Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays everyone! Hope everyone has an excellent holiday season.

I haven't been posting here lately because I've gotten this weird vertigo thing (current diagnosis from a neurologist, idiopathic benign positional vertigo) and it's worst while stitching, so no stitching for me the last week or two. I'm quite bummed about the stitching, but other than that it's tolerable.

Hopefully in a week or two I will have new pictures for you. I was on a bit of a roll with the stitching and had quite a bit of progress.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Well, I have finally hit 2000 stitches, or about half a page. A new flower is starting to emerge, which is very exciting.

Have been watching Criminal Minds while I stitch, which is new to me. So far am enjoying it quite a bit.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Long time no post!

But I've been busy, have gotten 1600 stitches in total done. I've been a bit distracted, because my computer game came out with a new expansion (happens about once every 2 years) and I've been busy with that. Or not busy, depending on whether or not I can actually get through the queue to play it. The perils of being on a popular server.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

1000 stitches! Getting a little faster, actually. It's a relief to finally start to see a design emerge, it helps me to work on it more. Plus I'm finally not having to start half the threads.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

I got 800 stitches done on Tree of Life!

Man is this one slow. But I shall celebrate each and every row, and maybe eventually it'll look like something.

I also have to show off the top of a mocha I got at my local coffee shop. The town is VERY into Halloween, so it was a cat and a pumpkin. I may have squealed a bit.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Well, it's been a hell of a week. Lost my job, through no fault of my own, and am back searching for work. Had an interview today, but am not feeling optimistic.

Back to stitching! I got 400 more stitches done in the last week. It's really slow going progress on this project. I'm not sure yet if I'm going to mix it with a different project to see more overall progress or what. I'm new to having more than one project at a time.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Fabric Came!

My fabric came for my redo! Tree of Life Ruby has been restarted. I've been sick the last few days and incredibly stressed out about my foot (which has been misbehaving). But I had a good surgeon's report and a five hour nap, so I found the energy to put in 200 stitches.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Well, since I'm restarting Tree of Life, and I'm waiting for the fabric to arrive, I'm back to Celebrate. Got a bunch of leaf done and a little bit of flower.

There is a boo boo here, but it's gigantic (a whole huge section was one row too high) and I didn't want to frog the entire section. So if anyone can see the mistake, don't tell me!

Monday, September 29, 2014

Well, there won't be updates on Tree of Life for a little bit. I've decided that I need to restart it on vastly different fabric. I'm going to go for a 25 count Lugana, I think. I can't park over two, much as I love it for the cross country stitching. Too much counting.

So I'm back to Celebrate until I get new fabric. This is the first time I've had to do this, and it's definitely annoying, but I'm only 700 stitches into it and it's already driving me crazy, so it will be well worth it.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Tree of Life is definitely going to be a challenge. SO MUCH confetti! I'm going to aim for 200 stitches a day before moving onto other projects.

Here's today and yesterday's progress.

Friday, September 26, 2014

New start!

Tree of Life in Ruby, by William Morris, charted by HAED.

Man was this a pain today. I gridded wrong, so I had to rip it out and stitch and make mistakes and frog and then regrid. Joy of joys. Was just cranky today though. Hopefully tomorrow will be better, as I have work.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Achieved my goal of getting the half page done, hooray! Was mostly big chunks of color, so it wasn't too hard. It's amazing how those little patches of stitches come together to form a picture.

Now for more schoolwork...

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Had to frog twice today, about 50 stitches each time, because of this silly cold. Nevertheless, got a decent chunk done. More leaf, and some background. Hopefully I will finish this half of the page tomorrow, since it's mostly big chunks of color, not confetti.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

I finally managed to get some good stitching time in this evening! This was my first week working four days, so I was generally exhausted, plus I think I'm coming down with something.

On the Celebrate front, I finally reached leaf! Very exciting.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

My floss came today! For two of my new projects. The third, which is actually the one I want to start the most, is still in the works.

With floss there must be pics! Neither is on the fabric they will be stitched on as I don't have it yet, but on a neutral gray.

For Autumne, by Christopher Vacher:

For World Travel Bookshelf, by Amy Stewart:

Not a ton of progress on Celebrate today, mostly filling in with confetti. So I'll have a picture of that tomorrow.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

I got the cutest latte today at my coffee shop that's right near work!

I saw my surgeon today. He was pleased with my progress, and said I could start weaning out of the brace in a month, and be rid of it in another month, yay. He also suggested some physical therapy, which is always of the good. I'm in the market for a new PT place (my old one doesn't take my new insurance) and I found one up the hill from work that not only takes my insurance, but is affiliated with my very top notch hospital. Yay!

Stitching! I haven't slept well the last two nights, so I didn't get as much of the confetti done as I wanted, but I did get the orange filled in. 

Monday, September 15, 2014

Had lots of homework to do, but I still got some work in on Celebrate.

I got the first column of page 14 done, and made a small start on the next column. Tomorrow I have work and a doctor's appointment (*shakes fist at feet*) so I'm not sure how much work I'll get done on Celebrate.

I'm still trying to figure out what will be the best solution to my dilemma on how to use q-snaps or a scroll frame for my new project. It's going to be parked, so I'd like to use my lap stand. Last time I gave up on it because of a tension problem with my scroll frame, so I put it in an 11 by 17 q-snap and held it in my lap. I'd like to try the lap frame again. I see two options: Put it back in the scroll frame with something Nordic Needle calls "stitch clamps" to even out the tension, or make some weird Godzilla q-snap and buy the q-snap adapter for my lap stand (it's a K's Creations). The advantage to that is that I can move the project in and out of the q-snaps. Also, the stitch clamps are out of stock. So I think the second, q-snap, option makes the most sense, but I have to figure out how to get the frame to work with the right pieces.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Spent today working on Celebrate. I really like the greens in this section. Which is good, because I have leaves and a frog in my future.

Also got the fabric for my next big project. Will post a picture once I get the threads for a floss toss.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

It is a dreary and rainy day. Fall is here.

But I'm inside with the heat turned on and a fleece wrapped around me, so it's cross stitching time!

Got page 15 done today. That's 11 out of 25 done, or 44% if I'm doing the math right.

Celebrate, by Teri Rosario, charted by HAED.

Here's the entire work so far, minus the page I just finished.

Happy Stitching!