Friday, May 27, 2016

Monday, May 23, 2016

Schooner Island Sampler - Week 12

Good Morning Stitchers! (In Robin William's voice.). I can't believe I have been working on this sampler for 12 straight weeks.

But the end is clearly in sight.  I have less than an inch of fill in to do on the hull of the ship.  Plus random fish motifs.  Hoping there will not be a week 13 post but an interim "finish" post.

But...even with less than an inch to complete, that's a lot of fill in.  

Today is the first day in a long time that it hasn't been raining here in Virginia. Along with the rain, it's been chilly. So I have still had the heater going in the basement to take out the dampness. Is summer ever coming?

I made a trek to In Stitches last week.  Spent about an hour an a half converting DMC colors to hand dyed cottons.  A act of love for my sister!  Although I can feel it in my legs from doing forced squats looking at threads from floor level to above my head. 

My sister gave me the DMC #'s.  Between GAST and CCW, this is what I came up with.

What is it about hand dyed threads, that makes me want roll around in them? Or just frame them like that?  I guess that's how knitters feel about yarn or quilters feel about fabric.

Nothing more to post for this week.  Hoping my next week, I'll have pulled threads for a new project.  Until then, happy stitching!

Monday, May 16, 2016

Skyros Island Schooner - Week 11

Feel like I made a lot of progress this week!  The end if clearly in sight!  

The last single line on the bottom, has only 4 rows underneath that and some random fish.  Course lots of fill in still left to do.

I can't believe it will have taken me almost four months to stitch this.  My end of the year finishes will be pretty pitiful for 2016.

Speaking of finishes.  Interesting post on one of the FB groups about projects stitchers have in their rotation.  I used to have 3 projects going at the same time. One in the basement on either the floor stand/lap-tabletop stand.  The second 
project located on the first floor in one of the two stands and a take along project in QSnaps for time spent on the boat or traveling.

Since my husband started working out of the house, the first floor project has been eliminated. I spend a lot of time in the basement, staying out of way of disturbing my husband when he's talking to clients or dictating.  Plus since we moved my mom in with us, I sit with her to keep her company.  

Once the weather turns nice and we start going to the boat I'll probably have a new take a long project.  But the weather!?  I wore winter clothes to church yesterday.  My former high school classmates posted pictures and videos of it snowing in Michigan yesterday.  Global warming!!!

Back to the rotation subject!  My ADD won't let me start new projects until I finish something.  One stitcher said she had 77 projects in her rotation.  77!  77 projects not finished!  That was the highest! But others had the perverbial heap of their own UFPs.  

This particular stitcher admitted that her satisfaction in stitching was buying the fabric and the threads and the charts and starting them. 

I have under 50 charts in my stash.  Some of them fully kitted some of them it's just the chart.  I feel sort of guilty at times when I look at my stash and realize the cost involved.  Thankfully it's only a moment and I justify my obsession with it is but one vice. But it makes me think about purchasing additional! 

Recently another stitcher posted pictures of inherited WIPs. She had no idea about the chart names, nor were the charts included.  Thankfully she was able to identify the charts with the help of other stitchers. Hopefully she'll be able to find what are probably OOP charts.  

Not finding fault with these other stitchers.  Makes them happy and that's what stitching is for. Just saying for me, I  couldn't stand having all these random WIP's. 

Well off my opening soap box.  Until next week - Happy Stitching!

Monday, May 9, 2016

Skyros Island Schooner - Week 10

Please, please, please just let me be finished with this!  

Skipping around between pages 9-12.  Lots of one line rows that cover pretty much the whole width. Really pretty boring to stitch. But just has to be done!

I even took this with me to Harrisonberg. So I could knock out some "X's."

Well my daughter did it.  She graduated from college. 

This was the pinning on Friday night ceremony.

This was after the Saturday walk for all the Schools of Health and Human Services.  The other side of her hat said 
"Thanks Mom and Dad!"

The weather was horrible. Cold and drizzling.  Which is why the red raincoat. I look like a giant tomato! 

She's home now till she heads off to her apartment in July.  Working as a waitress till then.  Hopefully to save up for all those "security deposits" she's going to need since she has absolutely no credit.  

Other than that there really is no further news.  I hope everyone had a wonderful Mother's Day.  I know I sure did. Happy Stitching! 

Monday, May 2, 2016

Skyros Island Schooner Sampler - Week 9

Week 9 and still no end in sight.  Been skipping around so much since last post, that it's difficult to see much progress.

I was asked for a picture of the unrolled piece.  So you can see that I am managing to work on the hull of the ship.

Busy week coming up so I'll probably not make much progress.  My daughter is graduating from JMU.      
                                                                 I have been tasked with making pasta and potato salad for a cook out in Fri. night. So today I picked up the ingredients.  Also looks like my mother is getting low on quick breads.  Only 1 loaf left in the freezer. 

I felt it was time to get a haircut.  Specially with all the graduation pictures coming up.  Love the cut, but hair dresser put too much hair spray on it.  Can't believe they cut 4" off of it. 

I got me some droopy eyelids!  Maybe if I win the lottery I can get those taken care of.

I volunteered to help my sister with a conversion from DMC to gentle arts. Think I'll wait till my mom goes to Georgia for 3 weeks, so I can spend several hours at In Stitches!

Well with that I need to get back to laundry and stitching. Happy stitching!