Sunday, March 23, 2014

Filling In and Adding On

I can actually say some rows are done at this point.  Click on the photo for a clearer view.  I added another row to the top.  Have spent most of the week stitching and doing nothing else.  That will have to change this week, no more excuses.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Lots of Stitches

Still filling in the rows, but I am very happy with the progress.  Again, clicking on the photo will give you a clearer photo.  Into the 6th floss at this point
I finished watching all 325 episodes of Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman.  It was a roller coaster ride of ups and downs.  It got better again... most of the plot lines did have endings including Mary's.  I was waiting for Sgt. Foley to show up again, and once he was back, so was the romance.  Sappy romance, but it was still fun.  Nothing like watching sappy romance to make you miss romance in real life.  It was worth the $100 for me, I had wanted to watch it for years.  I don't think it would have been worth the normal $175 price for me, I have a $100 limit for non-guilty pleasures in my life.  
The snow is melted enough that I need to start painting at my moms house again.  My hours are backwards since I have been stitching all night.  I am not a morning person, getting me back to a slightly more normal world schedule is always a challenge.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Stitching the nights away

 Above was yesterday afternoon...
Above is after a night of stitching till the sun came up.
Filling in the left side.  The empty triangle areas will have something different - not sure what yet.  Over 4 dmc packages used so far.  Started with 12.  Clicking on the photos will give you a clearer image.
Still watching Mary Hartman.  Up to episode 262 out of 325.  It got pretty good there for a while.  Then it dropped off into being bad - I am up to starting the Bigfoot plotline - yes, Bigfoot.  I know that the Sgt Foley character comes back at some point - and I am waiting for that.  The only thing keeping me going has been watching Dennis Burkley playing Mac Slatterly.  I was sorry to learn that he passed away last summer.  I enjoy watching him - he is a cutie - and he has been in many other shows and movies.  Most web sites imply he was in Mary Hartman very little, which is not true.  So watching him has been a pleasure even with some bad story lines.
Posting a single day of stitching progress makes no sense - and you can look to the past post to see what the difference was over the week.  Sometime stitching feels like we have made no progress in just a single night of stitching - so I wanted a few blog entries to show that a single day can show change.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Spending time with Mary...

Above is the photo from before last night, and below is the way it is today.
So the left side is established, and after last night the width is established.
It would have come out about 6 -6.5 inches following the pattern, and I added repeats in the band so I am now at 11 inches wide.  I am at 10 inches high so far - but I have lots of room to expand upward.  I skipped the alphabet bands just because widening those meant more work and redesign.  The back stitching lines will also be skipped, at one strand over one thread on 28 count, it loses detail.  There is a little of that in the goose on the second row in the wing that will stay.  Because I am just adding to the pattern to make things wider - it is never going to come out right on the ends.  So I am just stitching caps rather than having partial blocks  - like the bottom row.  I am trying to really look at it as a sampler of bands in the truest sense of the word.
Stitching lots of hours and enjoying it.  I bought Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman, the complete series.  I remember watching it with my mom as a kid - and I know we did not watch it till the end, but I have no clue when we stopped watching.  I am halfway through now - 18 dvds so far.  There are 325 episodes on 36 dvds.  Amazon had it for $100 as a special for a week.  I had the first 25 episodes on dvd when they came out - and had nearly given up on anybody ever putting the whole series out.  And I went into watching it remembering that it was a send up of soap operas, and that it was really awful at points, which was part of what made it funny.  But actually, it was pretty good.  Some of the lines are great.  The woman that can't cook brings a jello to some party and hands it off saying it is a new recipe - jello with Cracker Jacks in it....and she just keeps walking...
Which is really funny.  And I fell for Sgt Foley, just like Mary did...  ahh romance.....  so it has been fun to still have a little winter left and to be trapped inside having an excuse to watch it and stitch away.  There are show clips on YouTube - and even clips of Carol Burnett doing her spin as Mary Mary Quite Contrary...  She comes out from under the kitchen sink - and in the show - Mary Hartman does actually crawl into the cabinet under the kitchen sink in an episode.  So I will be spending more time with Mary and stitching away.