On Friday, I went to my lns stitching night even though the only person I knew who would be there was Molly. I couldn't think what to bring to work on, since I am supposed to be sewing sewing sewing Christmas presents. So I grabbed this*--my New Year Start--which lives propped up on the top of the bookshelf in the craft room. We had very poor reception on the Philly's game, so I had to call the dude to ask what was going on. "Chan Ho Park's a bum," he said. Not quite the report the stitchers were expecting, but he did an admirable play by play for the top of the eighth...even if I had to censor his language a bit. He gets...involved. Even though it's not even his national pastime. (Baseball was the first American sport the dude fell in love with when he came to the US 18 years ago. So his love of baseball has reached its maturity.)
Even though the Phils lost, we had a great time at stitching. Catharine (no blog) brought a fabulous piece of cross stitch from the mid1800s that an aunt had found in the ancestral home. I should have brought a camera. I know you'd like to see it. There were several newcomers but you'd never know we'd just met. There was Crazy Ass Stitcher (makes her exes any which way...crazy!) and Sue, who even offered her house for the after-party. Can you imagine? "Hi, dude? The stitchers are having an after-party. I'll be home when I'm home." In the end, I needed my sleep because I planned to get up early the next day and go to the Stitching Jubilee in Lancaster.
And I did get up early. I was showered and ready half an hour before I had to get in the car. Then I read that Cathy couldn't make it. Then Jenna called and we waffled and waffled and finally the rain made us stay home. So I stitched some more on Spots II.
On Sunday, I switched over to the second HP sorting hat. Unfortunately, this one is on 28 count, and I don't think it's coming out as well. Sigh. I'm not undoing it now.
Thanks all for your comments and support on my "negative" critiques. With so many people laughing and giggling as they read this series of posts, I'm sure we've unleashed into the world way more positive than negative energy. I'm also glad to know there are designers out there willing to take heat, if it comes with a blog link. ;)
*Lilybet, Spots II, called for linen and NPS threads.