Tuesday, May 26, 2015

More Information...

Here is more information about the cover sampler - Stuff I wanted to know about the cover sampler pattern.
They are calling it - 1816 Vierlande Sampler
It IS in two parts, and this issue is part one only.
The stitch count for the entire sampler is - 451H x 332W.
They are saying there is red as a second color - I can only see it on the photo, the pattern does not get that far.  I can only see it on the right side, half way down, the diamond motif does have a red cross in the center.  The instructions are also showing how to do a horizontal and vertical satin stitch.  I don't see where in the pattern that appears.  And backstitching.
And as a side comment - there is not always a clear spacing between motifs.  At times they run together. 
Parts or stitching missing from the original - for example - the larger alphabet second row is missing letters, but they are shown again as part of the pattern.  I can not say for sure that the border will continue all the way around the pattern even though it is not shown that way in the photo, I tend to think it will, where the border is missing in the upper right corner - it has been shown as completed again in the pattern. 
Stuff like that is what I wanted to know.  Oh, and the cover price for the magazine is $10.

And I did stitch last night.  And I saw the movie - Far from the Madding Crowd - today. 

Monday, May 25, 2015

Books and more Books...

No stitching - just setting myself up to stitch.  It started with seeing that they were comparing Gone Girl to The Girl On The Train.  I got the Gone Girl audiobook from the library and I thought it was dull till I hit the halfway point, then the shoe dropped, and I loved it. The Girl on a Train ebook was just $7, and I decided to get it, and for another $7, you could add the audiobook.  Fine - include the audio, and I will get it listened to much sooner.  It took me three days.  Then I decided to see if I could add the audiobooks to my other ebooks - and I did for $1 - $4 on 5 ebooks.  Then I started looking thru the library audiobooks.  I could get those free and just convert them off as mp3's and set up my audiobook stash for stitching.  And after two weeks, I have added over 60 audiobooks, probably more, into my audiobook stash.  I even got to listen to a book while doing it.   I listened to Penny Marshall's book.  I could have spent $4 for the ebook and added audio total, but it got sort of mixed reviews.  But my library had the audiobook.  So I got it and it was interesting.  Getting Penny Marshall voice reading the book to me was nice, but it did take a few days to get that whine nasal voice out of my head again.  And a free library audiobook was nicer to listen to than if I had paid the $4.  My audiobook stash is now a wide range of authors and topics. 
So I am set - and ready to stitch again.  And Tuesday is $5 movie day, and we are going to see Far From The Maddening Crowd. 
And has everybody seen the cover of the Sampler and Antique Needlework latest issue?  Part one - yep, gonna have to find that... and already want part two...  ahhh, learning to wait....

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Sad Little Photo

Sad little photo, but I have not been stitching.  I picked up and started the capital virtues idea. 
I feel I can stitch at least the bottom few rows.  Once I have a word stitched, I can tell them apart.

I FINALLY got the mower blade changed on my mom's rider mower today.  I borrowed one of the guys to help me.  I guessed wrong about which wrenches we needed.  So all the tools we took were too big - but we had enough to make it work and get the blade off and the new one on.  Having the mower tipped up causes the oil to run where it should not, then the mower smokes if you start it right away.  The battery is also dead, but I can change that, and it will start pretty easy with just the pull rope, which some mowers are a pain to start that way.  It did want to drip gasoline while tipped up, but we were able to tip it just slightly less, and then it was fine.  So borrowing him from his wife for just over an hour - really made my life better again.  SO much better again.  I will be fine and I can do stuff on my own without bugging the guys.  I go till I just feel I have jumped over all the hurdles I can, then I ask the guys, and they push over the hurdles I need and it boosts me back up to where I can manage on my own again. 

I should be getting lots of stitching done - I am having trouble sleeping.  I am up ALL night.  I try to go to sleep when I get tired, which used to be 4 am - but now I can't get comfortable.  This morning it was 4 hours trying to fall asleep.  It was 8:30 am before I was able to fall asleep.  I then have no problem sleeping - I sleep just fine and don't wake up - but then it was 3pm when I woke up.   And it makes for a weird day.  But I could be stitching all night long, and I end up playing computer solitaire, which is just easier than stitching.  I have been trying to listen to more audiobooks, but I find my mind wanders, and then I have to listen to sections again.  I am not sure if it is just age - or late in the day I am listening, or just a boring book that my mind wanders since the plots is slow in parts.  I can start yawning at 10:30 at night - but falling asleep, seems to be another matter.  I thought part of it was that I just was doing nothing during my awake hours to make me tired - I expected once spring came and I had to do more - then I would sleep better, and I have not hit that point yet.  I know we all sleep after a day working outside - but I am not outside like that yet, and days are short if you don't start till 3 pm.  I

Friday, May 8, 2015

Capital Virtues Idea

This is Capital Virtues drawn out on the computer screen, but still incomplete also.
Just as notes to myself - it is slightly wider - the V at the top shows both V versions.  Need to still add filler.  It was just a few hours to get this version.

I have been sidetracked and not actually stitching.  I finally concluded that I have probably gotten too lost in this idea, and I need to just pick up something else and stitch.  I like this version though - I just can't see it with clear ideas.  Not tossing it out- it just needs fine tuning, as does the Sins version.
I do actually have the outline boxes nearly stitched for Sins.  I have 6 of the boxes framed and the border on the bottom done and the numbers 3, 4, and 5 stitched.   I know I like it, but I am just burned out on thinking about it.  And I do want to get to this version at some point - so a break before I hate it is a good idea.

Last fall I was mowing at my mom's and I hit a skull sized rock -and it was a rock - it bent the riding mower blade.  I have the new blade - I have just never changed a blade on that mower.  I am stalling - and I know it will be like plumbing - whatever tools I take will be wrong.  I would just feel more comfortable with one of my guy friends there.  But I really hate to ask, even though I know it should not take long.  It is just that - I know how, probably - but not for sure on that mower.  But the grass just gets longer - so I have reached my deadline.  It is like the kid dreading the shot at the doctor - you dread it for weeks, and it is over in 15 minutes.