I totally forgot about October. I didn't do ANY tatting. Nope, none --- well, maybe some standing in lines. I crocheted most of October. The building engineer where I work came out to my dad's house and put up his new carport. It came in a box with a zillion parts. We helped, but he brought the know-how and the tools. Dad's old carport got blown upside down into the neighbor's backyard in a really bad windstorm (it was held down with a rail road rail -- not a wooden tie -- a steel rail!). That won't happen to the new one, unless it takes the driveway with it -- there are bolts about ten inches long and as big around as my thumb holding the thing down.
As a thank you, I crocheted an afghan for our engineer (who says he's always cold). This is my favorite full-size afghan pattern, it's easy to do and doesn't need fringe (which drives me nuts). It's made of worsted-weight polyester yarn so it can be tossed into the washer and the dryer.
For those who asked: This is "Lacy Chevron" from Leisure Arts Afghan Parade which is Leaflet 335. It's copyrighted 1984, so I don't know if it's still available.
Tatting while listening to audio books is what I call relaxation. I get home from work, get dinner out of the way, then park myself in my favorite chair. I pick up my lap desk covered with shuttles, patterns, strings and beads, stick the earbuds in and say, "Checking out!" Nobody bothers me then -- until it's time to go ride the stationary bike, that is.