We figured out the wireless code and DH fetched my laptop so now I don't feel like I'm in limbo and can finally work, er, play. Just about all my tatting patterns are on this here laptop so now it's like having re-discovered joy. Yes I have them backed up on an external, but without a computer, the external is useless.
I did spend a few hours emptying out a pair of shuttles and having transfered the largest amount of thread to them. It's size 80 DMC white. I tried to make one of the squares but my hand tension isn't accustomed to fine thread anymore. So I went through another of my craft files and decided to combine Chinese Knotting with my tatting. I'm tatting a long chain to use as my 'rope' for the knotting, then I will continue to finish with tatting 'embracing' it. The file is actually a video file I downloaded from YouTube and while the artist isn't saying it Chinese knotting, just knotting, I thought it was a wide enough base to attach any type of tatting to. Once I have the base done I will upload pictures showing development.
I don't want it to be jewelry-ish but I can't think of anything else I can turn it into right now.
In any case, I leave you now to begin on this.