Sunday, 31 July 2011
Saturday, 30 July 2011
Friday, 29 July 2011
They went off on a journey more than 2 weeks ago and have arrived at their destination. A special request from someone who collects elephants. I hope they will have lots of fun with the other elephants at their new home.
Threads used here are Manuela Size 10 Col. 159 in black, grey and brown, Flora Size 20 Col. 207 in pink and Altin Basak Size 50 Col. 2351 in gold with gold metallic strand. Pattern is from Inga Madsen's book 'Tatted Animals'.
Thursday, 28 July 2011
It's been years, but I am still upset about this. I was in a hurry to leave the house, closed the door and hit my ring on the door knob and it broke. Now and then, I take it out to admire it. Crying over spilled milk isn't going to fix it. I could glue it back, see . . . . like this.
I also thought of putting in a silver shank or getting a new ring but it will be difficult to find one similar. The beauty of these rings is that each is unique.
Wednesday, 27 July 2011
A mistake which ended up into an adaptation of the pattern but I could not let it go and had to tat another following the pattern exactly. Talk about an obsession.
Pattern is from Susanne Schwenke's Spitzen Ideen book on page 20. Used up quite a bit of Size 40 threads - 5m on Shuttle 1 and 8.5m on Shuttle 2. It is a nicely shaped star and you could reduce the number of arms to 5 or 6. Can you see the Ws?
Only managed to tat 2 snowflakes so far this month. 40 snowflakes was my target before 25 Dec 2011. Now to tat some from the Mastersammlung book.
Monday, 25 July 2011
Saturday, 23 July 2011
Cake anyone? Baking a cake to satisfy this craving will not work. Once you bake it, the craving is gone and you are left with cake which no one will eat.
Craving for potato chips can be easily remedied. Keep bags of chips at home and open a pack to satisfy the craving but cake isn't so easy.
When do you crave for cakes? Usually when watching a cooking show on TV. Could I buy/bake and store these sweets in the fridge before that and have it during the show? Maybe. Do I get these cravings when I am in the cake shop? No, not usually.
Friday, 22 July 2011
Umi has good appetite these days. She is not yet her normal weight but she is definitely getting there. She lost about 1.8kg when she was sick. She is now 3.8kg.
Tsuru who gained weight during that time due to test tasting all that food for Umi, is nearly back to her normal weight. She usually fluctuates from 3.0 - 3.3 kg. She is now 3.4kg.
Thursday, 21 July 2011
Thought I should not neglect my snowflake challenge so this month I will tat a few. This is #33 and I went back to Susanne Schwenke's Spitzen Ideen book for this one on pp 24. Tatted in white Size 40 threads from my bargain ball - La Primera Cotton Lace Yarn from Japan but it is made in Turkey. That 50g ball is slowly diminishing and I am smiling. Why? I can buy more threads. I have storage boxes full of threads and I want to buy more. That's the way it is.
This pattern looks challenging and that it why I passed on it earlier but it is actually quite easy to tat. I love the effect. It reminds me of those trees in architectural drawings.
Wednesday, 20 July 2011
Not everyone likes the bittergourd. I love it when cooked this way. It was how my grandmother and mom cooked it. I love having it with rice. Just halve the fruit, remove the seeds and slice thinly. Sprinkle some salt to remove some of the bitterness, rinse with water and fry with chopped garlic before adding the beaten egg. Flavour the beaten egg with soya sauce and pepper. Hmmmm yummy! One of my father's favourite bittergourd dish is a soup cooked with salted fish bones and tau kwa (firm Chinese tofu).
Tuesday, 19 July 2011
This is one I started weeks back. I chose it specially for a beautiful hanky which I bought. I did not want an edging pattern which showed any resemblance of flowers. I love flowers but not for this hanky. First edging in white and I wanted it to look elegant and pristine.
The pattern is Susanne Schwenke's from her Spitzen Ideen book on page 10. I made so many mistakes in the begining and had to untat. It was frustrating but I got the hang of it eventually. I used Milford Size 60 threads. I will photograph and show you the whole hanky soon.
Monday, 18 July 2011
Thursday, 14 July 2011
It is unusual and amazing but somehow the grand effect is lost. It is difficult to photograph and I thought I could find a better photo by a professional photographer to show you but no, this will have to do. I found this hanging from the ceiling at a local hotel lobby. It is made of crystal pieces carefully hung vertically to create a scene of bamboos, trees, birds, mountains, rivers and pagodas.
Wednesday, 13 July 2011
Tuesday, 12 July 2011
This is also commonly known as the peace lily. I think I have had this plant for about 10 years now. It was a birthday gift from wonderful friends. I just found out that overfeeding might prevent flowering. Is that the reason why it hasn't flowered until now? It is suppose to be a great choice for indoor house gardens or at the office as it is a terrific air purifier. Did you notice the indentations left by the spadix on the spathe?
Monday, 11 July 2011
Inga Madsen Tatted Animals pattern No 11. I wanted my squirrel to look more furry than the one in the book so I made the tail picots longer. I had lots of 'fun' blocking it. Tatted in DMC Perle Cotton 8 in Col. 107 (Variegated Carnation) and Col. 841 (Light Beige Brown).
Saturday, 9 July 2011
Friday, 8 July 2011
Thursday, 7 July 2011
This tree fascinates me. The tree structure and the variegated leaves are what caught my eye. Terminalia mantaly 'Tricolor' is endemic to Madagascar. I did see this tree in small pots in a nursery but unfortunately we could not stop to get it and it will be a while before we make a trip back there. I would love to have it in a pot in my balcony. It may not survive but where else could I plant this.
It reminded me of the Terminalia catappa (also called the sea almond) trees along Ayer Rajah Road back in the 1980s. If you have seen both trees, you might think it strange. I made many trips crossing that road lined with the Ketapang trees. It made that road so shady and the ground was always covered with its leaves. It is all gone now as Ayer Rajah Road is now part of the expressway.
Wednesday, 6 July 2011
Tuesday, 5 July 2011
You either love them or hate them.
This is a sign at the local supermarket in Kuala Lumpur. We were not shopping for durians there but came across this sign which is quite useful. However you need to trust your durian seller when he tells you that the durian is of a certain variety as they are not officially labelled. It is now allowed for export to China and as demand increases, prices will rise.
Have you had a good durian today?