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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Pedants Unite!

Riding the high from finishing Iris I dug out something I thought wouldn't take too long to finish:
If you're wondering if you've seen that before, the answer is no. I started this in August of last year because I wanted something for Halloween. That was in the middle of my slump so it didn't really go anywhere. It's Prairie Schooler's Sweeping Cobwebs.
Now let's take a moment to be horrified at the appalling (I say appalling!) language error in that chart. "when witches can be seen.. with her" Yes, it's the famous subject-pronoun disagreement. I'm especially sensitive to this because I spend a great deal of Grade 9 being berated by my English teacher for my constant failure to keep this straight. I also had the most horrifying run-on sentences which I'm sure didn't help with keeping everything straight (something I haven't quite gotten over!). But even as I feel in love with the chart I knew that I would never forgive myself if I stitched it as is. And of course, Ms. Robins would never forgive me. That's not very pedantic, you say? There's also only two dots in the ellipsis, which properly has three dots. I fixed that too.

I dutifully recharted it and went on stitching. I was about to start stitching "witch" when I realized I'd added in an extra "e" because apparently my de-pluralization skills are sub-par as well. Thank goodness I caught it before it got too far.
This was a pretty relaxing piece. Four colours, light coloured fabric, large count, lots of individual elements, a very simple border. Big enough for my Q-snap. It stitched up very fast.
I really like these cats. I thought I would like the moon the best since I love PS' laughing crescent moonmen but something about the cats just stole my heart.

And finally both my Prairie Schooler Halloween pieces:
TitleSweeping Cobwebds
DesignerThe Prairie Schooler
Start date August 23, 2012
Finish date July 30, 2013
Total time 26.25 hours
Fabric32 ct Peach Whisper

12 comments:

Aurelia Eglantine said...

Great finish! Very spooky ;) I think your corrections are right on the mark - that is a *big* error and makes the whole little phrase non-nonsensical; it would bother me too!

funnycrazyworld said...

This is amazing! I just discovered your blog last week or so (and duly read it from the beginning to the end) - I love your projects, and you are definietly right - I like the cats best as well. They look so enthusiastic, carrying their jack o'lanterns ...

Annie said...

Love them both!

Parsley said...

Love Prairie Schooler. Spooky start :-)

Zeb said...

Hahaha I'm glad I'm not the only one that found that annoying. I'm saving this post so I can refer to it when I do get around to stitching this design. :)

Isabella Morais said...

English is not my native language but your sentence is better then the one from the magazine :D

I like the information you added from the piece, never thought about it! I'm gonna do with my next project! Thanks for the idea! may I?

Your pieces are gorgeous! Congrats!

Carol said...

Good for you for catching the error, Blu!! Your recharting effort is perfect and your finish is so cute!! I stitched the trio of cats all by themselves as a small pillow last October--there are a lot of great motifs in that piece.

Karoline said...

Congratulations, it's very cute. The grammer error would have bothered me too

Melissa said...

Great job! I love the Halloween Prairie Scooler charts.

gracie said...

Wonderful stitching.

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

I'm in total agreement! I'm a real Grammar and Spelling pedant, it just leaps off the paper or screen if it's wrong.
You can imagine how I suffer on Facebook!

These are two great pieces together.

Jo said...

I love the fact you recharted it! There are grammatically incorrect song lyrics that I sing along to and cringe at the offending part - the most common being the phrase 'we was'... Urgh. Pedants united :) Your stitching is lovely x