Dream Dance Fear
Hannah Lynn Montage
Beauty and the Beast
Days of Advent (Rahab Block)
Tower at Stony Wood
As always, clicking on the names will take you to a web page with more information.
And, finally, I wanted to share some pictures from the marvelous adventure my daughter and I had at Universal Studios!
We had the best time ever and even after a week didn't want to leave! Can't wait to go back (another year of penny pinching, but it is SO worth it)!
Babysitting. This is from the original chart, which has been retired. It is small and does not have as many colors as the one that is currently available, but still looks pretty good (imo).
Next I worked on Ballet Pigs. I hadn't work it this one for over three years! I don't know why it took me so long to pick it up again, it is such a whimsical design and so much fun to watch those little piggy smiles appear as you are stitching. Sad to say, though, I had some trouble with the light bands. Drat these aging eyes! Hopefully stronger reading glasses will help with that.
And finally, my precious, Darkling Mini. Unfortunately, I did not make much progress. For one she came up during the week and I was home late most days. And second I was too distracted by the weird thumping thing that was happening in my chest. It had been going on for a week, and while I am pretty sure it's not actually my heart (since I can still exercise with no problems), it certainly feels like the thing is trying to jump out of my chest through my throat. I think the underlying cause is anxiety, which I have been having a lot of trouble with lately, and then worrying about what the heck it was certainly didn't help with that! I cut out my morning coffee and ate almost nothing for two days and it seems to have finally stopped. So probably stomach related, which was probably caused by the anxiety, and maybe made worse by the caffeine. If it starts again, I'll go to the doctor.
For the new rotation I have 5 slots with 1 project (Darkling of course!) in slot 1, 3 in slot 2, 6 in slot 3, 12 in slot 4, and the rest in slot 5. This way I'll be able to work on my darling Darkling at least once a month and also be able to spend more time on those that are my favorites. I don't know how long it will last, but the first five are:
1. Babysitting (slot 3)
2. Ballet Pigs (slot 4)
3. Darkling Minin (slot 1)
4. Dream Dance Fear (slot 5 and will be a new start, yes shame on me, but I just can't help myself)
5. Hannah Lynn Montage (slot 2)
I starting working on Babysitting yesterday.
I was planning to start a new rotation at this point, but still haven't quite decided on how I want to go with that. I was thinking a monthly rotation with 3 focus pieces, 9 "favorites" allotted 3 slots a month, a BAP, and a slot for everything else (in reverse alphabetically order). But I've been working on my web pages lately and seeing all of the stuff I have going makes me want to work on everything! And so then I was tossing around the idea of having 1 to 3 focus pieces and the remaining slots alphabetical. Or even to just start in alphabetically and work through until something else started screaming so loudly I could no longer ignore it.
The idea has become moot, though. I find that I am too focused on Darkling right now. I am getting so much more done on her than I have on anything in a long time (1,200 stitches yesterday!) that I just don't want to stop. I finished the third page in two weeks, which is really a major feat when you consider that I was on our annual Knoebels trip for almost half of that time. So for now I will stick with her.
So... I did set up a new rotation, but then got seriously caught up in Darkling Mini. I haven't made so much progress in a long time. I changed the way I'm stitching a little and I think that may have helped. I was stitching in 10 x 30 blocks, moving across the page. I changed to working 10 x 10 blocks only and it seems I am getting a lot more done. I will keep on with this for the next couple of days until I go on vacation with the extended family. I'm not sure what will happen when I'm back from that... I might finish up the third page or I might end up starting up with the new rotation.
I'm not sure why people are having difficulty adding my blog to their pages, although it could possibly be that I've never upgraded my template... the one I'm using is very old (back when you needed to know html to do any real editing). I really like mine (I actually paid money for it!), and I'm too lazy to figure out how to switch it over. So I guess blogger might just hate me.
I've still not gotten back into a rotation, although I did have to put up the Hannah Lynn Montage shortly after my last post since I completely ran out of 550 (cannibalized all my other projects until there was not a single thread left).
I did make a feeble attempt at the rotation at that point and did some work on Mistress Winter and Jack Frost. Hard going on this one since I'm having more trouble working with 28 count fabric (I guess it must be the old eyes) and I've always had trouble with threads that are the same color as the fabric. Add the two together and now I find myself really struggling. I hope it gets better with this one because I really love the design and would hate to have to put it aside.
The Tower at Stony Wood.
I worked on this until I had finished the row. Getting very close to the end on this one! I had considered just keeping on until it was finished, but then I got some new 48" scroll rods and the need to use them was overpowering.
So I put some velcro on Hannah Lynn Montage and attached it to the scroll rods with mixed success. It was good not to have all that excess fabric to deal with and it was also nice to have enough room for the chart, but it was nigh impossible to tighten the fabric. It's just too hard to attach 46" inches on top and bottom evenly (at least for me). I really wish the lokscrolls came in 48".
Heaven and Earth Designs had a 50% off sale and I broke down and purchased Darkling (no website for her yet) and wasted no time starting it.
I had thought to maybe continue with it until she was done, but now I'm not so sure. I have a new plan for a rotation percolating in my brain and so may have to give into that. And, of course, it is also unlikely that I will be able to hold out against Dream Dance Fear.
Until then, here is page 6 of Hannah Lynn Montage.
The "Lord Provides Manna Block" on Days of Advent Sampler
Then I started the Hannah Lynn Montage on 28 count Lugana and worked on that for a while before deciding I was having too much trouble with the 28 count and needed to switch to a 25 count. I don't know why I was having such a hard time, I worked on True Colors not long ago and did not have any problems with that. Of course the section of True Colors I worked on was pretty much solid and there is an incredible amount of confetti in the Hannah Lynn. I only hope I don't run into problems down the road with True Colors.
After that I half-heartedly worked on a couple of things without much progress and then I saw You Are The Sun and had an overpowering urge to start it, so I did! I worked on that until the new fabric arrived.
And finally I was able to restart the Hannah Lynn Montage, which is incredibly fun to stitch! The colors are so bright and vibrant! I will be working on this one for a while.