Saturday, April 28, 2007

Outta Control

Okay, I did attend the Swan meeting a few weeks ago. And, it was the start of something BIG. First, Emie Bishop was there to tell us all about her latest sampler. And, she mentioned that several of her charts are near extinction... so, I whipped out the checkbook and ordered three charts.

Then, I heard there was just one more silk kit for Spanish Wine, just a few miles away... and you know I've wanted to join in on this. Lynn was her usual, helpful, enabler self. I didn't blink an eye before she had pulled out her cell and called Carolyn at the shop to reserve it for me. So, I trucked on over to The Craft Center after the meeting. Of course, I also picked up a few other things, and asked them to order the chart for me. The linen is 40 count vintage navy bean, and it arrived at about the same time I was able to pick up the chart last week. I'm itching to start this.

I had already ordered several Prairie Schooler charts from ES via their Hoffman sale, and the Sampler Sweet Bag chart by Nostalgic Needle to prep for the June Swan project. Of course, I decided that I should order the small skeins of AVAS to go with that project. When I picked up the Spanish Wine chart, I also saw several other things I've wanted for a little while. So, here's a bit more of my stash binge.

In total, I have added 19 new charts, two skeins of Gloriana silk (Schoolhouse Red and Cranberry), the Spanish Wine silk pack and Lakeside Linen, 13 small skeins of AVAS for the Sampler Sweet Bag, a cut of linen for the sweet bag and two odd skeins of overdyed cotton I needed. Whoa!

And, next Saturday I'll pick up my two kits by Ellen Chester at the May Swan meeting. I'm taking Ellen's "A Needleworker's Sampler Huswif" class, and have also ordered her "Friendship in Stitches" kit.

Methinks I need to go through my old stash and have a cleanout! Maybe? Maybe not. I sure am going to enjoy my summer.

Oh, and I added a new pic to the top of my blog. It's a wonderful lilac I have in my yard. I have four varieties of lilacs, and they're all blooming. I love spring too!

Friday, April 06, 2007

It's Friday and It Feels Like Monday!

I have to say that I won't have any time to do fun stuff this weekend. That doesn't mean I won't find a few hours, but I'll pay for it later. I've been working all week (after several months of off-and-on attempts) to try to integrate a new system here at work. It's something that has to be done before summer semester starts, and should have been done a while ago, but we just can't get the system to accept pieces of the data from our student information system. It's weird. Anway, after spending loads of time, performing lots of tests, and talking lots with a developer of one of the products we're trying to integrate, I'm not much further in my attempt. And, I have LOADS of homework.

Here's hoping I can get it all accomplished, or at least make huge headway. I am probably going to attend the Swan Stitchers meeting in SLC tomorrow though. I need a break, and I rarely get to attend. I've decided I need to make more time to be there. I'm signed up for the Ellen Chester class in May, I'll probably be there in June as well. I think the "regular" swans will be shocked!

Monday, April 02, 2007


I spent the majority of the weekend in front of the TV, watching the LDS general conference and while I should have taken a few notes here and there, I stitched! I made some progress on Saturday on the original Bent Creek Snapperville. I also decided on Sunday that I would start the new Bent Creek Easter Snapperville chart. I did some thread conversions to some Crescent Colours and found some old Wichelt French Lace linen. So, I'm using a mix of WDW, TG, CC, and DMC for this one. It sure is fun. While I don't think I'll have it completed for Easter, my mother will certainly enjoy it when it IS finished.

And, for those of you who heard your grandmothers telling you that every stitch you put into a piece of cloth on the Sabbath will mean that you have to frog it with your nose in the afterlife... well, all I can say is I hope I have a hooked nose in the next life. I'm going to be busy!

I have a ton of homework to do tonight, while I keep one eye on the NCAA championship game. I really didn't want Florida in the final... that Noah guy is just a little too cocky for me. So, even though I don't love Ohio either, I'll be rooting for them. The good news is that I'm making more progress on tasks at work. I'll catch up with everything someday!