Crazy September

September has been a wild month.  It started off with a Sunday at church where my son picked up the stomach bug.  He was sick all night long.  The following day, I was supposed to start my methotrexate and had to cancel, since I didn’t want to catch his germs.  The last time I had the stomach bug was in the 1970s.

But that record stretch was about to be broken, as *I* caught it from him.  I couldn’t eat for days, which wasn’t such a bad thing as I lost 5.5 pounds.  The last day I was sick, Hurricane Irma hit.  We had evacuee guests, so I cleaned the whole house with Lysol (which worked, as no one else got sick.)

Irma’s eye passed right over my house around 2 in the morning.  At 2:30, I could no longer stay in bed and stepped out into the screened lanai.  I was joined by my brother-in-law, then my two sons, and lastly my sister-in-law.  We all agreed there was no going to sleep again, and since the power was off and had been since the previous evening, we boiled water on the gas grill and made a pot of coffee.  My brother in law slowly poured the coffee through a filter, and at 4:00 we had coffee!

Once it was dawn, we could see that my screened lanai had lost 5 big screens, my flower gardens were destroyed, and there was a little ceiling damage in the lanai.  All in all, that’s not bad.

The big deal ended up being the lack of electricity (until Tuesday night) and having to drive 25 miles to find gas for the generator.  The day after Irma, we lost cell phone service (why????) and that was a huge pain.  It was out for almost a week.  I couldn’t get or send texts after a while.  I could text at the beginning if I stood at the end of the driveway.  Finally it got so bad that we went for a ride so I could text my daughter.  Sigh….

Another bad thing was that the stores were out of dairy for over a week.  My husband managed to find some coffee creamer somewhere.  Due to the gap in time where he couldn’t find gas for the generator, we lost a lot of food from the refrigerator.

You can see how I didn’t manage to stitch anything.

Post-Irma — I’ve stitched a very little.  I have been doing more punch needle.  I seem to be burned out cross stitch wise now.  I have totally lost interest in the Main Street series and have debated selling the started project.  Yikes!

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I finished my first one!  This is a free pattern.

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And I finished my second one!  This one is from Punch Needle and Primitive Stitcher magazine.

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And my third one, also from PNPS magazine.  The overdyed floss — my first attempt at dyeing my own.  I love how it turned out.

This poor blurry snowman is a free pattern too.  He is supposed to be a coaster, but he will become a Christmas ornament.  You can find the pattern here.

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Next was a little stitching, also from PNPS magazine.  This Prim Kitty was supposed to have a periwinkle colored flower.  I changed all the colors.

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This was so much fun to stitch, that I did a second one and changed the flower.

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I can imagine changing out the flower for different seasonal things — a snowflake, a pumpkin, etc.

Next project was a freehand snowman that I drew, sewed, and stuffed.

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I wanted sticks for arms, but we couldn’t find any suitable ones.

Next:  I drew this kitty freehand and made him up.

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He was a lot of fun to make.  Not that fun to stuff…

Lastly, today’s cat, also drawn freehand.  The whiskers on this one are wire.

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None of them are perfect, but they were fun to make.  If I didn’t have allergies, I am sure I would be a crazy cat lady.  Instead I have one Siberian cat that I am not allergic to at all.  Here she is, sleeping under a clock.  (My husband took the clock down to paint.  Silly cat!)

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And that about wraps up September.  If I manage to get anything else done, I will add another post.

May God bless you and keep you safe!

 

 

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May Update #2

In my last post, I wrote that I wanted to start the February Year in Chalk pattern on May 3rd.  My stitch maynia plans were to alternate starting a project on one day with working on whatever I feel like on the 2nd day.  Since I didn’t stitch at all on May 1st, things have been a little messed up but I have basically stuck to the plan.

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I started it and finished it the same day!  It was a very quick stitch.

On May 4th, I received some charts in the mail so instead of waiting to start something new on the 5th, I started a new project on the 4th.  On the 5th and 6th, I continued working on it.

It is the Main Street Flower Shop by Country Cottage Needleworks, stitched on evenweave since Star Sapphire linen is not one of my favorite fabrics to work on.  I actually sold what I had of it in my stash.

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I had stitched the brown in the top border with the wrong color and had to frog it.  Other than that, things have gone well.

On May 7th, for a new start I chose Plum Street Samplers’ In God We Trust, which is a free design available on her blog.  I stitched while watching (mostly listening) to two baseball games and two hockey games.  I have been stitching to sports for over 20 years. Since I don’t really have to look at the TV, it works well.

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I got everything done but the red.

Today is work-on-whatever day.  I am going to try to finish this one.  The flag might take a long time.  I did a little frogging on the bottom of it yesterday.  It was a row off.

A question for you:  When you follow fellow stitchers, would you rather see their work on Instagram or Facebook than in blog format?

Speaking of work:  The dress.  Ugh, the dress.  It has been SO MUCH FUN that I took the craft table down, put the sewing machines away, and hid the dress in the den closet.  I CANNOT get the zipper right.  I have ripped it out at least a dozen times.  Let’s face it — I hate sewing and I am horrible at it.  The zipper was taken out so many times that the fabric is fraying.  I don’t ever want to see it again.  It is so discouraging.  I think my next step is taking it apart further — removing the bodice altogether.  The bad news is that I have enough fabric to make SIX more, and I can’t even make ONE!  Having to sew actually ruins my day.  Why put myself through that?  I would rather be stitching or doing almost anything else.

On a happier note, here is my May stitching to date:

1st – none

2nd – finished Little House Needleworks’ Little Sheep Virtue No. 12;

– started Little House Needleworks’ Home of the Brave

3rd – started and finished  Hands On Designs – A Year in Chalk, February

4th – started Main Street Flower Shop

5th- worked on MSFS

6th – worked on MSFS

7th – started In God We Trust

8th — ???

Happy stitching!

New starts

This week was spent at the sewing machine (ugh!) and starting new projects.  Here is the first one:

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Sampler of Psalms start

This pattern was in Just Cross Stitch magazine a few years ago, presented over several issues.  It is a big one and I barely have it started.

  1.  I changed the word “excellent” to “majestic” since that is what my Bible says and one of my favorite Keith Green songs uses.
  2. I hate the fabric.  (More on that later.)

The second start is this one:

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Give Thanks by Country Cottage Needleworks

I love this pattern and the colors, but — I hate the fabric.

This is the same fabric on both pieces.  It is Lambswool by Wichelt, and I have TONS of it.  But I remember why I HATE Wichelt linen.

  1.  It is thick and thin, which makes the stitches inconsistent sizes.
  2. It fuzzes up and looks messy.
  3. It fuzzes and frays my floss.
  4. It is so rough it tears my skin off.

In the above photo, if you look to the right of the piece of green floss, you will notice that the fabric is fuzzy/pilled.  After scratching the skin off my index finger on the first project, I decided to rinse and wash this piece first to see if it would soften up.  It did — but only a little.  As I am working with it, it is wrecking my floss and I am hating how some rows of stitches are small and squished compared to other rows.  Because of the thick/thin threads, it is also easy to “miss” and have to frog that stitch.

When I had a LNS, I was known for substituting everything with Zweigart linens.  I have had fabric tear skin off worse than this one (Weeks Dye Works 30 count) but I do have VERY sensitive skin.  Knitting yarn can tear it off.  It is part of a hereditary medical condition that I have.  If I bump or bang into something, goodbye, skin!

 

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My stitches are fuzzy, inconsistent sizes, and that makes me unhappy.  😦  If it wasn’t for the fabric, I love everything else about this project.  I have lots of aqua in my house so it is perfect.

I did a little bit of finishing this week, too.

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Count Your Blessings

This is a Lizzie Kate freebie that I stitched back in 2008.  I had lots of issues finishing this one.  I stitched it on Heatherfield which is partially man-made fibers, and the glue didn’t want to take.  Sigh.

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I stitched this one last year.  It is in one of the Christmas Ornament issues of Just Cross Stitch, but it is not especially Christmas-y, so it is out on display.  I was afraid to finish this one because things usually don’t go very well for me in that department.

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Another project envelope (I made three this week.)  I found this fabric as a remnant and loved it.  I did not line up the pattern on purpose, but it worked out that way.  ❤  Here it is opened:

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The project envelopes and flat fold tutorials are by Vonna Pfeiffer aka The Twisted Stitcher.   The link will bring you to her videos but be sure to check out her blog, too, for more ideas.

I am anxiously watching the western Caribbean as we may have a tropical storm in a few days.  (My project-chopping son is now a meteorologist, but I think my husband and I are more interested in weather!)  Meanwhile, I will be stitching as much as possible on my yucky fabric.

Happy stitching!