I finally took the plunge in January and taught myself how to needle tatting. I love this medium and it made much more sense to me than shuttle tatting. Yes shuttle tatting is the traditional method of tatting but I’m glad to have had people encourage me to try needle tatting. I knitted a beautiful doily in 10/2 cotton yarn but didn’t like the crocheted edging the pattern called for. When I took up tatting I realized that I could make a lacy border for the doily which suited my tastes much better than the crocheted one.
This year I have also been knitting several intricate lace items – I’m up to 3 projects on my needle. The doily is the first and will be finished as soon as the border is done. My next project is lace fingerless mittens showcased in Knitting Traditions Lace magazine and is being made on size 00 needles with wool/silk yarn. The third project is a knitted beaded shawl made with lace alpaca yarn and is also a project from the same magazine. I’m so glad I purchased this issue of the magazine as there are so many projects I can envision making over the course of the year.
Of course I am still spinning and have had to remind myself to do so at least twice a week to keep my mental balance. I won 2 fleeces at this year’s National Western Stock Show auction. One is a white Romney fleece with 6″ to 8″ locks and the other is a white Wensleydale fleece with 6″ to 8″ locks. The Romney has been scoured and is just beautiful. The locks are being spun on my new Ashford Traveler wheel. The Louet wheel has some dyed Merino roving being spun on it in a fingering weight yarn. Both of these fleeces came from a ranch in Oregon.