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, May 28, 2023

The Moving Experience, Part Seven

 We are making progress on the storage room. Not as much as I had hoped by this time, but last week was interrupted by spending time in the dentist's chair on Monday, followed by a colonoscopy on Friday after the dreaded day of prep on Thursday.

And the tiniest bit of stitching for the week:

I have a cardinal--my favorite bird--on what will become the needle case for Bird 'n Berry. I need to stitch my initials and the date, but I think I'll wait until I have all the bits done and do all the lettering then.

BDE has mentioned how thrilled she is that we are moving and therefore getting rid of stuff now so she won't have to later. I've also heard horror stories about heirs who had to deal with houses packed to the rafters with stuff and more stuff.

I told BDE that I may leave her with a mess, but at least it will be an organized mess.

Sunday, May 21, 2023

The Moving Experience, Part Six

 We have been engaged in an archaeological dig in our storage room, so I have been up to my ears in stuff.

Most of my part involves yarn I bought probably 30-plus years ago when I was knitting a lot and teaching knitting at a local yarn shop. It was the era of heavily textured yarns, and sweater patterns that used multiple colors and multiple stitch patterns. I got 20% off my yarn purchases. Apparently I spent all of my teaching fees on more yarn.

Unfortunately, I burned out on knitting, and my hands no longer enjoy it. So I am donating boxes and bins of yarn--there will be someone who wants an 80's vibe. And it is very freeing to get it all out of my life!

Dearly Beloved has found two more hammers, which brings the total to sixteen. I'm still not sure why he needs sixteen hammers, but he is clinging to them with all the passion of a small child with a security blanket. He mentioned that I likely have more pairs of scissors. I am ignoring that statement.

There has been a little bit of stitching in the evenings. I am working on Barbara Jackson's Bird 'n Berry Box set.

I thought I had finished this bit, but when I took the photo, I realized that I haven't stitched the tips of the three big strawberries.

Sigh . . . 

Quite frankly, I will be so very glad to be moved, but I have six more weeks before that happens. I miss stitching, and blogging about stitching, and knowing where all my stuff is (other than in a box somewhere). Granted, I have located treasures I thought I had lost, and a couple I forgot I had--but I'm ready to work on those treasures instead of dreaming about working on them.

Oh, well, the sooner I get all this done, the sooner I can return to my happy little rut.

Thursday, May 11, 2023

The Moving Experience, Part Five

 I figured it out.

I figured out how to work on Barbara Jackson's Bird 'n Berry set without taking time away from (yuck) continuing to sort, purge, and pack.

Almost every week we have a Sit & Stitch--aka stitch-in--at one of the local active adult/retirement communities. I am absolutely NOT giving that up until moving three hours away makes me. And I finished the stitching for the pockets for Hold Dear, and was trying to decide what to take--when the answer popped up right in front of my eyes.

Well, Bird 'n Berry, of course.

This is what I accomplished in yesterday's two hours of stitching and solving the problems of the world:

This is another group of women I am going to miss terribly. I have decided, though, that I am going to set aside 10 - 12 every Wednesday to stitch with them, in spirit if not in person.

Thursday, May 4, 2023

The Moving Experience, Part Four

 What to do, what to do . . . 

This lovely kit arrived yesterday, courtesy of Barbara Jackson and the Shining Needle Society.

Normally, when something from Barbara arrives, I jump right on it--and this is such a lovely project, I'm not sure I can resist.

But I'm still packing.

The stash is mostly packed, two of the three bedrooms now have empty closets, the Christmas closet is packed--basically we have finished the upstairs and are living in the midst of boxes and bins.

This means I have a couple of months to handle the downstairs. Maybe I could fit this in . . . or maybe it should be used as a treat if I meet certain sorting, purging, packing goals. Let's see how strong my will power is. Generally, when it comes to needlework, will power is nonexistent.


And, in other news, last evening was our May Social for the Carolinas Sampler Guild. It was a lovely evening at one of my favorite local restaurants with time to catch up on what's been going on with dear friends.

I am SO going to miss these women! I am not dropping my membership, and I hope to be able to return to some of the meetings as well as the workshops--but it isn't the same as having the monthly meeting on my calendar. Although, I have been offered a bed when I want to come back . . .