Today's post is a culmination of tatting angst and a nod to the hush that seems to be falling over Tat Land of late.
Please join me as I pour a tall glass of "Iced Tea" by The Carpenters and fracture one of their best loved songs.
I know you were expecting to hear the tune, "There's a Kind of Hush (All Over the World)".
I had originally planned this as a Tatting Tea Tuesday post and it was my attempt at a tie-in. Yes, I hear the crickets...
I freely admit I am not as good at Tatting Tea tie-ins as Gina the Tatting Goddess. But I can fracture a quote (or a lyric) with the best of them!
There's a kind of hush,
All over Tat Land tonight.
All over Tat Land.
You can hear the sound of lacers mid-knot.
You know what I mean.
So listen very carefully
Get closer now and you will see what I mean
It isn't a dream
The only sound that you will hear
Are lacing shuttles [needles] clicking into high gear
Before Santa appears
What? More crickets?!? Y'all sure are a tough crowd.
Before you start lobbing rotten tomatoes, here is a fascinating PDF file. It is a tatting story that The New York Times originally ran on February 2, 1913. The title of the story was Tatting Rest Cure for British Brains.
Can you believe that under the headline it said this? "beats playing solitaire" Oh sweet mercy!
I particlularly was amused at the spelling of the word doily : "d'oyley."
Another amusing bit was the term "toilet mat." Today, wouldn't a toilet mat be one of those fuzzy rugs that people use to accessorize their bathroom decor? I'm pretty sure that in 1913 they were referring to a lacy dresser scarf or some such.
Now, the next time you find yourself in the loo, the words "toilet mat" will pop into your head. LOL!
Remember — Tatting, it beats playing solitaire!
(To come full circle, it seems The Carpenters released their version of the Neil Sedaka song, "Solitaire" in 1975 and it reached 17 on hit charts of the day. As a kid my first LP was one of The Carpenters albums. Just more useless trivia...)
I know, I know...don't quit my day job. Aren't you glad I shelved this topic in favor of dishing on HDT stash?
Have a great weekend!