Friday, April 30, 2010

April Achievements & May Goals

Goals for April:
1. Go back to a rotation Not really. I worked on two things.
2. Finish Weekend in Paris I finished everything expect the backstitching.
3. Stitch Wisdom from Legends of Dragons No. It's just not calling me. Time to put it away for a while
4. Work on Red Rose of Sharon A couple of hours

April was rather slow. Too many assignments and tests. But now that school's out (YAY) but co-op begins (BOO) hopefully things will be different.

Goals for May:
1. Finish Weekend in Paris
2. Finish the Red Rose of Sharon dress
3. Start a Hardanger bag

Friday, April 23, 2010

Two weeks worth of mail

All rounded up in one convenient and late post.

First was this ton of ribbons from Staci. This by itself has almost quadrupled my ribbon stash. Now I can stop using that single giant roll of black (which technically matches everything) and add more colour! Canada Border Services must have been particularly paranoid when they checked this because the envelope was very chewed up when it got to me. Ah, what would we do without Ziploc bags?

Second was Why Hoard Gold by Dragon Dreams. I won this on a SAL and it winged its way pretty fast. A big thanks to Silverlotus who also tossed in the Marlitt threads, all the while telling me what a pain they are to use~

And wrapping it up this is lovely lot that arrived from Nima in Oman. A lovely piece of soft feeling fabric, beads and embellishments (some of which sadly broke in transit, but the rest are fine and very very cute) and she even threw in these gorgeous crochet flowers. She suggested that they could be coasters, at which I gasped in revulsion. Such pretties deserve a much better fate! (I am very hard on coasters. I misplace them at a ridiculous rate.) On this day Border Services seems to have been unconcerned since it arrived with nary a crease!

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Going around in circles

I worked on CdC this weekend, and had a bit of progress. Mostly I've been reading, watching Shah Rukh Khan dance on a train and avoiding that massive assignment that's due Tuesday that I haven't even started. *sigh*

Cirque des Cercles
32 ct Lemon Whip Lugana, DMC 115

I did however run across a small problem: I made a few mistakes, and when I frogged them the holes were red from the dye. Any hints on how to get rid of this?

Thursday, April 15, 2010


A day late, but only because I thought the new moon was today.

This is the 4th and last jar in my hunt. It's mine so no one (Mum!) can throw it out and I like it (yay) so it will stay.

The blue-greens are from Bluebeard's Princess
The red is from Rose of Sharon
The flash is because I still can't take decent pictures.

I haven't been stitching much lately due to assignments and upcoming exams. And a mini-slump. I seem to have these one-week slumps. Put it down to my short attention span.
I have been visiting everyone's blogs, just no commenting whatsoever. Another mini-slump.

Maybe I should give up on this "stitch only WIPs" thing and switch to a "stash only (with needed floss) thing"... I wouldn't be buying anything, just starting lots more stuff...hmmm

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

A crisis that wasn't

Our epic tale begins the Monday after Easter as our young heroine takes out Rose of Sharon to work on. A few happy hours of stitching, and she picks the next symbol to work on.

"Oh, it's a blend. Let's see 814 & 898. Hmm...898 is brown."

But she hasn't used that particular brown in this design. And she knows that she has already stitched this symbol before. She hunts up a previous stitch and compares.
Horror! She used 498 in place of 898! Is she losing her sight? Is her handwriting that bad???

She wonders if it should be changed. She dithers. She ponders. She questions the universe. The universe does not answer.

It must be frogged and replaced. The shading will be wrong. And if she didn't it would nag her forever!

Decision made, she fortifies herself with chocolate and coffee and bravely takes up the monumental task.

30 minutes and 25 stitches later she is done. She glances around, hopes no one noticed that the epic frogging was not very epic and quickly and quietly moves on.

Rose of Sharon
32ct Ivory Lugana

Mail & lessons in geography

Paula from Spokane, Washington sent me all this as a giveaway win. I have plans for that fabric. (Well, I have plans for all my fabric, they just don't leave my mind.) Leftover fabric and everything else will be somehow involved in something St.Patrick's Day themed.

I keep hearing "from our studios in Spokane, Washington" in my head. Any ideas where this is from? I keep thinking it's Jeopardy or Wheel of Fortune, but they're apparently filmed in LA...

The card about Spokane is really interesting. Of course, I had no idea where Spokane was and had to look it up. It's in Washington, which I thought was the city with the white Lincoln Statue. Not so. It's a state below BC. (I'd have guessed it was out east.)

Out of curiosity: where did you think Winnipeg was, or did you already know? Before we moved here my mum thought it was on the coast near Vancouver! And what's the weirdest misconception you've heard about your city/state/country?