Sunday, August 2, 2015

A week of not one single cross stitch

Making this post a bit earlier than some of my more recent posts.  Still lots of projects to complete before I get back to my favorite hobby which will always be cross stitch. A day without stitching is truly a day without sunshine!

Today the hubby and son leave for Harrisonberg to begin the big move for my son into the town house.  I put the final stitches in the love seat cover this morning.  Nothing like working under pressure and a deadline.  Gets the heart beating that's for sure.

But this means I have to start sewing the cover for the couch.  Bigger piece, a lot more fabric, and even less time to complete it. But at least I know what I'm doing this time and hopefully won't make the same mistakes from trial and error on the love seat. Biggest lesson learned, don't cut until absolutely necessary!

I do have one cushion cover almost done, which means 2 more to do.  I still need to wash and dry drop clothes several more times.  Plus Dixie is still awaiting her haircut. Not to forget doing laundry and making a stab a house cleaning so that I won't be featured on an episode of Hoarders!

I have also managed to continue the knitting in a the baby blanket.  It has become my new take along big project. Surprised at how many rows I can finish while wasting time. Even took it on the boat with me yesterday and was quite pleased when I got home to find that I had reached 31" which means I can start the final 8/9 rows of seed stitch for the final border on the end.

However, more yarn awaits me for another blanket when I couldn't decide on yarn choice, so I just bought it all!  No additional pressure.

Not to say with all this going on that cross stitching is never out of the back of my mind.  I was so tired of looking for the hardware that goes to my various stands that I decided to do something about it. A trip to the local Walmart store I found exactly what I needed in the craft department for storage.  And for less then $4.00, soooo worth it!

I also have been keeping my eye open for charts do something personal for my youngest son and step daughter. Backtracking in my blog, earlier posts you can see the pieces I stitched for my oldest son and my daughter.  I think I finally found something for my step daughter who lives in Florida.  She just moved into her very own apartment.  When she was here recently she didn't seem all that impressed with some  of my reproduction samplers. 

But if I'm going to stitch something, even as a gift, I want it to be fun for me too!  After searching the net, I finally found this chart that was available for download.  Nothing like instant gratification. 

It's called My Tropical Sampler.  Think I'll just stitch it on white 14 ct. Aida when I work it into the rotation.

Guess that's about all for now.  Until next week-happy stitching in whatever form it is!


  1. Pam, congratulations on getting the love seat finished. Hope the couch goes smoothly for you. What a lovely design you have purchased to stitch for your step daughter. Looking forward to seeing your progress on it!

    Enjoy your week!

    Robin in Virginia

    PS The baby blanket is looking fabulous.

    1. Robin finished the blanket yesterday too! Just have to weave the ends in. I almost started casting on last night for next blanket but was just plain too tired. Today I'm trying to clean a bit while I have whole house to myself. My house seems soooo much bigger with all the extra furniture out of the basement, dining room and garage. Still more to go, but the boys made a huge dent in getting a lot of it out of here yesterday. I will be so happy when I can get back to stitching just for me!

  2. Love the tropical and ALL your work. Almost six months ago, I didn't think I would look forward to anything. But now I am making different plans and have many ideas - thanks sto you. You are such a wonderful and special friend, Pam. Thanks for being there with your wise words and support.