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Sunday, May 27, 2018

WIPocalypse May check in

Dear Blogging World:

This past month hasn't been very productive, work continues to keep me business, that and continuing to care for hubby while he gets better from his knee replacement.  Hoping that June will better and that July will once again see me stitching a couple of times a week.  Until then I'll just need to settle for the short stitching burst.

So this month's question is :  Where do you love to shop for stash.

My favorite spot is called Stitch'nTime in Saginaw MI.  While I don't live in the area anymore, I always try to go when I'm home for a visit.  I started going to this shop probably 30 years ago when she was located in one room in an old house that was used to house several small businesses.  Colette expanded to two rooms, and then was pretty much the whole first floor.  At some point she relocated to the place she is now, which is a nice size shop that loaded to the rafters.   While the shop doesn't have an internet present, she does keep up with the latest charts and always has a great selection of linen and threads.    She does do phone order, but I enjoy going to the shop and catching up on wha is new.  Here is address and phone number:

7579 Gratiot Rd, Saginaw, MI 48609
(989) 781-5209
My favorite second shop is The Needle Nest in Shellyville KY, 

http://www.needlenestky.com

I found this shop when I moved to KY the second time.  What drew me to this shop was their open stitching on Thursday nights and being able to go on Saturdays and stitch and stitch with the owner and other stitchers.  Also about twice a year they would do a stitch-in, where we'd come on Saturday and stay until we were ready to go home - which sometimes was midnight or later :)  This shop has painted canvas as well as counted cross stitch, but doesn't have the thread selection as Stitch'nTime.  I try to go tot he shop each time I'm back in KY as well.

I have used internet shops, as seen in previous posts, but don't have any that I love more than another one.  When it comes right down to it I'm a touchy-feely kind of person, so love going to the shop and walking around where I can find those little gems that I didn't know I wanted.

OK what have I done since the last check in? 

First up is (I think) the last posted picture of PeliCan, I started this one a few years ago and it got put away because I lost interesting.  Not sure what prompted me to pull it back out again, I think I wanted something that didn't have any color changes and I could just kind of stitch without a lot of thinking.  So pulled it out from the bin in the closet and have worked on it a couple of times this past month.  I'm not even 1/2 done with the first page, it's slow going, over 2 on 40ct.
Then today I pulled back out my SB stocking and did a little bit of work on it as well.  The stocking is one I'd like to get done by the end of the year.  No babies in need, but I'm always hopeful.

The last project for May was ceramic night with my husband's niece/cousin (her mother and hubby were raised in a very close family when the lines were blurred between siblings and cousins), so she calls us aunty and uncle, which is great with me.  It was fun and while my projected didn't turn out as I had envisioned the monster bank, it was still fun to do. Hubby's  niece's project turned out pretty good, now to get it to her without breaking it.

Can't wait to see the progress of others.  Sandy







Sunday, May 13, 2018

I won't be out done by a WIP, soon to be UFO

As we last left our lady stitcher, she had banished Starry Night to the depth of the bin, not to be seen again, EVER.  OK that is a little harass, but was totally frustrated with it.

However it just kept nagging at me, taunting me, telling me I had been out done by a simple counted canvas.  That it had WON the battle of the wits and there was nothing left for me to do, but hang my head in shame.......because I had been beaten.

Well I decided that I had to figure it out, so I pulled it back out and compared the corners.
Both of the bottom corners have 4 peaks in light blue and one peak in dark blue.  The corners at the top have only 3 light blue peaks and 1 dark blue peak.

So I started to count the threads and low and behold, I should have done 38 long stitches and I had done 39!!  I know this doesn't make a lot of sense, but it is the section before where the \ / \ / near the corners.

So I corrected one of the two corners and put the silver in and it worked!!  I was able to get it corrected and promptly put it away.  Not going to take the chance of making another error today.

It can no longer mock me, I have won the battle and one day I will win the war, but not today.  Right now it's not fun to stitch, but it will be again soon.   I will take it out again in another week or so, and correct the other corner and then add the next section all the way around, but for now I'm enjoying my victory of finding my error.

The SB stocking has been calling my name, and I think it will start to get some attention, might find it's way into my work bag for my lunch project this summer.

Hope you all have a great Mother's day whether you are the mother, or able to spend it with your Mother.  My Mom is 3,000 miles away as are my children, but they called and send me a Starbucks gift card :)  I sent my Mom plants for her garden and a hanging basket.  Miss being near my family, and counting down the days to when I can retire and move home again.

On a happy note - Pluto had his moon added - poor guy had been taken down for a while, and the last time we were at the Observatory they had just hung it back up, this time they had the moon added.   And if your ego need a boost in your weight - you'll weight next to nothing on this planet LOL.



Sandy

Sunday, May 6, 2018

When the Destresser, becomes the stresser

From about mid February to the end of May is a very stressful time for me at work.  I tend to do one of two things - not stitch at all and buy everything under the sun that I could ever remotely want to do OR I stitch all the time.  Well this year was a non-stitching year, and I'm proud to say I've also been really good about not buying stuff, but it's getting harder every day

So yesterday I could hear my Starry Nights calling my name so I pulled it out and started to work on it.   Everything was going fine, or so I thought until here!!   I kept looking at it and thinking, something isn't right, well it's wasn't.   So I took it out and re-did that section and thought, ok all if good again........

Boy was I wrong, I know this picture doesn't show it well, but the triangle that goes on the right under the square is one thread too big for the area.  I didn't stitch it in because when I counted it out I could see it wouldn't work.  So need to figure out where I'm off, but since I'm stressing already, I really don't need more so this project has been banished to the underworld until I can figure it out.

Hope everyone else is having better luck than me.  time to go and check the bacon in the over and get hubby his breakfast.  My one and only meal I don't mind cooking.



Saturday, April 28, 2018

April's Check-in for WIPocalypse

http://measi.net/measiblog/ Measi's blog hosts the WIPocalypse where Stitchers receive encouragement from each other to pull out those projects that are hidden, I mean lovingly stored in the dark depth of a very large bin(s), I mean small basket sitting by the bedside and finish them up before the world ends.

This months question is so befitting for me - to talk about your oldest/or longest running WIP/UFO.

Where do I start? I have several that are very, very old, in fact one is older than my kids, but since I've not really worked on it for a long time, I don't think it is the one I want to talk about, but it still haunts me.

I have two that I would put into the long running projects.   The first I started maybe 15 years ago or so, but could be longer, wish I would have written it down.  I had done an angel for myself and one for my first grandchild and got this bright idea that I would do an angel for each of my children, starting with the oldest.   I mean at the time they indicated you could stitch one in about 400 hours or so, that's not a lot right?

However life happened, the grandchildren start to come - and there were rag quilts to sew, Christmas stockings to stitch and of course angels for each :)  so this angel got put aside with the though that one day it would be finished.    Also I really didn't like stitching with the rayon thread and thought I would switch it out before I got too far.

Well when my daughter got so sick, panic set in and I felt like I had to finish it.  If I could finish it she would get better.  So I pulled it back out and stitched on it for a couple of week until reality set in and I knew it wasn't going to make a difference.   I found myself crying more than stitching and decided it was time to put it back away until I got through my grief.  One day it will come back out and I will finish it.  Since my granddaughter has her own angel, this will be an added one, I'm thinking when she gets married or gets her own home it will be something to give her, or maybe for her child one day?   Still don't like working with the rayon thread, but I'll get it done one way or another.

The second longest project is my Mirabilia August Fairy - Peridot.  She is pretty much all stitched and ONLY needs beads added and I have maybe 1/2 of them on already.  I don't know why I'm procrastinating on finishing this one.  She has been in this state for several years now and patiently sits on the floor stand waiting for the rest of her love to come.

I'm hoping to have her done and off to my daughter for her birthday this year.  I have 3 other pictures that need to be framed, so will most likely do them all at one time.

We won't talk about all of the other 40-50 projects that are waiting for love, some are older, some are newer, but if you stick around long enough and you'll most likely see or hear about each of them.  They all have their own story to tell and if you listen closely enough you can hear it.  I don't stop stitching on them because I don't like them anymore, I generally stop because I get distracted by something else :)  There aren't any that I can honest say I don't want to finish.

So what have I been doing since my last post?  Not a whole lot of anything.  Hubby had a knee replacement.  While the surgery went well, he has some other complications that delayed his rehab and extended his time in the hospital.  He is home now, but for some reason has decided that he needs to be waited on hand and foot.  Generally I wouldn't complain too loudly, but this time of year is extremely busy at work as well.  So I've not had an opportunity to go and stitch with my lady friends, or go and stitch at Starbucks on Sunday mornings.  I'm too exhausted by the time I sit down in the evening to pick up any stitching.  I don't enjoy cooking, I really don't like cleaning the kitchen and I certainly am not going to wash the windows no matter what hubby thinks!!

I'm hoping to get that corrected here shortly, hubby is off the walker and using a cane, so he can stand long enough to cook dinner!!  I'm still having to bring him his food and clean the kitchen afterwards, but it's getting there.

Last weekend I decided to re-charge my mojo with a new start (like I need one more project going, reference above 40-50 started currently), but did it anyways.  I'm hoping for another grandchild, so I'm planning ahead :)  I enjoy stitching the SB stocking and they are generally easy and pretty fast.

While I have not been stitching, I did do some knitting on my sock.  It was easy to knit while waiting for hubby to go to doctor appointments.  Knitting is my go-to when I need something portable and mindless to do because its just a basic sock pattern.  I finished the first sock and started the second.  Since I've not knitted in a sock in the long time I had a hard time remembering how to do things and had to print out my instructions.  Unfortunately, I don't know where my original instructions are that had my hand written notes, oh well.  

Once these are done, I have some little baby socks that I want to start., see the picture of the cover of the book I got.   Until I get these socks completed though, I've banded myself from the yarn store because I know I'd buy more yarn that I really need.  However I think these are the cutest things I've ever seen.


I hope you've all had a better month than me.  I'm hoping to do better about posting in my blog too.  If I can just get through May I will be OK.  Only 4 more weeks and then I can breath again.

Sandy








Saturday, March 24, 2018

Has anyone seen Mo?

I'm in a desperate search for Mr. Mo-Jo, he seems to have left me without a reason or a note saying when he would be back.  We were friends in December, BFF's in February, but in March we became estranged and I don't know why.  

Well OK maybe hubby's knee replacement and then stay in ICU after his surgery due to heart problems.  My Mom going into the hospital  and I'm 3,000 miles away and can't go home because of aforesaid hubby's surgery and work, well just being work in our busy season.  However,  that doesn't mean Mr. Mo-Jo needed to leave my side when I need his wisdom and ability to reduce my stress levels.  Maybe he will come back in April, the first wave of work will be done by then, hubby should be home (eliminating the 40 mile one way trip to the hospital/rehab) and my Mom will be several weeks into her recovery as well.

So this month's question is:

What newer designers and product creators (fabric or floss dyeing, etc) out there have you discovered and recommend?

I tend to be more old school and really don't keep up with new designers or new fabrics and flosses.  While I have my favorite designers as a lot do, I tend to buy what draws my attention at the moment, but I don't do a lot of shopping on esty sights because they use pay-pal and I don't.  So look forward to seeing what others have to say, great question.

As for what I did during March, I did some knitting.  I got some yarn to do a chemo cap for my friend.  I decided on the bright colors and put a little knitty knot on top.  Then I did up another knocker for the same friend and also finished the chemo cap that I have started for my sister and sent it to my friend as well.


The caps knitted up fast, but not as fast as I remember being able to do them  Oh well, when you get older it takes longer to do things you'd done before.  While you can't feel the yarns, they are all very soft and chemo approved.  

On the stitching front, I managed to get another row or two completed on my SB band sampler - Angel's Song.  Then I moved the q-snaps and put my grid lines down the left side and the middle.   Does that count as stitching?   LOL.  Started another band, but didn't get  a chance to complete it yet.  I also pulled out my SB Peter's Patch, filled in more of the middle part which is the shepherd , almost done with him, then I'll need to go back to the borders. 

The last is my Ruby Slippers needlepoint.  I got more sequins on the right shoe and beading on the left side of the left shoe.  I can't wait to put the ribbon on, I'm close to having it done, so my thoughts on are to the next needlepoint project.

I hope Mr Mo-Jo finds his way back to my house, the projects are stacked up looking at me just begging to be worked on.  Maybe I'll pull something out of the bind yet tonight.

Happy stitching and can't wait to be inspired by all of the other wonderful stitching in this group.  You are all so amazing.

 





Saturday, March 3, 2018

I've thought about this and it's NOT my fault, I am a victim of circumstances I'm like Lucy Ricardo!!

My resolution for 2018 was NOT to buy any new charts, but rather focus on the WIP's I have going and any new starts would be out of the stash I have that have or one of my many kits because it would take a lifetime to stitch everything I have because I'm a gold member of the SABLE club.

I'm also in love with linen material, I stitch almost exclusivity on linen, so when my girlfriend sent me some fabric that she didn't want I looked at it as more stash at a good price...FREE.  This all started out harmless enough, until the material came.......one of the pieces had the start a chart - The Quiltmaker by L&L.  Well this has been one that has been my bucket list to stitch, but I didn't have the chart, so I decided that before they stop printing L&L charts, I really need to go ahead and buy it the next time I saw on-line or at a shop.  Well I happened to find it one line, so I got it.  However you all know you can't just by one chart on-line, I mean you have to pay shipping, so you might as well go ahed and get something else so that you can spread that shipping charge across more than one chart - right, doesn't that make perfect sense?  So the following charts somehow found their way into my cyber cart to keep The Quitmaker company on her long trip to my house.

Nora Corbet's Letter A Fairy.  Now if you've been following my blog you know I've been working a the Letter A Mermaid,
but I really don't enjoy stitching on it, there is so much going on with all the waves and such.  The Letter D was fun, but Letter A not so much.  My granddaughter's name is Arwen and since I did D for Donna, I want to keep it even, but lord I just can't seem to get into the Mermaid, so hoping this one works out better :)  I do take the A with me to GTG and stitch at least one hour on it each time, but I'm thinking it was get banished to the bin and a new A will be worked on that should go much faster.

A few years ago I saw Blackbird Design's charts named after the Beatle music and being a child of the 60's, who wouldn't want to stitch up these :)  I got all but one of them and had planned on doing them all on one piece of material.  After putting them all side by side, have decided this isn't possibly, or would take a lot of work to figure it all out, but not to be deterred on my quest for charts to spread my shipping charges over, I decided to complete the collection and added Octopus's Garden to the cart.

 So you'd think with three charts I would be finished, right?  NO not this obsessive chick.  As I was cruising through the charts I found Cherry Lane's Canada Flag.  Well I just had to have it, my Mom is Canadian and I had to channel that inner Candian self.  I remember when Canada adopted this flag, never thought I'd get use to seeing it, but now I can hardly remember the old one.  This one will be fun to stitch.k  I love doing these fancy stitches, they are so much fun.

Then I came cross this design by Whispered by the Wind (don't you love that name?).  This is the Astronomer's Gate, which my niece just happens to love, and I love it too, so it too popped into the cart (don't you just love when you can point and click?  They make it so easy to spend money).

And the last chart that found it's way into my cart and eventually (like in 4 days) into my house is AuryTM's Quacker Oz.  I have Alice in Wonderland and since Wizard of Oz was my older sister's all time favorite movie, I just had to have it :)   I am hoping that they come out with more, although I don't know why I would wish for more charts in my stash.  Oz and Alice will be on the top of my list to stitch in 2019 regardless of what I get finished this year.

So with 6 new charts purchased in a year that I wasn't going to get anything, you'd like I was done.....No not me (see that I'm a gold member of SABLE).  So while between appointments with my hubby in Long Beach I ventured over to MariPat's Needlework.  The first time I was there I felt like I got the bum's rush out the door because they were getting ready for a class in the afternoon.  Didn't think I would venture back to their shop, mainly because it's not near my home, so wasn't going to spend the time driving to be rushed through my shopping experience, I like to look in all the nooks for something special.  A friends who live up that way told me that the owner is a very nice person and I should give it another go, so I did.  Well this time she was very nice and I enjoyed my short sweet visit and got the last published Shepherd's Bush stocking Richard's.  I've completed 11 of these stocking to date, and have 3 currently kitted up of which I actually put a few stitching in this morning while waiting for hubby to get his updated x-ray (he is having a knee replacement in a few weeks).  I know at some point I will be stitching this stocking, so it's not a matter of if I'll ever stitch it, but rather when I'll get around to stitching it.  Would love to leave several stocking in my cedar chest for the kids to find when I'm gone and be able to use for their grandkids, a gift from me to a future generation.

So you are thinking, this chick must be done by now, good golly molly, she has gone crazy already, but nope, today after the x-ray because I didn't have all of the thread I needed for Richard's stocking I decided to venture over to the Inland Empire and Needle Niceties in Upland.  They are a small x-stitch and yarn shop.  I did want to get some yarn for a cap I want to knit this weekend, but also needed some threads (wink-wink).  All I can say is the gods must have been on hubby's side this morning, because they hadn't received their shipment for the design's being released this weekend at Nashville's market.  So it was slim pickings LOL and I only got the following:

Mourning Tree Sewing bag & Thistles & Spells PinKeep by Stacy Nash Primitives.  Both of these were on the 1/2 off table and include the speciality threads.  TI loves the simplicity of the designs and the limited colors.  They are small and should stitch up quickly, if and when I get around do working on them.

As I was walking up to the check out counter, this little beauty catch my eye.  I love over one designs, my eyes aren't too happy with me, but I love the look.  So I got Heart's Content's Soie Surfine Silken Birds.  My sister loves birds and I can see this one hanging by her back sliding door near the bird feeders.  I'm debating on doing it in black or maybe pulling one of my silk variegated threads.

 So I'm done, I think I have all this buying out of my system now, but like I said, it wasn't my fault,  If my friend hadn't sent my the material with the start,  I wouldn't have had to find the chart so I could finish the picture, and wouldn't have wanted to spread the shipping charges across more than one chart which lead me down my path of over indulgence.  But I'm done now and it's time to focus on my WIP'S AGAIN

Hope you are all more self restrained that me, my charts and kits are now up to 1,541 and 214 being completed.  I have a long ways to go to get them all done before I die.  So here's to a long life, long threads and dull needles that won't prick my fingers.

Sandy



Sunday, February 25, 2018

Update time for WIPocalypse - thankfully delayed

Judy-039-s-Boo-Boo-Stick-for-Stitching-Repair-and-Clean-UpSo it's time to check in on WIPocalypse which is hosted by http://measi.net/measiblog/  I love this SAL - it's helping me focus on my stitching and actually getting something done.  I went through a very dry spell where I just wasn't stitching, but I'm getting back into the groove and enjoying the zen that it brings to me when I'm stressed out or feeling sad.

So what is the question for the Month?  Gadgets, show us your favorite stitching gadgets and How did you do with the Olympic Stitching and what goals did you achieve?

Originally I was thinking I don't do a lot of gadgets, but I guess I do.  I have several types of stands, lots of magnets, q-snaps, scissors etc.  However when the frog comes to visit me, I love my Boo-boo stick.  It allows me to get the fuzz off my linen or canvas.   I don't know how many years I've had it, a lot.  I also have a needle for picking out stitches - it has beads on the end, and I'm sure I way over paid for it, but it's easier to use than just my usual needle.

So for the second half of the question - how did I do in my Olympic challenge - I chose Endurance, but I'd have to say I didn't make the medal podium, maybe coming in 4th or 5th.  I got side tracked twice this month.  I started off really strong and thought I'd have it about 1/2 done by the end of the month, but my friend needed a knitted knocker, the first one went fast, so I knitted a second one and currently working on the third.  She was thrilled to get the first two in the mail.  She will get implant at some point, but for now, this keeps her even. Same friend started chemo last week, so I had to find a cap I had started, found it finally, but also found a sweater that I had started a few years ago.  So I was just going to do a few rounds for fun, and ended up knitting about 4 inches :)  I also worked a little bit on a sock.  So like I said, I'm near the medal winners, but not really there because I tend to get sidetracked easily.


So here are the two main things I did this month:

My ruby slippers, I have the background completed and I'm working on the sequins and then will add the gold bow at the end.


My EarthDance has all but a few stitches done on the skin (its over one) and all but a few stitches in the hair.  The missing stitches as because I rant out of thread before I completed the area.  I will go back the next time I have it out and finish up those areas before I move on.    I think the hair looks good and can't wait to get more of there dress done.  But know it won't really come together until I have the beading done.  The last thing I'll do is the dream catcher.  Plan on spending another month working on her before she is put aside for something different.

Hope you all had a great month and hit the gold in your stitching challenge.

Sandy