I emailed a few stores and asked what hook I needed for "crochet-tatting" and one person mentioned the "bullion hook."
The book only mentions a "hook" but not a size, so I bought both a crochet-tatting hook and a bullion hook.
I was successful in using the bullion hook for this bookmark. I used it to crochet with too. The pattern is crochet, tatting, more crochet, then a crocheted crab stitch edge. All of the bookmarks are different. Instead of the suggested bead choice, I used seed beads.
This was a practice piece. I need to work on making sure when I close the rings, that they stay more round vs. oval for this pattern, but overall, it turned out better than I thought.
These stitch up pretty quick if you know how to crochet and know how to do needle tatting. It might look like I spent all day on it, but I didn't.
Now that I had my "fix" I can put the box away until the garden is put to bed for next spring.
I spent most of yesterday running around in the big city, trying to find two girls a good pair of gym shoes. We found them. I can't buy them shoes at Wal-mart. They fall apart in a few months (or less). I have to hunt down good brands, and they last a good school year.
I stopped in the health store to see if they sell almond flour, my allergy remedy, and other items I typically have to order online. I found almond flour, and I found a different allergy remedy, that costs less than the one I do buy.
Next, we had to return a pair of jeans that one daughter didn't like (even though she had tried them on when we initially shopped for them....kids!).
By the time we got back home, I was too tired from shopping to trudge out to the garden. I decided to don my jammies and robe, turn on AMC and sit and crochet for a while.
That's it. Nothing exciting. Today, we need to get moving on the yard work before Hubby leaves again today. The mower belt broke yesterday putting us back a day, but rain is on the way again. I know he's tired from 2nd shift last night. And it got cold last night - mid 30's. We are not turning on the electric heat, so this pushes us to cut more wood. Nothing like weather to motivate you. Which reminds me....I need more wood pellets and heat lamp bulbs. My chickens will need heat soon.
I always feel like my lists fill up as I cross things off, but I am glad we have a lifestyle that is not sedentary. I have to look it in a positive way. I just need to work on time to write, and time for myself, and time for my marriage. We really lacked our date nights this year, and trips to the island.
Five Minutes for Me ~ writing in my journal on the front porch, and gettin' in my jams early.