If you compare this to the pattern in Barbara Foster's book, there are extra picots in the centre. I made a mistake adding it and decided not to unpick. Tatted in Lizbeth Size 40 Orange Crush Col. 183. Another one for the coaster. Love the gradation of colours in this thread.
Chang season is here although these days you can eat it all year round. This year it falls on 20th June. Made with pork, chestnut, glutinous rice and mushroom wrapped with bamboo leaves and boiled. Read more about it here.
This looked so pretty on the blocking board. Some patterns just look better from a distance away. The pattern is from Barbara Foster's book 'Festive Snowflakes and Ornaments'.
I used Lizbeth Size 40 Plum Col. 625. It looks more red here but it has a more dark pink tone than this. I might try this pattern in a Size 20 thread to see the size difference. This measures about 3 inches across.
I bought some kimchi (Korean pickles) from the supermarket to try. It is acidic, full of garlic and spicy. It fills the surroundings with its aroma. I much prefer our nyonya achar (local pickles) but it was a nice alternative.
Lunch on Sunday was this - Squid ink pasta with vegetables, mushroom and bacon in a sun dried tomato pesto. Served on a small blue plate so that I would not overeat. Did it work? Sure . . . . . if not for the potato chips I had 2 hours later.