Monday, 7 July 2008

A finish, a start, the future and in between

Another week has come and gone. A little news to share - the baby martins have flown the nest. Sad to see them go. They have been so entertaining to watch. My garden dragon still has no name - please keep those ideas coming. We had the best week with our grandson. However, he does limit one's stitching time.
I do have a finish to show though. Here are the last two pages of Little Book of Stitches. This has been such a fun stitch and it has been enjoyable to watch it grow. Here are all 8 pages. Now, I just have to put it together. I may need some help on that front.
On the weekend, my DH and two sons put a new roof on our house. Rather than play GO FOR - I left town. Beatrice and I took a road trip to visit Dani. Christin was there when we arrived. Dani treated us royally. Lynn popped in for most of Saturday. It was so nice to meet her in person. She is even lovelier than her blog. Dani treated us like queens and spoiled us royally. Since she and I are both going to Weight Watchers, all food was geared for that. I sooo appreciated it.
While there, I started a new piece. This is Autumn Leaves by Prairie Schooler. There is a slight shadow above the row of words. I spent the entire evening working on this row and when I was done realized I was way off and had to frog that entire section. My frogs did not stay in their pond. GGGRRRRRR!!!!
My friend Rebecca put a little post on her blog last week just for me. I am a nutcracker collector and when she saw this she knew I had to have it. Here is my brand new purchase. Isn't it gorgeous.
As you know I did my JBW mittens over 1 on 25 count. Well, Beatrice and I started browsing the HAED site and look what I found!!!! It is now in my hot little hands but I'm still thinking I need my head examined for even considering this. It is 50 pages and over 80 colors!!!!! and over 1 on 25. This is my 10 year 0r even 20 year project. You can check out Beatrice blog for the one she selected.
And now, the end. I see by my comments that I have some new readers. Welcome to you and thank you for stopping by. To my regular readers, thanks so much for your lovely comments even when I cannot comment in return. We are heading off on Saturday to babysit our grandsons for a week while their daycare provider is on holidays and my DS has wireless high speed. I will be stopping by blogs and commenting as much as I can. I am looking forward to seeing all your beautiful stitches and my prayer for this week:


Wendy said...

Hey, your Little Book looks great. I wanted to do that since I saw it in the GOSM. And really cool HAED design...good luck with that huge design! May be you'll finish it about the same time I finish my Paradigm Lost!

tkdchick said...

Kathy your book looks even better in person! Thank you so much for coming out to my place!

Suzanne said...

Your little book of stitches looks fantastic. I would love to do this one, but I am very concerned about putting it together. Please let us all know how you get on with this.

Your new start is lovely. I had an attack of the frogs a few weeks ago and I think I spent as much time frogging stitches out as I did putting them in.

The HAED looks beautiful and oh so very challenging. Good luck with it and I look forward to watching your progress.

Lynn said...

What a treat it was to meet you Kathy and Beatrice too! I had so much fun with all of you and look forward to another visit with you.
Your book of stitches is awesome! Dani's right, it's so much better seeing it in person. The Paradigms too... you can't appreciate the work until you see them all in person.
I'll add a little prayer that those frogs stay put too!!

Sharon said...

Your book is going to be lovely! Pretty PS too. Good luck with your HAED, I still haven't tried to tackle that!

Daffycat said...

Oh, I can't wait to see your stitch book put is going to be awesome!


Hazel said...

Love your Little book of Stitches. I have it printed off ready to do. When??? Hmmm... xx

Crazee4books said...

Hi Kathy,

If no one else has suggested it,
I think a really great name for
a garden dragon is .... Snap!
Think about it....

Moving right along....

I've read Dani's and Beatrice's
blogs to get their take on the
weekend gathering at Dani's,
and I've seen their pictures.
Looks like you all had a grand
time together. Can't say as I
blame you for leaving town while
the men folk worked on your roof.

Your start on Autumn Leaves is
lovely, and I hope the frogs
will leave you alone now so you
can get on with it in peace.

And congratulations for finish-
ing the stitching on Little Book
of Stitches. It's gorgeous!!
I can't wait to see it all put
together and finished!

Your baby Martins must have been
so sweet.

We've got adolescent
robins learning to fly around
here right now. Their tails
aren't fully formed yet, so
they're flying rudderless, which
can be quite terrifying at times.

I was sitting under our table
top umbrella stitching last
weekend when a young robin
bounced off the top
of it and landed heavily in the
birch tree next to me. He
pulled himself upright,
shook his feather back into
order and then lurched off into
space to try another landing
elsewhere. Practice makes
perfect, I suppose.

Good luck on the HAED. 50
pages of chart and over 80
colours?? Better you then
me!! It is a beautiful
design though.


Barbara said...

Those pages are great - can't wait to see the book come together!

Beatrice said...

We did have a good time didn't we?
Your book of stitches is sooo pretty.

Well now that I have it I want to start it....oh oh.
No, not yet, I must finish one first.

Frogs are so annoying.....

Judy's idea of Snap I like!

Rob said...

The HAED design looks super!! I just picked out one of also. I have never done a HAED and am a little nervous...

Ranae said...

Hi! kathy, Sorry I am so far behind in commenting. That's all I have been doing yesterday and today. I promise myself never to let it get out of hand again, lol.

Little Book of Stitches is fabulous. I would be too afraid of putting it together.

No More Frogging on PS or anything else. I love that design.

And oh! the HAED is stunning, Good Luck.

Those pair of mittens are adorable. You sure have been a buzy bee.
Take Care!!

Karin said...

The Stampede is something you should definitley visit - it's a great week and there's lots to do and see.

Glad you had a good visit with Dani - it sounds like a good time was had by all.