Saturday, March 28, 2020

Minnesota SHUTDOWN

Well, here we are.  Governor Walz of Minnesota issued a 'Stay at Home' order effective Friday 3/27/20 at 11:59 pm until April 10th.  This is undeniably an historic time for the world.

I am fortunate to be able to work at home within the Transportation/Road Construction field. It’s a bit odd to wish for road construction here in Minnesota, but it will keep myself and my coworkers employed for now.

Working from home is going well - I hope this will transition many more people into the electronic world so we can quit printing so much stuff and using all that paper!  I’ve been leaning more and more this way over the past few years, mostly because of work with auditors and documenting absolutely everything I do.  Fortunately, it’s helping me now.

So, how do you store your patterns for tatting or sewing?  I use Google docs, and most often have my phone in my lap with my pattern available as I tat.  I use my iPad for sewing patterns most of the time.  There are times I still like my hard copy pattern out, but I’m getting used to viewing them all electronically.

Currently, I’ve been working on Tat-a-Renda's 14-Day Challenge in the evenings.  I’m a little behind, but that’s OK!  It’s a nice, easy, stress-free pattern to work on when time permits. I’ve chosen a springy colorway, so hope abounds! Phone in lap as we watch TV is the method I’m using for this.

I'm currently adding a couple of rounds in white, so I’ll just keep it at that for the time being. I’m due for a non-stressful, enjoyable tat. I'm hoping to keep my mind on task so I have something to show for surviving this global pandemic someday.  

Stay healthy and safe!  


  1. Pretty in those colours, yes, I like to have a straight forward pattern to work on in the evenings. I often work from my iPad for tatting, but I have to print out beaded crochet rope patterns. I did try to work from a screen but it was hopeless. The paperless world we heard about didn’t really happen did it?

  2. Staying at home has its benefits! I love your color choice for the tat-along. I haven't joined in only because I have too many projects going right now. I work many patterns from my iPad, but there are times when paper and pencil work best for me. Even when working from a book, I tend to make a paper copy that I can mark up.


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