Monday, August 20, 2012

A Quick Update

Well, I haven't updated my blog here in a while because... there just hasn't been anything to post.  I'm still dealing with a lot of blurriness in my eye due to the surgery and it's really hard to stitch when you can only see out of one eye.  I'm also having fine depth perception issues and that makes it hard to even thread a needle.  So my stitching has been at a standstill lately.  But I really wanted to work on the baby sampler for my son and his wife so I decided today was the day.  It is on 14ct aida cloth and that's okay with me.  Sure, I'd love to be stitching on linen but right now I'll take what I can get.  So here it is.  Doesn't look like much for several hours of stitching but I feel good about it.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

It's Just...

too hot!  I've been in a little bit of a stitching slump.  Heck, I haven't even done any mindless knitting lately.  The temperatures have broken all kinds of records here in Phoenix.  I get in my car to drive home and the thermometer reads anywhere from 115 to 118.  That's just too hot!  I so want to work on the baby sampler and blanket for my new grandbaby but just haven't found the energy.  It doesn't help that my recovery from my second eye surgery has been slower than the first.  Let's hope for a break in the weather cause I want to get back to stitching!

Thursday, August 2, 2012

What To Do With Leftovers

Stitching the Night Away Stitching Bloggers Blog Hop

This is a very interesting subject for a blog hop.  I'll be very interested in seeing what others do with their leftovers from a project.

What do you do with the floss, thread, beads, and other elements you have left over from full project kits?

I don't often use kits.  Not because I dislike the idea of kits.  It's just that I have enough charts and patterns to keep me busy forever.  But I do have a fair amount of them.  Okay, I have a lot of them, I'll admit it.  If I like the design, I'll get the kit.  Simple as that.  And I use all the elements in the kit.  I'm basically cheap and hate the idea of wasting the fabric and the floss.  But the leftovers?  I have to be honest, I don't save the leftover floss.  I just add it to my ort ball that I've had since 1992.  Wow!  That's over 20 years ago.  If it's a Mill Hill kit, I'll sort any leftover beads and store them for later use.  Other beads just stay in their little bags and get stuck in a drawer somewhere.  I usually just toss the needles.  By the time I'm done with them, they're unusable.

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