Monday, 26 November 2007
Friday, 23 November 2007
Friday, 16 November 2007
Slowly but surely getting this motif finished! I've got renewed energy for it, though, and really enjoying stitching it. This SAL is my first, and I'm finding it really motivating for such a big project. I think it might be the way to go for larger projects in the future as it's so much more fun doing it with all the other wonderful stitchers to keep me motivated.
I spent some time on Wednesday stitching Spanish Wine - the grapes are starting to appear.
Wishing you all a happy Friday and a most wonderful weekend - happy stitching!
Wednesday, 14 November 2007
Monday, 12 November 2007
Thursday, 8 November 2007
...and also on Spanish Wine. It's so wonderful picking up a some of my bigger projects that have languished in the WIP pile whilst I've been finishing up Christmas stitching and exchanges! Sorry for the blurry photo.
Thanks for stopping by - sorry for the short post!
Tuesday, 6 November 2007
**Just had a car update - it was a loose wire, and no major repair needed - hurrah!!
Thanks all for stopping by - happy stitching!
Monday, 5 November 2007
The rest of the weekend, I stitched on my piece for the Cross Stitchers' Lottery. Now, I'd like to know what you all plan to do - are you going to show progress photos? So far I haven't, and I think I'm leaning towards keeping it a secret until I post the final photo on the Lottery blog - I think a surprise would be nicer - do you? So, for now, it's all on the QT.
In fact, I wasn't going to do a lot of stitching this weekend; instead I had a number of plans involving visiting friends, clearing out the garden and planting my spring bulbs, and going on a shopping trip for lots of lovely finishing bits and bobs in Reading. But two owies have prevented my doing any of that. First, I sprained my ankle in my hockey game on Saturday - I was going to post a photo, but even I was slightly taken aback by the photo H took - it really does look as if my ankle is afflicted by elephantiasis, so I think I'll just leave the swelling and beautifully emerging purple and green colour to your imagination! So Sunday was spent hobbling about and muttering 'ow, ow' constantly under my breath, but I might still have managed the shopping trip (at a very slow pace!), had not the second owie involved our poor car. After doing the shopping (rather heroically and despite being temporarily crippled! LOL!) on Saturday evening, I got back to the car, loaded in the bright orange Sainsbury's reusable shopping bags, got behind the wheel and...nothing. I immediately thought battery, but the lights and radio seemed to work, so I called the RAC, waiting a suprisingly short time (only 15 minutes!) and he eventually got the car started. Not fixed though, so that's another job for this week. But it left us rather stranded at the weekend, as I wasn't able to walk all the way to the train station, and there is no shopping to speak of in our little village! But nevermind, I can't claim to be too disappointed, since I got to stitch all weekend, and I'm really loving stitching on my secret Lottery project (tantalising you, I know!).
Well, I'm off to ring the garage now and sort out the car's owie, and I need to get my feet back up (it's difficult at my desk at work, but I'm giving it my best try!) to try and heal my ankle speedily. Thanks for dropping by!
Friday, 2 November 2007
As you can see, Sue also kindly sent me a postcard from Kansas, some finishing fabric and some pins (I didn't take a photo of the little extras I sent her - I always forget that!), and the pins go really well with the metallic thread and sweet charm in the sitching, so I'm thinking of finishing the squares as a pinkeep. I really love what Sue stitched for me - not only a beautiful choice, but oh my isn't her stitching so neat and carefully done. I really enjoyed my first Fair & Square experience, and I can't wait for the next round. I've put a link in my sidebar, and I think sign-ups are being taken until mid-November or thereabouts, so do take a look if you're interested!
Next, for the Crazy Exchange (for which same applies - link to the board is in the sidebar, and new exchangers are always welcome), I made Michelle, who lives in France, a tin topper using a French design - Petite Pause from Tournicoton. I had a little mishap with my flair for (should that be ineptitude with?) numbers and math, and cut too close to the design for the finishing. I think I rescued the situation credibly by stitching the fabric border around it, and was in the end fairly pleased with it - but I have learnt my lesson to measure, and then measure, and then stop to think about whether the measurements make sense, then measure once more, and THEN cut!
Yesterday, I FINALLY got Paradigm Lost out again. It has been sitting forlornly in my WIP pile since late August, but the wonderful Dani and Kathy over at the Snowbird SAL (see new link in sidebar) have been wonderful and I've got lots of newfound energy around this one. I didn't really get much done last night - I'm working on the incomplete motif below and to the right of the 'Z' - but as the rest of the girls on the SAL are just starting, I'm not too worried about falling behind too much (that time will come, once they have all caught up to my slow pace!). The SAL also features a number of lovely ladies stitching Ink Circles' Cirque de Cercles, so have a look at their wonderful progress as well - very inspiring!
And, finally, to finish off this unaccustomedly lengthy post, a quick goal review. October went pretty well, and I'm not giving myself too many tasks in November as I want to try and ease my way back into my rota, which has been pretty much abandoned in the last couple of months!
October Goal Review:
Stitch and send Fair and Square Exchange squares to Sue YES!
Finish Marne's return Crazy Exchange and post before 19.10 YES!
Stitch and send a Crazy Exchange for Michelle YES!
Stitch 2 Christmas gifts YES! In fact stitched 3!
Stitch Santa on Orlaith's stocking YES!
Order materials for Stitcher's Lottery project, and begin stitching YES!
Carry on with Spanish Wine NO
Carry on with Awake the Dawning Day NO
And, for November:
Finish stitching Orlaith's Stocking
Finish stitching Lottery piece
Finish-finish Christmas gifts
Snowbird SAL - stitch Paradigm Lost on Thursdays
Carry on with Awake the Dawning Day
Carry on with Northern Lights
Carry on with Spanish Wine
Thanks for stopping by - and happy stitching!