Thursday, July 31, 2008
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Yeah! I finished up Rites of Spring last night on the way home from work. I literally had six inches of green fibers left. Glad that worked out because I certainly wasn't going to wait to finish this waiting for a fiber order to come in the mail. :-)
I tossed Medallions in my bag for the ride to and from work today. In a perfect stitching world I'd finish this in July but since July is here for only one more day after today, that is not going to happen. But I would like to finish it before I start another new piece. I'm working out what new piece that is in my head was I write this. I have so many options I'm not sure which direction to go in. I've been building up my stash of fat 1/4s of Silkweavers linen. I had managed to use all the big cuts I've received over the past two years as a member of the wish list program so I had to change all my wishes to the double cuts. So I can start on a piece as large as that if I want. I'm also thinking I'd like to start Cirque des Cercles from Ink Circles. I've had that chart ready to go since it first came out almost two years ago. It would be nice to get it off my to do list.
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
I would like to start working on the latest LF #31, Blessings and Kind Wishes but after looking at the fiber requirements, I need to purchase all but one skein. I'm not sure I want to spend the cash right now as I'm feeling cheap and I have plenty of other stuff to keep me busy. I also want to get started on the BBD Mystery that came with this years LF charts. Did you see how big that piece will be when it's completed? 23" x 8"! Wow that's a biggy BBD for sure. If you are stitching it all on one piece (as I am) you will need a piece of linen that is 27" x 12" (30 count). I'm doing mine on 32 count and I think I'll dye another piece of linen like I did for this one but in a little more of a grayish tan. I'm hoping to get started on the Mystery before the next LF comes out but I might not make it as I expect #32 to come out soon.
Sunday, July 27, 2008
Thursday, July 24, 2008
The quilt top I made for my bedroom finally came back from the quilter after six months and instead of cross stitching yesterday, I took the time to bind it. I love how it turned out. Here is a close up of the quilting. The quilter did a flower motif and I'm very happy with it. Now I need to finish the pillows and duvet cover.
And so do the pugs!
Monday, July 21, 2008
Here is my progress on Rites of Spring. I actually had a ton more done but last night I discovered a counting error at where I started the vining circle and of course I was finished with it and the whole thing had to come out. And I find that once I do so much frogging, I don't want to stitch anymore so no stitching last night.
As for Clancy, after months of struggling with the weave poles at agility trials, this past weekend, he gave me five out of six in perfect form. There were a few other mishaps on each run so no qualifying scores, but I think we are on our way to getting everything worked out. :-) Yeah for Clancy!
I leave you today with a photo of what I see when I leave the house for work every day. It's Clancy and Aoife saying good-bye. They don't leave the window until I pull out of the driveway. Where is Molly you ask? She goes right back to bed and doesn't bother watching me go. ;-)
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Monday, July 14, 2008
It's hard being an agility rock star.
Friday, July 11, 2008
In case anyone is keeping track of my vacation goals this is the sixth goal met. I started with seven goals and one I'm holding on until I receive my Gylt Twist Sylke in the mail. So I made my goals! I'm not sure how much of Medallions I'm going to stitch. I have a strong urge to start something new - on the small side I think so I can finish it in a couple of days.
Part 5 - Papillion Mystery - done
Part 6 - Papillion Mystery - done
Work on Medallions by Rosewood Manor - put in a small medallion last night
VWX - Sampler of Stitches from the Drawn Thread - done
Stitch Gilded Dragon Fly by Just Nan - hold until I receive silk fibers
Dye linen for Randenlap Celtic by Marion Freijzer - purchased linen rather than dye linen
Stitch and finish Barnabee's Bride Bella - done
Plus one bonus: stitched part six of Book of Ink Circles. :-)
Yesterday I let the dogs outside for a while and came back into the house. A little while later, I peeked out the window to check on them. And this is what I saw - Aoife sunning herself on the dog walk. :-) So cute!
Clancy and I have an agility trial this weekend. Please wish us luck - hopefully Clancy-boy has his weave pole mojo back.
Thursday, July 10, 2008
Of course while I was shopping I could not resist checking out the linens they had in stock and I found this piece of Colorscapes called Fresca. I took a picture of it but what you can't really see in the photo is the subtle hint of teal or aqua in the piece. It's perfect for what I had in mind for Randenlap Celtic. Here is the linen (I bought a fat half and I only need the upper left hand corner where most of the color variation is):
Here is Randenlap Celtic chart:
And here are the two colors I was thinking of using. Both are HDF from Vikki Clayton.
I have had spool requests with Vikki on the spool board for about a month now for both of these but didn't even get one additional request and you have to have five before Vikki will dye the batch for you. So yesterday I emailed her and asked if she had any extra from previous requests and she did! So she is sending one spool of premium in the bottom color and two spools of 6 strand regular of the top color. I have my fingers crossed that one of these will work. :-)
Tuesday, July 08, 2008
Monday, July 07, 2008
I have been so busy in the backyard. It's a real shame though that after 30 hours or so of really hard work, the only people that can see most of the improvements/changes I've made is my parents and I. :-) I've been moving plants, taking out old fallow veggie beds, planting grass seed, and adding plants to my perennial flower beds. I spent an entire day cleaning around the shed in preparation for re-siding it. That involved splitting wood and hauling it to the front of the house where we store it in the wood bin, clearing away years and years of old tossed wood, raking up years and years of debris and generally picking up. Somehow I manged to find a piece of Poison Ivy and have blisters up and down my arm - as soon as I finish this, I'm off to the pharmacy to pick up stuff to make it better. And I still have hours and hours of work left but for the next two days the forecast is for storms and rain.
But I can use the break. Maybe I should start on one of the two baby quilts I'll need to give out any day. ;-) My niece is due to ave her baby any day and my nephew's girlfriend is due next month.
I have a couple of outstanding questions from older posts. For my Ink Circles Book of Mystery I'm using HDF from Vikki Clayton in Mahogany, Magpie Tears, Magpie Warbles, Sea Silk, Black, Old Maid of the Heart, Old Maid of the Vineyard, Old Maid of the Forest.
And Jackie you win! Aoife is pronounced with a hard E like Eva or evening. :-)
Thursday, July 03, 2008
Wednesday, July 02, 2008
Two weeks ago when I started back on this I had no idea I would continue until the two parts I was behind on plus the outline and filling would be completed this go around. But it was easy to just keep tossing it into my bag before I left for work each day and to work on it when I had time at home. And I'm glad I did. Now I'll cross my fingers and hope that my counting is correct for the entire outline because if it's not, I doubt I will fix it. :-) I'm way to lazy for that and I don't think I would ever restart a piece such as this one. Especially since I'm not really sure at this point how much I like it. But in any case, it's all down hill from here. Each of the remaining blocks is around a couple of hours stitching a piece and since they come out every three weeks, I'm sure I'll keep up at this point and complete the piece. And if I don't LOVE the piece when it's finished, I can sew it up as a wall hanging with fabric I have on hand so it won't cost me any more money.
I'm off work until July 14th and I have quite a list of things I want to work on during this time as well as a huge list of things I want to do outside in the yard.
- Part 5 - Papillion Mystery
- Part 6 - Papillion Mystery
- Work on Medallions by Rosewood Manor (half way finished now)
- VWX - Sampler of Stitches from the Drawn Thread
- Stitch Gilded Dragon Fly by Just Nan
- Dye linen for Randenlap Celtic by Marion Freijzer
- Stitch and finish Barnabee's Bride Bella
WOW! Quite a list for sure. :-) I doubt if I get to half of it but it's nice to have a plan.,
As for the yard I have a ton to do, trim shrubs, mulch the veggie garden, re-side the shed.... the list goes on and on.
Those of you in the USA, have a safe and happy Fourth of July! And everyone else, just enjoy. :-)