I was so excited this morning, all the housework was done and dinner was slow cooking in the oven, so I had the entire day for stitching! Pulled my chair up to the stitching frame and worked on The Sampler Life's SAL block from January. I almost finished it, but I didn't want to take too much time away from my focus piece so put it away.
I expect I will finish it during next Sunday's stitching session and start on this month's block. I settled in with Just Nan's Christmas Soldiers for an afternoon of uninterrupted stitching. I finished one band (not the entire band but all that is stitchable with the side bars I have on my frame) and moved on to the next one when I realized I had used the wrong motif to start my count from. There was no way to make it work, so frogged several hours of work.
The threads are from the leaves I had to pull out. I'll be pulling the last bit out as I need the thread to redo each leaf. I know that statement will horrify some purists out there, but as long as the thread hasn't become all fuzzy or split, I reuse frogged thread. I also lick thread ends, pull short pieces out of my ORT jar for just one or two stitches, have food and drink near my piece and use the same scissors for thread and metallics! I hope to get one or two of the leaves done before it's time to head to bed.
Two pieces that I didn't have any trouble with this week were Shakespearean Fantasy and Its About Time. I have found my comfort zone with these pieces and enjoy stitching them, although for different reasons. Shakespearean Fantasy is no stress stitching as it's just row after row of black. I put on a binge watch show on television or put on an audiobook and just go.
Its About Time gives me instant gratification with little bits of a picture every time I stitch - almost like a jigsaw puzzle.
I can do 300 to 400 stitches an evening on each of these, so a column plus a little bit a month. I will win no speed records but I am happy with any progress. Once I finish all my obligation pieces this year, these will be incorporated into my regular rotation.
Last but definitely not least. Tomorrow is the official check-in day. You haven't heard of TUSAL? It's hosted by Daffycat and is just a fun thing to do. All you have to do to participate is stitch, save those little bits you cut off or are too short to use, and post a picture on the new moon each month. So simple and if you're interested in participating, click on the little badge and it should take you to the information page. My photo for this month:
Not the best photo, but you can see all the snippets. My ORT container is a repurposed Yankee Candle medium jar candle jar, but some participants have some beautiful containers. I enjoy reading all the posts just to see all the different containers.
We have snow in the forecast again this week, but I don't think it will be anything like two weeks ago. I will probably bring my computer home with me, just in case. I have an extra long weekend this coming weekend and will be changing up my stitching a little bit. I promised The Hubs that I would finish Secret Victorian Garden this year, so will pull that back out and spend as much time as possible with it. I will probably get a bit of work in on other pieces too, but my focus will be the Garden.