10 February 2012


I think I am going to change the way I am handling all these challenges I've given myself.

Originally, I had decided I would work on a project til it was finished, but most of my UFOs are quite large and I abandoned them quite early in the process, so if I were to follow that logic, it might be several months til I actually finished one and could merrily go back to my ornaments. I'm happy with the progress I'm making on HoA, but that could be two or three more weeks . . . .

So I'm instituting a rotation. One week ornaments, one week UFOs. I think it's going to work a little better for me, and I can still take the ornaments with me to doctor's appointments--I get a lot of stitching done in the waiting room. I think it will be a Friday to Friday rotation, which means I'm going to work on an ornament today, Debbee's Designs from the JCS issue. I think it's more canvaswork than cross stitch, which I don't remember ever doing before, so it's a challenge. I do have to make some substitutions, based on what I have available to me. I could not find white mono canvas, and ended up with antique white. That didn't look like it would look right, so, when I was at the Stitching Post on Sunday, I bought 18 count Cork linen. I probably could have had them cut white mono canvas, but the fabric table was packed, and I don't really like lines, so I just went with the linen. It's light green, I'm not sure it will work right for canvaswork, but this ornament is for me, it's learning a new skill, so this is a learning stitch. If it doesn't work, I won't do it again. I may end up subbing out the crystals for whatever they have at Michaels, since I don't know where to order them, and don't really want to wait for them to come in the mail.

I know I meant to show progress pics last night, but it took two hours to get home, thanks to a side trip to the Amish Market in Germantown for some goodies. It says quite a lot about this place that it is always packed, but the food is so good and such high quality, that it's worth it. I picked up steaks for our Friday night dinner--we always try to have something really good on Friday nights, and this week, it's Delmonico steaks, since Left-brain is the only person who knows how to cook my steak right. I also picked up a tray of tossed salad for us to nosh on all weekend, some orange juice lemonade, and a chicken barbeque platter to split (overflowing sandwich, massive potato wedges, coleslaw, and a pickle, for only $6.75, can't eat better for less in this county!), which was a good thing because there was an accident on the road home, and I was tied up in traffic for 30 minutes while they tended to the people, and so I ate two of the wedges while sitting there. That filled me up, so Left-brain finished most everything, and Beazer tried to Jedi mind trick him into sharing, unsuccessfully. I did put in a few stitches, though, so not a total waste.

I have to run for now, there will be pictures tonight, I promise! Enjoy your weekend!


Danielle said...

I was at the stitching post on sunday!!! I was the first one in the door. What time were you there? I had met up with VegasJilly from A Stitch In Time and three other stitching women.

riona said...

I am in total agreement about the finish "dilemma". When you are accustomed to several small finishes and a few medium finishes each month, it is very hard to finish just one project a month or, worse yet, every two or three months. I am dealing with the same thing with my self-imposed challenges this year: finishing up all the class projects from workshops and retreats I have attended since 2005 and finishing up my 2010-11 WIPs. Most of these pieces are large projects, and many qualify as BAPs. I thought I'd resigned myself to a very short finish list this year But I found myself sneaking in a scissor fob and a bookmark stitch last week, just to be able to see a finished project. But this weekend it is back to stitching on Tracery Dragons, ever so virtuously!

Stephanie M. said...

Sounds like so much fun, I wish there was something like that in Southern California. I like you rotation idea, unfortunately I have to finish stitching for my daughters wedding. Have you ever pulled out The Ball to work on? It's been calling me, but I have to stick to my goal....Have a great weekend.

Pumpkin said...

You might as well do what makes you happy. That's the main thing :o)

Meari said...

I've been doing the weekly rotation system and it seems to be working well for me. Good luck with yours.

I do my thing and you do yours. I am not in this world to live up to your expectations, and you are not in this world to live up to mine. You are you and I am I, and if by chance we find each other, then it is beautiful. If not, it can’t be helped--Frederick Perls