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Sunday, October 30, 2005

...and Sunday's Happy Dance


The last of the little tails (and were there a bunch of those, whew!) woven in, my Vacation Mile-a-Minute afghan is finished, yippee!!!!

Saturday's Happy Dance

I finished Gathering Pinecones!


Yesterday was a wonderful one - I worked a little more on Scott's quilt, and now I only have one square left to quilt, and the binding to attach. I also got REALLY close to finishing the Vacation Mile-a-Minute afghan.

We've already been grocery shopping today, a pot of chili is in the making, and I'm looking forward to sitting down with a cup of hot cocoa and watching some NASCAR. Oh, and we have taken tomorrow off also, and we're planning to go see Serenity. It's a wonderfully long weekend here in Nashville. The sun is shining, and we have the windows open with a cool breeze blowing through. I hope everyone else is enjoying their weekends too!

Saturday, October 29, 2005

Almost there

We drove down to Chattanooga yesterday to visit the Tennessee Aquarium, and had a great time. By the end of the drive back, my tailbone was a little tired and sore, but mostly it was okay. Watching the little otters playing / wrestling was one of the best parts. It was also neat to see the octopus and jellyfish up close - I've only seen them in books or on tv before.

On the way down and back, I managed to finish putting the panels of my Vacation Mile-a-minute afghan together. I've worked the edging and now all that's left is weaving in the tails. Expect to see a happy dance (or two) from me before the weekend is out! :)

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Rolling along

Last weekend was pretty good! I managed to get some stitching in on Summer Maiden, made quite good progress on Gathering Pinecones, and actually got in some quilting on Scott's Ships! I tried to pace myself, because I'm nowhere near back to normal, but at least I felt better. And I'm happy to report that I have 3 corners of Scott's quilt finished, and I've started working on the 4th. When you get down to having less than 3 blocks left to quilt in the two months before Christmas, suddenly things seem more manageable (even with all the cross stitching and crochet that I do).

So, here are the updated Summer Maiden and Gathering Pinecones pictures:



Oh, and we're finally getting our house exterior trim and siding painted (it's only needed repainting for the past couple of years...), and I hope to take some good "second coat" photos tonight. We're going with a slightly different color this time, and I'm quite pleased with the look so far. I think the new colors go well with the brick, and brighten it up a bit. :)

Friday, October 21, 2005

HAPPY FRIDAY!

This is just a weird time for me, stitching-wise. I find myself constantly wanting to start new projects (most of them small), instead of working on what I've already got in progress. So, right after I finished the Pumpkin Kitty, what did I do? Bought the fibers I didn't already have for two Hillside Samplings designs I've been wanting to stitch ever since I bought them (a couple of years ago). Then I checked to see if I had a piece of fabric at least the size I would need for Gathering Pinecones, did a floss toss, and started it.

Here is my progress so far

It's not very big, but these border acorns are taking a bit of time to do each one.


That's because they're done with the Cretan stitch.


What it's supposed to look like when finished.

Each one of the pinecones in the middle section is made of a different stitch, and there is an acorn button in the middle.

So that I don't feel too guilty, I have also worked some on Summer Maiden (Maidens of the Seasons). I hope to have an updated picture after this weekend. I've added some beads to her hair, and started working my way downward a bit. I've been anxious to get to her dress, as I wanted to see how the pinks are going to look. So far, so good! Happy weekend everyone!

Oh, and yes, I added beads to the border of the Pumpkin Kitty. They are gold-colored delicas. I just couldn't resist adding a little extra. :)

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Merrick progress and a careful little happy dance


Here is my progress from the Stitch-along weekend, finally the dolphin is complete.


And a careful little happy dance - the Pumpkin Kitty

Thanks again for your sympathy and encouragement! I just keep trying to remind myself to take it one day at a time. I know it could be a LOT worse. One positive out of it is that it helps take the attention away from my shoulder. ;-)

Friday, October 14, 2005

Well, now that would explain it

For the past couple of weeks, I've noticed pain in my tailbone area while sitting on the couch and some chairs. I have just been enduring it, changing my sitting posture frequently, thinking I must have bruised it, and that the pain would just go away in time. But it hasn't. In fact, when my chiropractor was checking it out, it felt just a little worse - and a little odd. So I set up an appointment to see my sports medicine doctor about it, and we've discovered that at some point (we don't know when), I've fractured my tailbone at the tip - and we're not talking some little hairline fracture. The tip of my tailbone (looked to be almost an inch long) looks like it is hanging off at about a 30 degree angle (yes, my coccyx is cock-eyed)! No wonder I've been having some pain. I have no idea when it happened (though I can think of several times over the course of my life when I have fallen on my tailbone-especially at roller skating rinks), and I can't think of any event recently when I might have re-injured or aggravated it. Oh, and there really is nothing the doctor or I can do to 'fix' it. Anti-inflammatory meds and pillows or other devices to take off the pressure while sitting to try to protect it. Sigh.

I'm so glad it's Friday and the weekend is upon us!

I have been able to stitch just a little bit, and this is how far I've gotten on Pumpkin Kitty


Oh, and it's the Black Swan Designs SAL weekend! I will be pulling Merrick out for as much of a go as I can do. Have you worked on your Black Swan design lately? :)

Sunday, October 09, 2005

Some progress, a finish

Cat (Candy) by Vervaco

Vacation Mile-a-Minute afghan

February Doily in Peach
from the Year in Doilies 4 leaflet by Leisure Arts
I didn't get much more stitched on Cat before finally taking a scan. On the one hand, I wanted more progress, but on the other - well, I moved on to other things, obviously.

As I said, I've started putting the panels together on the Vacation Mile-a-Minute afghan, and I have them all in pairs of two currently. Next I'll pair the pairs and work on getting the entire thing together.

I have been working on the peach-colored doily for a couple of weeks now, no big secret, I just didn't feel like trying to take progress pictures - this thing looked so wavy before I washed and blocked it. I also wasn't 100% certain I would have enough thread to finish it (but fortunately I had plenty).

And I've given in to another cross-stitch start, and it's another Sweetheart Tree design, Pumpkin Kitty. I don't know what it is about Halloween and Sweetheart Tree designs, but I think I love and want to stitch every one of them! I started with the border (and haven't even finished that yet, so not enough progress for a progress picture), and I think I'm going to add some beads in the border. It is the same stitch as in their By the Sea Sampler that has beads (below the top waves and above the bottom waves), and I really like the look with the beads - an even better dimension.

I'm still doing my exercises, but now that we're adding in some chest stretching, my outer shoulder has started to hurt a bit. I'll be discussing that with my PT the next time I see her. And unfortunately, I have yet to find a pain reliever, so the stitching is still just a bit sporadic, but I did manage to finish one quilt block on Scott's Ships today - I've only been 'working' on that for a couple of months now... ;-)

Thursday, October 06, 2005

Thanks for the input!

Of course, I haven't gotten started on it yet, but I do plan to measure my pieces of cross stitch fabric and label them to start. I currently keep them in two plastic bins (blacks/blues/greens/purples in one, whites/beiges/pinks/browns in another), folded, but I'll keep your comment in mind if I should notice any fading along the crease lines. One of my problems is that they really aren't labeled, so I have to really look and sometimes measure to figure out if a piece is 25, 28, or 32 count. I'd love to just be able to see at a glance if the fabric is big enough before I start a 'floss toss'.

I've worked a little more on Cat (Candy), but want to get some more stitches in before moving on to the next project. I've also added two more (of eight) blackberries to my Blackberry Jam - I'll try to post new pics of those over the weekend, and maybe a pic of my progress on the Vacation Mile-a-Minute afghan. :)

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

I have a question

For those cross stitchers who have a fabric stash and keep track of it, how do you measure the odd pieces where you've cut out a portion? The ones that look like an L (or even more different)? I was wondering this when I started to look at cataloging my evenweaves. I'm not so keen on cutting the pieces further (so that they will be even rectangles again), because I'm not sure which direction the length would be needed most. Does anyone have suggestions?

Saturday, October 01, 2005

And just like that

the weekend was here, as was the first of October. It's funny how time seems to crawl throughout the week and fly over the weekend.

I've worked a little on Gothic Castle, and I've finally completed pages 1 and 2 (there are 6 total, but two of them are only half-filled with stitches). I find it interesting to see how my tastes have changed in just a few short years. When I originally started working on Gothic Castle, I was stitching it on 14 ct. orange aida. That was a disaster, as the orange really showed through the stitches, and so I decided to start over on something lighter - ivory. And for some strange reason, I decided that I wanted it to be bigger, so I went for 11 ct. ivory aida. I'm using 4 strands of floss for better coverage, but even with that many strands, the coverage isn't the best, especially in the black areas. As I sat stitching on it tonight, I wondered what in the world I was thinking when I decided to put it on 11 ct. fabric. It didn't really need to be bigger to be better. But it is, and because I still like the design (and I am NOT starting it over again), I'll continue to stitch it on this fabric, but now I think that it would have looked better if I'd stuck with 14 (28) ct. fabric or even 16 (32).