Well, Frank’s favorite vine is the “Hey Duck” one:
Well, Frank’s favorite vine is the “Hey Duck” one:
I have some home improvement projects I’m working on, so I went out to Lowe’s the other day. That store just so happens to be right near Joanne’s, which I don’t go to very often because it’s a little out of the way. I had no actual plans in mind when I went in…just looking around. Of course I went to the cross stitch section right away. I picked up the new colors, finally, because I’m working on a new storage system and also because they’re coming out with new colors soon, so I figured I should pick up the last set.
Anyway, I wandered around a little more. I get a little paranoid doing this, because I was reading an AskReddit about lost prevention, and some people said they can tell when someone steals something because they wander around aimlessly for a while. That’s…just how I shop sometimes, especially in a craft store lol…
I found some no-sew blanket kits, and I’ve always wanted to try them….but I didn’t like any of the kits. As I walked past the large fabric section, I saw that fleece was on sale for 50% off, so I looked up an Instructibles on how to do it, and spent WAAAAAAY too long picking out fabrics.
I got 2 1/2 yards (so I can use it and maybe share), and spent the rest of the day on that (instead of my home improvement projects). My fingers hurt from the tying.
It probably wouldn’t have taken so long if I didn’t get distracted and walk away a bunch of times, or if I didn’t have to keep the dogs from walking all over it.
Again, it’s been a while since I posted. Partly, it was because of this non-motivation I’ve been having. Sometimes, I really really want to stitch, but I just…don’t. Partly, I’ve been working on a bigger huge project (that’s been documented on Instagram and Tumblr). And partly, I’ve been really really, as we’ve just moved house again. But that’s really exciting too!
So, when inspiration hit, I knew I had to strike while the iron was hot. Frank had to convince me to watch a show called Westworld with him, but once we started, I couldn’t stop. I can’t wait for Season 2.
The fabric is 18 count aida hand-dyed by MadXStitcher. I had originally intended this fabric for something else, but I think this was a good project for it. As soon as I’ve unpacked and found the other half of my crafting supplies, I’d like to put this in a hoop.
I have been doing more recently, so hopefully I’m out of my slump for a while.
Okay, so…I haven’t posted in like 2 months. I’ve had on and very off days.
During this time, I finished two stitch-a-longs: the Steotch-a-long 2017 and the MadXStitcher Summer 2017 Mystery Stitch-a-Long.
I struggled pretty hard with them, to be honest. They were both pretty easy, to be sure…I was just….
Not Feeling It. For like 2 months.
At the end, like every year, we all got to choose the end. But this year, I decided to stray from the given patterns and make my own.
I’m pretty pleased with it.
Meanwhile, I also participated in the MadXStitcher Summer stitch-a-long.
It’s cute. They’re hosting a Fall one soon, and I’m debating whether or not I’m going to participate in this one.
Hopefully, I can keep up with my stitching now, and I don’t fall into another slump.
Last night, I finished Pattern 2!
The jury’s still out on the letters. Are they really letters? Or are they just tricking us, and they’re other designs? If they are letters, what are they going to say? Usually for the steotchalong, words are at the end, and you can choose what the sampler says.
I’m also interested in what the bottom of this piece will be.
Last month was fairly productive, and I’ll be posting a pic of my Last Airbender progress soon. In the mean time, my ORTs don’t look like much, but I’ve been stitching with single threads.
Meanwhile, the 2017 Steotchalong has begun! It’s so great to be able to get the patterns as soon as they come out lol. I gridded last night and got all ready for the midnight release of the pattern.
I had all the stuff so far in my stash, which was nice.
Then the pattern came out…and I immediately went to sleep. I’m boring now.
But when I woke up, I realized that the gridding was off because it’s vertical. I didn’t want all my gridding to go to waste, so I added some to make it all even, and finished the first pattern.
Some people are saying it’s going to be political, but I hope not. I also hope there are less blended threads than last year, because damn.
In April, I participated in a couple Reddit Gift Exchanges, and one of them was for dog lovers. The person I received as a giftee had been shafted on their last exchange, so I wanted to do something special for her. She mentioned in her profile that she’d just lost her favorite dog who had saved her life at one point. I asked for pictures, because I really wanted to come up with something really nice memorializing the good pup.
I really tried to get the coloring and ears just right. Because of the time constraint, it had to be simple, but once she got it, she loved it.
I really want to do one for our dog now.
One of my favorite books of all time is Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett. It is a phenomenally witty piece of literature, and I reread it at least once a year. I always recommend the real paper version for first time readers rather than the E-books or Audiobook, because the E-books sometimes don’t get the formatting right, and the audio version doesn’t really portray the foot-notes well for the first time experiencing the story. Also the audio version that I have is 10 CDs, and announces it at the beginning and end of each disc.
Anyway, I’ve always really wanted to do a Good Omens stitch for a while, and a woman on a snarky facebook group I belong to designed one. I commented on the pattern, not realizing I was entering myself into a raffle to be a model stitcher for the sale of the pattern. But I was one of the people chosen!
The pattern is presented on white aida, but I chose to do it on black because of the way the books are sold.
So there will be a model (I’ve seen the WIP pics) on white, and mine, which is on black.
It took a long time, but it’s finally finished!
The border took FOREVER, and at one point (pretty much all of April) I kind of gave up on stitching, because I didn’t want to do the tedium, but I would feel way guilty if I worked on something else because this was for someone else, and the pattern was basically a gift. May, I buckled down and did the thing. On tumblr, I did the #30for30crafting, so you can see how the process was.
Also, here’s proof that this was the only thing I worked on for all of May:
I have a HUGE project that I just started for Frank, and if I fall into another funk…that one will take literally years lol…
Almost a year ago, I was pretty severely injured at work. A theatre drop landed on me, pulling my ear from my scalp a bit, perforating my ear drum, and hitting my head. Obviously, in the moment, getting my ear back on was priority #1, and we sort of did that.
Later, I kept having problems that seemed related to the injury, but unrelated to my ear. I asked the doctors on several occasions if it was possible that I had sustained a concussion, and 3 ship doctors told me no, it was not possible, because I didn’t lose consciousness. I was told it was all in my head, put on antidepressants for a short time (that did much more harm than good), and sent to a psychiatrist (who was appalled that 1) I’d been put on antidepressants before being sent to a mental health specialist and 2) that they didn’t immediately send me to a neurologist after a blow to the head). I didn’t have insurance to cover a specialist’s visit unless I was referred by a ship doctor.
Four months later, I did see a specialist who confirmed my suspicions with a concussion diagnosis, and I had to leave the ship.
I get a very minimal exam before I leave, and the doctor explains that he still doesn’t think I have a concussion; he’s seen much worst injuries at home.
His parting words to me were “Well, you look fine.”
I’ve been in physical therapy for 3 months.
So for this piece, everything was leftover; the fabric, the thread, all were from other projects originally. I have this baggie that I put pieces of thread in that I forgot what number they were or they were too short or they were from an old kit that I’ve finished.
I did almost none of the background intentionally. I hardly looked at the fabric and I was nearly always distracted doing or watching something else. Whenever I “lost” a thread, I lost it for good, and just left the end where it lay. I never took out any knots, and I never separated individual threads.
While being “proud” of the finished piece is not really an emotion I’m feeling, it was cathartic. I’m still a bit bitter about everything that happened (and the above is the most abridged version I’ve ever told), but I feel that I released a teeny tiny bit of it with this.
So April was not a particularly…productive month in terms of crafting. I felt pretty blah the entire month, preferring to lie in bed doing nothing on my off hours instead of even playing a video game or watching a show near the end of the month. I’m not super sure what my deal is at the moment, but I’m trying to force myself out of this slump with an actual 30for30 over on tumblr, and on Sprite Stitch there will be a Stitch-a-long soon I’m pretty sure.
I’ve also started working on something off to the side that’s been helping me sort of work out feelings that I’ve been having about an injury I sustained last year and am still dealing with doctors over. My main project is still the Good Omens piece. I really want this done this month, and I want to continue working on some of my own designs again.
So anyway. This is a pretty good indication of how little stitching I did last month:
And now, head over to my Tumblr to follow my 30for30 stitching this month (along with more random thoughts than make it onto this blog lol).