Saturday, September 29, 2012

Shopping!

Saturday!  Isn't that a lovely word?  For those of use who work the standard Monday through Friday work week, it's gold.  We breakfasted this morning at Emerald Baptist Church, as they were hosting the Annual Pancake Breakfast benefiting Meg's House (a non-profit, non-denominational shelter for victims of domestic abuse).  It was a very worthy cause, and the pancakes were delicious!

We had a short ride afterwords; most of our friends and family didn't appear to be up and stirring yet, so we headed over to Hobby Lobby as I hadn't been in over a month.  Eek! I think I was having withdrawal symptoms!  
Here are some of our interesting purchases - more about the antique bronze butterfly string and lobster-claw clasps later (much later); today I want to focus on the Bobino Cord Wrap.  The bright pink against the stark black-and-white attracted my attention - then David said, "Hey, I bet you could tat with that!"  So we bought it - and he is so right! 


Here it is off the card, then wound with about five yards of Aunt Lydia's Classic 10 thread; I don't usually buy Aunt Lydia's thread, and certainly not in size 10, but I love the antique tones in these colors, so I indulged my inner child ("Pretty!  Want it!").  Do notice the little knot above the Bobino, though - and please note that I didn't put it there.  It came from the factory like that.  


I clipped it off and I'll let it go for now, but if I find more than three in a single ball, regardless of the brand, I notify the manufacturer with the label information as well as the date purchased and where purchased.


I also had a brainstorm when I dropped it and it started unwinding.  I have a lot of binder clips in various sizes, and actually had this 15mm silver one on a chatelaine.  I clipped it on the thread, and how about that - it works like a charm!

It doesn't matter whether you clip it ON the thread or AROUND the thread - it's just too wide to go between the arms of the flat shuttle, so it stops it completely.
Here's the first little ring - I have since kept at it, and now have four, and will do the fifth (and possibly sixth) when I finish this post.

I'm happy with today's purchases!  I can tat with this, or use it as a thread winder, or I can always return it to its original purpose, and wind up some of the electronics cords that always seem to multiply around here!

10 comments:

  1. So THAT's where my brain cell 3 has gone!!! You stole it off me at Tat Days. Please return it as soon as possible so I can get clever ideas like yours again.

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    1. But it asked so NICELY to come visit with me for awhile - how could I resist??? ;-)

      (Like you ever lack for clever ideas - !)

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  2. neat idea, I that would work with cotton yarn, I have tatted hot pads for dinning room tables with cotton yarn.

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    1. gave them all away before I had a blog, and at that time didn't have a digital camera, so didn't take pictures.
      I should make some again. I will put that on my to do list, but don't know when that will float to the top. he he

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  3. Oh, dear! I may have to go shopping! Thanks for the tip!

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    1. They're near the registers, where they keep candy, toys, and odds-and-ends. There were two black ones and this pink one that I saw - don't know if they come in more colors. Happy hunting!

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  4. Ingenious! I never would've thought to use it for that purpose!

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  5. That's something I really love about tatting - you can always repurpose something so it works with your lacework! Martha Ess showed us at Tat Days how to turn a butter or cream cheese tub into a bead spinner - recycling at its best!

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