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Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Jumping in with Eyes Wide Open

Yes, open-eyed, looking at all the beautiful Monsterpiece Doily, how could I not jump in!

I have been putting this off for so long. When Ginny Weathers showed her almost done Doily in Facebook recently, I finally decided I have to start on it.  If I am going to take a year or more to work on this Jan Stawasz doily, I might as well get cracking.  The longer I delay, the longer it will take to get done.
Hmm ... can you get my logic?


It was a toss up between a size 20 thread or at the other end a size 80. Common sense prevailed and I chose size 20 because I have already have lots of that in one colour, which happens to be white. No problems with matching the colours here.  This thread is German Hakelgarn, a soft 6-ply thread which is one of my favourite to tat with.

Oh well, just have to make sure that I wash my hands each time I want to work on it. I am not going to think any farther about what shade it will be a year from now, ha ha ha...

I should be doing a lot of something else around this time.  We are already half-way into Ramadhan and I have not sewn my garments for the celebratory 'Eid festivities.  Boxes of stuff from the re-painting of the house are not totally cleared and I have yet to think of the food to prepare for 'Eid.

Instead, if not tatting, I am doing this,


This crochet piece is from another Moje Robotki magazine (not the same as the one that has the Monsterpiece Doily in it)  This is crocheted with Omega thread size 50.

Oh, how wish tatting can be work up as quickly as crochet.
Okay, off to ponder what I should really be doing.

Oh, almost forgot ... I finished a UFO as well. A small doily, 19cm in diameter.
Thread is Milford mercer size 20.

16 comments:

  1. I look forward to seeing your progress with the JS doily. It took me a year to finish, mainly because I didn't pay close attention and made a ton of mistakes. The crocheted pattern is beautiful! I also wish tatting worked up as quickly as crochet!

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  2. Wow, that crocheted doily is gorgeous (not that the others aren't)! i LOVE THE SWIRL PATTERN!

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  3. Your Monster-Tat is going to be HUGE! But so pretty in white... I love the big ones tatted with ecru or white - so elegant.

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  4. Looks like you are off to a good start on the Monsterpiece doily!! :)
    And your crochet doily is beautiful!!! :)
    And your smaller doily is so pretty!!!! :)

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  5. I'm going to start as soon as I decide which shade of off white I will use. I will use size 20 Lizbeth. May I ask for guidance when I get stuck?

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  6. Gorgeous is all I can say! You are my inspiration being new to tatting. And I so love the arch of the crocheted one.

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  7. I love the crochet doily too! - Since I discovered tatting, I have hardly picked up my hooks, but I often think that I shouldn't let the skill become rusty. If you always have a white pillowcase or some sort of cloth on your lap as you work on the Monsterpiece, it will help to keep it clean.I'll be looking forward following your progress.

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    1. Thank you for the tip, Maureen. Will make sure I do that.

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  8. Is the pattern available in one of his books?

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    1. This pattern in from one of the Polish magazines, Moje Robotki, Nr 8 2007. I obtained this magazine from a friend, Zarina of Zarina Craft. You may contact her through her facebook, Zarina Craft to enquire if there are any with her currently.
      https://www.facebook.com/ZarinaCraft/

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  9. Yay, you've started the JS Big Doily! I need to get on with mine, too...

    I'm intrigued about that smaller doily. So pretty! Where's the pattern from?

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    1. Grace, reading the Craftree forum on this doily, I would have thought you had started yours long ago!

      The crochet pattern is from another Moje Robitke magazine, Nr 7 2009 which was also fron Zarina (re reply to Willnnabel above). You can find out from her if she has any stock left through her facebook, Zarina Craft.

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    2. Oh, you asked about the small doily. I misread you. That small doily is my own design. There is no pattern written down. I just went with the flow for each round.

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    3. Oh, you asked about the small doily. I misread you. That small doily is my own design. There is no pattern written down. I just went with the flow for each round.

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  10. All of these look great, and it's so nice to have you back in my blog feed. It will be fun to follow your progress on the Monsterpiece Doily.

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