Wednesday, March 30, 2016

After 4 floss

This is after four - 5 yard skeins of floss - 20 yards.  My feeling is that it will use just over 30 yards to complete.  Just filling in where it needs, with no rhyme or reason at this point. 

My budget this month is good - but of course the plumbing bill alone put me into never even close to budget.  But it had to be done, and I waited long enough that even knowing the drain was not right for years and years, it never quite occurred to me that the dripping might also be rotting the wood around the drain.  And I should know that.  Same thing is true of a dripping or leaking toilet.  It rots the floor around the base.  A midnight surprise just waiting to happen.  So I am glad to have it done.  Next will be the house roof, which I have also delayed for a couple extra years, but I am starting to push my luck there too.  

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Middle Pages

Finished pages 3 and 6, and now working pages 2 and 5.  I used just under 2 skeins of floss to do the first two pages, and I am nearly done using the third floss at this point.  But I think I messed up somewhere in this current circle middle, so I need to examine the middle stitch by stitch.  I am sure it won't take that long to find.   I will just say - I was watching an old movie and crying at the end, and that is my excuse for messing up.  Nothing like a movie that just makes you cry at the end.  I have finished a couple of audiobooks, but nothing that I would recommend.
I DID see a movie trailer for the next Bridget Jones Movie - about her getting pregnant!  Called Bridget Jones's Baby.  Releases in the US Sept 16, so a while to wait yet.  There is a trailer up on the site. 

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Two of Twelve Circles Done

Still stitching to make sure there is enough floss.  I think there will be.  It is much prettier in person than in the photo.  And this photo through BlogSpot is wonky, it is more the shape and size of a postcard, and I guess blogger doesn't deal with a longer narrow photo, so here it gets squished. 

I was doing great on my monthly budget.  I've had a dripping shower, almost up to a trickle.  And then the drain in that same shower was also leaking into the basement.  So a guy friend tried to help me, and he twisted the whole shower faucet off behind the wall.  He didn't mean to, I know that, and I might have done exactly the same thing.  Exactly why I was not wanting to try myself.  So he went with me to talk to the plumber.  I have no shut off to that shower, so I had no water.  But I can live without water, I was not in a panic.  It was a Monday, at noon, I was fine as long as somebody came before Friday.  I know some people would be upset, not me.  They said they were busy all that same day, but was Tuesday morning okay, I said - Sure.
So there is nothing hotter to a middle aged woman than a man that can replace a shower valve behind the wall, then the faucet, cut out and replace the shower drain, check my water heater for sludge while he is here anyway, and replace my clothes washer faucets.  And if nothing leaks or drips after he is done, and he can do it in under 3 hours, the man is hotter than any stripper, or man I have ever had sex with, no matter what he looks like.  The bill was $562.  almost $300 of that was parts.  Expensive?, always, but I got to go out with my guy friend for a steak dinner the night before we broke the faucet, and I rarely go out to dinner, maybe once a year.  So two hot men, it was almost too much for a stitching woman to deserve.

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Can an Old Pattern be a New Start?

Okay, starting something new won.  But it is an old pattern, Rosetta from Ink Circles.
And yep, Judith inspired me to stitch it from sending me a very nice email.  This is after just a couple nights of stitching and I have nearly finished a page.  I kept looking at the newest Ink Circles called Tapestry, but thinking I have this one in my stash, I really should stitch it first.  This photo shows flash washing out the colors, the black is really black if you wonder how much it is washing out.  Stitching it with 25 count black jobelan  with Weeks Dye Works Whiskey floss.  One over one.  Started with 10 skeins of floss, so if I run out, there will not be 12 circles...   I thought if I finished a page - 1 of 6, I'd know, but it doesn't set on the page even, and of course it will make a difference if I mess up and have to frog.  So far, only lost count once. 
I don't concern myself with people commenting.  I look at lots of peoples blogs and never say a word.  I did comment when the stitcher was going to frame something and she had an alphabet letter like T and the bar at the top was missing.  She read her comments and caught it, and fixed it.  So I certainly read comments, but I understand people that don't comment.  But if I really screw up - and it is obvious - oh good grief, say something.......
And I am starting this from the bottom right corner and working my way up and left.  This is that corner page. 

Thursday, March 10, 2016

For Now - Finished

For now, this is as finished as it gets.  There is supposed to be a single stitch border inside the other border - but the very light green doesn't really show in the pattern, so stitching the border seemed silly, and that it should be a different color, or black again.  I didn't want to run short of floss, so it had to be done last, but I can't decide which color.  Text is going to take some homework for dates and planning to fit into the space.  As for the project overall - I think the color choices are odd, but it stitched it with the suggested Gentle Arts Sampler threads.  It feels balanced - it just feels like it could have been prettier.  Like making a dress, and knowing with a different fabric it could have been more striking. 

No clue if there will be a new start or picking up something already started.  I am trying to switch from winter mood, to moving my butt mood.