Saturday, January 10, 2015

January YOTA

It's YOTA time!! What!? You don't know YOTA? It's a fun, non-stress SAL hosted by Pull the Other Thread. Just focus on stitching, and maybe finishing, some of those WIPs that may be plaguing you and post on the first Saturday of the month, what could be easier? Yes, I know this isn't the first Saturday in January, but check-in was pushed back a week due to the holidays and all the craziness that can be associated with them. We will be back to the regular schedule next month.

I don't have a lot of show this month. I had huge plans to work on Lizzie*Kate's Holly and Hearts Sampler Thursday, Friday and today, but I kept finding other things to do. I tend to do that a lot - get close to a finish and then dawdle around, find other things to do, start something new or just plain ignore it - I am going to push through that and finish this one.  I did almost get the snowflake band done though:

So what did I find to do other than work on this? Cleaned out the linen cupboard, fixed the cat's scratch posts, started a small (no pictures yet) and added another color to Christmas Presence. As I was working through that color, I found that I could not, despite my best intentions, continue to work on the Cashel, the slubs and inconsistency of fiber were not making for a fun stitch and if it isn't fun, why do it?  Fortunately, it hasn't been that long since I put away the Jobelan that I cut the piece for Shakespearean Fantasy from, so out it came and two pieces - one for Christmas Presence and one for Santa and the Mouse were cut off. I did the gridding and restarted CP yesterday afternoon and by 9:00 last night was back to where I had been plus a little bit (again, excuse the ratty ends).

The stitching is much easier and looks so much better (at least to me) - lesson learned.

 Hopefully next month I will have more progress to show.


Justine said...

Once I smell a finish, I can't stop stitching! I can't imagine doing housework rather than stitching. I've signed up for YOTA too this year. I like how low stress it is.

Linda said...

I love the idea of your ratty ends Susan. I am going to try that. Maybe my HAED type pieces will be easier for me to work on.


Deb said...

Very pretty work!

Pull the other thread said...

Such a pretty YOTA piece and great progress. Good luck on pushing on with it. Sorry to hear the linen wasn't working for you but glad that you restarted and are finding joy in it.

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

I have very firm ideas about linen and evenweave! Linen is for samplers and evenweave is for pictorial designs. I le stitching on both fabrics but each has its place in my mind.

Leonore Winterer said...

Don't you dare put that Lizzie Kate away - it's so pretty, and so close to a finish too! Push, push! :D

Also, I applaud your decision to change the fabric now, instead of suffering through such a long project on a fabric you don't enjoy :)