Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Days 17 and 18

Dear Friends, thank you for your comments, for your admiration (or is it disdain?), for seeing me through my little rough patch. I appreciate your notes more than you know.

On Saturday, after I had walked the dog, picked up my eyeglass prescription, chosen two sets of goggles at Costco, dropped off two pieces for framing at the LNS sale, and picked up the joint a bit, I sat down to stitch Coussin Carres Fleurs by Blue de Chine. I've had this little lovely forever (and the fabulous fabric). I had stitched about another third of the center wreath but realized I was off by one stitch, and had to take that out. But you know what I did? I took it out. No more putting things away with a mistake. Just undo and get on with your life, right? We went to see Inherent Vice on Saturday, so that ate into my stitching time.
On Sunday, I was supposed to go pick up bagels while the dude walked the dog. Only he didn't walk her very far because of the dangerously icy conditions. I'm pretty happy I didn't head out for the bagels. I'm pretty unhappy that I had neither butter nor eggs to make a fancy Sunday breakfast.  So I ate a piece of toast and stitched. I also spent time picking up the craft room and cutting some of the fabric. (For a number of projects, I had the fabric and the design was going to take up most of each piece, but not all of each piece, and isn't it better to have those four inches to make ornaments and other smalls? Happily, I cut the fabric on the clean craft table! Woot!) This is a Ewe and Eye pattern that appeared in an issue of Just Cross-Stitch probably in the 90s. I'm stitching on unbleached linen with the prescribed Anchor floss.

Okay, kids, I'm back on track! I have a hair appointment tonight. My phone doesn't work in the hair salon so I will have some time to give my new start my full attention. 

14 comments:

Robin said...

Wow, what fabulous looking fabric for project #17. The picture for project #18 looks very interesting with the buttons.

Robin in Virginia

Carol said...

Definitely admiration!! I just looked back through all of your starts and am so impressed. My favorites are Love Bird and this latest one from Ewe and Eye. I have that pulled to stitch "some day," too...

Barbi said...

Speaking of JCS! I really missed your ornament issue review for 2014. I know that you were busy...just sayin'. LOL

Margaret said...

I really love number 17. Gorgeous! I like number 18 a lot too!

Linda said...

Great new starts Nikki. I love the fabric.

Linda

Needle Nicely said...

I was trying to visualize doing your 31 starts in needlepoint projects and my mind went hay-wire. Surely, even 31 tiniest needlepoint projects would take at least 5 years. I'm shuddering just imagining. Good on you for doing this!!

Kristen said...

I didn't comment at the time but I did get the idea that you weren't enjoying yourself very much. I was going to ask why bother if you're not having fun, but you seem to be right back on track. I do like seeing what you've decided to stitch.

*Enjoy* your hobbies, people! :)

Von said...

Love your two new projects!!

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

Love the top fabric, very pretty.
I am so mean with fabric, if I can get away with a one inch margin I will. I also save any off cuts for "small" projects, I really ought to start using them!

Apparently I was the same as a child, always drawing pictures on scraps of paper instead of using a full sheet.

Starry-eyed stitcher said...

I love these two starts, particularly the fabric on the first one, what a lovely idea. Irene xxx

Alice said...

Wow. That was a busy weekend. You accomplished a lot! Doesn't it feel great to feel on top of things?

Paula said...

Loving these two pieces!

Minnie said...

The first project is very unusual and they are both beautiful.

Beth W said...

Yay for back on track, and for getting over/through those tiny mistakes. That's a great attitude to have (I need it, myself, for sewing as well as everything else). And I'm glad you're safe despite the ice. Yikes.