Wednesday 17 December 2014

Thursday December 17th

Another new TIAS has arrived from this year's game. Never too late. 

This is from Axa who says:-

103. "I have created the sailing boat :) No, not now, I tatted it with you all, and then did not upload the pics. It is better later than never, is not it? :) I send you the pic of the boat and I upload the pics about the work. You can see it on my blog:
Thank you for the game, and I am waiting for the nex one! 
Axa from Hungary"

Friday 28 November 2014

28th November

What a great surprise.  Just as I've almost finished the preparation for next year's TIAS a new sailing boat arrives in the harbour!!!  It looks from the picture as if it has hit some really bad weather - just look at those waves!!!

This is from Nicole in The Netherlands.

102  Dear Jane,

The Dutch saying ‘Ik weet niet wat er in me is gevaren’ (literally ‘I don’t know what sailed in me’, I have no idea why I’m acting like this) is quite appropriate in this case! I just didn’t finish my boat. And then eventually I did finish it, but I forgot to send it to you! So this is a very, very belated thank you for your TIAS: thank you so much!

Best wishes,

Thursday 2 October 2014

Wednesday 1st October

Lovely surprise today to get another sailing boat.  Thank you so much to Linda who says:-
101  "Hi Jane.  
I finally found the sail boat.  I finished it on time and then it sailed somewhere.  I hope it had a good time. Today I found it coming home.  somewhere in the stitching room. lol.  But I had to send it to you."

Wednesday 24 September 2014

The magic number!!!

Well yesterday's regular blog post seems to have 'done the trick' and has woken Carol up to send in her sailing boat!!! Here's her comment.

100.  "Hi Jane, 
Seeing the sailboats this morning reminded me that I never sent you a picture of my sailboat. So here it is. 
I don’t get much time to tat anymore. A little here and there. Still busy working 2 jobs, so I’m tired by the time I get home. 
I always look forward to you TIAS though. Thank you, they are always fun to do. 
Hope you are well. 
Carol Lawecki"

Sunday 21 September 2014

Well these two sailing boats arrived while I was out of the country so I couldn't easily access the blog. Here they are now, though from Frances and Alison in Australia and here's what Frances says:-

98 and 99
"Hi Jane, 
well Alison and I have been taking a leisurely sail around the world from Australia and have finally made our way to England. (That is, I have just found the photo I took of the two boats, my son had borrowed my camera). We really enjoyed tatting this boat and are looking forward to next years. 
Frances and Alison 
Warwick Queensland 

Wonder if we'll now get the magic 100?

Tuesday 12 August 2014

Tuesday August 12th

Another wonderful surprise - another sailing boat arrived this morning. This time from Claire who says:-

97. "I just recently found my completed sailboat "buried" on this desk.  A friend in Kennewick, WA also completed it, but never scanned it to send it to you.  I live in Richland, WA.  It is always fun to do your TIAS each year. Thank you for taking the time to entertain us each year."

Thank you for finding this 'missing boat', Claire.  We may well hit 100 this year!!!!

Tuesday 29 July 2014

July 29th

Another sailing boat has arrived - this time from a new tatter named Maria.

96. "I'm a new tatter since I just started in March. 
I admire your work very much. 
Thank you for your tutorials and your patterns, they helped me a lot to learn and challenge myself. 
I had fun with this year TIAS and I want to show you my work. 
I've never did the SCMR before, I had fun with the first one( beginner luck), but I paid my dues with the second one since I didn't switch the shuttles... I've learned my lesson... 
Hoping that you are doing another one in 2015, thank you again."

Yes, Maria - there will be another TIAS in January 2015.

Tuesday 8 July 2014

Tuesday 8th July

What a lovely surprise. Here's another sailing boat which has just arrived from Coretta who said:-

95. "I just realized I never sent in my completed sailboats. Better late than never? Thanks again for running these. 


Tuesday 29 April 2014

A month has gone by!

A whole month has gone by and another sailing boat has now arrived!! This has come from LadyTats with a sad story about her hand. SO pleased it's better now, LadyTats.

94. "Hi Jane, 
I have finally finished my TIAS Sailboat. I did almost no tatting all winter as there was something wrong in the back of my left hand and it ached most of the time. But it is better now and I am back to doing some tatting. 
It is starting to be spring around here, about a month late, we have had our April showers now this past 3 days, over 2" of rain. So it is a good thing I was able to finish this sailboat, we might need it if the river floods he he 
Anyway, you will notice I did an extra ring on the top of the mast, I needed a good way to hide the ends, so did a SSSR 
The threads are both size 20 Lizbeth Rainbow Taffy and DMC Babylo 
Thanks for a very fun pattern."

Friday 28 March 2014

March 28th

I'm pleased to show you Surya's boat today. Not sure why she was hiding in my spam folder, though!!! Thankfully I noticed and sent out a life belt to save her!!!
93. "Hello Jane, 
I think it's been almost a month since I finished this, but I'm really bad at taking pictures. Still, I wanted to send off this late sailing boat and say thank you for an interesting tat. 
- Surya"

Tuesday 25 March 2014

25th March

Another fleet has sailed into harbour - welcome, Sarah!!! 

92. "Hi Jane, 
Shiver me timbers and blow me down! We made it! We ran into difficulty in the boat building shop. After frequently referring to Tips and Techniques in the Adventures of Brain Cell #3 and this Boat Building Manual to get these vessels sea worthy and ship shape, we have sailed over the briny ocean to you. Arrr! Thanks for the fun! 

Friday 21 March 2014

21st March

Another sailing boat has arrived after a long break. This is from Claudia who says:-

91. "Good afternoon Jane 
I wanted to be number 100, but it does not look like this is going to happen soon.... 
I finished my two sailing boats about one week after the last day, when business calmed down a little bit. 
The bigger boat is done in size 20, the smaller one in size 40, both Lizbeth. 
Thank you very much for hosting TIAS again, and I am looking forward for next january. This is an excellent way to start the new year 
Claudia, Switzerland"

Saturday 8 March 2014

8th March

Whooopppeeee - we've reached another round figure thanks to Kerstin. She says:-
90. "Dear Jane, 
Thanks to you, Martha Ess and others, I last year put some Life onto this rather dull weaving I made in a leftover warp 20 years ago, it still lacked something, wich turned out to be this years TIAS, now in Place. I'm not sure about the colours, so I might do Another. The sails are in Flora 50 col.84 and the hull in Molnlycke 50 col.10. 
Kerstin from Angelholm in Sweden"

Friday 7 March 2014

7th March

Another boat has just sailed in. This time from Grace who says:-

89. "Hi, Jane, 
Here at last is my little sailboat, ready to take its place in your harbour! This comes to you from Singapore. I used Lizbeth Size 20; the colours are Jelly Bean and Herbal Garden. Thanks once again for doing this for all of us! 

Wednesday 5 March 2014

5th March

Another boat has reached harbour after what sounds like a stormy journey. Thanks, Joanie.

88.  " my sailboat, small mistake but its done 
Joanie M. in west TN"

Tuesday 4 March 2014

March 4th

A lovely surprise to find Katie's finished sailing boat - or rather, boats today. 

87. "Hi, Jane, 
hang on to your sailor's hat. Here come two more vessels sailing into the TIAS harbor,clearly enjoying a starry adventure. Thanks so much for the lovely TIAS!  Beautiful pattern. 
Katie V in North Carolina, USA"

Sunday 2 March 2014

A 2 year old TIAS!!!!

It amazes me time and time again how far reaching the TIAS has become. I'm showing you this message and the picture for the goat that was the Tat It And See two years ago. 

"I did the TAIS with the course, the other girls did theirs later, this years we are doing it now, I give them 2 days at a time they have only just started up to page 4 we only ever meet once per week hence the long time doing it but they are loving this one and have all promised not to peek so far so good.

We don't have a problem if you would like to put it on the TAIS Blog your decision but I know there will be no objections. I know the other 2 girls very well we have been together as part of the group for almost 20 yrs

I am quite pleased with the picture , I just played with the wet felting then had to find something to finish the picture. Looks good in a display of lace showing people another dimension of tatting."

I find your TIAS a very good way of building the confidence of tatters, maybe the anticipation of the next sheet, anything to get them tatting.

Hope you like what we have done.
Happy Lacing,

I look forward to seeing all your 2014 TIAS's later this year, Madge.

Cheryl has sent in another boat that she's made!!!  Here it is:-
" I’ll have to check out your information on tatting without blips. I see I have some there.
It’s windy and cold here today. We’re staying inside and keeping warm."

Saturday 1 March 2014

First of March

Slowly creeping in is Marco's boat. I have hopes now of hitting 100 boats over the next few weeks!!! 

86. "hello Jane, 
here is my ( not so good ) sailingboat. 
it took a while, because the big sail was not upside down but the wrong way to the middle . hope this makes some sense haha. 
so i have to start the second color again. 
maybe when i have time left i will try again with all the tread in one size. 
thanks for this one and looking forward for the next one. 
greetings from 
Marco Voesenek-Janse 

Friday 28 February 2014

Friday 28th!

Today I have TotusMel's finished boat along with her comment here:-
85. "here’s my, ever so boring version of the sailboat."
No, TotusMel, it's NOT boring - no tatting is ever boring!

Wednesday 26 February 2014

Wednesday and another lone sailor!!

Another day and another round the world lone sailor has come into the TIAS harbour!!! Thanks, Lori.

82."Hi Jane
not sure you got my email so i am sending it again
here's my sail boat! i am very pleased with it!
Oh and I am from the USA"
Sorry, Lori, I didn't get it or it would've been on this blog. Perhaps it's gone on another round the world trip?!?!?

Well Lori is no longer a lone sailor and has now been joined by Mary Jane who says:-
83.  "Joanne Hayes  is sailing away in this cold weather we are having in Santa Claus., Indiana  USA.,
The colors are baby pink.,  and Sherbert Delight  Size 20 thread., Thank you Jane for the super pattern., waiting for the next one to start."

Great - another arrival which makes three more today.  This is from Michele who says:-
84.  "Sorry I took so long had to fix my mast at sr29 so had to go back and redo the sail again :) but it finally made it into the habour safe and sound. I'm gonna make another this time in black(604) and red(671) size 80 lizbeth thread and 2 white beads on the black :)
Michele in Fulton,New York, USA

Monday 24 February 2014

Monday's arrivals in harbour

First today is from Amanda who has just arrived in Tat Land's main harbour. She says:-
79.  "Hello Jane, 
My sailboat is finally limping into harbor. There was an unexpected storm at ring 30, and my line snapped! After some splicing and swearing, the breeze is back in my sails. Thank you for a very enjoyable tatting experience! 
~Amanda ( from Everett, Washington USA) 

The second sailing boat in this morning is from Bernice who has sent in two pictures.  She says:-
80.  "Jane,
I have been busy cleaning up my tatting as tax season is coming and I’ll be busy with books/meetings and paperwork.  But I am counting down the months to retirement so one last push before that actually happens and I can spend my days tatting.  Day 15 was done on the road, no I was not driving.  Here are days 15 and final.  So much fun.
Here are my threads.
Lizbeth 40 Color 136 Autumn Spice
Lizbeth 40 Color 138 Leafy Green
Best, Berniceb"

Oooooh, another boat has just sailed in from Gea.  She says:-
81.  "Hello Jane,
Sorry I am a bit late with my Tias. Had again trouble getting my pictures on the computer to send them to you.
But here I am, finished my sailboat! (with here and there some flaws in it, sorry did not pay enough attention to the pattern)..
I used Flora 20 in 3 different colours, white, kind of orange and mixed.
Greetings and thanks from Holland.

Sunday 23 February 2014

Sunday 23rd February

Welcome safely into harbour, Barbara. A happy start to the day to find another completed sailing boat arriving in my inbox!!

76. "Dear Jane, 
It is with mixed feelings that I send you my last picture of my finished sailboat. Thank you for spending the time offering this to all the tatters around the world. It was loads of fun tatting, following along with others from all over the globe, and I looked forward to each new clue like everyone else! If I ever get good enough to design my own tatting, it would be fun to offer a TIAS. Thank you for teaching me split rings and how to join in the second half of a split ring. Here's my sailboat with an inconsistent mast of split rings. I used Lizbeth "Tropical Punch" #132 Size 20 for the sails and Lizbeth "Lime Green" #679 Size 20 as the contrasting color.
Wishing you all the best!  May the sun come out to shine brightly on you this coming year.
Barbara in sunny California"

Next to arrive is Geraldine with her finished boat.  She says:-
77.  "Hi Jane
At long last I have finished my Boat. Family and work issues got in the way. I did say Boat at the beginning. But my boat did not realise what high sea's were in store for it. Around here in Leicestershire, England we could have done with the boat at times due to the weather that caused a lot of flooding. Please, please carry on coming up with T.i.a.s's I love the fun we all have. 
Happy tatting Geraldine.xx"

This picture and message from Deana is sooooo funny.  LOVE your icebergs!!!
78.  "MAYDAY!!!!!!!!MAYDAY!!!!!!!!MAYDAY!!!!!!......We are caught on an ice berg on our way to the TIAS 2014 dock......I sure did like participating in the challenge and really look forward to next years...we are just having more of a challenge bring it home......From London Ontario Canada where we are still under a few feet of snow....  Deana"

Saturday 22 February 2014

A Saturday arrival

Just sailed into harbour is another boat from Bev who says:-

75. "Dear Jane 
I am sorry my boat took so long to sail from Sydney, Australia. 
Thank you for the effort you put in to providing such fun and challenges for so many people. The tatting world is blessed to have you!!! 
Bev (Pedder)"

Friday 21 February 2014

A breeze in the sails!!

After yesterday morning's doldrums I'm pleased to report that this morning there's now a breeze sending the sailing boats my way!!!!

First in this morning is Nikki who says"-
73. "Ok sorry I'm late but I had a very sick child to attend to. But here is my final boat. It needs a bit of work with some blocking but when I get him sailing straight my son will love it! Oh I'm from the USA. Somewhere in Indiana!"

Next in is a whole fleet in it's own right!!!  This is from Angela who says:-
74.  "Jane,
Here are my 5 sailboats, coming to you from Bethel, Ohio, USA! For the solid-colored one, I used Flora thread size 20. For the rest, I used Lizbeth size 10. I really enjoyed tatting these, so thank you! Sorry I'm a bit late, but I guess the batteries wore out on my shuttles! ;)  Till next year - happy tatting!!

Thursday 20 February 2014


Sadly all sailing boats have hit the doldrums. No new ones to show today so far!!!

Well I hope it's the doldrums and not pirates that have caused the problem!!!!

You'll never believe this but just after I'd posted this Tine sent in her boat!!!  Thanks for cheering me up, Tine!!!
68.  "Hello Jane.
This is late, but I was verry buzzy.
This is mine sailing boat.
It was verry nice to do, so I am waiting for the next Tias.
Greets Tine Vedder the Netherlands."

Somebody else has arrived to take us out of the doldrums - welcome, Lou.  Here's what she says:-
69.  "HI Jane!  Thanks for making my Jan/Feb after the holidays Great!!! You kept me guessing right my until the last days. I used Lizbeth thread purple left on my shuttles so not sure which one exactly and the new twirlz winter ice.    My boat is sailing thru our Puget Sound with the Olympia Mountains in the background.  I love all your patterns  Thanks for sharing!!! Lou Dawn Renton, WA USA"

Next to arrive is Suzanne who has sympathy for anybody who doesn't like split rings!
70.  "It is a very fine sailboat indeed!  We had all kinds of fun with split rings; leading to a fabulous result.  It really is an excellent design.  Thank you.  P.S. I feel very sorry for anyone participating in the TIAS who was not totally in love with split rings.  They were likely tearing their hair out over all those second side joins.
My sailboat came from sunny Santa Barbara, USA"

Barbara has now sent in her finished boat with this comment:-
71.  "Hi Jane,
I'm behind!  Here's my Day 15. I'd been using this blue background for my photos of the tatting not realizing I was tatting a sailboat!  

Next to arrive is Joanie and she's just sent in her boat too.  Here's her comment:-
72.  "Well, Jane, I have no imagination on putting a background with my sailing ship! BUT it is finished!!! : )
Thank you (and all of your participants!) for a fun, humorous winter game! 
I live in Sebring, FL and used #20 Opera in Parasol Pink and Cradle Pink.  Joanie"

Wednesday 19 February 2014

Wednesday and a few more!!!

Only 2 in my inbox to start the day so here they are!!! 

First in is Helene who says:-
56. "Hi Jane, 
This is the bittersweet moment of the TIAS. 
I am glad to have finished the sailboat, but am a bit sad knowing I have to wait another year to be a part of this world wide tatting community. 
Thank you Jane for giving us this opportunity, it was great fun, even if I have to acknowledge that I am no good at guessing. 
I used no. 20 Coats Opera threads. 
Will be reading your blog regularly, so see you very soon. 
Laval, Québec, Canada"

Next in is Jennifer who says:-
57.  "Here's my competed sail boat from Galesburg, Illinois!"

Back again after breakfast and Emilia has joined the fleet of ships!!!  She says:-
58.  "Goodmorning Jane,
Attached the picture of the lovely sailboat you designed for us. I am sorry that it is finished. I will miss the excitement, but there will be a next year you said. Can’t hardly wait.
I used yarn DMC babylo no 20. Colors no.????
Till next year.
Emilia,  Lelystad Netherlands
p.s.  are the banks still flooded?
No, Emilia the banks are not still flooded but the ground is very, very muddy where I walk!!!

Good afternoon.  I'm back and with Val's as the first in of this batch.  She says:-
59.  "I know you say no need to thank you for the TIAS, but I want to acknowledge your generosity in sharing nonetheless. It's been a fun TIAS, yet again! Looking forward to the next! P.S. Will post this on my blog ( tomorrow. ;P
Val (Singapore -- for TIAS)"

Denise appears to be having problems with her mail getting to me but here's her picture and I'm hoping to get her comment later!
60.  "Hi Jane , 
I'm not sure if you received the other e-mails, but here is another with an attachment instead of the pic in the body of the e-mail."

Phyllis has just arrived too.
61.  "Here is my sailboat for this year.  Sorry Jane, I knew we were to change colors; however, I either did not remember/see/forgot where that change was to happen.  Anyway, it is camouflaged for sailing the high seas.  Thread is size 20 by Yarnplayer (Marilee Rockley).  Color is Peaches 'n Onions.
Look forward to next year.  Even though this is my third, it is great fun.
Phyllis Schmidt"
So if yours is camouflaged does that make it a pirate ship?

Next in is our other Denise who says:-
62.  "I love it. Never would have guessed it.
Denise Royal
Ravelry ID - wickedcrochetlady"

Helen is the next to arrive with her completed boat.  She says:-

63.  "Dear Jane, 
I would like to thank you for creating TIAS which lets me learn more. I think my sailboat is different from your pattern because of a mistake in joining. 
Well it looks great to me, Helen.  In fact it looks like it's on choppy seas in your picture!!!

Well, here's a surprise look what's turned up too!!!!  Another pram from the TIAS 2013.  That will bring the total there up to 127, I think.  So, will we beat that total this year?  Anyway, here's what Marty says:-
64.  "A sailboat!  I love it.  I thought it was going to be something else -- anything else, because so many people guessed sailboat.  :)
Here's a bonus:  I finally found my matching thread and my pram body at the same time and put on the handle. Finished my 2013 and 2014 TIAS the same day!

Next to arrive is Sue D who I was getting worried about as she's usually faster than this - too busy drinking gallons of coffee, I think!!
65.  "Hi Jane
McVroom says.... can he have one with the sails so that he can land on it please!?!?!
Here's the finished result.... just have the ends to finish off....
Thread was Lizbeth Rainbow Taffy and the green was a coats green from my stash.
Thanks for the fun!!
Sue (off to put a blog post up now....)

Sailing into the TIAS port next is Martha who says:-
66.  "Here is my final sailboat.  Last night I read Jeff's hilarious pirate talk and all the poems, etc, on the TIAS blog and I fear I have nothing witty to say, except thanks for another fun ride.  It led me to ponder color blips on split ring joins."

Betty has now sailed into this safe harbour and this is her seventh time of doing the TIAS.  Here's what she says:-
67.  "Dear Jane,
I loved it again to follow the TIAS. This time it was for me the seventh time I participated.
I send you a photo of the result. Maybe I will make another one in a different colour.

I live in the middle of the Netherlands in the city Soest. 
Thank you for the TIAS and I look forward to the next project.
Greetings from
Betty Vos- den Blanken
The Netherlands"