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Thursday, August 2, 2012

First WIPacolypse for August

WIPacolypse, already???

It's that time again, already!!! I can hardly believe it. I feel like I just posted for the WIPacolypse, and here it is again. This is ALL repeat business, so if you're a regular follower, you've already seen all the pics. If you want to look at them again, feel free.

And here we go!!! First up is, um, how about Frost Moon (HAED, Nene Thomas)? I'll start there, as she's my fave project of all of them, except maybe Noah's Sub. I got pretty good progress on her for her week. I finished up the first row of ten by tens I was working on, then started the next two. They're coming along well. I was very happy with my progress on this one. I think she's gorgeous. I love the artwork (I'm a HUGE Nene Thomas fan), and it's coming along nicely. Hopefully, I'll get as much done on her the next time I have her out.

Next up is my third fave, Story Keeper (HAED, Selina Fenech).She's coming along well too. When I created my goal, I wasn't aware of how many stitches there were to do. I was thinking it was the large print chart. It's not. It was a gift from a friend, and she got me the regular chart. So I had more to do than I thought I did. I still made goal though, and then some. (And I'm very proud of that, lol.) I would have really gotten a lot more done if it HAD been the large print chart. But I'm happy with what I accomplished, and that's all that matters.

Another rotation piece is next, Dad's Memorial (Rosa Winter). I didn't do nearly so well with this one. I wanted to get a lot done, but I had trouble with it. I'm working on 28 count as waste cloth. (My mom basted the 28 count onto the dish towels I'm doing it on, and then I'm gonna pull the strands of twenty eight count out from under the crosses when I'm done. Yes, I'm sure it will be a pita to pull out all those little threads. But I'm game.) It's hard because I can't see where my needle is. I push it up three or four times to try and get it in the right place. It's really annoying, and really slooooooooooowwwwwwww.......... So I hardly got anything done on it. I put in about two to three hundred stitches :( Still, progress is progress, so that's a good thing.

My last rotation project this month was Midnight Hunting (Dracolair Creations). I did well on it, too. I did have some frogging to do though. I put one of the patches of ultra light blue in his wing in the wrong place. And yes, I DID know better when I did it. I'm a big, fat dork that way. So I put in parts of the wing that should have merged nicely, and they didn't. So I pulled out the part that was in the wrong place, and started on pulling out the previous work that was in the wrong place. I loved putting in the part that I was putting in though. It cut the X in half, and half of the stitch (one quarter stitch like this \ at the left, one quarter stitch like this / at the right, and that's the top half of the X) is in one color and the other half is another color. It gives you a jagged line (\/\/\/\/\/)) and looks really cool. Heck, some of them are done with all four corners a different color. Makes me glad I'm working over two on 32 count, and not over one on sixteen!!!

Next up are the SALs. I'll do them in the order I work on them, since that's easier to keep track of, lol. First is Beach Romance (Janlynn). I'm doing well on this one. I haven't had to frog it in forever, yay. (Now I'll have to do some sort of major frogging. I've jinxed myself, lol.) I've gotten the stems of the flowers done, and I've also gotten more done on her dress and the sand beneath her feet. I'm mostly doing fill in now, until I get the little holes all filled in. Then I'll move my Q-snap over to the right more and work on the man's feet and legs. And of course, more water and sand!! I can't wait to do the flowers. They're gonna be so pretty!!! I love the color I've picked for them. It's gorgeous. (And expensive. It's a Silk'n'Colors skein. I bought it for myself on my birthday last year at the LNS.)

The second SAL is Time To Go (Witch Stitch'n'Bits) with Vicky. I've been doing REALLY well on this one. I've gotten a ton done in the last few weeks. I'm doing two rows of ten by tens at a time, and it's moving right along. I've been getting in a good four or five hundred stitches (are you ready for this) per DAY. Per day, wow. It's coming along so quickly. I'll be finished with page two before you know it!!! I knew I didn't have a current photo of it, but I apparently didn't post one last week either. So this is my progress as of two weeks ago. I've gotten lots more than this done!!! I finished that row of ten by tens, and did about 350 stitches in each of the next two rows of ten by tens. Going fast!! Except when I have to stop to grid it. Ugh!!

My third SAL is not really a SAL anymore, lol. I used to work on ornies on Wed, but now I have added another project to my WIP basket. It's the quilt centerpiece. I'm doing all the water, and Julie is gonna fill in the continents when I'm finished. As you can somewhat see, it's the globe. Yes, it does look funny. It's upside down. I've been working on it that way, and when I took the piccy, I didn't even think to turn it right side up. The land mass you can see to the left is Africa, and the one to the right is South America. At the very bottom, the blue stops, and that's where Europe will go. I like to work from the top down, and since Cyn had worked from the bottom up, I turned it upside down so I could work from top to bottom. It's moving along quickly too. It's easy to do, since there are no color changes. And the rows are long, and very rarely broken up. That makes it go faster. I don't mind the monotony at all. I'm guessing it's because I'm slightly obsessive, lol.

And the last SAL is my fave SAL. It's Noah's Sub (Stoney Creek). He's really moving along. The sky works up fast since it's all half stitches. And the Orca is coming along too. The only color I still need to do on him is the black. The rest of the shades in him are darker blues. The 939 looks black in this photo, but I'm sure that when I get the black in, it will look like dark blue. I'm working a band of the sky, then doing a color on the Orca. When I finish him, I'll be doing a color on the Zebra. He's cute too, but he's barely in the first page. Only a little bit of his face shows. His neck, and the rest of his body, are in page two. I'm still gonna stop at the end of the page and let Rosa catch up to me. She stitched some yesterday, so that's good. She'll catch up eventually!!

And speaking of Rosa, she was soooooooo mean to me the other day. But the meanness necessitates that I tell you a story. I went over to mom's house and we went shopping for school supplies one day last week. Afterwards, I went over to her house for something. I was driving home, and I saw a baby in a stroller sitting on the sidewalk, alone. No parent or adult withing yards. I pulled over in the next available spot, and asked the young women standing on the stoop if the baby belonged to one of them. They didn't want to get involved, but they told me the woman went into the crack house, and left the baby on the sidewalk. According to them, she does it all the time. So I called 911 and reported the baby abandoned. They sent a car out, but before it got there, she came out of the crack house and headed off down the road. So, still talking to the 911 operator, I followed her. They ended up arresting her, and taking the child. (This is NOT the first time she's been reported for the same thing. She's also left the baby at home alone while she goes to get drugs. The arresting officer told me that.) So I called my sister-in-law. I would have called my brother, but he wasn't off work yet. And so I told Rosa about it later, and said, "I called Amy and asked her to pass a message to David. She said she would, and I told her I had to call 911 from my cell phone (on his plan, and yes, he goes through the bill with a fine toothed comb) but there's nothing wrong with me." And Rosa busted out laughing, and started telling me how wrong I was, and how there was sooooo much wrong with me, lol. It was too funny. She had me cracking up. Okay, Rosa, I just worded it wrong, lol. But it was too funny not to share!!

Last but not least is an update on the Big Book Summer Challenge. I've already finished Renegade's Magic by Robin Hobb. Six hundred and sixty some pages, and I finished it in three days. I could hardly put it down. I didn't know if she would be able to successfully conclude the main character's dilemma to my satisfaction, but she managed very adroitly. It was a good book. I've also read two other books, and started a third since then, but none of them qualify for the challenge. I'll probably start Relic tonight, if I finish the book I'm reading first. It's a great story (I've read it before) about a man who is so in love with his woman, he can't see straight. But he denies it to himself, and says that love is nothing but an illusion. He only feels lust, etc, etc, etc... Then he almost loses his woman, and it all becomes clear to him. It's a great story!

And one last thing. I wanted to say thanks to everyone who left me a comment on my last entry. I got a ton of them, and I so appreciate everyone. Welcome to my new followers too. I love that y'all are interested in what's going on in my little world. HAGD, everyone!!!

And speaking of Rosa, she was soooooooo mean to me the other day. But the meanness necessitates that I tell you a story. I went over to mom's house and we went shopping for school supplies one day last week. Afterwards, I went over to her house for something. I was driving home, and I saw a baby in a stroller sitting on the sidewalk, alone. No parent or adult withing yards. I pulled over in the next available spot, and asked the young women standing on the stoop if the baby belonged to one of them. They didn't want to get involved, but they told me the woman went into the crack house, and left the baby on the sidewalk. According to them, she does it all the time. So I called 911 and reported the baby abandoned. They sent a car out, but before it got there, she came out of the crack house and headed off down the road. So, still talking to the 911 operator, I followed her. They ended up arresting her, and taking the child. (This is NOT the first time she's been reported for the same thing. She's also left the baby at home alone while she goes to get drugs. The arresting officer told me that.) So I called my sister-in-law. I would have called my brother, but he wasn't off work yet. And so I told Rosa about it later, and said, "I called Amy and asked her to pass a message to David. She said she would, and I told her I had to call 911 from my cell phone (on his plan, and yes, he goes through the bill with a fine toothed comb) but there's nothing wrong with me." And Rosa busted out laughing, and started telling me how wrong I was, and how there was sooooo much wrong with me, lol. It was too funny. She had me cracking up. Okay, Rosa, I just worded it wrong, lol. But it was too funny not to share!!

Last but not least is an update on the Big Book Summer Challenge. I've already finished Renegade's Magic by Robin Hobb. Six hundred and sixty some pages, and I finished it in three days. I could hardly put it down. I didn't know if she would be able to successfully conclude the main character's dilemma to my satisfaction, but she managed very adroitly. It was a good book. I've also read two other books, and started a third since then, but none of them qualify for the challenge. I'll probably start Relic tonight, if I finish the book I'm reading first. It's a great story (I've read it before) about a man who is so in love with his woman, he can't see straight. But he denies it to himself, and says that love is nothing but an illusion. He only feels lust, etc, etc, etc... Then he almost loses his woman, and it all becomes clear to him. It's a great story!

And one last thing. I wanted to say thanks to everyone who left me a comment on my last entry. I got a ton of them, and I so appreciate everyone. Welcome to my new followers too. I love that y'all are interested in what's going on in my little world. HAGD, everyone!!!

16 comments:

sharine said...

Great update with lots of progress.

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SoCal Debbie said...

Wonderful progress on everything, Julie! Good for you for calling 911 about that baby, and smart idea to let your brother know that nothing was wrong with you in case he worried when checking the cell phone bill. That shows your consideration!

Virpi said...

Oh, I don't know how you manage to stitch so many LARGE projects at the same time. I love to see the progress you are making on all of them.

cucki said...

All of them are so wonderful ..beautiful wip,s xxx

Anne said...

Great progress on all your WIP's which you have a lot of!!

Shelleen said...

They all are wonderful.

Topcho said...

All projects are looking great and I enjoyed reading your thoughts on that book, I think it will make its way to my want to read list eventually. Good for you calling 911 for the baby, I hope everything ends well for the child!

Bea said...

You're coming along beautifully. And this time I went to the HAED site and had a look at Frost Moon and Story Keeper. Wow! Really looking forward to seeing your progress.

Sally said...

Wow you are making such fantastic progress Julie.

Julie said...

Lots of progress has been made, well done.

mdgtjulie said...

Thanks Sharine. Thanks Debbie. I try, but I don't always think of stuff like that. Still, I know how he is, lol. (He has asked me before about calls, so I know he goes through the phone bill carefully. I'm on his plan, and my mom is on his plan too.) LOL, Virpi, I'm so addicted to large projects, lol. I hardly ever do smalls. Thanks Cucki. I think so too!! I do, Anne. I have ten WIPs, ten UFOs, and four SALs. I really keep myself busy. Thanks Topcho. I really liked it. It was much better than the second book. I totally enjoyed how she ended it. Thanks Bea. I love my HAEDs. I keep putting more and more on layaway. They're awesome. Thanks Sally. Some days I do great, and other days, not so much. It all averages out in the end though. Thanks Julie!! I feel like I've done pretty well lately.

Claire said...

Nice progress on all your stitching.

mdgtjulie said...

Thanks, Claire. And thanks for leaving a comment too.

megan_bright said...

They all look great!

Joysze said...

Great Wipocalypse update, Julie. :D Everything looks great!!