In case you haven't heard, Heather's Tatted Ladies book is now available. See her blog or etsy shop for details.
I got to test tat one of the twelve patterns while the book was in progress. I found Heather's instructions easy to follow.
This design is Lady Shauna. The one above was worked with size 20 Manuela dark green and Valdani size 12 variegated. She is about 5 1/2 tall. This version was worked with Oren Bayan size 70 brown and a vintage Coats yellow variegated. This one is about 3 1/2 inches tall.
I had an email recently from House of White Birches asking for my current address so they could send back some crochet models. I had practically forgotten that I had sold them two crochet patterns, back in 2008 (I think). That was nice to hear. In my experience selling patterns to various places, some times you get your models back and sometimes you don't. Sometimes it takes a long time.
Anyway, a few days later, I had a box at the post office, and it felt too heavy for just some thread crochet. I was happy to find inside a copy of "Christmas in Crochet". It is so gratifying to see yourself in print. I guess I'm feeling pretty full of myself right now.
Maybe a little less full of myself when I noticed one of the models had lots of little tags attached, saying, extra stitch here, missing stitch here, etc. It looks like they proofed it against the written pattern real well.
One more thing... I guess I need to confess before I get caught out on this. I can't read. You may remember I was so mad at myself for missing the deadline for Piecework's crochet challenge. I sent them my picture anyway with a note saying that I was sorry to miss the deadline but wanted to let them know I really enjoyed figuring out the challenge pattern. After a bit, I got a quizzical email back, saying to the effect that, "but, dear, you didn't miss the deadline." So either I couldn't read the magazine or I couldn't read my calendar right. So I might get a mention in print there too, which would leave me feeling both happy and a bit foolish.