Monday, March 12, 2012

Neon and Black

You know what they should call the Monday after the Spring time change, Zombie Monday. People wouldn't even have to try to celebrate it. They just have to stop disguising the fact that they are literally dragging and just go with it. The dragging is of course much more prominent in those of us with, let's just call them early mornings. It's alright though, I'll be fine in a few days and then I'll start to enjoy the early sunshine.

Last time we spoke I was working on some necklaces in those brightly hued threads. I ended up doing just three in the colors that were best received as bracelets. The turquoise here, the lime green and iris purple. I'm pleased to report that three necklace and two of the bracelets are already on their way to good homes. I guess I wasn't the only one that Spring infected. I thought I was completely done with the bright colors when I ran across a ball of bright fuchsia pink. It's another one of those colors I'm not a huge fan of, but it certainly fits within this line of neon, so I made a necklace and bracelet with those as well which should go up today.

I did promise that I had something black to make as well and I did. This one is based on an insertion pattern. I say based only because I did have to do some work to make it look right. I tatted it as written first and even though it already looked much nicer than the vintage version, I had to change the stitch counts on all the chains to get the sucker to lay the way I wanted it to. Sometimes I think those vintage patterns were just written with even stitch counts to make them seem easier. I mean the chains are always something like 6-6 or 4-4, rarely 6-4 or 5-9, but most of the time, making those sort of adjustments results in a much cleaner looking pattern. Or maybe, I'm full of it. Either way, I made a bracelet with it and got that listed.

I don't have anything in particular planned for today, or the week for that matter. I've stayed fairly well caught up in the shop and despite my concerns about the number of listings in the shop, I continued listing the new pieces well after the 300 mark. I will get the fuchsia listed and then...I don't know. I'll figure something out.


Pat Greninger said...

Lovely work on both pieces.

Matutinha said...

Eu faço Frovolité e outros artesanatos e achei seu blog maravilhoso!

Jessica said...

I've done that pattern before too. (Did you find it in one of the Priscilla books?) It's a fun one in two colors, though you have to watch out about the joins. My theory to explain the fact that the vintage patterns never seem to work as written is that in those days the picots were much longer and that gave the pieces more flexibility for stitch counts that were not precisely right for the shape of the piece. Modern tatting has smaller joining picots so the stitch counts have to be more exact.

Sometimes though they still just make no sense. And of course, sometimes if you look carefully at the picture you can see that the pattern is just plain wrong. All part of the adventure. :)

TotusMel said...

Thanks & yes, it is just all part of the adventure!