Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Day Three

My three days working on Love Me, Love My Dog resulted in one nearly finished dog (he needs beads) and the appearance of the photobomb-dog. What!? You don't believe there's a photobomber in this piece? Check it out; I'll wait.

See what I mean?

I did all the idiot stitching (orange block) on the way to the Maryland State Fair. We watched met up with some friends, watched their kids go on rides, ate better-for-us-food (most people had lamb, but I went with the softshell crab), contemplated eating worse-for-us food (onion blossoms! deep fried buckeyes! other crazy deep fried foods!) and then went and admired the home arts. And...and this is exciting stuff!...we learned that people from all the states bordering Maryland can enter. Which is all kinds of awesome because Pennsylvania has no official state fair. The dude is looking forward to see how his preserves match up. The woman working the preserves section told us that there's something like 160 categories in food preservation and a woman from West Virginia used to enter every one of them. That's like preserving something every other day. Crazy! For now, the dude plans on "jams, other fruit than above" and possibly catsup. There's only 70 cross-stitch categories, and I'm pretty sure no one's ever entered all of them, and I have no ambition to try.

On Monday, our trip to the Polish fair was ruined by the weather. As a result I got to watch old tennis reruns and stitch. And stitch. And stitch. The fact that I xeroxed the pattern so that I could mark off the stitches I've done also helped move this project along a little faster.

Hey, Patchy-Mutt-Dog, how'd you get so yellow?

11 comments:

Glenna said...

I inherited my grandfather's pickled finger (he lopped it off with a power saw). I'm wondering if they have a category for meat preserves.

Your dog is looking grand--I want to stitch that too!

Needle Nicely said...

Yum! Soft shell crabs. Something to dream about.

Have you started thinking about what you'll enter next year?

Melody said...

Soft shell crabs sound so yummy! Your dog piece will be great.

I've never entered anything in a fair.

Pamela said...

You accomplished quite a lot in three days. Seeing what you've done makes me think I need to try this rotation business. (I write this knowing I started yet another project just yesterday!)

Margaret said...

OMG! I love this piece!!!! So so much! I don't have a dog, but I need this kit. lol! I'm glad you posted the link. :D Interesting about the Maryland fair. Love soft shell crab. I enjoyed all those tie break re-runs on Monday. It was a real memory lane thing for me. So much fun!

Margaret said...

ps: I found the cat version. I'm happy. :D

Melissa said...

That's a cute dog! Very unusual, so perfect!

Linda said...

Great progress Nikki. I really like this design.

Linda

Silverlotus said...

70 cross stitch categories?! You guys are pretty hard-core when it comes to state fairs.

We have similar fall fairs up here, but they generally smaller and don't have 160 categories for preserves!

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

"Go to an American State Fair" is now on my bucket list!

Maybe you could find out the 70 categories and we could see how many we could feasibly tick off in a year? Just for fun!!

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

Just seen Glenna's comment!! Best comment this week LOL