Monday, April 02, 2012

April Already? An Update

(I apologize - these photos USED to be clickable for the large original on my Multiply blog, where all of my photos are housed, but for some reason they don't do that now - I don't know if it is a Blogger issue or a Multiply issue. But you CAN find all of these on my Multiply, if you want to see anything BIGGER! Just another case of the HTML out to get me....)

Well, those 3 months just blew past... Of course, I've been busy, so it stands to reason, I guess. The 15yo is happy - he's on Spring Break this week, which means he's that much closer to summer break - and I'm that much closer to not having to get him up!! I think the worst of the pollen is behind us, too, even though it is normally just getting bad right now. Can't put the Claritin away yet, but almost...

On to the week's stitching. On Thursday, I finally, FINALLY, finished page 6 of L&U!!!!! I can't believe it took me 3 weeks and more to put in roughly 2700 stitches! At the rate I'm going, 1 page a year, makes this a multi-decade project :( But it seems that working on it for a few weeks in row, while not necessarily a good thing for my fingers, is the only way to work on it - it takes me so long to warm up to and get a pace for it, that when I had the timed rotation, I was putting it away just when I was getting in the rhythm. That obviously won't work. SO now I know. Here is page 6 done:

And then I unscrolled it to get a shot of the whole thing to date:

And yes, I put it away right after that :)

On Tuesday night at the IHOP, I got some more stitches in on IC Florin - I only have 1 color left to go on it, I think:

I don't think I'll be going to the IHOP this week, as I expect the family to be here before I get home from work tomorrow.

And then, since I finished with L&U on Thursday, I decided to work on Growth Rings over the weekend, do a little beading in celebration :) Though I didn't touch a needle on Saturday - doing some cleaning, took 150 pictures, vegged on the couch, mostly :) But I got a few hours in on it:

This week, I will pull out Mary Wigham; I've decided to work on just samplers for the month of April, since I have some (all) that have been neglected - MW, Samplar 4 Saisons, Halloween Quaker. I'll see if I can make a dent in any of those. Not sure how much stitching I will actually get in this week, with family here; since I am working all week (was going to take Friday off, but since I missed last Thursday thanks to a dead car battery, dammit), I won't have time to visit a whole lot, though we all know Grandma is coming to see the grand kids - 2-legged & 4-legged :) Of course, that chocolate-laden rabbit will be here this weekend, so the whole place will be a on sugar high Sunday & Monday (if we can keep Grandma from eating all of it :) ).

Happy Stitching this week to everyone!


ajt0516 said...

L&U looks great, Karen - congrats on finishing that page!!

Linda said...

Great progress. Congrats on finishing a page.


Susan said...

Great flower photos. I've been enjoying the flowers from inside this year. I was hoping to get out and do some yard work this week, but the oaks have decided to join the party - UGH! Nice progress on L&U. I really like Florin, looking forward to seeing the next color. And your Growth Rings is amazing.

Joysze said...

Man, Karen... i love your pics!! Those flower ones are amazing. Stitching looks great too..... love them all. :D