Friday, January 1, 2010

a slow start to 2010

Happy New Year!!!

I hope that your new year of stitching is off to a better start than mine. Despite being out late last night at a New Year’s Eve party, I still found myself awake before 6am!! (In all honesty, I was a bit pleased because I thought to myself I could get in a couple of hours of stitching on Deborah Walker, my 2010 New Year’s Day start, before anyone else got up.) It was after 9am before I saw anyone else…can you imagine 3 hours of uninterrupted stitching time, except for a couple of breaks to get myself another cup of coffee? So far, so good, right?

As I was stitching, I kept looking at what I had stitched and at the photo of the sampler on the chart. The photograph sure looked prettier than what I was stitching. The model in the photo had been stitched using DMC threads, and I did a conversion to silk threads months ago. Yikes! Heavens knows what I was thinking when I made my thread conversion, because my choices were terrible. I next spent time ripping (or rather cutting out), my three hours of stitching. (Yikes!) Thankfully, cutting out goes much quicker than stitching. I then got in two letters using the designated DMC thread. I’m much happier with the result so far. I just wish I’d made the discovery before putting in three hours of stitching!

We’re getting ready to go out and do some things with our son and daughter-in-law, but hopefully I can stitch tonight while we watch the University of Florida versus the University of Cincinnati football game at the Sugar Bowl. I’m not sure who everyone will be rooting for since we have family ties to both schools. My son asked me who I was going to cheer for, and I said my team wasn’t either of those….I’m a Florida State fan, instead. The truth of the matter is that I’m not much of a sports fan. I guess that explains how I can stitch and watch football at the same time, right?

Regardless of what your plans are for the day, I hope that your year is off to a good start and that you can at least get in a few stitches. Don’t forget to eat some black-eyed peas for luck!


Cari said...

Happy Holidays Ellen and I hope your new year is wonderful! Hugs and happy stitching.

Margaret said...

Oh what a bummer about the ripping, Ellen! Oh well, at least it's done now and you're happy with the DMC colors. I hope you have fun with your family! Thanks again for the wonderful surprise! :D Oh, and the black eyed peas -- well, our equivalent will have to do: homemade dumplings. I'm stuffed! :D Happy New Year!

Barb said...

Ellen, What a pain! I plan to spend the evening stitching and hope I have better luck. I'm working on Monasterium Design Sampler 4 Seasons. I too, almost had a disaster. I also changed to silk thread and made the wrong conversion. The color was fine but I ran out of thread. LNS was closed for good but the dear owner searched her threads and found what I needed and came to my rescue! Lesson learned-buy extra thread if Dye lots matter!

Siobhan said...

Blergh, sorry to hear about the ripping! I'm glad you figured it out before you got too far... those sorts of things tend to dawn on me about half way into a sampler.

Wishing you and yours a very happy, healthy, and blessed 2010.