Thursday, July 14, 2011

Pride Comes Before the......

Pride comes before the.....What the heck was I thinking?!?!

There I proud of my accomplishment. I finished the next row on the tiny little booty. Calm, content, and at peace with myself. I HAD EVEN FINISHED THE ENDS!

As I sat and prepared to start the same row on the second booty I suddenly thought...OMG... John, did it ever occur to you to read the directions CAREFULLY?!

I tatted the last row on booty one opposite of the directions. Join chain to previous row...NOT JOIN RING! (hopefully, you're sensing my frustration)

Here's how it should be going...

And now, the two together. REALLY?!

It's been awhile since I tatted this pattern....but, REALLY?!

Needless to say, this morning I finally got up the energy to cut off the entire row. Tiny little pieces of thread...piled on the table next to me. What's worse is that on the last ring of the second booty in the same tragic round....I tatted one too many rings...more cutting and work to figure what the heck to do.....

Tatting is still restful and peaceful for me (I keep telling myself this)...I just find it difficult to sit in my chair in the summer when there is so much to be doing outside.

Does anyone know a good therapist? (for those that don't know...that's what I do) I think it's my turn for the breathing exercises.


  1. Whew! I thought I was the only one who made mistakes like that! Thanks for the free therapy session... I feel so much better now. : )

  2. Misery loves company. (smile) I believe I've done the very same thing. It was also a bootie pattern so maybe even the same pattern. If you hadn't already done one bootie, maybe you could have designed a whole new pattern!

  3. I just did that with a pattern I'm working on. I'm taking a break from it for a few days to "recover". I'm still tatting.
    Is this your own pattern or some that's available? I just got a new nephew and would like to make him some.

  4. A first grandchild is expected this fall, and I was thinking of tatting some booties. Hmmmm, maybe not. Tonking is not fun, I know. I just removed everything from a quilt block, and there were hours and hours of tatting......ack!

  5. Deep cleansing breaths, that's all I have to say. I had to take scissors several times to a doily I finished recently, and it really hurt me to do it! But soldier on, it will be ok.

    Are you coming to Tat Days this year? I'm teaching...

  6. Anonymous said...
    Too bad you didn't try to "salvage" the bootie by doing a "new design". (You know that's how new patterns "just happen".) I think we have all done "mistakes" in our tatting. Sometimes our "mistakes" are for the best. (I always try to learn from mine and not beat myself up about them.) Welcome to the club!

  7. Thank you, John, for the invigorating stand-up routine! What a great read to start the day! The next pair will be easier - maybe!
    Fox - still laughing... : ))

  8. I think that a reading lesson would do all tatters (and maybe others) a load of good :) I know that if I read things better it would save me a great deal of difficulties :)

    Thanks for sharing the difficulties. It makes others (namely me) feel better.

  9. Your booties look like they're off to a good start. Your mistake was made only because you were enjoying the moment - actually tatting. I can't wait to see a picture of the finished booties.

  10. Your mistake might have happen because you were enjoying tatting, we have all been there and I am sure the next one will be perfect cant wait to see the finished bootie.

  11. Hello,

    How or where can I get the pattern for the baby booties you are making in your blog. I would like to make them (or some other baby item) as a gift for someone I know who just had a baby girl. Thanks.