First off, a big, fat, HUGE thanks to all my stitchy friends. With all that's been going on, numerous people have helped me keep my perspective. I've been told repeatedly that I've not done anything wrong, not been rude or discourteous. I'm so happy to have those people in my life. Because I was starting to think that maybe, there was something wrong with me that I didn't see what all the fuss was about. So thanks to all my supporters, who sent me emails and left me comments. I'm totally feeling the love from my stitchy friends right now!!! And it's making me feel as though I'm doing the right thing here. So thank you, Thank You, THANK YOU!!! All of you have just made my day!! Also, I've found a couple of new groups. Well, one, and one that I was somehow on no mail in. IDK how that happened, but somehow I was on no mail. Weird Yahoo!!!
Now, for the first SAL. I've decided, after much careful consideration, to go ahead with my SAL for Tree of Stitches, pattern created by Abi Gurden and offered on The Stitch Specialists Yahoo group. I know several ladies who are well versed in specialty stitches, so if I have a problem, I can ask one of them (or all of them, lol. After all, you never know what is gonna make it click!!!). If anyone wants to join me, they are more than welcome. Stitch day will be on Tuesdays, starting the second Tuesday in November. As many of you know, the designer has tried to keep me from doing this. Apparently, my friends are not good enough to be in her group. So if you want to participate anonymously, feel free to email me. I will say we have three anonymous participants, but won't give names or blog addys. You can feel free to post your progress on the group, and just not mention you're in the SAL. It takes some of the fun out of it, but I'll know you're joining me, and it's a way of getting in on some of the fun. Plus, and honestly, I know I shouldn't feel this way, but I can't help it... It would drive Abi and her mods crazy to see who was posting every Tuesday so they could figure out who it was participating anonymously. (I'm sure if they figure you out, they'll ban you, but I have this great imagine of them wracking their brains to figure out who the anonymous people are. It's a really funny picture, lol.) So if you're interested, leave me a comment, or send me an email. I'll probably be posting pics on Wed, because I never think to post Jesus pics on Sunday. I always do it on Monday, and I've been SALing him for a couple of months now.
Now for the second (and previously unknown) SAL. I'm doing a SAL with Charity (her blog can be seen here) for Christmas ornies. I mentioned a while ago that I had the 2008 JCS ornie issue, and she happens to have it too. So we're gonna be SALing ornies. I know I'm doing Let It Snow by Casey Buonaugurio Cross Stitch Designs, Snowy Night by The Prairie Schooler, and Hardanger Wreath by Nordic Needle. There are a couple of others that I'm considering, so I may do more. IDK for sure yet. If anyone wants to join us (it doesn't have to be JCS, it can be ANY Christmas ornie) feel free to comment on this post. I told Charity we could start in November, but I don't get paid till the third, which happens to be a Thursday. So I can't get the floss till then. I guess we'll be starting on the next Wednesday, which would be the ninth. So ToS (by Abi Gurden of the Stitch Specialists) on Tuesday the eight, and Ornie SAL on Wed the ninth. To join either SAL, all you have to do it stitch on your designated project on that day of the week, and post a piccy to your blog with your progress that day or the next. (Or the next, or whenever you get the time, lol.) I'll be posting the blog addys of everyone who wants to join in so you non participants can go to their blog and be inspired!!!!
And now the apology. It's partly because of TSS, and partly because of Randi's visit, but I was very behind on my emails. I just got caught up yesterday, so I haven't been reading or commenting on blogs (unless you posted to a group I'm in that you posted to your blog). I'm really sorry. I know you all look forward to comments on your blogs, and I feel bad about not being able to keep up. I'm caught up on emails now, and so I'm hoping I can go back to doing blogs daily now as well. (Blame Randi, everyone else does!!!) JK, Randi. It's not your fault as I invited you.
And now I'm asking for prayer, good thoughts, healing vibes, whatever you do. My mom is going to be having surgery again this upcoming week. Thursday she goes under the knife for a torn rotator cuff. She had the other arm done last year, and now she has to get the left arm done. Unfortunately, her family physician (PCP) said there is an irregularity in her heartbeat that needs to be dealt with first. So she did stress test Friday, and then wore the heart monitor for twenty four hours. When they look at those two tests on Monday, they'll decide if she can have the surgery or not. She needs it, as she is in a lot of pain. So do whatever you do (send thoughts, vibes, love, prayers) for her that she gets though the tests and the surgery and that she heals up. No more pain!! Well, not from that. She's like me, never pain free. TIA for all of you who send her a good thought or a prayer.
I got mail the other day. And I have stitchy pics to show too. At least this post isn't as long as the last one, lol. I'll start with the mail. One of my blogger friends, Bec, asked me to order a couple of kits for her since Joanns.com won't deliver to Australia. I was all over that, lol, cause I'm such a rude person (snort). I sent them off to her, and she sent me this!!!
And I love it doubly because the only thermometer I have is the thermostat for my AC (which I think is broken) and I don't use it anymore. So that makes it extra awesome. In case you can't read it, it says, "Brisbane, Australia". Plus, it's really pretty. It's pink, and I love pink!! Thanks so much Bec. I would have done it for nothing! I was glad to be able to help you out!!! BTW, that Regal Tiger has me drooling! And you all know I need another chart or kit like I need a hole in the head, lol. I keep telling myself, NO!!!
And now on to the other gift. It's from another Aussie friend of mine, Kaye. When I asked for birthday cards, Kay went over and above. She got me a birthday card, and the cutest little kit! It's absolutely adorable. I love it Kaye!! Thanks so much. You can see it below.
(Ain't it cute?!?) Now I either have to find friends to SAL it with, or finish something up in my rotation so I have a spot for it. (Soon enough, if I keep this SAL stuff up, I'm going to be doing a SAL for every day of the week, and my rotation is gonna be moot, lol.) Thanks again Kaye. Sorry it's a little bit blurry, but my camera wasn't liking the plastic cover of the kit. Who knows, weird thing... And I'm no camera expert, so I don't know how to fix it. So this is the best of the bunch, and you're stuck with it!!!
Lastly, some progress pics. I finished working on May the other night at dad's house while I was dogsitting. Vin and I had a good night, although he's a terrible, horrible, awful bed hog. AWFUL!!!!!! (Of course, I've been told all dogs are bed hogs, so I guess this shouldn't come as a surprise to me!!) Anyways, I finished working on the weaving (and it is weaving and not wrapping) on May for this rotation. I got some of it done, but not as much as I wanted to. Piccy here:
Hopefully, you can see all the green where I weaved the bars. I can see it, but I know where to look, lol. I did the top part and some of the left part too. I'm working my way in that direction. It was a nice, easy thing to do while watching the movie. I took Fantastic Four with me, and watched that. I got such a late start, I didn't get to watch the second one though. So I'll have to catch that later. Wrapping and weaving are pretty much mindless. You do the same thing over and over, and all the bars have to be wrapped. (The bars are the strands of fabby that are left where you pulled out some of them for the cut work. You cut four strands at a time, and then skip, so you end up with a lovely pattern. You wrap or weave the bars to give some color in between the holes. It looks great!!)
And lastly, the debacle of Shore Patrol. Okay, sometimes I miscount a little bit. This time, I can't imagine what I was thinking. I started to do the bank below the foxes (it's a winter river scene with two foxes on the bank). I used a light, light blue color to start. Then added darker and darker blues to it. So I went to figure out where I needed to start when I picked it back up. I haven't worked on it since, oh, geez, 2006 maybe? 2005? I'm not sure. But I started counting from the foxes tail, thinking that would be a good start point as it was easy to count from there. Well, I was off by not one, not two, but three whole stitches on where I worked the bank. A little bit of it (maybe a hundred stitches) was okay. The rest had to come out. So here are before and after pics of the project. Before frogging on the top, and after frogging on the bottom. Can you see the huge area I had to frog?!?
Maybe four or five hundred stitches had to come out. Ugh!!! Took me several days, because I couldn't tell two of the colors apart very well with the light I had. So I would be frogging right along a row, and suddenly, I
would go to pull out the next stitch, and it wouldn't come out. So then I had to figure out where the next stitch of the right color was (this was basically trial and error, until I found the right stitch). So it took me a long time. Also, I'm a little worried now as the floss is from a kit. I had to pull a lot out. Fortunately, I'm a floss miser, so I think I'll have enough to finish it up. I hope so, anyways, as I wouldn't like to have to email JCA Creations and ask for more of a color. (Note: With my luck lately, I'll run out with three or four stitches left of one of the colors, and I won't be able to fudge it. It would be my luck, lol.) So I'm done with the frogging. Since I have them on my eight inch Q-snap now, and I can't get to all of the area I frogged easily, I'm working instead on the foxes. I have a part of the back of the center fox done. I did have a couple of very small froggy problems with him. It's my own fault, as I don't cross off as soon as I finish a row. I wait until several rows are done, then I cross them all off my chart at once. So on the first one, it didn't matter that I hadn't crossed it off. It was a simple miscount. I counted up to high the first time, two low the second time, and just right the third time. They do say third time's a charm, lol. It was only like six stitches, so nbd. The second time, I somehow got it in my head that I had added three stitches to the end of a row that shouldn't have them. I thought the next row should have them. So I frogged about twelve stitches, took out the three, did the next row, and realized they should have been there after all. (If I had marked off my chart right away, I wouldn't have fallen for myself, but I didn't, so I did. Silly me!!) Anyways, this is what it looks like now.
(I have put some of the snowy bank back in (about fifty or sixty stitches) but not a lot.) I'm liking this color I'm putting in. It's a great rusty shade, and I like the reds pretty well. (Strange, because there is also some brown in it and I don't like brown. Oh well, I be weird, lol.) It was fun putting stitches in finally. I was talking to Randi and stitching, and got quite a bit done. It relaxes me to stitch, so I try to get some in every day. Well, I try...
And last, but definitely not least, is a piccy of my poor Yes Dear sitting on the couch. She's been giving me the poor, pitiful me face all day for some reason. So I pet her and love on her and she turns tail and goes away, lol. Gotta love her little heart!!
Hope you're all having a great night out there. We're gonna just hang at home and chill for the rest of the night. And that reminds me, I just ran out to the grocery store, and my cashier shared some disturbing info with me. She saw a poll (I didn't ask where) that said the most popular costume for women this year is... Casey Anthony. I found that disturbing. I guess she is scary, but I wouldn't want to give her any kind of credit for being scary. No way, no how. So now I'm just gonna chill out. Hope you're all having a super night!!