During the time I completely ignored this blog, I was tatting. I just wasn't accomplishing much. To start with, here's a blue doily I worked on for quite a while. It's Lizbeth size 40 thread, and made without cut and tie rounds. It's all split rings and chains to move from one round to the next. It's also never been blocked (big surprise, that). It overlaps itself in several places and I don't think blocking is going to cure it. After all the time I spent on it, I got it to this point and just cut it off the shuttles and chucked it in the drawer with all the other stuff I don't know what to do with. I like the center -- most of the stuff I started during the last year has the same center. All these "oooo better idea" to move on weren't really such better ideas. I think some have potential. I think is one has potential -- but it might need a few cut and tie places to spread out the work and give the edge room to breathe. For now, it's going back in the drawer. ☺ I'm making mice!
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.