In my part of the world we say you are a fool if your passion for a pursuit overcomes all practical sense. I am a stitching fool, and I stitch foolishness.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Another one (almost) bites the dust

I am sooooooooo close to getting this band done!


If I buckle down after the dinner dishes are stashed, and the closing ceremonies for the Olympics are not too compelling, I could possibly finish this tonight.

And that will leave only two big bands to stitch and I'll have another finish for the year.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

No longer straying

I have been restless for several days. So restless, in fact, that  (gasp) I betrayed Mary Atwood Sunday evening and put a few stitches in another sampler.

The other sampler was alluring for several reasons, and I almost became completely faithless, thinking I would just put Mary A aside for a bit.

Then I was putting the charts and threads back into their box when my eye caught the framework for the next band. And suddenly, I saw the most logical, easiest, and best pathway to work the diagonal reversible cross. Fearing that this brilliant discovery would vanish from my feeble brain if I didn't do a stitch or two, I took Mary A out of her pillowcase, threaded up a needle, and got the framework started.


And now that I've started, I may as well finish this band. And that leaves only two major bands and I'll have another finish. I believe I'm going back to Mary A.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Now it's really done . . .

I thought I had finished the last band.  I hadn't.


There's a running stitch that gallops through the channel between motifs. I had forgotten about it.

It's always a very good thing to re-read the directions before moving on.

This is the only needlework that has been accomplished by me this week-end. I visited with Baby Girl.  We had sushi and the Olympics Friday night, and then a long, leisurely breakfast for lunch (at the point at which we got ourselves out and about, it was too late even for brunch), a movie, and more Olympics Saturday. I drove home this morning and have spent the afternoon trying to do all the stuff I usually do on week-ends in a very few hours. Dearly Beloved is stir frying something for dinner--and then I may go to bed.  Monday morning is going to come way too soon.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Over the Wall

I made it over the wall and finished the band.


I'm not sure why I had problems working on this. It's the easiest band to stitch thus far within the reversible section of the sampler.

I'm starting to see the finish line coming--only three more major bands. However, I'm going to Baby Girl's tomorrow and I'm not sure how many needles will be threaded.  There are always some kind of shenanigans--maybe low key, but shenanigans anyway--and I may not have a chance to stitch.


Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Hitting the Wall


 This is where I was when I decided I. Could. Not. Stitch. Another. Reversible. Cross.

Not one more.

Done, through, over it.

So I took the night off, and spent some time thinking about what I'd like to work on next instead of this, and pulled a couple of other samplers that have hit The Middles and that I'd like to finish.

Then tonight I plopped into the wing chair and decided maybe I could do another reversible cross or two. We'll see . . .

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Vining and Twining

Because we have spent the day glued to the Olympics, I got a good bit stitched on the next band of Mary Atwood.


I had thought I might get more done, but we found the equitation and fencing events. In earlier days, Dearly Beloved competed in dressage, cross country, and jumping, and he can still read a horse better than most--so he had much to say.

He was also a fencer. In fact, he and The Big Kid used to swashbuckle up and down the sidewalk in front of our abode, much to the delight of the neighborhood kids and probably to the dismay of their mothers. As a result, I had additional commentary on that event as I stitched.

I just realized, looking at the picture, that I missed a sprig that needs to be added before I forget it entirely. That's what I'll do, while hoping the gymnastics starts earlier than bedtime. I think I need to remember to plan vacations around the Olympics in the future. Not that I'll actually attend in person, but I can certainly watch the coverage.

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Olympic Stitching

I had a vision of my own Olympic challenge. I had decided I was going to do my very best to finish Mary Atwood by the end of the closing ceremony.

After all, I just finished another band:


I only have four more bands to stitch. That seems doable, doesn't it?

Then I realized that, while the Olympics are on, I spend more time holding my needle than pushing it in and out of the linen.

I think my new goal is to finish Mary Atwood after the Olympics.