Confessions of a Floss Licker

Thursday, March 30, 2006


Yes, I've been sidetracked this week. Over the weekend I realized that my boss had his first grandbaby and I hadn't made a baby blanket for them. Now, I've pretty much made blankets for the people I've known that have had babies here at work (some who are no longer here) including grandbabies. And if I make one for somebody then I can't leave out another, especially here in my own office.

I have 3 bosses. Well, technically there's the Manager of my department (my boss) and he has a Supervisor that works for him, then there's my Manager's Manager. Of course we're all in the same building and I do whatever any of the 3 above ask me to do - work related of course.

So on Sunday I got out all of my baby yarn that's been leftover from various other projects and got started on a blanket. I'm pretty proud of myself actually. I used the stitch for the "4 1/2 hour afghan" and crocheted 9 rows each of purple, green, yellow, pink and blue in 4 days. Granted, it's a baby blanket so it's not going to take me a whole month to make. But I think the last one took me a week. I'm even more proud of myself that I just eyeballed the amount of yarn I had, settled on 9 rows of each color and had enough yarn!

However, to celebrate the finishing of the blanket, I started the Rhodes Butterfly scissors fob by Sweetheart Tree. I was going to have Violet Sect by the Silver Lining done for CATS to show Marc my over 1 work but I don't see his name on the vendor's list on the website but the Sweetheart Tree is there and this is one of my favorites. It's also a partially kitted gift I got from my secret stitcher that is long overdue in getting stitched. So I'm going to work on it this week so I can show my progress to Sandra when I see her.

Monday, March 20, 2006

A milestone has been reached...

Last night I finished the inside/castle border on Castle Sampler! I was tired and didn't feel much like doing anything, but I picked up my stitching anyway. I guess it was a good thing I did. :) Of course, I still need to do the backstitching around said border, but the cross stitch part is finished. I think I have more of the "sky" to finish before I can finish the backstitch on the inside of the border and I have all the viney stuff to do before I can backstitch the outside of that border.

So my goal has been met and now I need to set another rather than just jumping around this one the way I do. I've got to think about this one.

I picked up futurecast as well and put in some of the specialty stitches but it didn't hold my attention long.

Last but not least, I put a length of thread into Rose Arbor. I'm getting so close to getting her finished! But I need to find her beads. They're not in the project bag so I'm going to have to dig those out soon.

And that's it for the current state of stitching!

Thursday, March 16, 2006

Slow stitching...

Not very motivated to work on my stitching lately. I've been good and put a couple of needle's worth of thread in Castle Sampler and Rose Arbor, with a side trip to Emerald Mermaid last night. I need to work on the Anniversary piece that I'm making for my folks. But it has beads and I want to work the beads as I go along. Right now, I'm not in the mood for beads.

Faire was last weekend and I usually stitch for the last time on Weds night and pick it up again either Monday or Tuesday. Just an explanation for not getting much done.

This weekend I'm going to a party. And I'm dressing "up". So I'm looking for a "knock your socks off" outfit - which will take me to the mall - which will again shorten my stitching time. But I figure I've got the rest of my life to stitch (as I spend an awful lot of time alone) and I'm going to go to a party and have fun and enjoy people while I can. So wish me luck. ;)

Monday, March 06, 2006

Not much done...

Well, the call never came so it was a home alone weekend. However, I did get a call earlier in the week that got me motivated to get some sewing done. Yes, I needed to make a few shirts for faire. On one, all I needed to do was finish the neckline. Ok, I did that. Then I needed to make a few others for my daughter. Skirts (which she wears) are easy and as hers were getting a little short, so those were the first things made last year. Somehow the shirts were put off. (Yeah, a little more involved than skirts.)

Then I got a call from one of my best friends. She said she needed a shirt and we talked about swapping the shirt for her making me some boxers. Ok, no problem. I've got this great pattern and she's about my size so it was easy. I cranked out two shirts this weekend. I made mistakes on the first one and it took a little time to correct those. But I got two done and I've got a third cut out and ready to be put together. If the kids make dinner tonight I can get that one done with no problem too. Of course we need them for this weekend! Oh well, I always work better under a deadline.

What all this means is that I got very little stitching done this weekend. I put a couple of needle's worth into Rose Arbor and one into my scissorskeep. Other than that, it was all sewing this weekend. I can't promise to get back to it this week as I want to finish up the sewing while I'm on a roll.

And honestly, DD could use a few more shirts. All she has is one short-sleeved one. What would be ideal would be two tank-tops, two short-sleeved and two long-sleeved. I've got to get busy! She's going to need at least one long-sleeved shirt for this weekend and that's what I've got cut out and ready to be sewn. If I get it done tonight and it fits her I may go ahead and get the second one done this week.