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To err is human......

Posted Monday, December 10, 2007, at 6:46 AM

Yes, I made a mistake in my last blog, and it was in the heading so that everyone could see it. As I told some friends back in the summer, I don't get paid to do this anymore. Anything I write, type, or edit is mine, and I'm the one responsible. Spell check can only do so much for me.

The incorrect use of the word "lace" made me actually think of what comes to mind when I hear that word. There are lace tablecloths and curtains, lace trim on beautifully smocked dresses for little girls, Battenberg lace, and Belgium lace. These are all nice, but that's not what I think of. Two things come to my mind. The first is the dainty tatting that my grandmother did. Tatting makes lovely lace trim on ladies' handkerchiefs. (Does anyone carry one these days?) I have her tatting shuttle and even some leftover thread. I bought some supposedly easy-to-follow instructions, but so far have not taken up tatting. The second kind of lace is the kind my mother crocheted. I have several sets of pillowcases with different patterns of lace she made and sewed on the pillowcases. Of course, those pillowcases have to be ironed or steamed pressed, but I do love to see them on a guest bed.

I'm sorry I made the mistake by using the word "lace" for the word "place," but it did conjure up some wonderful memories for me. I hope it did for you also.


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I would love to tat. I do crochet afghans, shawls, ponchos, etc., & crocheted angels for the Christmas tree. They are about 5" high. I bought a teach-yourself-to-knit book & was able to make a dish cloth. That's all I've ever done with knitting.

-- Posted by bettyhbrown on Wed, Dec 12, 2007, at 9:49 AM

When I saw your post title, I thought the same thing. I thought you were going to discuss an 'antique' hobby that you enjoy.

I feel like I'm somewhat of an oddball of my generation. I'm a thirty-something, a child of the 80's when if it wasn't store-bought, it wasn't a good thing. Hand-made items were a stylish no-no.

My mom taught me to crochet when I was a little girl. But, I didn't like the look of crocheted sweaters. They just didn't drape like the ones off the racks at the retail stores. So, I bought a book to learn to knit. It didn't take me long at all to learn the stitches, and I finally had my first hand knit sweater. I soon moved forward into lace knitting, and I'm hooked (no pun intended) ever since. I've made lace covered Christmas balls (the ones with the satin), lace edgings for skirts and blouses,and an edging for a wedding handkerchief.

Now, I'd like to learn how to tat. I'm a little nervous about it, as the thread is so fine, you could drop a stitch like it was never there. But, I suppose the only way I'll learn is to buy a shuttle and try.

Let me know if you decide to give it a try. I think there may be some helpful patterns online somewhere.

-- Posted by craftin_mom on Mon, Dec 10, 2007, at 4:26 PM


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