Sunday, July 26, 2015

Page Finish!

Yes, today I am dancing the funky chicken, because I have finally finished page 2 of Scale! :D This last week of stitching has really been an uphill battle though. The lower lashes of her eye were really confetti heavy, and I wasn't sure I could finish today. But I persevered, and here she is!
Second page complete!
I can already see the shadowy outlines of the fish by her temple. It was really tempting to continue into page three, but I've got some other stitching that has to be done to meet my goals for this year, so she will have to say adieu until 2016.

Next up, I'll be putting my IMP on the frame: My Favorite Bird. I've kind of squandered what should have been her stitching time this year, but hopefully I can at least get one more page done for the year, again, the second page for the project. (Sheesh, I started a lot of wips last year!) It should be a quick stitch though, if boring to look at. The next page is almost all one color. :-/

Only five months left in the year! Are you meeting all your stitchy goals? ;)

Monday, July 20, 2015


Hello again! Thanks for dropping by. I'd offer you tea, but this darn computer screen is so limiting. (Okay okay, on with the stitchy stuff...)

It feels so good to get back into the swing of things with my fellow Hermiters. I did manage to stitch all three days, not as much as I'd hoped, but I'll take what I can get. All three days were spent on Scale, as I'm still trying to get the page finished by the end of the month. I didn't quite finish the eye, but its very close. All told, I got in 976 stitches this weekend. Wanna see?

Here's before:
*gasp!* I actually did some stitching during the week?!
And after:
"Here's looking at you, kid" -- Scale, as of July 19
It's going to take a little getting used to having her stare at me now, though at least she's not glaring directly at me. More like she's miffed at me for not being further along. (C'mon, I know your stitching talks to you as well...) My fingers are still crossed for a quick page finish. And of course, I'm wishing fantastic progress for everyone else as well.

Until next time!

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Everything but stitching!

Whew! I did not expect to be gone for two months, but as the title implies, it seems I have been doing everything except stitching lately. Yarn is mostly to blame for this -- at least for June. I've kinda caught the knitting bug, and have been keeping my needles moving, just not the right ones. (Yup, that was a pun. Sorry.) May was, as always, a jumble of a month for me, but I did manage one week of stitching, all of it on Moon Indigo. It was meager progress, but I still like to stare at her wistfully and dream...
Moon Indigo, where I left off in April
May's meager progress
I was hoping for a page finish, but it just wasn't meant to be. Getting close, though. Unfortunately, she has been set aside for now (but she'll be back later this year, I promise!).

June was a pathetic month for my stitching. I only managed one day, a whopping 175 stitches on Scale, which is still begging for a page finish. But I'm really really hoping (fingers and toes crossed!) that this will be the month! I'm already halfway there, so I really don't have an excuse. Here's where she's at now:
Scale, as of July 6
She's looking kinda strange, I know, but the rest of that space is her actual eye. It's gonna be weird watching it fill in, but beautiful at the same time. So here goes! Cheer me on! Hopefully I can bug you with more meager progress next week. :)

That's really all I've done for stitching since Spring. Terrible, I know, but I've been completely obsessed with yarn to a hazardous degree, as it's now filling every available space in my house. I don't have much to show for it yet, as I'm still pretty slow and easily distracted, but here is my first finished hat, though it hasn't been blocked yet...
Here's the crown. Pretty fancy, eh?
I must say, this turned my on to hats, so I've even started another one. Not quite done, but getting there.
My hats, side by side
I'm working on a cardigan (for my mother, if it fits her) but that will take me a long while yet. Eventually I hope to make a few scarves and shawls as well. Gotta do something with all this yarn. :)

Something else I wanted to share with you, especially for HAED fans, and definitely for art fans. Every May here in Kansas City, there's a big art fair, called Spectrum Fantastic Arts Live. This was its fourth year here. I've been every year, and plan to keep going. This year was a little different, but still great, as many awesome artists were there, several of whom have charts on HAED. And you get to meet them in person! Annie Stegg was there again this year, and I must say she is one of the nicest, sweetest people you could ever hope to meet. (She's really beautiful, too!) Jasmine Beckett-Griffith was there, also Meredith Dillman, Omar and Sheila Ryyan, Scott Gustafson... You get the picture? So if you're looking for a good activity for next May, keep Spectrum in mind. You will definitely have fun! 
Annie Stegg's newest release, Moon Goddess
Until next time, happy stitching!