Sunday, February 28, 2010

Lady of the Roses is coming along and a war with the G Key and Memory

Hedgy fit in one of the boxes. The box is now being stained and I need to properly pad Hedgy and sew her onto the (hmm, what do you call that, the back thingy).

You will be able to see her in the shop soon.

Next weekend perhaps.

The roses and the greenery in the lower part of the lady are complete. I have moved up the skirt to the accents of the skirt and dress. The roses in the upper part are done in floss rather than wool. The lower roses were challenging, but now that they are finished and I am distancing myself from them they are looking okay.

Moving up the skirt it is hard to find where the directions are indicating to stitch (and it helps to avoid rework if I use the right colour the first time!) but I'm getting on. Didn't finish over the Olympics, but made a considerable dent. Not sure how much couch time I will get in the coming days... less than the past two weeks, to be sure!

I have had a computer malfunction. Since about November I was missing a key. Amazingly you can type without the key. Well, it finally donned on me that eBay would have spare keys. Got one, installed it Tuesday night. All was well. Either time was up on the computer or a small drop to the floor resulted in a very bizarre flickering freezing computer. If I am really gentle with it, coax it and no jiggling I can get the computer working. That means lap computing in front of the TV is out. Hrmph! I ripped it apart, dealt with a stripped screw, jiggled, wiggled, changed memory, etc. etc. It has been running all day, treated with kid gloves, and backed up the important files (I hope), so it is time to get another computer. Question - do i get a refurbed again and be thankful for 2-3 years for under $500, or do I get a cheapish new one and have it last, what 4-5 years, or do I go all the way with a more expensive new one and hope to get 8-10 years. Hrmph. Need to decide is depending on it.

After running out of back"issues" of some of my favourite podcasts I am now into books. I am listening to Jane Eyre, one of my favourites, from Librivox via iTunes. Driving a 1 1/2 hours to work each way, more in snow I am already at chapter 20 of 35. I am enjoying it, getting used to different voices for each chapter, and if this keeps up I may just sign up for Audible.

And finally, how about those Olympics. From a self-confessed addict, it was a great time! Nailbiting, unpredictable, enjoyable.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Olympic Stitching and Sunday Morning bliss

This week has seen me prepare stitching project for one of Hedgehog Stitchery customers and get started stitching it (photos to follow next week). Instead of knitting for Ravelympics or Knitting Olympics I will be stitching. I hope to get finished or make a significant dent in the project. So far the lace on the skirt is stitched, the leaves on the lower third are stitched and the bottom rose was done during halfpipe snow boarding (It was spectacular and you just have to cheer for Shaun White).

Yes, I am an Olympic junkie and will be spending plenty of time on the couch watching.

I thought I would share Sunday morning Valentine's . Pretty blissful. Chocolates, Sudoku and Stitching (both cross stitching designs to plan and the stitching I just prepared. That is one fine Sunday morning.

Before the above Sunday morning stitching I finished the front stitching on a Victoria Sampler winter biscornu design (all except the hardanger). Call me a chicken, but cutting stitching threads is quite similar to steaking in knitting. Unbelievable to purposely cut threads, but the results are amazing. And, I imagine, it gets easier each time. I think I will practice on a trial piece first. This is a design I am working to get a jump on next year's ornament exchanges. I started the back as well and will revisit when the lady above is stitched. I am thinking of doing bullion poinsettias on the corners of the back. Perhaps more hardanger, perhaps not. And to finish it off beads (front and back and along the edge and a nice button for the middle. I'll show you more when it is finished.

Slouchy handwarmers to go with the Pebble entrelace scarf in Mille Colori. Started during the Handwarmers on Magic loop class . (Don't be fooled by the photograph, the colours really are the same as the scarf colours.)

And finally, a swatch (yes, a swatch, I know, shocking, not something you see often) for a cable rib pattern on a Kniterary customer Vest. More of that, in parallel with Lady stitching.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Hedgie is Finished

It isn't the only thing I have been working on but it is the most important thing, and the only thing I have taken pictures of.
Sans grass and backstitching, and then finished!

I will try her out in the new oak boxes that my husband made for the shop (and I failed to photograph). There may be a bit small, and it that is the case he will do a custom box for me.

What else have I been working on that I don't have photos of?

The ruffles shawl is finished. I'll take a photo tomorrow.

I stitched a "V" for the window at Kniterary and Hedgehog Stitchery to go in the "Love Letters" sign. Will get a photo next week.

I have the yarn to redo the felted bag. Am thinking this could be my Olympic project. Need to wind the yarn tomorrow and get the needles, pen, paper and camera ready.