Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Overdue Update

The Olympics had me totally engrossed...every minute I wasn't at work, I was watching the Olympics!  Boy, did that hurt when my alarm went off at 6:00 am!  I think I'm about caught up on my sleep now.  I sure did enjoy watching all of those athletes compete; regardless of the country they were representing.  Altho I admit, it was great to see the U.S. win so many medals. 

STITCHING OBSESSION

Okay, I admit, I'm already obsessed with cross stitch.  However, the past couple of weeks my stitching has taken a decidedly strange turn.  While I have several projects underway, and generally rotate between them, I've found myself completely engrossed in one particular project...a long-time UFO that I started stitching again for two reasons:
  1. Tuesday UFO night on ILCS list
  2. UFO stitching on Kustom Krafts list
This project just happens to be one of Dyan Allaire's designs (Kustom Krafts).  It's called "Everyone Needs Their Own Space."  Since I started stitching on it again in January of this year, I've found myself wanting to work on it instead of anything else, and that's exactly what I've done the past couple weeks.  I am astonished with the progress I've made on this in a month!

As of 3-7-10


As of 2-9-10

It may not look like a lot of progress to you, but considering my stitching time is limited to a little while in evenings after work and the time I can find on weekends, I'm really excited at the way this design is coming to life!  Not to mention, I absolutely love the ease of reading the KK chart and the beautiful colors in the design.

NEEDLEWORK SYSTEM 4

Oh yes, I know I said I'd talk about the Needlework System 4.  I AM now the proud owner of this awesome stand and couldn't be happier!  It is absolutely THE best thing invented for stitching since the needle!  It is adjustable to just the right height for my eyesight.  The KK project is on scroll rods on the stand, and with my stitching glasses, I'm a serious two-handed stitcher.  (NOTE:  I don't stitch sitting in this recliner.  I stitch sitting on the sofa next to this chair). 


I also purchased the part that will hold q-snaps, but have not tried it out yet.

I did stitch a little on LHN 'Fa-La-La' but haven't taken a photo.  I'll probably wait until I finish it up at this point.

LIFE IN GENERAL

I had a rotten cold last week (caught either from DH who had it a few days before, or from one of the staff at work). 

Today I taught a new class for our Asian Pacific students on campus---giving them the basics of health insurance, information about our health center and student insurance.  I sure do enjoy teaching, so every opportunity is always fun for me.

I started giving more thought to what I eat; back to basics--more fruits and veggies, more whole grains, less sugar and processed foods.  I'm sure my blood sugar levels will appreciate the effort, and can't hurt the way my clothes fit either.   

Spring Break is next week, so should be quiet on campus.  I have a new temp employee starting on Monday; we can use an extra set of hands for preparing mailings, purging charts, etc. I plan to utilize her during Spring Break, again during the summer, and perhaps during Christmas Break this year. 

Think that's about all of the excitement here for the moment. 

Happy Stitching!

Vicki in CO




17 comments:

Shelley said...

Your UFO, I mean WIP, is looking fantastic. You have made tons of progress.

Your stand looks great. I would try something like that but my sofa is very short and very deep. That and I am constantly turning my project over so putting it into anything stationery would be a nightmare for me, lol!

Hope your cold is gone for good.

Terri said...

Your stitching is wonderful. Congrats on a beautiful floor stand :) Hope you get rid of that cold. I am also trying to eat less processed foods and my weight has not gone up but it hasn't gone down either lol :)

Kay said...

Your UFO that is now a wip is coming along beautifully! It is going to be a really beautiful piece when done!

Elaine said...

Your wip is beautiful. Wishing you many happy hours of stitching on your lovely new stand.

silentsgirl said...

That is a beautiful WIP - it reminds me of one called The Amen of Nature that I worked on for a while (it was meant to be a gift, but the friend stopped being a friend, so I stopped working on it). Congrats on your new stand, too!

Kathy said...

Gorgeous stitching. Do you have a photo of what it will look like finished?

The stand looks interesting. I have only ever tried a hoop and found that too cumbersome. I'm an in hand stitcher. Anything else slows my stitching to a stand still.

Good luck with the diet change. :)

Emily said...

You've gotten so much done, it looks great. Keep up the fast stitching. That new stand looks great, its wonderful when you get something that makes stitching easier.

Meari said...

Congrats on your new stitching stand. I'm glad it's working out for you. Nice progress on your UFO :)

Carol's Stitching said...

Glad to hear you are enjoying your UFO/WIP. I too have 2 UFO nights in my groups and with that I'm amazed how much progress I'm making on my UFO. I can enjoy my other stitching without the guilt of knowing there are projects sitting there thinking, "Stitch me! Stitch me!" :) Have fun!!!!

Anonymous said...

You have made more progress on your WIP, I have the same picture to do but have not stitched on it for quite a while. Your stand looks great.

Marl

EvalinaMaria said...

Stitching looks awesome and so does the stand.

Rene la Frog said...

Great progress on your UFO/WIP, such pretty colors.

Congrats on your new floor stand. Wish I had room for one, maybe then I wouldn't hate doing BAP's and would actually finish one.

Carolyn NC said...

wow - great stitching on your KK chart - looks lovely! And so does that System 4 stand - congrats on such an awesome stand. I've been eyeing that one myself! Enjoy the quietness of spring break. :)

Brigitte said...

This KK chart is such a lovely design but a lot of work. I particularly love the colours that are used. Wonderful. You made some great progress on it.

Linda K's Creativity Works said...

I just love your WIP...that is going to be so neat when you get it finished. Keep on stitching on this.

I did the same thing and still stitching on my Fantasy Triptych by TW. I haven't worked on this for a long time and I pulled it out the other day and I've been stitching on this ever since.

I just love your Blog too.

Take care & Happy Stitching
Hugs :)
Linda K, Railroad

Nancy M said...

Fantastic progress on the KK piece. And it's so nice that you are enjoying it so much too! I love stitching 2 handed and am a scroll girl through and through. I wish my LNS had some floor stands to try out. I think I'd like one, but need to see about the flipping back and forth and then see if it would slide under my couch to get close to me!

Charlene ♥ SC said...

Nice to see your pretty stitching, and that grand system. I keep thinking I need to invest, but don't know that I'd love it... Yes, back to basics would be good for me, who can't fit into clothes. Thought the 8 lbs lost during the virus may help, but not so much!!