Thursday, December 11, 2014

Pretty colors

After a recent Hobby Lobby trip I found this wonderful colored skein of rayon thread. I bought two of them. Then came the part I'm not overly fond of, unwinding and rewinding on to bobbins. When I began winding the ends were the same length. When I got the end of the thread I got this.  I don't understand what happened here. I snipped the ends even and began tatting. I purchased this skein because I was thinking of making "The Peacock" in these colors. The name of the colorway is Peacock.  I gave it a test run using another of Jon's patterns. I kept having issues with closing rings. Maybe if I let the shuttle dance more often to reduce the twist it wouldn't kept happening. 

Luckily I got it closed enough that when I began the next chain, super tight and close by the ring, it was barely noticeable that the ring wasn't fully closed.

I lost a day of work today because my son had an accident at school. He's okay, he just has a swollen eye. Apparently playing tether-ball is more dangerous than you'd believe. On tomorrow's agenda is the winter trip to Disneyland! My future sister-in-law is going to join us. This will be her first time going. With the weather being what it is, I'm glad to be heading south where it won't be as impacted as where we live. Right now the wind is so bad visibility is close to nothing. Good news is the valley will be cleared of most of it's smog, I'll be able to breath a bit easier for a small bit of time.

Monday, December 1, 2014

No string play

I have survived yet another year of the retail circus! Okay, it wasn't really that bad but it was exhausting. I still feel like I haven't received enough sleep. I am so grateful it is only four day out of the year.

On today's to do list:
1. Finish the Encased shuttles
2. Take the kids out for food and fun because I'm not in the mood to cook or clean up afterwards
3. Make 15 snowflakes in variations of purple and 5 in metallic thread
4. Take a nap
5. Make some coffee and get back to tatting

I did do a small bit of shopping on my own these past few days. Mostly I was picking up odds and ends supplies. I needed head pins so I could finish my Pokeball charms and I also got some earring hooks in different styles. I picked up this variety pack because the shaping was not something I've encountered before.
Blue Moon Beads drop hoop earring bobs
The image is from JoAnn's website, I didn't feel like hooking up the camera. The long teardrop shapes I may use with resin, but it was the medium round ones that I really wanted. They are fairly large and would be wonderful pendants instead of earrings.