Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Catching Up

Dear friends, many thanks for your enthusiasm about that soap dispenser. In addition to making the man crafts, I have been trying to keep up with two threads a night on that giant list of stitching projects. I did miss one out because I had to finish a book (American Wasteland: How America Throws Away Nearly Half of Its Food*) for book group.

On Tuesday, I put two threads into Blackbird's Friendship Sampler. This is how it looked last time I stitched it (scroll down). The basket is starting to come together, and while I stitched I've already been thinking about which friends I might document on this piece.

On Wednesday, I put a number of threads into Emerald Mermaid. She is probably etched into your memory, but in case, here's where we left her. I stitched a bit on her at stitching group, where people are so used to seeing her they don't even ooh and ahh anymore. I guess I'd better get a move on!

On Thursday, I finished the first band of the Thistle Sampler for my MIL's birthday and started the over one lettering. (Before, middle photo.) I was wondering if this should end up in the stack of over one stitching for summer, but then I realized the birthday IS this summer. I must press on.

On Saturday I put a couple of flowers and swirls in the Green Snowman's hill. (Last time I worked on it, here.) We're getting a little better on catching the green of this fabric. At least this time you can tell it is green! (That shadow is me, I took this in my office with a horrible overhead light and there was no escaping it.)

And on Sunday I did a little work on the Great Pumpkin Conspiracy. (Previously, on Stitch Bitch.) (Horrible photo but it's is pouring here.)

Back to the grindstone for me! Thanks for stopping by.



*Please read this book. It's not an easy read or terribly well-put-together, but it is so important for us to understand our food waste and work to change it, especially when we have such a high number of people who aren't getting enough to eat in our country. And we're not talking about that head of broccoli you bought to make yourself feel virtuous, and then never used because (ugh!) broccoli. (Not that I know anything about that.) But the millions of tons of food that never get harvested, don't make it past inspection (seriously, I would eat a curved cucumber; wouldn't you?), and get thrown away by grocers because it's too much of a hassle to mark down blemished food. Yeah that. Please.

14 comments:

Kristen said...

Progress on not one but five projects? Impressive!

Needle Nicely said...

Just taking the photographs, not to mention the stitching--now that's an accomplishment!

Linda said...

Progress on five of them is awesome Nikki. Keep it up.

Linda

Margaret said...

Wow, great progress! How do you keep your projects straight? Love them all. Mermaid looks so close to being done!

Thoeria said...

You're definitely rolling through those projects!
The whole food wastage is not only limited to you guys. It's truly sad that anyone in this day and age should be going hungry.....there really is enough food to feed the masses!

Chris said...

Lovely projects! It sounds like the 2 strand challenge is helping with your progress.
Interesting book, thanks for the info.

Chocolates4Breakfast (TerriBoog) said...

That's a lot of projects and a lot of progress, too. The mermaid is really lovely and I am looking forward to seeing your MIL's gift come together.

Yes... the food waste in our country is a terrible shame. Many (but not enough) groups are starting to harvest and collect food that might otherwise be tossed but there is still so much to do.

Vonna, The Twisted Stitcher said...

The waste in our food supply is ridiculous...I agree! I am checking out the book.
And I love all your stitches..I am here to ohhh and ahhh over your mermaid because no matter how often I see it, it is STILL fabulous!

Von said...

You're getting along quite nicely on all your projects! I've never tried a rotation with that many projects, but maybe I should. My wip and ufo list is way too long.

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

You typed this before seeing my comment about the soap dispenser LOL.

Great progress pictures, there are some lovely projects here. I really like the look of the Thistle Sampler and look forward to seeing more of that one. And the Mermaid, of course.

jhm said...

I recommend you take your aside about the book and make it into a blog entry. Might make folks take more notice.

JHM

Sheryl S. said...

Love the mermaid design, very pretty

Coral said...

Sorry, I can't read the tiny writing on my phone. But we rarely throw away food, and we don't have a dog. So I feel good about that.

Sheryl S. said...

The mermaid is so pretty, always nice to see an update.