Friends, Stitching and the holidays

I read somewhere (not sure where) that today is National Stitching Day…so I hope everyone gets to stitch some today.

Since this week and week-end are big religious weeks for me and many of my friends, I want to take this time to wish everyone a Happy Easter and a blessed Passover.

And on this same train of thought I want to take this time to thank all of you for being my friend. I have been giving this a lot of thought this week and each of you contributes in some way to my stitching success.

17-04-14 lunchOver the past year I have been stitching with friends at their homes, at shops and guild meetings. I have learned that we all do not stitch the same way. Some of us use stretcher bars and others will never use stretcher bars; some of us strip threads (when applicable) and others have never heard of this method, nor do they want to do it after you explain it. BUT…17-04-14 sitching anone of this makes any of us less of a stitcher! We enjoy what we do, we enjoy the process that works for us, we are happy with our stitching level and most of all WE enjoy the time we share and the company.

The women I stitch with influence me the most! They are designers, teachers and enthusiastic  stitchers whether they know it or not. They have creative minds and I learn from them every time we stitch. We are like a team, they support and encourage me and I hope I support and encourage them too.

The other day, one of them showed me a canvas she had painted from a line drawing…First canvas she ever painted, it was very good. There were a few places she had drawn between the lines but for the most part it was painted on the threads correctly, she will have no trouble stitching this. I was very impressed, I know I can’t do that well.

We all offer ideas for threads and stitches, we share recipes, talk about our families, and generally just have a good time.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI have a new stitching and computer tool. One of my friends is concerned about my health…she bought me a timer so I do not sit for more than an hour at a time. (I am supposed to walk for my knees every hour) It also reminds me to take a drink of water…I never drink enough water either. At first I sat the timer across the room, thinking I would get up and reset it, but that didn’t work…I just ignored it and another hour would go by…So I have it sitting next to me whether I am computing or stitching and I am more aware of it. I hear it ticking for 55 minutes and when it rings I hear my friend say, “Walk!”

My friend has an alternative OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAmotivation; she wants me to name her in my will to inherit my needlework. I always thought she meant my stash, but after she gave me the timer she said she was thinking about my health and wanted me to live “a long and productive life.” It dawned on me, she wants me to do the stitching too. Smart lady, Thank you Margaret, it’s time for me to get up and walk.

Happy Easter and Passover to all my friends…Thank you for stopping by, I hope you have time to stitch today and all week-end!

ttfn…sue

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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

2015 already. A fresh start.

Brad Paisly: “Today is the first blank page of a 365 page book. Write a good one.”

What a great thought I hope this is a good year it is a good number. I have so-o-o many things floating around in my head that sometimes I get overwhelmed. I think in 2015 I am going to try and complete a few of the projects on my desk in their various stages of completion. And I am going to write down my other ideas and keep them as a reward for completing other projects.

So…since Jan 1 I have been reconfiguring my computer so to speak…I removed the 2013 files. I keep these on the hard drive for a year, otherwise I am always looking for a file, something will invariably pop up and I’ll have to go looking. Made sure all the 2014 business was together and in good order. I copied 2013 to a disk; and also copied 2013 & 2014 files to external hard drive an and started the 2015 books.

Then I made a fatal mistake I decided to prioritize the projects on my desk and in and around my stitching nest. I spent the morning writing down the things I have in various stages of completion…oh my, is that overwhelming…16 projects that I thought of right away that are on my desk or cubby holes (since then 3-4 others have popped in my head but I think I’ll leave them in the file drawer for now); then there are the 4 new projects that I would like to learn about and the 4 new things I already know I want to try this year.

Is there another word for more than overwhelmed, because I think I have moved on to it? Oh, my but I am going to stay the course and get some of these things to completion… And then there is stitching time and blog writing time…something is going to have to give here…maybe less sleep because I don’t see giving up blogging and stitching.

Some synonyms for overwhelmed: Irresistible, devastating, crushing, awe-inspiring, vast, overpowering and awesome. Humm …I know there are irresistible canvases and designs out there just waiting to be discovered. And I will not be devastated if you all share the stitching you do on these (it will not crush me but rather be awe-inspiring to me to see (and maybe add to my forever box some of those vast new designs and canvases). And I will work on my overpowering mountain of to-dos and be awesomely pleased at how many I complete this year. How’s that?

So tomorrow I will hit the bricks running (maybe not running…it’s icy here, but you know what I mean.) I have 2 designs to rework for a teacher and than I will work on a project that needs to be completed and sent out to be proofed. and I also have a project that has been proofed that I need to get back and make the corrections so I can have a finished project under my belt.

I hope everyone will stay tuned, it is going to be an awesome, irresistible year!

Thank you for stopping by, I hope you find time to stitch today! ttfn…sue

24 hour update

Okay 9 days left…

Yesterday I drove 1/3 way to camp, DH forgot sleeping bag. Didn’t want him coming clear home, might have decided to stay.

The air in my car needs coolant and my mechanic can’t get to this for a couple of days.

Dropped my cell phone (it is hanging together on one side). I had hoped to hang on until fall to see if the Iphone was coming to Verizon.

AND last night I thought someone was cutting my lawn with a big lawn mower. I opened the back door to see what was going on and turned out to be the police helicopter hovering over my house. Scared the **** out of me! ran (okay walked quickly) back inside and locked the door and pulled the curtain. About 20 minutes later  the police came by to check on me and tell me it was nothing. They captured the suspect but thought there might be second. They did check all around my house to make sure everything was secure.

And that was Day 1.

Other than that and the rain that won’t seem to go away, having a great time! Off tp watch another movie, drink tea, and stitch. Thunderstorm approaching…it is so black have to turn on lights.

Hope everyone has time to stitch today too and doesn’t float away!  ttfn…sue