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Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Unicorn Mystique

I decided to work on the unicorn, and made a little bit of progress, so I thought I'd share.

Unicorn Mystique progress photo

I've put in a little more of the background, and I finally started giving him some hooves. No stitching tonight, I'm going to read a little (if my eyes aren't too tired).

Linda, I feel for you - I have another friend who had some foot surgery a few years back, and I remember how it affected her. We'll just have to let some of those things stack up until we get better, eh? ;-)

Ann, there are diagrams on the pattern for those stitches (satin stitch at the outer edges, hem stitch at the top and bottom, and knotted clusters for the 'holes') that show the stitches, and it took a couple of trials to figure the clusters out, but you're right, they do look like dragonflies. :) That's one of the nice things about her (Teresa's) patterns - she provides good stitch diagrams. The pattern is available from Teresa's freebies page, you just have to download the Acrobat reader if you don't already have it, to view and print. It may seem intimidating, but it's a really small project, or you can always try them out on a scrap piece of fabric.

I even had an oopsie on that design, and I'll point it out, because I don't think it's that noticeable, but it wasn't something I could go back and fix (and I'm okay with that). If you look at the top row, you may notice that the outer stitches are a little taller than on the other sides. I didn't count correctly on the outer hem stitch (the row in between the outermost row of stitches and the knotted clusters), and I didn't realize it until I had already cut the threads and completed the knotted clusters. I just made the plait stitch a little taller so there wouldn't be a gap between it and the hem stitch (over 3 threads high instead of 2). Even after 20 years of stitching, I still make mistakes, but I try not to let them bother me. :D

Up next: who knows??? I'll just let something jump out at me. Have a great rest of the week - it's probably going to be a busy one for me, but I'll post again soon!

Sunday, September 25, 2005

Intermediate Whitework Ornament

It's a freebie from Teresa Wentzler, and I stitched it on the same fabric as the Harvest Time kitty ornament (a 28 count beige/tan linen) with Vikki Clayton silk floss - Fire Dragon color.

I've also been working just a little on my Unicorn today while watching NASCAR and football. Exercises and laundry are nearly done, and I'm looking forward to a nice dinner and catching up on some of the new tv shows we've taped. Thanks for showing the patience that sometimes I don't feel. :)

Friday, September 23, 2005

Wow, has it really been that long???

I haven't posted since Sunday, and it's kind of freaking me out. I guess I've been pretty busy, what with some building issues at work, training classes, and physical therapy, of course. Thank goodness the weekend is here!

I don't have any new photos to share yet, but I hope to by Sunday night - I've worked a little more on Merrick, wanting to get some more of the dolphin done, and just a tiny bit more on Blackberry Jam. I've also put together 2 sets of 2 panels each on the Vacation Mile-a-Minute afghan. I'll probably have it finished before the 63 squares afghan (though I do have all of the squares done now). I only have 4 of the 9 rows put together on it so far.

I've been very scattered lately, not knowing what I want to pick up and work on, thus I've started another crochet doily and the Teresa Wentzler Intermediate Whitework Ornament. Scott's Ships quilt sits in the other room patiently waiting for me to get back to it. I think October might be a good time for that - that's his birth month.

I'm taking off Monday from work so the girls and I can have a Scrabble Day. It should be nice and relaxing, and I'm looking forward to it, as always. Tonight is the mid-season (they're calling it summer) finales of Stargate: Atlantis and Battlestar Galactica. I'd better make sure to get the videotapes set up...

Happy weekend all!!!!!

Sunday, September 18, 2005

Blackberry Jam and Merrick

I just wanted to share - I took your collective advice and stitched on something new that I *wanted* to stitch - Blackberry Jam by The Sweetheart Tree and a little bit of progress on Merrick. Isn't the little blackberry the cutest??? It is so 3-dimensional, and I think it uses about 5 different colors of beads to create the very realistic-looking blackberry (imho, that is). Merrick got a little bit of work on his robes and the dolphin. Not as much as I would have liked, but progress nonetheless.

I've been given some additional exercises (I'm up to 17 different exercises and stretches now), that I do every other day (the stretches I do every day). I know it is helping me grow stronger, but I'm also a little more sore because of it. This weekend's been a little better though. Hopefully it will help me a little more throughout the week.

Thursday, September 15, 2005

Last night was better

Yesterday, after my exercises and dinner, I sat down and didn't feel too tired to stitch, so I did. And I didn't have to stop so quickly as the day before. I worked on Merrick while we watched another couple of episodes of Voyager. It's still hit-and-miss at this point, but I'm encouraged by any amount of time that I can stitch without feeling tired or sore.

I have this battle raging inside right now, though. Because I can't stitch as frequently or for as long as I could before, I feel the need on one hand to make sure that whatever I do work on is something with a deadline, or it's close to being finished, or it's in my rotation already. On the other hand, I feel the need not to pressure myself if I'm not 100%-completely enjoying the projects that have deadlines, etc., in favor of something else 'more fun.' Because of this inward battle, I feel almost impotent, because then I work on nothing, even when I feel like I can stitch or crochet or quilt a bit. Talk about frustrating!!

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Thank you

Thank you for your comments! Every comment I receive I appreciate, and they continually encourage me. Ziall, Harvest Time is a cross-stitch design, which I would categorize as a form of embroidery.

Last night I had planned to work on Scott's quilt while watching the last disc of The Tomorrow People. I didn't get very far, only completing one small sail's worth of quilting before I decided I wasn't up to it yet, even with my new frame holding the quilt just where I need it to.

I didn't stitch one bit after that, and it's almost scary - I don't remember doing much of anything except a little chat on the phone with a friend and my mom. The guys were playing PS2 football, and I went to bed a little before they were finished.

Sunday, September 11, 2005

Another little finish, again...

Started Thursday, September 8, and finished today, Harvest Time by Dinky Dyes designs (Stacey Tippin). I stitched it on a piece of 28 ct. linen that was in a grab bag from a LNS, so I'm not sure of the color, but it's close to DMC 738. :)

I haven't decided how to finish-finish it, but I think it will look really cute with the other Halloween-type designs hanging on the wall in my craft room.

I think I'm going to pull out Merrick and have a go at him. Next weekend is our monthly Black Swan Designs stitch-along weekend, and I'm glad to be able to participate this month.

Oh, and GO STEELERS!!!! They played an awesome game against the Titans today.

Tuesday, September 06, 2005


Another little finish!

Obviously, I'm feeling better. I'm still fatigued quite easily, and a little sore, but I'm still keeping up with my PT appointments and exercises and stretching as I'm supposed to. I even have a new keyboard drawer and chair ordered for work. Now I just need to get a new computer chair for home.

Anyway, this is Sweetheart Tree's By the Sea Sampler, and I think it's adorable. I'm thinking of a white or almost-white frame... sometime down the road. It's going to fit in perfectly with two other designs I have hanging on the wall together (Mermaid Magic and Castles by the Sea).

Monday, September 05, 2005

Another little finish

I wanted something small to work on while my back and shoulders were healing - something I could put down and pick up easily. I got this freebie design by A Family Affair at CATS Nashville 2005 in the Picture This Plus booth (having purchased some very cool overdyed linens), and it seemed to fit the bill.

I pulled out a scrap piece of linen, picked out one Anchor floss color and some overdyed flosses that I'd gotten in my "Opps" bag from Dinky Dyes, and here is the result. Oh, and the eyelets are stitched with the 'Yellow Knockered Fairy' floss that was in almost every "Opps" bag. :)

Completed September 2, 2005

I'll probably stick to stitching some little designs for a bit, before getting back into the swing of my rotation.

Friday, September 02, 2005

One little picture

Here's a mini-doily that I finished on the drive back from Bristol last weekend. I finally got the ends woven in. I crocheted it with some DMC perle cotton. The colors are funky, and I really like it. I'd almost be tempted to do a room in these colors. :)

Thursday, September 01, 2005

So much for August's goals

While I did manage to finish 3 squares on my 63 squares afghan (leaving one to go, and then the assembly), I didn't manage to achieve any of the rest of my goals for this month, mostly because of my back and shoulder problems. As a result, I don't think I'm going to set any goals for September, except to get to feeling better, and hopefully to stitch and crochet when I can. I'd also like to work on Scott's quilt some more, and we'll see how that goes, but as for Gerrick's quilt - I don't see myself finishing that by Christmas this year. He will be two years old in March, so I might set my sights on his birthday.

September's goals: get better and stitch! :)