Thursday, February 26, 2015

After 3 skeins

This is after 3 skeins of dmc used.  I needed to be at 1/3 done since I only have 9 skeins, and it looks like it could be close if I get to the end.  3 pages complete out of 12 pages.
The hoop I use is a 7 inch hoop.  I don't have a trick - but I would bet it is because I can stitch more hours than most people, especially this time of year.  I kept track of what I stitched since I last slept - I stitched 15 hours.  I have no interruptions.  I don't have kids or anybody asking anything else of me.  Now 15 hours is unusual, but I wanted to finish that skein.  But I can easily stitch 8 hours nightly, more or less.  Most people have a job, or other people expecting to be fed.  If you could just eat, sleep, do dishes and laundry and stitch....  after weeks of that, you'd think you should have more finished. 

Monday, February 23, 2015

2 Skeins Used

Just over 2 skeins of floss used at this point.  I am keeping track because the store only had 9 skeins and I bought what they had, so I need to be a third done soon.  And there was a little ' hooray' when the count on the borders matched when I got to the left corner. 

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Counting the boxes...

Nine boxes in the center and the four band boxes that make up the border.  This is two boxes completed. 

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

And then I started something new...

It was Valentine's Day - I started something new.  After 4 days, this is the result so far.
I saw it started on another blog - I wanted to try it all in one color, not the two colors suggested on the pattern.  I was not even sure I had the pattern in my stash.  So for $4 in new floss, I was on my way.
This is the first floss nearly complete, and even the bottom corner page completed.
Pattern:  Rhapsody in Red Ribbon Sampler from Sampler Cove.
Stitching on 28 count antique white evenweave from MCG Textiles, one over one.  Stitching with DMC 915 floss, which is red, but actually is a red fuchsia color.  It stitches up with the appearance of being red, so I am not sure if it will be noticed that it is not red till it is next to a piece that is maroon or dark red.  It is a color that sometimes catches the light just right, and then I can see that hint of fuchsia, but so far I only seem to notice that on the back.  Should finish at 12.5 inches square.
I am taking a break from thinking about the text on the other one, and still even considering the pattern text.  Can't let good stitching hours pass while I am considering.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Getting there

Getting there.  Stitching has slowed.  The larger open box will get stitched next.  I am trying to think of some wisdom or something that strikes me to use as text....  I got nothing.
As for floss amounts used - I am stitching with DMC skeins - 6 strands, and they are each 8 meters, or 8.7 yards each.  So that means - since I am past 7 and into the 8th floss - 64 meters of 6 strand.
I got my Bluetooth toys, it seemed to work with my old stereo, and my old headphones.  It is nice to get something and have it work and not to be disappointed.  Or have it be sooo complicated you don't want to use it.
 I went to the movie to see Paddington again.  My friend couldn't go the first time, and there wasn't anything I wanted to see playing this week.  So Paddington again with her was the answer. 

Thursday, February 5, 2015

7 Floss Used

There was some un-stitching late last night.  That bottom left zig-zag box edge.  Off just one thread.  At the time I was stitching it weeks ago, I was having trouble counting it, and I am sure that was why I moved to another area.  Part of it has been restitched now.  I am just barely under having the 7th skein of floss complete.  I reversed the rabbit box on the left side, and he now also appears on the right side.  It feels more balanced.  The pattern shows a large bird, but the bird just felt too big.  It needs to be the heavy darkness of the bird or the rabbit.  I altered the dog in the box just a few stitches also.  I also added stitches to the small pot holding the flowers in the box next to the new rabbit. 
I ordered a Bluetooth receiver to plug into my old stereo to make it play music wirelessly from the computer and to learn Bluetooth.  Not that a wire is a big deal, but even old dogs need to learn a few new tricks.  But because I am waiting to get it, it is taking FOREVER to actually be shipped.  It was supposed to be here today - but it has not even shipped yet.  It took me weeks to decide which one but then once I decided, I was hoping it would actually ship.  I also bought a charger for charging e-readers and cell phones and usb rechargable things.  After I ordered that - days later, now they are no longer offering it for sale.  But all the reviews were good.  So I thought that was maybe that was what was holding up the other stuff.  It is just one of those cases when you look forward to getting it, and then it is delayed.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Days Later

The middle square is done - except the text.
Now I get to finish the areas that I have skipped past and around.