Yes, I am avoiding work on the Spring Doily. I have only the final round to go, but it's just like me to feel a 'need' to do something else. Just like the birthday quilt that needs only the binding to finish, and the wedding dress straps that need a little top stitching. Ha!
Mom gave me some handwork thread to try - Sulky Blendables. It's actually more for embroidery and appliqué, but I know others have tried it for tatting too, and it comes in nice variegated colors. I thought I should try it out, and have been thinking I need a stash of cross bookmarks anyway. And Mom needs a few more bookmarks to have on hand too. Perfect diversion from actually completing any of the larger projects in waiting . . .
First I tried this little cross - the Pearl Cross Bookmark by Dianna Stevens. It ended up a little smaller in size than I wanted, and I didn't plan ahead well and ended up with a too-short tail for my liking. Oops. I guess it will still keep one's place in a book, though.
The Blendables thread seems to compare to about size 40. Much nicer size than the sewing thread I tried - my eyes were practically crossed trying that. Honestly, I thought it would be quite a feat to tat with tiny thread. Surely it must be an accomplishment to be proud of, right? I don't think I like it enough to struggle with it again. I am not sure why one would use such tiny thread, I can't see the beautiful stitches anyway!
Back to trying out more of the Blendables colors. I love Jane's bookmark pattern, so I thought I'd try the cross variation by Grace Tan.
I love the look of this cross, and it works into a very nice size bookmark with the Blendables. I really didn't mind tatting with this thread as long as I didn't need to un-tat my stitches much. I did some un-tatting that led to a break that led to some ranting. But only once. A good long rant that addressed many unrelated thoughts :)
And, I started another book too. There are just so many things I want to do, and not enough time to do them all. And many times I find that completing a few smaller projects gives me the satisfaction of actually completing SOMETHING, and then it's easier to get back on track with the larger projects. Weird? Nah. Just the way my crazy brain works I guess. Besides, I can squeeze in some reading at lunchtime easier than I can accomplish much tatting. Wouldn't want to waste any time, you know.
Back to the worst (but most necessary) deadly time-sucker tomorrow. The job. Takes up a lot of time, but I gotta pay for all these hobbies somehow :) I'll get back to finishing the Spring Doily. Soon.