I haven't touched my tatting shuttles for weeks - feels like forever! Sometimes the rest of it begins to feel like a job. I'm knitting for other people and I'm spinning for other people and there are deadlines and commitments and it just sometimes loses the fun factor. Don't get me wrong - I love doing it and I won't stop. When someone pays for the supplies so I can have fun doing what I enjoy, that's a good thing. If I'm getting paid for doing what I love, so much the better. The theater department doesn't pay, but volunteering is part of being a parent and I do that with love and joy. It's the deadlines and feeling like I can't just do whichever bit of tatting or knitting or spinning strikes my fancy that gets a little wearing.
So, here today is some tatting - I had been wanting to tat this for weeks and finally got a minute to do it (ok, took a minute, still have theater knitting and have a Monday spinning deadline). This is Abigail by Fox of tat-ology. It's a lovely little pattern that was a joy to tat. The thread is Yarnplayer's hdt Garden Afternoon in size 10 Cordonet. Using size ten made this a rather large motif (close to 6" from end to end) - almost big enough to use as a glass mat which is lovely because I like to set tatted pieces under everything else on wood furniture.