Friday, November 10, 2006

A finish and a start

I finished up Winter by Prairie Schooler yesterday on the train ride home using lambwool 32 count linen using the recommended DMC floss. I have to admit, it's a pleasure to pull out almost any color of linen and open up my boxes of DMC floss and pull out what I need without having to buy anything. Don't get me wrong, I love variegated floss but it gets so expensive after a while at $2.00+ a pop. I'll look for some more Prairie Schooler smalls for my ornament collection. I like last years from the JCS Christmas issue - it's a partridge.

I also finished up Heart and Hand, a free design from Hands To Work. I used Silkweavers 32 count Golden Harvest using a Vikki Clayton silk called Fire Dragon. I'm very please with how it turned out. I love using Vikki's silks - I find they tangle much less than say the Waterlilies silks. I use thread conditioner on Waterlilies but I never have to while using Vikki's.

I started on the Christmas puppy by Brittercup Designs from the JCS 2006 Christmas issue. Talk about quick! I will be finished with this possibly by the time I get home from work. I'm making two, both using brown variegated floss for the puppy instead of the black. My sister and my agility coach, both have brown dogs, not black. I thought it would add a nice touch. I've also thought about trying to make one for me to look pug like but I don't think I'm up to altering a pattern at this point.
And last but never least, here are the official photos from Molly's first agility trial. I'm such a proud mom!

She was having a blast and I think both the photos show just how much.

I have no major plans this weekend except work with Molly to fine tune her weave poles and jumps for next weekend agility trial. I hope to work on Marquior ABC and I would love to finish up part 2 (and what I pulled out of part 1 last weekend) but I think that is a little ambitious. I chatted with Drema yesterday and she told me she has the new Loose Feathers in hand! I bet they are mailed by tomorrow so I should have my copy by Tuesday. Yeah! But it does make me wonder if Barb and Alma are back on track. If they are, that means that #23 will be out on schedule in early December. That one should be the holiday piece I've been waiting for.

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Karen said...

Lovely finishes Margie! Molly looks like she's having a great time!

Jeanne said...

Love your ornaments Margie and I agree with you - it sure adds up when you start buying a lot of hand-dyed flosses. I have gotten a bit smarter now and I look at the pattern to see how much of that particular color is used before I buy it. I found sometimes I was spending like $2.00 to stitch a tiny section in a varigated floss when often, DMC looks just fine. Love all the PS designs!

natty68 said...

Oh wow I love your finished Heart and Hand design. Its gorgeous in that colour too. You will have to let me know where you picked up the pattern as I love all things quaker and this is definately a chart I would definately like to do very soon.

Afraid I am guilty of buying a hand-dyed floss as and when I need it. I have a very weak will when it comes to these, its an

Molly looks like she is having fun :)


Emily said...

Molly is a cutie. Love the ornament..I might have to do that one too!