Thursday, January 31, 2013

Day 7

So, to put it simply, Chemistry's trying to whack me over the head--but I'm not letting it. 
Therefore, I'm a little pressed for time on the blog-thing, but here's the low down. 
I got day 7 done! aand, I dyed a new batch of thread (this time a WHOLE ball!): 

Monday, January 28, 2013

Day 6! And Yay!

Sunday was a rough day, for no particular reason other than I woke up and felt like a walking zombie. My mom was the same way--so it wasn't just me being lazy. 
However, I did manage to tat up Day 6 of TIAS before my headache kicked in.

I honestly don't know what's wrong with me... that's like twice in the past week that I've woken up completely sapped of energy =S 

Anywho, aside from that...


My very first listing is the first four rounds of Anna's Doily

Now, all I have to do is get Chrome to start working right so I can get my etsy widget up =D 
I might have to change my blog look, though... hmmm

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Day 5 and whaaaat?

Okay, so when I first saw Day 5 of TIAS, my exact words were: what the fraaaack?
On another note, I very happily completed my very first lock chain =D =D 

I think it might be a gondola--or a viking ship, I saw that in a few guesses on the TIAS blog  and I kind of dig it =D
My own guesses include:
  • the gondola 
  • some other type of boat
  • a swan-type thing
  • a basket with flowers. 
Annnnd, I dyed some more thread =D 

As you can see, it's RAINING here! 
The cold front (79-72 degrees) was supposed to be gone the day before yesterday and then it started RAINING!
I'm not exaggerating, I've been wrapped in a flannel blanket all day while I tried to understand the equation for the change in enthalpy (I had to look it up to make sure I spelled it right--I keep saying enpalthy) in a chemical reaction.
In thermochemical terms, let's just say I was a walking (more like curled up) exothermic reaction all freaking day.

I was worried this one ^ wasn't going to work out. I had to mix up brown dye and then pour it into yellow dye, but I was worried it was going to come out mottled, or an icky barf color. I'm not sure if you can tell from the picture, but it's actually a really rich wheat/gold color =D 

Oh! And I have made some progress on Gemmy Bear. Not much, but progress nonetheless =D 

I'm trying out a gimp, but I'm like 97.3% sure I'm screwing it up. 
Oh well, haha =D 


Tuesday, January 22, 2013

TIAS Day 4 and more thread!

So, yesterday I had a weird headache (I couldn't even look at my computer screen O.O) and I ended up taking a five and a half hour nap--so I think maybe it was a bug or something that I just had to sleep off. 
I did in fact, do Day 4 before I fell bedridden--and I re-dyed (over-dyed?) some thread that came out a little funky the day before. 

I noticed that my chain came out a little bumpier than some of the other people's... hmmm. Either way, I stand at: basket/tea cup --> semi-final answer.

Here's the first batch of thread from the day before yesterday. It was supposed to be an attempt at a 3-way variegate between purple, blue, and green....
it was not meant to be.

You can't see it that well, but instead of a gleaming, jewel colored beauty--I got a stiff, snot tinged something that I kind of had hope for until it dried and looked as you see above--except with unsightly splotches of blue, yellow and red. 

Well, positive thinker that I am (believe it or not), I decided to add more blue to the same dye bath I used on Phlegmy, and came out with this:

Pretty, huh?
And theeeen, since I couldn't stand looking at that poor, probably never to be used Phlegmy, I re-dyed it. I stuck it in a bath of pure red and nothing more.

 At first, it came out purple, but I kept adding red until it looked less like the colors I've dyed before. It is very similar to the pink and purple I whipped up a while ago, but there is a difference--which makes me happy =D 


Saturday, January 19, 2013

=D =D

So, remember Anna's Doily
As you may recall, I finished it a while back--and I sent the first three rounds to a couple people (thanks Jane and Carmelina!) and got some feedback (but no pictures O.O... I maybe forgot to ask... whoops =) ). 
However, I recently typed up the fourth round--and guess what? 
Claudia from Switzerland has done me the marvelous favor of test tatting it: 

I'm freaking out because it's soooooo coooool!!! She did a fantastic job and gave me loads of tips!
Thanks Claudia!!!!! =D =D =D


Friday, January 18, 2013

TIAS Day 3 + Hint

So, I'm impatient--I admit it. It's a thing I have... but oh well. I'm also incorrigible, but boodyhoo. 

I can't wait until Evelyn's R4 is done to show something, so here's a hint =D 


My Day 3 =P:

I maintain my belief that it will be either: something with a hat/dress, a 3D figure, or a boat. I'm on the fence about the basket... but a 3D basket? 


Thursday, January 17, 2013

Cheerer Upper (does that make sense?)

Remember that thread I dyed to make me feel better after a less than bright and shiny morning? 

Ta daa!!!!! 


Tuesday, January 15, 2013

TIAS Day 2

Day 2 is here!!!
I woke up a little on the late side, but I got right to it as soon as I could =) I did the split chain version, and it actually helped me figure out how to do this one technique that I tried to use on Evelyn's doily, but decided not to do because it didn't turn out right... =D

At first I thought it was going to be a basket, but I think now it might be something with a dress, or a hat --> oooooooor it might be a 3D figure! I've seen a few of those in blogs lately.

Also, just a heads up, I've decided that NanaRama is just fine as is and will soon be publishing a free pattern!!! (Soon being... hopefully before 2014). After constant frustration, I chopped off the attempt at a 4th round and stopped before I started hating it --> the relief is indescribable. 

Aaaaaand I have published my first free tatting pattern! 
Remember that snowflake I did a while back? Well, I figured that would be a good start to my free patterns, sooooo:

You can now find it under the Patterns tab =D 


Also, just a last minute thought, I've dyed more thread (it's drying) to cheer me up from a crummy morning. I hope it turns out okay, and I think I did better on the not over doing it on the dye thing... but there was still a lot in the water.... hmmm... =/

Sunday, January 13, 2013


So you know how I entered the TIAS, right?
So, I send the picture from the post before, right? and this:

I didn't have any variegated thread when it started, or size 20 =( but hopefully it still turns out okay =)

Now here's the thing,

A) I forgot to say I'm from Cancun
B) This is the signature on emails I send from my computer:
From My Secret Underground Bunker in Switzerland

I forgot that not everyone knows that I'm a goofy teenager, or that everyone doesn't know I live in Cancun, so when I sent it to Jane she thought I was actually from Switzerland. 
Sorry Jane! =) 
I love funny accidents
*By the way, the signature for emails I send from my phone is: 
From My Secret Headquarters in the Caiman Islands

Just a loud and clear message --> I am a teenager, and most of the time I'm silly and goofy and convinced that I'm more of a smart ass than I really am... so yeah.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

What I've managed since.... the last time I posted

First and foremost, I would like to say: 

Dear little neighbor boy,
Please stop walking around your back yard shouting gibberish at the top of your lungs because it makes my yappy, nervous, even louder pug run around the house huffing and puffing and sounding the alarm. I worry for the strain all of this excitement puts on his little system, and I believe my ears are about to start bleeding. 

Thank you. 


Evelyn's doily is a bit of a thinker--buuuuut I do believe things are progressing nicely. 
Since this round had a version 1.0, which is currently residing in my scrap box, I present to you: 

Evelyn's Doily Round 4: v. 1.0

As you can see, that's about as far as it got--you can't tell that well in the picture, but the pointy parts were tilting because the round bits were too big =(. I saved the pointy parts--but that's the only hint your getting for round 4. =P 

Please note, that I tried very hard to save the round bits--but you may end up seeing them in the center of a future doily/motif.... ;-) 

Also, I have found the smallest crochet hook I've seen to date. It's so small in fact, that I've actually used it when I tried to tat with sewing thread!

Aaaaaannnnnd look what I've cooked up!

I went a little nuts with the dye and squirted more in there than was actually necessary... but it was fun =D
And look!

I used less dye this time, but there was still enough left over to dye two half balls of thread... sooo I guess the dye I use is reaallly strong.

Also, I'm doing this year's TIAS! (For the first time). I didn't have any variegated thread (I just cooked the purple batch that's kind of variegated yesterday, and just finished winding it five minutes ago), or any size 20 thread... but I did have some thread that I haven't used yet and I figured it wouldn't hurt =)

I just hope I can keep up haha, school's still kicking me in the keister so I don't know if I'll be able to have time... but the bits are small, so it should be fine.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Happy 2013!

Happy 2013 everybody! 
Surprise, surprise, we survived the end of the world (and I survived a crazy holiday season). 
To my enormous flock of readers, I wish you a fantastic year full of awesomeness and all that fun stuff. 

I'd also like to apologize, since I forgot to post about Bubbles's new round: 

Also, I realized that I don't get a lot of lighting in my place... so perhaps that has something to do with the dark pictures..... hmmm....
Anywho, opinions? 

Alllllsoooo, here's a hint on Evelyn's progress: