Sunday, April 8, 2018

An April Weekend

At least that's what the calendar says.  We woke up to snow on the ground this morning, so it is not a normal April so far.  It is supposed to warm up by the end of the week so maybe we will actually have spring before summer hits.

Not a very exciting week here - work was unnervingly quiet normally I like quiet but given the weird, craziness that we've been living through, quiet is scary.  I ran over to King's Dominion on Friday  we only live about 6 miles away so we have season tickets and rode Twisted Timbers their new roller coaster.  It is a wooden coaster with steel tracks.  It was a good ride, lots of air time, but other than looking like a wooden coaster it didn't have the feel of a wooden coaster - it was too quiet.  I'll definitely ride it again, but prefer the two wooden ones.

The rest of the weekend was stitching - or should have been - I did the usual "oh I can do XXXX because I have two whole days for stitching so a few hours won't matter" and frittered away a lot of the weekend.  I had a small start on Just Nan's Pearl Orchid

This is stitched on 28 count Cameo Rose Cashel with DMC.  The fabric, pattern, beads and a length of overdyed silk came in a "Pattern Pack" so I just had to pull the DMC.  I'll hold my opinion on the fabric until I've finished the stitching, but as of right now, I would not have picked it as the light pink thread (DMC 225) is getting lost.

I spent the majority of my stitching time this weekend working on Chatelaine's Japanese Zen Garden.  It went from here:

to here:

Stitched on 32-count Summer Sky Jobelan with DMC conversion
I didn't think I'd had much progress, but looking at the before and after, I'm pretty happy.  I'm still aiming for a finish this year, but I don't think that's terribly realistic.  I have a few other crafting things that I need to do and they'll take one or two weekends each, so that's almost a month of stitching time that I won't have.  This whole working for a living is getting really old.  Why was I born beautiful instead of rich?


Linda said...

Nice progress and start Susan.


Robin in Virginia said...

Susan, I think you are making super progress on Zen. Your Just Nan start is a good one. I hope you have a terrific week.

Jan said...

Zen looks great. Keep plugging along. I have yet to start the Chatelaine I want to work on this year. I know what you are saying about work getting in the way of stitching. I'd get so much more done without that pesky work thing.

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

Zen looks amazing! I'm regarding my Chatelaine as a very long term project.
Nice new Nan start too.

Leonore Winterer said...

I know what you mean about 'normal' being scary...when things are in chaos, at least I know what is going on, but everytime things start to calm down, I'm getting scarred of the next catastrophe that is bound to happen eventually!
I enjoy rollercoasters, but actually prefer the non-wooden ones. That constant rat-tat-tat-tat gives me a headache. Or rather, when I last rode one I already hat a headache and that didn't help at all.
Great progress on your stitching - I know there still is a lot left to do on the Zen garden, but what you have so far is absolutely stunning!