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Winter chill

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Today, I am pleased I no longer live in Michigan. The weather I'm seeing through the local news there is beyond words. Wind chill readings below zero, blowing snow, I do not miss any of it.   Out my window I see a lovely blue sky with the sun shining, and its the coldest day of the week, so I'm not loving the weather but we're above freezing.  My feet feel like 2 blocks of ice despite extra warm socks that I would prefer to be curled up in a warm blanket to help them stay warm.   Despite all the cold, the plants remain confused on what to do.  I spotted daffodils on Sunday that are already putting up leaves from the otherwise mild weather here



First finish of 2019

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Another year, and another great start with my needlecrafts. To be fair, there wasn't a lot left on this piece but it's done and that is the part that counts.


The Main Street Train Station is #2 in the series that I am way behind on but this is also the small project that I usually work on in the car and at work so my progress is not always consistent or fast.  This one will now be banished to the finishing pile until I get a few of them that I can finish all at once.



Next up will be the Caroling Quartet, maybe.  I'm not really loving this one that I am considering skipping to something I like better like the sweet shop or the toy store, its difficult to find motivation when the project isn't speaking to you. I have 15 of these so far, it really doesn't matter what order they're done it.


While I ponder this I hope to finish up the Old Italian Sewing set by GPA.  I have all the cross stitch in, I just need to do the blackwork stitching in green that is left and i…

WIPocalypse 2019

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And another year begins.  Perhaps this might be one where I don't stop blogging mid-year as has been the trend past years.  The past few years have been a journey in more ways than one and I'm finally at a point where I have a sense of peace with it all. My WIP page is linked in the banner, there are seriously too many for me to repost them all here.


Some ripping done recently on Hometown Holidays.  I had the wrong color in for the siding around the wreath and while it was fine, I annoyed me because I knew it was wrong.  That aside there isn't much left on this one and I can move on to the third piece in the series.




Not a lot to finishing up on the Old Italian Sewing set from GPA, I have that out to work on when my arm needs a break from the afghan.  The high thread count makes this difficult to take anywhere, I need my ott light and magnifiers to see properly without straining my eyes.



Ambrosia Honey from the EGA member magazine.  I needed another project started right?  …

Keeping warm for winter

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Despite my absence I have been stitching, I've even been starting more things that I can add to my mile high pile of works in progress.  It all started with the additional stash from my mom and aunt that came into our home.  I did manage to re-home a lot of things, but some I wasn't quite ready to part with.  Like this book of crochet.  I haven't done anything in crochet since I was 12 and even then it wasn't that amazing.


I wasn't even born yet, this was my mom's first class to learn how.  The book included the patterns I knew because they were the afghans that covered the furniture in the house growing up. They were also the afghans that covered me when I was sick and spent the day on the couch and something mom made look so easy because she could do just about anything while working on one.


When I was visiting my brother I noticed he had a few of my mom's afghans in his home and I suddenly wanted one.  I knew those were among the few remaining and she ma…

Stitch-a-long updates for May

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Wasn't it just April? No really, I am positive April was just a few days ago yet here we are half way through May. Its also the New Moon so time for my TUSAL update.




This months pile of orts, nearly all from Twister in the nice shades of Green and Gold. Click the link above to visit Its Daffy Cat, the host of the Totally Useless Stitch Along

WIPocalypse Update for April

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WIPocalypse, hosted by Measie. Its the end of April, ok 2nd of May because I'm lazy, and amazingly I've made some progress on my oldest WIP, Twister. Its entirely possible that I might actually finish this one.



I'm on my last square with 7 sections left to stitch, then I just need to finish up the border and I can finally pull the tacks and block this one for framing.  I usually don't block my work but Twister has had a hard life. I started this when it was published, so long ago I've forgotten. Its moved 3 times and suffered a lot of abuse that a canvas would have taken but congress cloth isn't quite as sturdy.


I've been asked before where to buy it, amazingly I found Ruth Kern Books shows it in stock from an additional printing they requested so its still possible to get your own copy of this gem. Honestly, for all the whining I've done it really has been a great piece to work on.  All the different stitches and the textures they offer when stitched …

Linen Band Sampler Finish

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I made a few changes but I can finally call this one finished. This was a piece I started with my old EGA chapter in Michigan in 1999 when the design was released and now I just need to find hardware to hang it as a bellpull on the wall. 

The bottom hardanger section was intended to have more decoration between the bars but I decided to leave them as they are.  Some of the designs included just were not coming out as well as I wanted so this has been sitting since early last year when I did the cutwork, with all the different stitches and colors in the bands, there is plenty going on with this one that I'm ok with leaving the bottom a little more simple than was originally intended. 




Also, the new moon is time for the Totally Useless Stitch along hosted by Daffycat where we share our ORT containers from the past month.  This month I have a foldable jar that was stitched by my mom, it was an ANG chapter project.  Not as photogenic but it's convenient when I'm taking projec…