It has been a couple of weeks so thought I would do another post. Mouse from FS wants to see progress pictures so that she can decide if I deserve the wet noodle.I have been so intent on stitching that I haven't wanted to take the time to take them off the q's & take the pictures. Well today I did so here they are.
I can't believe how long it has been since my last post. I have a good excuse though. I have been totally obsessed with stitching on Train of Dreams. I just thought I'd pop on to show off my progress to date. I started stitching this on 6/18/10.
Wow. 2 updates in the same month. I must be slipping. I started another HAED Train of Dreams on 6/18/10. I have so far put 1,708 stitches in. If I figured right this has a total of 102,500 stitches. It's going to take awhile. Oh well, other than work I don't have much else to do. DH says it keeps me off the streets.
I also remembered to take a picture of my TUSAL this month. I had to graduate to a larger container. I will keep the smaller one on my stitching table & as it gets full I will add it to my larger one.
Last but not least I did a little shopping during the HAED Father's day sale. I got 2 more Randall Spangler charts. Treasure Quest & Chocolate,Chocolate & More Chocolate.
I seem to only be able to update my blog once a month for some reason. I think I'm just lazy. Not much happening around here. I have been getting a good amount of stitching done. On one of my groups we had a 100 stitch a day challenge. I didn't come anywhere close to 3100 stitches but I did put 1097 stitches into The Astonomer. I am getting antsy for another start so Train of Dreams is being assembled. I have the fabric all prepared & most of the threads(alot of them are used on The Astronomer). Now just need to start it. I went to my LNS yesterday & got the fabric for several more projects. Also picked up A Tree by Itself. Like I need another project. Oh well. My husband says I have more projects than I can do in several lifetimes but I tell him I will have fun trying.
I was recently reminded (thanks Dineke) that I have not posted an update for a long time. My bad. I have been stitching daily on The Astronomer but haven't taken any pictures. I am also 2 months behind on my TSUAL but as you can see it is progressing nicely.
I am really enjoying The Astronomer. I have completed half of page 1 & am almost done with half of page 2. I am working across the top but got tired of so much black so went on to the second page so I could have some new colors to stitch with. When I am working on a project I keep seeing new symbols that I haven't stitched yet & feel like I can't wait to get to them to see how they stitch up. Does anyone else do this?? Please don't tell me I'm crazy. I already know that. I stitch HAED & Mystic Stitch patterns & I have been known to cruise Kustom Krafts, Scarlet Quince, Long Dog & the many quaker sites in search of more large projects. My husband says I'll never live long enough to stitch them all but my response is I'll have a good time trying & besides it is 2 hobbies-collecting & stitching.
I recently took advantage of HAED's mother's day sale & purchased 3 more of their charts. Wizard of Oz for my daughter who also stitches plus Magic & Wizard's Lab for me. I know I'm weak but I also know I'm not alone in my obsession.
This weekend has been cold,rainy & windy in New England. It has not stopped raining since Saturday morning as I write this at 9:30am on Monday. On Saturday I went to an open house at the Cordon Bleu Cooking School in Boston. My oldest daughter Sabrina has been accepted there & if the financing goes through she will start on April 6. Fingers are crossed.
On a stitching front the weather made it a great stitching weekend. I got a good start on Quaker Halloween. I must say I like my color better than the recommended colors. To me purple is not a Halloween color. I am using Crescent Colors Belle Soie Lasagne silk.Love how it stitches. The fabric is 25 count mushroom lugana. This is my first Quaker & I love it. It will get 2 weeks & then I will stitch on The Astronomer for 2 weeks. This time the rotation seems to be working for me. I just finished 2 weeks on Cottage Garden Rug but forgot to take pictures so will post those another time.
On one of my groups Friendly Stitchers we have UFO Thursday. Everyone lives in fear of Alison Joy & the wet noodle she wields to keep us in line. I have managed to find all the bits of another of my many UFO's to replace my former UFO which is now a WIP. Please meet A Change of Pace by Barbara & Cheryl. I am ashamed to say it has been a UFO for 5 plus years. I only have a small amount of the upper left had corner to finish. Probably 5 or 6 Thursdays the way I stitch. Hopefully I will be able to get another UFO together by the time this is finished so I will not feel the lash of the wet noodle.
Everyone has them.Mine just happen more often than most. Someone asked that I post a picture of what The Astronomer would look like when finished & I forgot when I posted yesterday. Oh well, better late than never. Here he is in all his glory.
I wish I could get these to line up across my post. This is frustrating. Oh,well this is my weekly progress on The Astronomer. I am so enjoying this that it will get another week in the rotation before I go back to the Rug. I also have another project kitted up & ready to go but will not start it until after another week on this & 2 weeks on the Rug. The new one is Quaker Halloween. The design is done in burgandy colors but to me that does not say Halloween so I am doing mine with orange (Lasagna) silks. This will be my first time using silks so can hardly wait to try them. Aren't they gorgeous?
Okay I know I said I'd post pictures on Sunday but I have a good reason why I didn't. My daughter & son-in-law took Jim & I out to supper. We had a great time.
I started stitching on the Astronomer on Saturday I have done about 500 stitches. I didn't get much stitching time on Sunday because I kept getting interrupted. I decided to include a picture of my working chart to show how I keep my place without gridding.
I made alot of progress on this during the virtual stitchin. I didn't get my HAED started but I have the fabric fraychecked & all the colors for the first page on a ring. I'm a little uncomfortable starting in the upper left hand corner. I usually start in the lower left. My only complaint about the chart is there is no page layout included. Oh well, I will persevere. Need to go outside my comfort zone occasionally.