No April Fool

This is not an April Fool’s joke…I’m going to try and get back to blogging.

It was last July that I posted my last blog and I have no reason why I stopped blogging. I can tell you that this is not as easy for me as it seems for others, I struggle with every post. I mentioned this at a stitch-in last week and said I was having difficulty getting back to blogging and that it was not easy for me to write. Someone said they enjoyed the blog and I needed to do it again. So here I am. I do have lots to share with you.

After I had my knee done last March 2016, my friend came home from Hong Kong and we ran around all summer learning new things (it was great exercise for my knee) …I’ll share some as we go along. I made a beaded tassel, a beaded necklace, kumihimo brading, a wool needlepunch flower, learned to needlefelt and crochet. Went antiquing, ate well and also tried to stitch with friends at least once a week.  Soooo busy running around, learning new things or having fun that something had to give and it was finishing and blogging.  My friend went back to Hong Kong in the fall and then I had to get ready for the holidays and then I had my second knee replaced…

So since I last blogged I have had both my knees replaced and so I can go-go-go. One knee was a year ago, March 2016 and the other just last January 2017. Good thing they were replaced in the order they were…first knee was much easier than second… But I am on the road to recovery and am getting around.

I took a crochet class last year.  I knew how to crochet but was self-taught and figured I’d taught myself some bad habits.  I found out other than the fact that I hate to ripe out and would rather adapt, I was doing it correctly. I learned when I was young (21 years old) and must have followed the written instructions pretty well. I  should have! I wrote all the instructions for that baby blanket out in long hand before stitching. I remember because my best friend was expecting her daughter and I wanted to make her a special baby blanket.  I knew I wanted it to be granny squares (only because I knew what the finished product should look like) and so I bought all this baby yarn (more than I needed)  and thought I would have my grandmother teach me how to crochet. Grandma lived with us but she didn’t know how to crochet…my aunt did but she had just left for a month in Europe, so I decided to teach myself. I was so intimidated by the instructions, they were written in code…5 sc , join with ss to make ring. Clusters:  3 sc, 4 dc in ring, 2 sc, * 3 dc in ring, repeat 3 times , ss to 3rd ss of 1st cluster. Tie off.. Oh my gosh, I wrote every instruction out in long hand for the whole blanket! Then I would stitch, take it out  and re-stitch until it looked like the granny square afghan in our family room.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI’ve come a long way, now I can read a pattern (not always correctly) and I can sometimes even crochet correctly, but I can make a finished product in a reasonable amount of time. This is the poncho I finished last fall…and yes I creatively adapted the instructions. And BTW, it looks better on me than on this hanger.

This year I am going to try and learn to knit, I’ve tried before but not very successfully, so when my friend moves home this time for good from HongKong we are going to learn to knit among other things yet unknown. Life will be a bit calmer since my friend is not going back to Hong Kong and we can go at a slower pace.

So, as we go along and I gather my thoughts and take a few pictures I will share with you some of the things I did last year as well as some of the things I am stitching now. And I know, one of these days I need to get back to finishing again, I still have bunches of stuff to finish and keep stitching more.

But today I want to also thank you for stopping by to read my blog again. AND… I hope you have time to stitch today! And that’s no April Fool’s joke

ttfn…sue

Good bye 2013…Hello 2014!

As 2013 comes to an end, I’d like to thank all of you who stopped by and looked to see what I was doing, even when it was not needlepoint. My 2013 resolution was to try and post at least once a week and even though I did not quite do that (this is #47) I think, I think I did better than previous years and maybe next year will do as well if not better.

I hope that in looking back over the past year that your good times outweighed the down times. I hope you accomplished all the things you were hoping to do and that you will have an even happier and better 2014.

Thank you for stopping by, I hope you have time to stitch the old year out and the New Year in!

ttfn…sue

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2012 in review

Happy New Year everyone. Thank you to all who helped make this blog as successful as it was this year. Without readers this blog would not be anything nor fun to write…THANK YOU ALL! My resolution to try and be a better blog writer in 2013.

Hope you all have time to stitch the old year out and the new year in. ttfn…sue

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 13,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 3 Film Festivals

Click here to see the complete report.

Thank you!!!

I want to take this moment to say:

Thank you!

Thank you to all of you who have visited and read my blog; I am amazed that so many will take the time to read what little old me has to write. I have many blogs bookmarked and I am a faithful reader of stitching blogs. My morning coffee would not be the same without my blogs. I am always startled and pleasantly surprised when my name is mentioned on another blog. It always increases the visits to my blog (I know the correct word is hits, but visits is so much more pleasant…and I’d like to think of you all more as friends visiting than just the click of a mouse or punch of a button.)

And I hope when you visit you learn something, it refreshes your memory of something you may have forgotten, or it just brings a smile to your face. I may not write as often but I am trying to be better about this. My goal is at least once a week and if I’m lucky I can get two in.

But no matter how often I write, Thank you for stopping in to visit. Coffee or tea with friends is always welcome.

Hope everyone has time to stitch today! ttfn…sue

2010 in review

Late start this morning…guess I must have needed the rest.

WordPress sent everyone one of these summaries…the ones I have seen have been positive, BUT I wonder…did anyone get a “you better improve…” rating? I certainly feel I could have fallen into that category and I’m sure I belong in the yellow-green category as opposed to the green one.

My other thoughts after I received this summary was what time does everyone post to their blog? I have been unofficially keeping my own record and it seems so far 8-10AM or 8-9 PM have the most votes. What time do you post and why? Do you write blogs ahead or on the fly? If ahead, how many blogs ahead to you prewrite? Do you write blogs to be posted at a later time? And then what time do you read blogs?

Guess if I’m asking all these questions I could give my answers too…

What time do you post and why? I’m not sure yet but I think I will try to post in the morning before I read my saved blogs.

Do you write blogs ahead or on the fly? If ahead, how many blogs ahead to you prewrite? In the past, I wrote on the fly, but my mind would go blank or I would decide it was a dumb post and therefore nothing would get posted. Then I’d go into a dry spell and of course you all know the results…weeks of nothing. SO-O_O_O,  I have been trying to prewrite blogs, so I can find some of the big mistakes (not that there still aren’t going to be plenty to go around) and also I can’t think on the fly as well as if I incubate. The disadvantage to this is that some blog ideas become stale before I get my thoughts together. I have been trying to write just two blogs ahead to avoid this. I don’t want to feel like I am out of sink.

NOTE: just read about a blog a day or a blog a week that WordPress is promoting http://en.blog.wordpress.com/2010/12/30/challenge-for-2011-want-to-blog-more-often/ . Yeah, a blog a day from me…not going to happen and I could feel myself withdrawing as I read this…I might be able to do a blog a week but I think I will keep that little tidbit to myself also. I seem to have the “kiss of death” syndrome when it comes to blog writing. Back to questions…

Do you write blogs to be posted at a later time? I did one just to see if it would post at the assigned time. Usually when I put it in WordPress, add the pictures, I send it.

And then what time do you read blogs? I try to read the saved blogs I watch either in the morning with my coffee and after I have posted my blog (if posting) and also in the evening before I go to bed.

Here are my results from WordPress: There is a mistake, my busiest day was Dec 26th with 194 views (94 were my post on the ornaments, 54 were just visiting the home page, and the rest were misc); but the heart was popular too.

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads This blog is on fire!.

Crunchy numbers

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A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 9,000 times in 2010. That’s about 22 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 27 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 138 posts. There were 79 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 11mb. That’s about 2 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was February 20th with 116 views. The most popular post that day was A heart for all.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were two-handedstitcher.blogspot.com, nuts-about-needlepoint.com, needlework.craftgossip.com, frontrangestitches.blogspot.com, and needleartnut.blogspot.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for blackwork, betty chen louis, ort box, hardanger, and temari balls.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

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A heart for all February 2010
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Betty Chen Louis April 2010
1 comment

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Repurposed Drapery Hook April 2010

4

Another TIF for March & a quick gift March 2008

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I Lay, I Layed, I will Lay…threads March 2009
3 comments

Hope everyone has time to stitch today!

ttfn…sue