Tuesday, July 13, 2010

I'm Back

First off, how sad is it that 5:15 in the morning is sleeping in for me? Yeah, I know right? Anyway, I am back from the cool, cool coast to the hot arid valley. I want to go back already, but I didn't tat and I didn't blog, though my new iphone at least kept me relatively in the loop. I even managed to record some things that would have just faded from memory like this collar here. I hesitate to say it is very old as it was in really good condition and very crisply white, but I hadn't seen this design floating about. No, I didn't buy it even though at $35 it was under priced, I still couldn't justify the purchase. I found this at the Cannery Row Antique mall. I've seen tatting there before and like this piece it is usually mislabeled. This one said it was most likely Irish crochet. I suppose they guessed that based on the rose motifs, but I think if you're going to sell something, at least do a bit of research or look at it a bit closer. The only other piece of tatting I came across was a very antique roll of a ring edging this time in horrible condition.

The rest of my time away was spent at the Aquarium, down on the beach and being slightly more exploratory than usual. We are creatures of habit and generally do the same exact things even on vacation, but I think we're getting stir crazy so we ventured out a bit. First we went to a park we'd seen, but never visited, the Dennis The Menace park. The kids enjoyed it and it killed an hour or so and gave us a place to pack a lunch for. We also wandered down to the beach early in the morning and got some incredible tide pool viewing.

So all in all, it was a lovely trip. The husband is still home for a few more days, so I will still be off balance likely until next week, but something a little off balance it good for a nice reset. I make no promises regarding tatting projects though I do have another bridal veil in queue and a possible request for a custom slave bracelet design so I might have something to share in the coming days, we'll have to wait and see.


Kim said...

I'm glad it was a nice trip, and glad you got a photo of the collar - thanks for sharing!

Sewicked said...

If the collar was stored well, it might be old. You don't often see that style pattern after 1960. Glad to hear that you and your family enjoyed your trip.

Tatfully Yours said...

Well you know they say "that a change is as good as a rest!"

mickchick831 said...

Hey you were in my town! Hope you enjoyed Monterey.

TypsTatting said...

That collar is really lovely! It's always nice to get away and relax!

yarnplayer said...

Oh! I know that collar! I have tatted that exact collar pattern, no kidding...back in the days before Internet, when I thought I was the last person left on the planet who tatted, LOL! The pattern is in the Dover book "Tatting Patterns" by Julia E. Sanders, 1977, which actually is a reprint of "The Priscilla Tatting Book No. 2" published in 1915. It's probably available as a free download at the antique pattern library now.

For sure, $35 is not much money for all that work, whether antique or new. The one I tatted is shown on my blog post here: