Monday, 31 January 2011

Monday, Monday!!!

First person in my inbox this morning is Isdihara who ponders the origin of the TIAS and it's future too!!
She says:-
"Curiosity is clearly piqued among this year's participants. I was hoping that today's release would provide the "a-ha" moment of clarity. It didn't, so now my hopes are pinned on Wednesday's release. :-)  Since my last guess I have contemplated a goat, a toucan and a bat, but am sticking to a either a reptile or Nessie from the Loch.  (Alas, Nessie has more reason to hide than ever. Since Jennifer Lopez joined the panel of judges for American Idol season 10, "Jenny from the block" has garnered her fair share of attention. Nessie from the Loch doesn't want to be compared to a Hollywood celebrity!)  Don't let the coming rain get you down, enjoy the sunshine while you can!

Next is from Liz 'down under' who says:-
"Attached is my tatting #6 and 7.  I still have no idea what it is – Jane, this is so much fun.  Thanks again."

Now I present Alba's day 7 and she has this to say:-
"Day 7.  made it even more confused to me. Are you sure it is going to be "something" real?????  So far it does not look like anything I know or have seen before. Is it an alien dinosaur?  Well maybe day 8 will let us see it more clearly. I hope it will not be any kind of monster, just in case I see it in my dreams."

Next is Karen L's offering of day 7.  She says:-
"I got day 7 done on the day it was released! Still no idea what I am tatting, but why guess, just enjoy the trip."

Now I've got Sue Anna's days 5 and 6 to show you.  She says:-
"Here is my day 5 & 6 pictures. Looking at day 7 my brain turned into mush. I have no idea. Like I said I'll have an 'ah ha' moment when it finally done! Thanks for the brain teaser. Sue Anna."

Now I've found Katie V's little troop next into the inbox!!  Here's her comment and her pictures:-
"Dear Jane, after their discovery of tasty delicacies,  that candle of Anteaters are dancing for joy--the Can-Can even!  Aren't they finely choreographed?  Arms out, heads left, kick to the right.  Oh, Jane, you come up with amazing critters!"

Now I am going to show you Erika's work.  She's sent in days 6 and 7 with the following comment:-
"Here I send days 6 & 7.  I think it's some kind of lizard. Maybe a Komodo Dragon?  Have a nice day."

Back again and  later during the night while I was sleeping comes Sue Anna's day 7 with the following comment:-
" Sundays are good days to catch up.  I'd like to say I have the answer of what it is, but I don't. The "UFO" is flying high on my shuttles and driving me crazy trying to figure out what it will be.   Thanks for the fun!"

Next is Jeanne L who says:-
"Hi Jane, I have finished my day 7.  I was gone all day today, so didn't have a chance to tat it until tonight."

Now I have Bev's day 7 and she says:-
"You showed me YOURS, here is MINE    Day 7    LOL "
Her remark refers to something new I'm working on and which I shared with her yesterday!!!!!

Finally and before my shower and breakfast I have Jane M who says:-
"Hi Jane, here's day 7. Interesting! Happy tats, Jane"

Now look who's just popped in - Josie.  She says:-
"I think the plane has flown and we are working on a lizard-like Hamish.  Thank you so much for this, I love all the varieties of colours and combinations.  happy tatting."

Next in is from Margaret J who sounds totally confused!!  Here's what she says:-
"Now on day 7 I shall have to drop the idea of a plane.  After seeing the photo of Isdihara's skink that is going to get my vote too.  How  ever long did it take you to find this Watchermacallit, which is doing such a good job of keeping us all guessing?  Only three more days to go didn't you say, phew!  A baffled Margaret!"

Now we have Marion's day 7 and she says:-
"I'm still leaning toward a Croc or Gater, maybe a Salamander or even a Gecko???    Oh, guess what it's going to do tomorrow & Wed????"

 Next I'm showing you is from Prabhjyot who says:-
"This is my day 6 and 7 combined. I am looking forward for the surprise to end, so no guesses."

Next in is from Denise who has this to say:-
"Here is my day 7. I ran into a bit of a snag on ring 37 when my main shuttle thread broke. Hiding my ends made 37 a little larger than it should be I think. As far as my guess…I have no clue. One end still sort of looks like a lizard, but I don't have a guess. I'll have to wait for day 8 and see if I can sort it out then."
Now I'm going to show you Karen F's days 1 to 7.  She says:-
"Here’s my Days 1-7.  My husband says this is a Monitor Lizard.  Is he right?  I’m sure it is a reptile but he/she is being evasive and will not tell.  If I were starting over I’d use larger beads as they may be the back of a dinosaur?
Thank you for giving us the fun and PLEASE, PLEASE DO NOT TAKE YOURSELF TO COVENTRY!  You’d be missed."

Last in tonight is from Beelizabeth who says this:-
"With Omar adding a rabbit to Maureen's rabbit "Alli" alligator is going to be well fed!!"

Sunday, 30 January 2011

Sunday and day 7

Well here's day 7 to keep you busy.  Wonder what guesses will come in after this?  

Day 8 will be on Wednesday.

Oh, the fun has started in earnest today with a grudge match (purely in fun) between tatters from totally different parts of the world.  BUT you'll have to scroll down to learn more as I take all messages in order of the first to last into my inbox.  Here we go.

First is day 4 from Monica who says:-
"I have here a (crappy) picture of my day four TIAS piece. I did not get a day 3 one, as I was on a car when I finished it. This will be the TIAS piece tatted with best scenery! I now think it will be a submarine. I seem to be fixed with the sea!"
Monica is still working on the TIAS against all the odds and I've had this later message from her too:-
"I also did day 5, and then most of us agreed it will be an air plane, except my man who put it "sideways" and said it looked like a penguin.  I am sorry I can't send you a pic yet now. I see you have gone on to day 6, I'll try to copy it and work a bit at it on the car tomorrow."
Don't worry, Monica, there's no time limit on this.

Next is Marion with days 5 and 6 and she says:-
"For some reason I didn't get day 5, but I did remember to take pics this time.  I'm leaning toward a penguin now as well.  Guess I'll just have to wait and see what tomorrow's segment will be!  We also got another foot of snow!"

Next in is from Ridgewoman who says:-
"I’m not happy with it; but, here it is.  Picots are a little big for this size bead.   Since you worked the cat tail first, I’m thinking we began this at the back end first ~ what-ever-it-is....LOL"

Next is from Mary who says this:-
"I have finished later, but I finished."

Now I have a comment from Tine who says:-
"Now the Tias looks like the backsite of an aeroplane.  Greets Tine The Netherlands"

Now this is SO funny.  I knew that Maureen (Australia) and Isa (Sweden) were trying to be first with both their stages of the TIAS but I didn't realise that Omar (Australia) was in on the race too!!!!  So today's first in with her offering is 

WAIT for it


Here's her admission of what she was doing!!!
"Hi Jane.  I thought I would see what it takes to get in before Isa and Maureen.  I’m patiently hitting f5 to refresh the page with shuttle and ball in hand. Lol.  Well I’ve tatted, scanned, cropped, and inserted.....Hasn’t helped ...I haven’t the foggiest....I’m with Maureen It’s a Rabbit!!!!"

Following Omar is, of course, Isa!!!!  Don't be cross, Isa, you've been first nearly every day!!!!  
This is what she says:-
"From a wonderful winter day here in south of Sweden I send you my TIAS day 7.  Have a happy Sunday and now I'm going to the Church.  I'm insist it's a crocodile :)"

Next in (after shower and breakfast) is from Valerie who seems to still be puzzled!!!  She says:-
"Here's Day 7. WHAT is IT? :)"

Later on Sunday (actually it's the afternoon) and I've had a very upset Isa back into my inbox!!!!!  She's so upset (teasing!!).  Here's what she says:-
"Jane I'm crying and crying hahahha but you know I couldn't have my computer on line early as every morning, the server  was down and when it comes, TIAS day 7 was alredy in your page. But next Wednesday I'll be the first one :)"
There you go Omar and Maureen the gauntlet has been thrown down!!!!

Following Isa's remark comes Nima who is still trying to work it out!!  Here's what she says:-
"Here is my day 7 progress...Can't wait for next day...from catapillar to seahorse to turtle ...and my todays guess is a giant is the exciting part of TIAS...guessing according to the progress."

Next in is Maureen who says:-
"Hmmm. I will have to bring in the Big Guns soon, I can see a definite Absence of Rabbit evolving - it would help if I knew which way was UP!"

Now popping into my inbox is Elizabeth who says:-
"OK Jane.  Here is TIAS 7.  Looks like an anteater to me but I am sure it is not.  Guess we will see."

Next in is from Heather M who has this to say:-
"Hi Jane, it was nice to see my sister's tatting up on your page too... it was also nice to wake up to see you had day 7 up, it is snowing here again. I am back to having no guess at all, but still having LOTS of fun... thanks  heather"

Next in is Sharren who has great 'flights of fancy' when guessing what this is!!!  Here's what she says:-
"Well - I thought I might be on to something when I guessed opera-loving-aria-singing animal, but with this new part, that guess sort of goes out the window!  Hmm...with the new bit coming at a right angle, it sort of looks like a bent knee - so the animal (?) could be running or moving with arms outstretched.  Maybe it's auditioning for The Sound of Music - hoping for Julie Andrews' role??"

Here is Heather J who is a little behind - not that it matters one bit.  Here are her days 3, 4 and 5.  She says:-
"here is day 3, 4, and 5.  I was going to guess airplane like someone else did and now that I look at it it seems to me like a lizard, alligator or crocodile.  I have day 6 printed and ready I feel pretty good today I may get around to it unless the beads call my name again."

Every time I get up to leave the computer somebody else 'drops in'.  Whooppeeeee.  I LOVE it. 
This time it's Rose Anne who seems to think she really does know what this is.  She says:-
"OK I was up till 2:00 am so checked before shutting down but guess that was too early for you Jane!  LOL!  Then up and attem at 7:30 am to tat my airplane - yeppers I think that is what this TIAS is gonna grow up to be!!!  Sheesh now I better go crash for an hour or my tatting afternoon with the Lace girls will be for naught!!!"

Next in is from Terry who has this to say:-
"Good Morning Jane, I've included my latest effort. Last night after a martini(s), I was thinking that rotated tail down, this looked a bit like a chicken foot. Or, rotated tail up, a gusher from an oil derrick. The new addition (and sobriety?) has convinced me otherwise. I'm sticking with my airplane guess for now."

Now visiting my inbox is Becky who has a short comment.  She says:-
"Jane here it is still looks like a lizard!"  Short but sweet.  BUT is she right?
Now I present Wanda's day 7.  She's thinking the opposite to a lot of people - I wonder who is right, though?  Her comment was:-
"Hello Jane. When starting today's piece I realized I forgot a picot when doing day 6 so I had to go back and fix it.  At least I didn't have a lot to redo! It doesn't look like an airplane today."

Must add this comment which has just come from Pam.  She's working on the TIAS but has had computer problems.  This is her quick comment:-
"I've just finished day's 6-7 but haven't scanned yet but would like to make a serious guess.  I think that in celebration of our Australian friends it's a Duck Billed Platypuss.  Hope I'm right."

My apologies to Isabel - I missed her picture of day 6 yesterday. I am so sorry.  So here today is day 6 and day 7.  Isabel says:-
"Here, I sent it again, I think that young girl did you feel like YELLOW SUBMARINE THE BEATLES, and you dress again jumping at concerts, jejejeje, ...... So, here, have, Day 6 and Day 7 .......... And so far, I'm in the deep sea, jejejejejejej ......... I sky into the sea, jejejejejej ............. what fun!!"

Next this dark, cold January evening is a message from Emilia in The Netherlands who has had a few problems with her cat which sadly kept her busy.  She sends in her days 5, 6 and 7 and says:-
"Sorry that I waited so long for contacting you with the results of day 5, 6 and 7. I like it still to participate,  it is much fun. I still think were making some kind of crocodile or lizard.  Curios for day 8, with best regards Emilia."

 Next is Caroline who has this to say:-
"Looking more like something now.  Snow flurries in the air.  Is to keep up through Tuesday." 

 Next into the inbox is a message and a picture from Sandy S who says:-
"Can't believe the 'thingee' is still unknown! Have enlisted family members guesses and they are flummoxed too. So, my current guess is a plane with lizardly qualities - or a lizard with planely qualities!  I'm sure Day 8 will clear things up (ha, ha!). And your pdf file name today makes me hungry...chips..yum!!!" 
 Well next we have another dedicated tatter.  Poor Sonja has flu but has still managed to keep up and has done day 7.  Thank you for the lovely drawing showing the finished piece - with a rider on it too, Sonja.
Next is from Anke who says this:-
"I did day 6 very late on friday evening and had to work all saterday so I had no time to send it seperately.  But now here come day 6 and 7 together.  But I still have no clue - I guess I am unimaginative..."

Nearly my bedtime but time for another one or two more on the list today.  This one is from JB with a big surprise for me when I opened the image!!!  Here's what JB says:-
"Well, when I read that Ann had consulted with the brilliant bird "Norman" and he didn't have a clue. I decided that I must consult the three fabulous "fairies". So, I asked fairies Beatrice, Heidi, and Jane--they have supernatural powers you know. They agreed with me that it must be an Alligator. Therefore, I am sticking with my original guess--an Alligator. It's crawling along.  I’m looking forward to day 8."

Last in this evening is from Wendy who says this:-
"Well, now, I think it is some sort of lizard !!"