Monday, September 22, 2014

Mega SAL post

The last two weeks have been eventful to say the least.  The short story is that I had a health scare a couple of weeks ago and while it wasn't the feared heart attack after more tests than I care to count, my heart and associated systems were declared healthy  I will be going in for surgery tomorrow to fix the cause.  After doing a little research, I am not sure why I didn't figure it all out sooner.  I am not looking forward to the surgery but am looking forward to the relief from all the symptoms that I put down to aging.  Because of the surgery, I probably won't feel up to posting for several month-end SALs so I am going to cram them all into this one.

Before I get into my SAL postings, Pull the Other Thread is hosting a Mega Mini Month Madness SAL during October.  The link should take you to the sign-up page if you're interested.  All you have to do is stitch on a mini (ornament size or smaller) piece and post once each week in October you don't have to do five different pieces just post your progress each week.  There will be a drawing for a gift card at the end for everyone that participates and follows the rules,  While I am recuperating (6 to 8 weeks of no commuting - I will be teleworking as I can) I will actually have time to stitch so I may sign up for this one.

The first SAL is TUSAL.  TUSAL (Totally Useless Stitch Along) is hosted by It's Daffycat.  If the links don't work, the buttons along the sides should take you to the information pages for all the SALs mentioned.  TUSAL asks that you collect all those little snippits of thread in a pretty jar and take a picture on the new moon each month.  I had more additions to my collection than I expected given my relative lack of stitching recently.  My jar is shown in front of Chatelaine's Secret Victorian Garden.

The next SAL post due is the Smalls SAL.  Heather at Stitching Lotus is hosting this SAL.  Another easy one - stitch on a small and post the last Wednesday of each month.  I did finish a small this month but it was leftover from last month's non-finish month and I didn't start another one.

Little House Needleworks' Red House In Winter stitched on 30-count Northern Cross linen with DMC and Crescent Colours
Stitch from Stash is the next one in line.  Mel at Epic Stitching hosts.  This group encourages you to keep within a budget and enjoy what you already have stashed.  We have a very generous $25 a month budget and your unspent balance rolls over, so if you have a larger purchase in mind in a fairly short period of time you'd have the money saved up.

For September I had:

                 Carry over:  $200
    September Budget:  $  25
September Purchases:  $   0
       Balance Forward:  $225

I had no new starts from stash, but I did work on Red House in Winter, Holly and Hearts Sampler, Santa's Magic, Spring in the Air, and Secret Victorian Garden.  I do expect to have a new start for October's report, but I am not sure what.

Last, but not least is the Just Nan SAL.  This one seems to have fallen apart but I will continue to post as I am enjoying pulling out some of the Just Nan's that I have had kitted and stashed for years.  I am currently working on Spring in the Air.  While I didn't get a lot done this month, I did get two of the over-1 pansies completed, so I am happy with my progress.

Stitched on 28-count Antique Ivory with DMC 

And I did have progress on a couple of other projects:

Holly and Hearts Sampler by Lizzie*Kate

Stitched on an unknown Silkweavers fabric with called for fibers

and Secret Victorian Garden by Chatelaine

Stitched on 32-count Summer Sky Jobelan with called for fibers
WHEW!!!  I think that covers everything.  Lots of little things to do around the house to get things to a point where The Hubs won't feel overwhelmed while he's the one trying to keep it all together.


Suz said...

Your cross stitch pieces are just lovely. And OMG - the center of that mandala is just to die for!

Glad to hear your health problems were not as severe as anticipated and that you can hope for some relief. I've been there and done that, so I utterly sympathize with you.

Best wishes for an easy recovery!

Linda said...

Good luck with your surgery Susan. Lovely stitching.


Leonore Winterer said...

Looks like your back with your stitching mojo! Such nice progress on your projects!

I'm glad your health scare wasn't as bad as you thought, and I'm sure you'll feel even better after the surgery, I'm keeping my fingers crossed that everything goes smoothly ^_^

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

Sorry to hear about your health problems. Hopefully it will be a nice easy surgery and then some lovely relaxing recuperation weeks with plenty of stitching.

Nice progress on this month's SALs, love the Chatelaine design.

MarchAnn said...

Everything looks great Susan. I have to get back to mine that is for sure.

Dani - tkdchick said...

I hope your surgery goes smoothly and does what its supposed to!

Take care of yourself.

As usual beautiful stitching!

Thoeria said...

Lovely stitching :) Your Chatelaine piece is magnificent!

Brigitte said...

Such lovely projects that you have on the go. And you made some nice progress on them.

I hope everything went well with your surgery and you are on the mend.