Let me tell you a tale of the Easter tortoise and hare that unfolded at my place this weekend.
The story began when I started to think about how I would celebrate Easter this year, and I remembered about a particular egg that had been waiting for some tatting to be done on it. (I had not forgotten about it, I just had too many other projects that needed my immediate attention!)
I re-studied the pattern I chose, and I continued from where I left off. A couple of additional motifs were done in no time, and the basket for the egg now had the sides complete.
I was breezing by, just like the hare in Aesop’s fable! Becoming overly confident that I still have ample time to get it done, I suddenly got the urge to do something more Easter-ly. So I took a detour and tatted these adorable bunnies:
I especially love the tails!
Something more than plain rings and chains… I had so much fun! Feeling quite satisfied, I got back to the egg basket. And it was all downhill from here – I had a really tough time coming up with a bottom that would please my virtually non-existent artistic sense. After hours and hours of fiddling around with the base motif, I finally got something half-decent:
But now, I no longer had enough time (or grit) to get the handle done… what was I thinking, acting like the fable hare?! I should have known better that I was more like the tortoise, with my lack of speed in my tatting and experience in racing against the clock! And I needed to remind myself of this, so I picked up the shuttle I had just put down and tatted these tortoises:
Is it just me, or do they look somewhat upset, as if to say “we hope you’ve learned your lesson!”?
Maybe I overestimate my capacity from time to time, like the fable hare.
And maybe I will have to learn life’s lessons the hard way when I do.
But maybe if I can remind myself to get back on track and keep chugging along like the fable tortoise, I will eventually come across something at least half-decent.
So the story continues for the tortoise in me with the egg basket… hopefully, I will arrive at a happy ending.
I know it is very last-minute, but happy Easter to everyone who is celebrating!