Saturday, October 31, 2009

Halloween 2009 - plus Four Tatters at Car Cruise !


Could there be chocolate goodies inside this small jack o’ lantern (only 3” high) ? :-)

The tatted lace is a basic cloverleaf pattern, in size 30 thread.

In our area, the 'Trick or Treat' night was Thursday, the 29th, which is a good thing because today’s weather isn’t as nice as it was then!

As I mentioned in my previous post, my husband and I attended a car cruise (Oct. 4) in our GTO, about an hour and a half away, at Kiski Area High School, which is attended by Carol Lawecki’s son and daughter. Her daughter (a senior) plays flute in the Band, which consistently wins competitions, and recently won 1st place at a recent interstate competition! I’m sure many of you are aware of Carol’s wonderful tatting and her blog ( )

L-R: Carol, her mom Peg, and me, standing by the GTO.

I met Peg 20 years ago. She was already a member of the Beaver County tatting group when I joined in 1990. Then I met Carol, who attends some of our events. Carol also started tatting in 1989, the same year I did, and, of course, was taught by her mom!

It’s so neat that Peg and Carol, as mother and daughter, share a love of tatting !

You might say the weather was a little ‘blustery’ that day! I’m wearing several layers of clothing, with my “GTO” jacket over top (described in my Sept. 17 post). Carol needed the hood she had on her jacket, and Peg was wearing earmuffs, which I wanted to borrow! We were fortunate, however, that it didn’t rain, even though it looked threatening at times, and it did warm up a little in the afternoon!
Car Quiz: Can you guess what is on the stand next to the
car in the above photo? See answer below

And here I am with Carol’s friend, Rayanna, and we are actually tatting – and chatting!

Rayanna is quite the Elvis fan, although she’s young! I love to talk about the 1950s, so we had fun discussing Elvis!

Carol taught Rayanna to tat not too long ago, and she is already doing split rings with size 80 thread! She finished a cute horse-shoe pattern, and I wish I had taken a photo of it. I didn’t get very far on my ‘Caribbean’ edging because I was talking too much. (Does that come as a surprise? !!!)

Rayanna and her husband also had a vehicle there, but she came over to sit with me!
Peg also sat with us, and we got to discuss our next December tatting event.

Carol’s Portable Tatting ‘Showcase’
Carol had to help out at one of the booths, so she couldn’t sit and tat. However, she did have a chance to show me her big notebook filled with samples of her wonderful tatted pieces, which is a good way to keep finished items safe and visible. Many are clever Jane Eborall designs. As you all know, Jane’s patterns of animals and sea creatures are very unique, and Carol executes them perfectly!
Also among Carol’s notebook of samples was her fabulous rendition of Pam Palmer’s famous elephant, adding her own colors! I can’t tell you how breathtaking it is to see in person, and it fills the entire 8-1/2 x 11 notebook sheet. You can see this fabulous elephant on her blog under If you click on the photo at that post, you can see in detail all the sparkly things she added to it! It’s a masterpiece!

Kiski Area Band - Fifth Annual Car Cruise (2009)

An overview of just a portion of the car cruise, which is a fund-raiser for the Band.

Over 500 cars were there !

Kiski’s beautiful school campus is situated among the rolling hills of Pennsylvania

Here are the things we display with our GTO: tigers and goats on the roof (both symbols associated with Pontiac and GTO), and a vintage food tray, plus, the other item, which is the answer to the car quiz, below.

ANSWER TO CAR QUIZ: Drive-in-movie speakers! These speakers actually work, in that music can be played through them from the base below (and also are remote-controlled). Our cousin took the speaker-and-stand display that we had purchased awhile ago and turned it into a ‘working model’, by inserting a car radio/CD player in the base of the pole. (He also designed the base for this purpose.) It gets its power from our car battery during the shows, and it can be dismantled easily for transporting. Very clever, indeed, and it gets a lot of attention

I’m wondering how many of you out there remember these speakers at the drive-in movies! Do you recall how static-y they were – that is, if they even worked at all. There still are drive-in theaters around, and these days you just use your car radio, tuned into a certain frequency.



❦TattingChic said...

That looks like a really fun day! I haven't been to a drive in movie theater for a while, but when I went we were using the drive in movie speakers that you just set on the car window rolled down a bit.

Meeting with other tatters for the day looks really fun!

Kathy Niklewicz said...

TattingChic is correct! I forgot to say that after you parked, you lifted the speaker closest to your car off the post and 'hooked' it on the inside of your window!

Two cars shared one post, so one speaker went to the passenger side window of one car, and the other speaker went to the driver's window of the other car.

We often do put the one speaker inside the window at the cruises so that young kids see how it worked.

Thanks, TattingChic for helping to clarify this!

Isdihara said...

This looked like such a fun day! It happens every year? Hmmm, I'd love to join you all next year.

Isdihara said...

Oh ha, ha, ha! I as just thinking that at some point for a laugh you should display the GTO with the windows closed and a fog machine inside, steaming up the windows!

Put out a "Lover's Lane" or "Lookout Point" sign and then it really would look like a night at the drive in.

*wicked.grins* Mwahahaha!

Carol Lawecki said...

Hi Kathy, Wow, what a great post! Love all the pictures from the car cruise. It is so cool how you have the speakers from the drive-in. There aren't many drive-in movie places left, but we have a drive-in right by us. So the kids can experience what it is like. The drive-in holds a car cruise in the summer and then shows movies at night. Rayanna and her family always attend that one.

I wish I would have felt better the day of the car cruise, so I could have been there longer and maybe tatted some with you and Rayanna. I know she enjoyed meeting you and tatting with you also.

I hope you make it out next year for the annual Kiski car cruise. I won't be working at the cruise next year as Katrina graduates this year.

❦TattingChic said...

You're so cute, are most welcome on the clarification about the speakers. It brings back some fond memories!

I am still just green with envy that you got to meet up with so many other tatters to do something fun like that! I'm green with envy in a good way like I wish I could do that, too...not a scary way, LOL!