, Heather at Stitching Lotus hosts this SAL. No strange rules or special patterns to purchase for this SAL. Just stitch a small and post your finishes on the last Friday of each month. Simple right? The rules are simple, actually finishing something has been the challenge for me, but I finally had a finish in February. You've seen it before but as it took me sooooo long to finish it I am showing it off again.
The more I look at it, the more it looks like it's been sucking lemons or forgot to put its dentures back but something just looks off about the mouth. I think I'll stop looking at it too hard and just move onto the next small.
Not close to a finish, but a little more progress. You can really see where I frogged in this picture. I need to invest in a lint roller to get all those bits of frog fuzz off the piece.
The second SAL I am late for is . Melissa at Measi's Musings hosts this SAL. Not only does this SAL help me focus on finishing up those pesky WIPs, but Melissa provides prompts for us in the event we can't figure out what to blog about. This month's is: What is your favorite stitch other than the standard cross stitch? That is easy. I love doing Rhodes stitch in all its variations. Squares, circles, rectangles, hearts - the more the merrier. This http://www.needlework-tips-and-techniques.com/rhodes-stitch.html will take you to a site that has instructions on square, heart and a few variations on the Rhodes stitch. I like it because it adds a bit of texture to a piece without being too bulky that and I LOVED doing string art pieces when I was a kid and it seems to have stuck.
I had progress on three of the projects on my WIPocalypse list this month.
First It's About Time went from here:
It's only 200 stitches, but it was a hard won 200 stitches.
Shakespearean Fantasy was here at last month's check in. Today, it's here: I had more progress on this one than I thought as there is a column finish and about 400 stitches into a new one.
Santa and the Mouse went from here to here
I finished two columns and got a bit of a start on the next one. I'm still not completely settled in with this one. I am not used to starting in the center and I feel all discombobulated.
And Sentimental Heart looked like this in January and today it looks like this While I like doing Rhodes stitch, those little spiderweb roses are a very close second. I finally, finally, finally, have the wording changes all figured out and drafted. I should get to them this weekend. So all that muttering and swearing you hear on the wind is me.
I am not sure how much stitching I will get done in the foreseeable future like so much stitching has been getting done anyway as my telework schedule was changed from Thursday and Friday to Friday and Monday. Same number of days but not the same amount of time. I can stay up later on Thursday knowing I don't have to get up at 4:00 Friday morning. Unfortunately, I do have to get up at 4:00 on Tuesday morning, so it's an early night on Monday. I think I'm going to lose two or three hours of stitching time while this is going on. I'm very happy to pass along my knowledge but ugh. Oh well, at least they didn't take the telework day away.