Thursday, 26 December 2013

26th December - Boxing Day!

Another new pram in today and this one (along with the stork!) is from Anne-Marie who says:-

126.  "Hello 
Excuse my very bad english, I just tell you your blog is SUPER.  I enough understand English  to follow drawing patterns and explanations.This summer, I did it for a friend who becomes grandma....I'm french and 'll look at your blog for TIAS 2014?????
Here, i enclose photo of my push-chair.
Your English is VERY good, Anne-Marie.
Only another couple of weeks before the new TIAS starts!!!  I will be announcing the date soon!!

Thursday, 21 November 2013

November 21st

A new pram has arrived today via Ryanna.  I found this one on Facebook.  Number

Sunday, 6 October 2013

Number 124 on 6th October

Well it's always a lovely surprise to have a TIAS arrive. This one has just dropped into my inbox from Nikki. She says:-

124. "Ok I got really busy but I finally finished it!!! It came out really cute! Thanks for the fun project!"

Monday, 9 September 2013

Monday September 9th

What a lovely surprise to wake up on a miserable Monday morning (it's raining again!) to find another pram in my inbox. Number 123 comes from Monica who says:-

123. "I just saw in your blog you won't be updating the 2013 TIAS because you are busy working on next years.. so exciting! And you mentioned some other TIAS before the end of the year...? I will have to keep my eyes open!

Still, I just finished mine, and I want to send it to you before life passes me by and I forget!

Thanks again for organizing this. I will see if I put this in a bib or a card... I used the airplane on a bib earlier this year, it was great!"

Don't worry, Monica - I update this blog whenever I get a new incomer!!! Even if the next TIAS is happening there's always room for previous ones!!

Sunday, 18 August 2013

Sunday 18th August.

What a lovely surprise - another pram has strolled in from Nathalie who says:-

122. Hello Jane,
I discovered tatting last Christmas and learned it by watching videos online. Quickly after that, I found your blogs and I fell in love with your patterns, so I've joined the Fringe Element Tatter group in Toronto to help me tatting them. Attached to this email, I send you a picture of what I did with 2 of your patterns (sorry, I've made several mistakes with them) and a picture of the final product: a card I made for my friend's baby shower. 
Thank you very much for all your creativity and please, keep surprising us :-)
Best regards,
That's one VERY cute baby, Nathalie!

Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Wednesday 3rd July

Now I have another new pram to show you. This is from Margaret who says:-

121 "At last I have tatter the TiAS 2013, I have scheduled the post as we are going away on Tuesday, Its scheduled to go on my blog on Tuesday 2nd July. I used Lizbeth Thread no 20 in Pink Parade and black no 20.
Its taken me awhile to get back into it, of course when you did it in January we had two family deaths and to be honest it was the last thing on my mind.
Anyway here is the first one, I am sure there will be others,"

Saturday, 15 June 2013

June 15th

Woweeeeeee - another pram has arrived.

120. "I have not taken part in the tias this year but when I saw the full pattern I immediately safed it on my laptop because friends were expecting twins in June. 
I only planned to make one for the card but end of May they got a girl AND a boy so I had to make two of course.
The picture shows my finished card. I took white glue to put the tatting on it.
I used Diana 20 (from for the prams - a relatively cheap brand but I like to tat with it.
The chassis is made with pearl thread, Rubi #8.
The butterfly and flower are tatted with my first (and so far only) Lizbeth thread. It's size 20 Carousel.
I had fun tatting your pram! THANK YOU for such a lovely pattern!!!
Greetings from Germany,

Wednesday, 12 June 2013

June 12th

Today I announce the arrival of Mary Anne's pram!!! Here's her picture and comment:-

119. "Jane,
Here’s another TIAS. It’s been complete except for hiding the ends for quite a while. I finally finished it off today.
Thanks for doing this. Will you be at Tat Days in September?
Mary Anne"

Sunday, 2 June 2013

June 2nd

Another pram has arrived today. I'm delighted to add Kristen's to the blog. Here's her comment:-

118. "Hi Jane:
Here is another TIAS pram to add to your sister is expecting and is hoping for a girl, so I made mine in pink to give her good luck.
I wasn't sure how to give it to her, but remembered this bib I've had around for over a year, just waiting for something perfect to attach to it...thanks for the wonderful gift idea! :)

Tuesday, 21 May 2013

May 21st

Another new pram has arrived today and this time it's from Ray who says:-

117. "Jane, 
I realized that I never sent a picture of the pink buggy I made from the TIAS for my granddaughter. The baby is due in a couple of weeks, but the doctor says it will probably come sooner. Our bags are packed and when we receive the word we will be flying from North Carolina to California to see the new baby. As you can see I put the buggy on a card I made and I was happy with the way it turned out.

Wednesday, 8 May 2013

May 8th

Another pair of prams have arrived. This time from Isdihara who has this to say:-

116. "Sending along a scanned image of the two prams I tatted during TIAS 2013. I kept up with the releases through to the end, but set aside both baby buggies at the final installment because I didn't want the fun to end! (Kinda crazy logic, I know.)
I had so much fun with this TIAS! Thank you so much for all the work that you put into these annual events. Don't know how I ever managed to make it through January doldrums without TIAS.
Big hugs"

Sunday, 14 April 2013

April 14th

Today I have a 'two in one' message from Claire and Connie - the two 'C's'!! I'm counting them as 114 and 115.

114 & 115. "It's not that it has taken us this long to finish this year's TIAS, it just took forever to take the picture and send the e-mail. 
My friend, Connie, and I did it together this year. We each used Lizbeth size 20 Springtime for the pram itself and used different colors for the finishing parts. I used Lizbeth Spring Green, but I'm not sure what Connie used. We worked on the TIAS as it appeared, but did not submit updates as we went along. Connie didn't want to submit a picture, so I decided I'd do both of ours together."

Saturday, 6 April 2013

April 6th

Here we are now in April and prams are still strolling in!!! This one is from Mariann who says:-

113. "Dear Jane,I just started to tat, and when I heard that a little baby will be born in my boyfriend's family, I was searching for a pattern, which is good for greeting a new-born baby and her parents. I was searching a
lot, and on one of your friends blog I saw this beautiful pram, so I had this: THAT'S IT! feeling. With her help I found your blog and your pattern step-by-step helped me a lot. I studied a lot from it, thank
you very much!
Best wishes,
Mariann from Hungary"

Saturday, 30 March 2013

March 30th

I'm pleased to see Mary's TIAS in my inbox this morning. Mary is in a cold country - same one as me!!! This is her comment:-

112.  "One more pram tatted in Altin Basak 50, nos. 3004 and 307. Thanks Jane.from Mary in the cold UK"

Tuesday, 26 March 2013

March 26th

Another lovely surprise arrived today from Adrian who says:-
111. Hi Jane
At long last, I've been able to get the last two parts of TIAS done. (Work has been intruding too much on life just lately, but I've got a break now, so I can spend some time catching up on everything I've been putting off.)
Thank you so much for running this again. As usual it was great fun both guessing what it was and seeing other people's guesses. Plus I got lots of practice with my Catherine Wheel Joins! :)

Sunday, 24 March 2013

March 24th

Today I have another pram from Sonja's pram so I thought you'd all like to see it.  She said:-
"Hello Jane
I was busy with painting some thread, because I wanted rainbowcolours. I needed a test for my thread and I made my third pram. You see: I like colours.
Sonja from Holland."

Next in today are two prams from Gea who says:-
110.  "Hello Jane,
Hereby finally my tias of 2013. Sorry it took so long. I had a lot of work but the worst thing I ever did was to choose black for the last parts of the cradle. The light in our house as terrible in the times I could do some tatting. Today bright day, just zero degrees outside, but the wind so strong it feels like minus 15 so i had enough reason ti stay inside and finish it. Thanks a lot for your work this year. 
Greetings Gea"

Friday, 15 March 2013

March 15th

What a lovely, lovely surprise. Here's Madhur's TIAS completed. 

109. "My dear Jane,
I finally managed to complete TIAS. It was indeed great fun to be part of TIAS. Thanks for the opportunity to learn and practice catherene wheel joins and larks picot head join.
I used size 20 thread for all the pieces. There is no name for thread that we get here in India.
I'm alreeady looking forward to TIAS 2014.
Hugs from India."

Sunday, 10 March 2013

Sunday 10th March

Another pram has arrived today. Thank you, Terese. This is what she says:-
108.  "Hi Jane,
I just finished the TIAS 2013. It's been with me all over Mexico, Canada and USA in my travels :)
I loved learning about the split rings and Catherine Wheel Join. 
I'm off to find more patterns that include these new skills. 
Thanks so much!
BC, Canada"

Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Tuesday 5th March

After a few days of quiet I can now show you Mary Jo's final days of the TIAS 2013. I must admit when she sent in day 1 and said what she did I nearly threw in the towel. Here's a link to Day 1 where you'll find her remark.

107. "Here it is! Finally found time to wind contrasting thread and work the two final clues. I can't believe I guessed it after the first clue. Mary Jo in Mission Viejo, California."

Friday, 1 March 2013

Another Friday has come round

Yes another Friday and another pram. Today I have Winnie's finished pram. 
106. "Hi Jane,
I finally finished my TIAS! 
Bye, Winnie."

Thursday, 28 February 2013

Thursday - again!

Today I'm proud to add Clare's pram. She doesn't live that far away from me - roughly twenty miles away in Banbury. You'll have heard of Banbury. Remember the nursery rhyme 'Ride a Cock Horse? Here's a link for you.  Here's what she says.
105. "Hi Jane
Just finished the pram last night - I have been out a lot today but managed to get it tidied up - I struggle with the ends and did try hiding them in the rings but couldn't manage. Anyway how I get over that is to put whatever I have made into a water and craft glue mix to set it then I cut off the ends! I have tried sowing them in but this works for me.
I now need to find another project to start this evening so will be looking at your patter website, I don't do a lot at a time but it is good to have something to fiddle with.
Thank you for this pattern I learned a lot more and have got really confident with my split rings, but still need to do work on the Catherine wheel join, but am not too bad at the split chain now. Being left handed it is a question of learning how and then finding the easiest way to adapt it to left handedness.
I will keep in touch.
All the best
Clare (from Banbury)"

Wednesday, 27 February 2013


Today I'm pleased to announce the arrival of Prabhjyot who says the following.
104. "Hello Jane,
After storm tatting my TIAS the other day, I didn't get a chance to take care of the ends and I didn't want to send you the pictures without finishing it up. Today I am sending you two pictures of my TIAS day 11. 
Thanks for the exciting world of TIAS. I am already looking forward to the next TIAS.

Tuesday, 26 February 2013


I had a bit of a brain problem on Sunday - put it down to stress in my life which is now sorted for a while. I got my numbers muddled up!!! I work from a big desktop computer and a laptop (in the evenings) and save the pictures on an intermediary hard wifi disc. Trouble was that I missed a number out!!!! 

So, having sorted it all now I can announce that today we truly do have 100 prams.

100. "Jane., This pattern is from Joanne Hayes., Santa Claus., Indiana USA., this is her second time to do the TIAS., she is a beginner tatter and doing very well., She used Tropical Punch # 132 and Light Lemon #614 Lizbeth thread. She is also waiting for the next TIASthanks Mary Jane"

Next in is from Sharon who says:-
101. "HI Jane
Here is my finished Pram from Des Moines, Iowa. How funny it was a pram and it stated on Jan. 11. My grandson and his wife had their baby on Jan. 11. It was a boy so that makes about 12 great grandchildren now. 
I really enjoyed the TIAS. 

Shelley has just sent in her finished pram with this comment:-
102. "Wow 100 participants - that is great. It was a lot of fun. Thank you for the game."

Bridget has just caught me on the way to bed and she says:-
103. "Okay, Jane, here's my pram. It's my first TIAS and I can see that I needed to pay more attention to tension (!) because one of the chains is very lanky. I used Lizbeth #153, Rainbow Taffy, which is a lot more attractive done up than it is on the ball, I found. The solid is #656, Wedgewood Dark. 
At first I was expecting a flower pot, mostly because I am so ready for spring to arrive. Then when you suggested a solid color to finish I realized the next steps were probably not going to be flowers....
In order to finish I had to learn some new techniques, which I really enjoyed. I've started a bookmark with split rings so I can practice more. I'm not sure my lock chain was done right, but it's another thing I'm looking forward to practicing. 
Thank you, it was fun!
Bridget, who finally finished digging out from the 19" of snow, in Amarillo, Texas."

Sunday, 24 February 2013


Well we're nearing the 100 mark and I'm a VERY happy bunny over that!!! 

Today I have Karla's finished pram in and she says:-
98. "WOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!
I finished it!!!! I've been banging my head against the wall for the past... two weeks, practically, trying to get to tatting and for some reason I kept finding even the littlest thing to be a gargantuan effort--I'm happy to say that the reason for my general exhaustion (my Chemistry class) is still thoroughly whupped, though not without giving me a whack or two back >_<

I kept hearing "We are the champions" in my head when I finished it =D 

From My Secret Underground Bunker in Switzerland"

Now we have Beelizabeth who says:-
99. "Jane,
You asked why people seem to drop out of the TIAS. I don't know about others, but after my bout with the flu, I found myself with stomach problems. Now, I've had stomach troubles since the day I was born and this was not the same. I absolutely love TIAS each year but this year I was feeling so rotten I didn't even check for and download the new part. I actually did 2 part at the same time the day after the one was released. I finally realized that my gall bladder did not like where it was living and wanted to relocate. It realized too late that if it was evicted from its current accommodations, its only other option was total homelessness. Eviction proceedings were successfully carried out and I'm working on healing. So here is my completed pram, which, coincidentally was started about the time my second son and his wife informed us that their 1 year old Annabelle was going to be a big sister. Enough rambling. 
(Beelizabeth online)"
Oh, I'm SO sorry to hear about your gall bladder problems.  Hope you have lots of tatting time as you heal.  Also thank you for your finished pram too.

Saturday, 23 February 2013


Well here I am on the way to bed and wondering what had happened to the day when along comes another pram!!! Thank you, Suzanne. 
98. "Dear Jane,
Here, at long last, is my finished pram. As always, it was a fun journey. This piece is a marvel of tatting design: the key elements that make a pram a pram stand out proudly; and the pattern was interesting, but not brain boggling. Brain cell number 3 can give itself a great big pat on the back. Thank you for all your hard work. We do love the TIAS!
with warmest regards,

Friday, 22 February 2013


Creeping closer to the magic number 100 and this is the first one in today.

This is from Mary Jane on behalf of - well, let her tell you!!!
96. Jane., this is from Dorcas Ann Newkirk from Evansville, Indiana USA.   She used cotton perle # 8 color 704., kept everything in same color., We both enjoy your TIAS., very much., waiting for the next one., and like the way you put the pattern up., just right for us., OH., I am writing for Dorcas., Mary Jane maybe she will be #100"

Although Cheryl has already sent in her finished TIAS prams I had to share this with you. It obviously isn't number 97 as she's been counted previously!!!  Aren't they pretty?  Here's what Cheryl says:-
"Here are my two prams put on little greeting cards. I took them to my knitters group last night and they oooohed and awwwed over them. A few hinted that they would be calling me for one in pink or blue when they knew what someone had for a baby. So your pram is a big hit, Jane. Don’t change a thing on this TIAS, it’s great the way it is. Thanks."

Next in is from Lenka with a very pretty picture and who says:-
97. "Dear Jane, I participated in your Tias and I enjoyed it. I've got a few deviations from the original, but I did not do them on purpose. I used yarn Maxi. I'm sorry, I do not speak English, I use translator. I am from the Czech Republic."

Thursday, 21 February 2013

Thursday - 91 and more

First in today is from Denise who says:-=
91. "This was another fun TIAS. I'm glad you run these every year. I learned lots in this one as well. It took me a few days longer to finish because the two new puppies have taken up lots of my craft time. 
Here is my finished pram. And a photo of the two pups: Walnut and Fig. They love curling up in this tiny bed together
--Denise from Texas"

Next in is Martha's finished pram. She says:-
92. "I did eventually finish the TIAS a week or so ago. My colors aren't very babyish, but if you tell us which colors to use, then we might guess the answer too soon, and there wouldn't be all the lovely variety in everyone's samples."

Next to drop in is Katharine who has been playing at waiting to be number 100!!! This is what she says:-
93. "Hi Jane,
I hope all is well. Finally, here is my TIAS. I was holding out to hopefully be the 100th entry. I guess I should have checked the TIAS website first to see where the count was. Oh well."

Now I have Helen's finished pram and she says:-
94. "Hello Jane,
It took me a bit longer then expected, that was because I got the flu. I am better now and here is my pram. I am from the Netherlands by the way. I don't have suggestions for the next TIAS, I think it went all very smoothly. Thanks again for all you hard work, I enjoyed it tremendously.
Greetings Helen" 

Betty's pram has just arrived and this makes us up to 95. She says:-
95. "Dear Jane and Dear Riet,
I loved it to follow the TIAS. 
My husband already said it will be a perambulator on day 7 (in Dutch een
I send you a photo of the result. 
Thank you for the Tias and I look forward to the next one. 
Greetings from
Betty Vos- den Blanken

Wednesday, 20 February 2013


Another Wednesday has come round and another two prams too from Marjorie. She says:-
90. "Returned last Monday but had no time that weekend for tatting. Finally finished both prams this morning, so here they are!
The new tatting abbreviations sometimes get to me, especially the - for a picot. I'm used to seeing letters or abbreviations. I also drove myself nuts by having trouble with the first stitch of the second half of a SR. They always seem to want to flip in spite of great care. I tried pulling up one and it just plain broke.
Pram One (the larger one) is in leftover green and white in size 40. I purposefully used a solid lavendar with the variegated thread so I could see what was going on in there. Its handle and wheels are in pink. I used this one for practice, before tackling the smaller threads I had picked out for the project. 
Pram Two (smaller) is in Flora HH size 50, Color 83. Despite the photos, it is bright pink and medium blue, with purple transitions. I think it goes well with the DMC size 80 in color 553. The 50 and the 80 are the same size, despite different numbers.
The tiny size of 3/3 split rings almost got me when working in the size 80(50?) threads. Wow. I took out quite a few stitches to get things right!
Thanks for a good learning experience with plenty of company in the attempt!
I practiced hiding ends; the Catherine Wheel join; lock chains; split rings; split chains; and opening rings and/or fixing mistakes. What a lot of practice."

Tuesday, 19 February 2013


Today I have Joanie's finished pram with the following comment:-

88. "Here is my TIAS. I finished it up at the golf course on Friday. I just finished working in the ends. I STILL think it looks like a Publix shopping cart with some funny stuff sticking out of it! I hope there was enough participation to warrant doing another one next year! I so enjoy working on your TIAS each year. It gives me something to look forward to, even if I didn't "play" and read the blog each day like in the past! It was still fun and I think you/we have a lot of funny and silly tatting friends!!! Thank you for all the work you do getting the TIAS ready for us!!!"

Now I HAVE to add this hippopotamus to the TIAS site as it was made by Clare who has worked it as a TIAS.  This goes to prove that the TIAS can be worked as and when a person likes!!!  Clare is about to start this year's TIAS and guess what?  She lives quite close to me - 20 miles away!!

Last today (my bedtime!!) is from Jennifer who says this:-

89. "Stumped me on this one. I thought it was going to be a hen. Will use it for a card later. I had to go to the library this year to get the pattern bits, Totally worth it. I used lizbeth niagra falls and pineapple parfait. -Thanks again for the fun from Missouri, USA"

Monday, 18 February 2013

Monday - yes, another Monday!!!!

I have another pram this morning. This is from Judy who says:-
84. "Lizbeth 20 leaf green and a variegated color to.match."

Next in is from Gloria who has this to say:-
85. "Hi Jane,We had our guild meeting Saturday and there were a few of them that had done the TIAS but did not send you a picture. So I am sending this one for Gloria Grumman. She said to tell you Hi!
Gloria is from SC and it looks like she used Lizbeth thread in size 20."

Now I have Gunhild's finished pram. What a picture!!! Pimboli looks as if he's having fun!
86. "Hallo Jane, wow...Pimboli was having a lot of fun in his new "pram rollercoaster", I didn't see him for a while ,,,,but finally I could take a picture of him...
thanks for all the fun having a TIAS 2013 from you and for your many efforts!! It's so nice to have such a cute pram pattern! I was late starting this year! I am tatting in germany, tatted the pram with a very thin valdani thread with shuttle (the lilac roles) and needle (all the rest). I will post all Pimboli pictures on my blog! See you soon in tatland, hugs Gunhild"
Next in is from Sunela who says:-
87. "Jane,
My mind is playing tricks now. I was sure I send you this picture a day or so after you posted the final day directions. Looking thru' the blog I realized my version wasn't there and I presumed I forgot to email you. So, I emailed you on Saturday but haven't heard from you as I normally did. Hence, I am wondering whether the email system is playing a trick on me. Let me know if you receive this please.