on it for short periods of time.

I'm using Olympus thread size 40 in color M12. This lovely delicate colorway was rather difficult to capture with the scanner; I'll try it with the camera next time. And of course anyone who's tatted with Olympus will know that their size 40 really tats up like somewhere between a 20 and a 30, so this will be rather larger than the ones the other two made in size 80. It's a delightful thread to work with, though, smooth and flawless.

I also complete day 8 of the TIAS the day it was released, but didn't get around to posting it. Still no idea what we're making.

My heart goes out to Crazy Mom. Anything at all you need, Sandra, just post it on your blog and your tatting buddies will take care of you.

Finally, Squijum.

As you can see, he is quite back to his normal self. Except that the allergy treatments aren't working; in fact, he seems itchier than ever. Next week he'll be going back to the vet for some more extensive testing to find out if it's something other than allergies.


  1. I feel the same way about Iris's items :) Have wow that is something on the cat troubles! Change vets!

    1. No, you don't change doctors just because they miss the diagnosis once. When I first took Squijum in, his hair loss pattern was typical of an environmental allergy, so there was no reason for the vet not to start with that. I work in human health care, and I know that sometimes you just have to rule things out one at a time. You start with the most likely problem and go from there.

  2. Lovely colour thread, it's going to look lovely but from what I heard from Wendy and Fox they both had trouble with the pattern, I was given the book last year but as yet have not had time to do any if the patterns, it's a gorgeous pattern even if it's got some difficulty in it.
    Keep at it I am sure you will get there in the end.
    I agree with you, I was only thinking if Sandra in the night and what could I send her in the way of tatting supplies. I will give her time to sort out somewhere to live and get her address.

  3. Your doily is off to a gorgeous start!!! :)

  4. Hehehe! Your tatting is fabulous! It is going to be a wonderful doily.

    Yes, Iris’s brain is definitely out there!

    Poor Squijum I hope they get to the bottom of it. Have you got him on one ingredient food? That helped Misha who had the itches as well. He was allergic to lots of food stuffs in catfood so he ate only Venison.

    Gian is a lot better finally. It sure does take time. He had urinary tract infection that kept him (and me!) miserable for days till the meds kicked in.
    Fox : )