Waiting and Huge Mistake

Today begins DFIL’S cardio rehab appointments for the next 2 to 3 months. He is back with the therapist and DSIL for intake and first session. They only let one other person back with him so I will wait to hear how it went and what expectations are between visits.

The huge mistake? Because I expected to be involved in his visit this morning I didn’t slip a project into my purse to pass the time with. Positive is I am writing a post while I wait.

The Virus Shawl for my mom was finished last evening. Pictures will hopefully be taken later today and posted. I am hoping to put it in the mail before Mother’s Day.

In other news, the second Christmas ornament of the month was finished night before last. 

This is the ornament designed by Thistle Threads in the 2008 Christmas ornament issue of Just Cross Stitch. I have made some changes as some of the materials are no longer made. The first change was the perforated paper. I am using white 14-count perforated paper. I found that it is harder to work on this at night when my eyes are tired as the holes were hard to see and sometimes seemed to jump around. This was quite a surprise as I don’t have trouble with Aida, evenweave or linen at night. The next change was choosing not to use the Rainbow Gallery Petite Alpaca PB61. This thread is a fuzzy thread that is supposed to be used in horizontal long stitches over the gray portions of the ornament. 123stitch.com does not carry this and while I found it at a few other places for $2.50 plus shipping, the shipping was ridiculous for just the one small item and not worth it to me for just the one project. Also I didn’t want to add to the order to “justify” the shipping.

Felt or nice paper and a ribbon will be needed to make this a FFO. Maybe that will happen later this year when I finish the other ornaments.

The two ornaments for stitching in May have been kitted up ready to begin on Monday. If I had been thinking, I would be knitting on DS’S sock that I have picked up in between projects. Must. Put. In. My. Bag.

I am now much further along than this–only 1/4 repeat from the heel. Perhaps if I keep it in my purse I will get further along as I won’t forget it when there are a few minutes to wait.

Thank you for your patience. Scheduled are still very much in flux so posting and crafting is only when I can sneak it in.

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Still crafting a bit

Even though I have not been posting much I have been trying to cross stitch, knit, crochet, or sew a little bit each day. With DFIL’s heart surgery last month and the Pathfinder season coming to and end for this year, along with planning for two huge Pathfinder events in next 12 months and work and finishing up DR’s senior year of high school, crafting time has taken a hit.

The only project that traveled well during this time up until recently was another Virus Shawl in the Red Velvet color way from Caron Cakes. I hope to have the third cake and shawl finished and off in the mail to my mother for Mother’s Day in May. Unfortunately there is no progress picture however I hope to get a final picture before it is put in the mail.

Another cross stitch Christmas ornament has been finished nut not fully finished. 

This is Glad Tidings from the Just Cross stitch Christmas issue of 2008. Fabric is white 14 count Aida which I don’t like but was too far along before I realized the doors and alphabet were 1 over 1 on a linen. That just shows you where my mind has been.

Right now I am trying to finish the ornament by Thistle Threads from the same magazine. It is my first foray into perforated paper projects. While it is pretty I am not sure I like working on it. Even so I hope to have the stitching done by April 30 as a new ornament is scheduled to start then. Also planning on a picture of it when finished stitching.

I will leave you with a picture of the bridge and area where we made a day trip to finalize more arrangements for our huge Pathfinder Camporee in September. 

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Time flies too fast

It has been way too long since I posted last but life has kept charging along, dragging me with it. This week has been a bit different as DFIL went in for emergency heart surgery after a return from a mission trip. God has graciously brought him through with flying colors and we will look at three months of cardiac rehab. I see more knitting and crocheting than cross stitching in my immediate future.

Crafting has been limited but I am going to slip in a picture or two here.

Side one and three of another ornament. I had to sub two of the threads because I didn’t want to spend $5-8 per skein. I also am not using the called for fabric so a change was mad for edges for when I seam up later. I have also stitched side 2 and most of side 4. However I don’t have a picture. My plan is to hopefully finish aside 4 and the personalized bottom piece tonight or this weekend and set aside to put together later in the year when I have a finishing session.

This is ornament number 5. Nothing was changed other than the fabric. I love the look of this fabric but it is a very stiff piece of Aida. My plan  was to finish this ad a flat ornament however DD is very insistent that it be framed and put on the wall. It is small so will be easy to frame. 

The Knit Picks Chroma socks in the Fog Bank color way are still being knit on occasionally and will be one of the projects that will see more love in the next three months. There isn’t a new picture but I am on the 3rd repeat…of the first sock.

The scrap cowl is done. I am pretty sure that of the weather is nasty next winter I will enjoy it. 

In the midst of everything else this week I was finally able to find Caron Cakes in the Red Velvet colorway. This colorway is closest to the color combination that my mom expressed an interest in having another Virus Shawl made from. I have been carrying it with me to work on since I started it Wednesday morning while DFIL was in surgery. I am about halfway through a cake after two mornings. It didn’t go with me today but will be back with me tomorrow when we spend the morning at the hospital. I am using a Caspian rocket hook from Knit Picks in size E, I believe. Again I haven’t taken a picture. 

As I have written this I am realizing I really need to have another photo session to catch up. It has just been easier to craft…after all it is great therapy, right?

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