"A line will take us hours maybe; / Yet if it does not seem a moment's thought, / Our stitching and unstitching has been naught." --W.B. Yeats

February 23, 2004

Castle Sampler, week 11

I almost forgot to post this! I'm on a roll again. I spent Saturday and Sunday working on the sun and moon figures in the lower corners, backstitching and all.

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Of course, one difficulty is that I finally managed to get my hands on a few new projects I really want to do--it'll be tempting to go ahead and start them. However, I'm not quite sure I'm ready to rotate through projects like that yet. However, some of them have deadlines, so... :)

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February 16, 2004

Hummingbird Quartet progress

Since I stopped trying to keep this a secret from its intended recipient (it's a Mother's Day gift), I can finally post pictures. I've worked on this one pretty intermittently, but it's a small piece. It's on 22-count Aida, and when it's finished, the design should be about 3 by 5 inches.

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Castle Sampler, week 10

It's hard to tell that I did much this week, but if you look at the lower corners you can see the biggest progress. I don't know if my pictures are really capturing the coolness of this piece. It's going to be gorgeous.

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February 08, 2004

Castle Sampler, week 9

I promised an update, and apparently that promise lit a fire under my butt this afternoon. Not only did I rip out the misplaced section, but I restitched it, and then some.

Castle Sampler, 02-08-04

Don't laugh, but NASCAR starts up again next Sunday, so I foresee a lot of cross-stitching happening while I watch the race. (Yes, I know, my redneck is showing.)

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February 07, 2004

It's called 'counted cross-stitch' for a reason

So part of the reason I haven't posted a picture of the Castle Sampler in a few weeks is because I've slowed down on it quite a bit (taking the time to redesign an entire website will drastically cut into your stitching time). But also, partly because of what I discovered last week. The castle section in the center of the design is somewhat of a pain to stitch. And this week (Sunday, maybe?) I discovered that I miscounted. I did an entire roof (probably 100+stitches in multiple colors) exactly one stitch too far to the right. I tried and tried to find a way to work around it, but there isn't one. Unfortunately, I don't have a seam ripper, so until I get one, there's no good way to take out all those stitches.

You'd think by now I'd know how to count. I suppose it was only a matter of time before the Frog Prince* came to visit...

A picture tomorrow night, I promise, ripped out stitches or no.

(*Courtesy of the Teresa Wentzler Bulletin Board. 'Frogging' is having to rip out misplaced stitches.)

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January 19, 2004

Castle Sampler, week 6

I was feeling a little frustrated until I compared this week's picture to last week's.

Slowly but surely...

A few people have asked me when I have time to cross-stitch so much. The answer is easy. Instead of spending so much of my evenings roaming the internet in search of something to do, I cross-stitch instead. Usually while watching too much TV. You envy mi vida loca, I know you do. Hey, if I've resigned myself to spinsterhood, I may as well go all out with it.

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January 11, 2004

Castle Sampler, week 5

I discovered this weekend that the perfect time to do long stretches of border is while I'm gaming or watching a movie I'm really into. So with 7th Sea yesterday and Werewolf today, I got a fair chunk of border done. Whee!

Castle Sampler, 1-11-04

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