22 January 2014

New Start

I was desperate for a new start last night. So I went through my kitted up stuff, and found a piece of Monet Blue linen in another project. It's not the prettiest blue, but more a passable grey, and I'm pretty sure it's a Wichelt linen, which I do not like, but I couldn't wait til Saturday, so I nabbed it for at least one of these samplers.

I've had this chart probably 10 years. The spring one of this series was something I bought on my first visit to The Stitching Post in April, 2001, and I loved it, so I bought the rest of them. I know this is OOP, all of the set is, so, even though I usually get rid of my charts when I'm finished with them, this won't go. Besides, with my attention span, how many years will it take for me to get all three done?

Like I said, I am changing the colors because I just don't like it on tan. I am actually surprised I bought the chart, but it must have been a "complete the set" purchase--the other ones are a lot prettier, the fall ones are gorgeous. I am leaving the deer in this sampler in his original colors, at least right now, but I may change him to one of the 840-palette, since that seems to be the color our deer turn. The wording is in 3799, but I may switch out some of the key words to 3750 or 930, it just depends on my mood. The deer will be backed in 762, and the pinecones to 838.

This is what I have so far. It seems to be working, although that flippin' Wichelt linen, I really have to watch my tails--Wichelt is unforgiving, as I've learned at the fair, and it tells all your secrets.

It's funny, really, PS is one of my favorite designers and  one of the ones I have the most of in my collection, but I don't stitch a lot of them.  I don't know why, they're nice to stitch, and a nice break from shading. And it's hard to mess them up--the one I did in VC silks turned out lovely, if I do say so myself. Maybe I ought to embrace my prim side and stitch more of them, except I am not sure the qualify as primitive.

I did take some time to read last night. I have a great book called "Among Others", by Jo Walton. It's an epistolary novel, which I usually don't like, but this is about her year in a boarding school. She is a fan of fantasy and sci fi, and sees fairies. I think they're a coping mechanism for dealing with her traumatic life, but I'm not sure, I still have 150 pages left to go to figure this out. I usually don't read this kind of book at all, but it's basically a coming of age story, and I like those, so I'm giving it a shot. We'll see how it goes.

Not much else happening. The snow stopped. It was very windy last night and blew a lot away, at least off the deck. But very cold. The schools are shut down. Even daycare closed. So the other two parts of the family are in, watching Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. Someone Small went out in the snow yesterday. She was fine with getting dressed til I put her gloves on--hated those--then didn't want to go out, then did want to go out, and pitched a fit about coming back in. But she really doesn't have the proper clothes for playing in snow--no snow pants, and her boots are more like Uggs, so it was just a moment outside, not play time. She has the rest of her childhood to enjoy snow.

So that is all from here today. Keep warm!


Meari said...

I've never seen that chart before. Or the series for that matter, lol. Would it be too much for you to dig them out and show-n-tell?

Erin said...

I have that pattern, too, Rachel! I want to the first design - the verse reminds me of "Game of Thrones," a favorite show of DH and I. I want to do it on mottled gray fabric, though, not that tan. And I thought it would be cool to work on while watched Season 3 on DVD...but then DH *ahem* "found" full episodes online and watched them. >:( But with this frigid weather, it still feels appropriate to stitch!

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