As the weather gets nicer, other activities edge into my leisure time: gardening, reading on the patio, barbecues & picnics, bird-watching which is really an excuse for sitting outdoors in a broad-brimmed hat and comfortable clothes and simply vegetating mindlessly in the sunshine ... the Birds of North America paperback, binoculars and camera are mostly for show. I am really more of a bird-watcher wannabe than even a moderately serious amateur.
Even so, I did manage to get the following stitching done during the past week:
BAP: The Autumn Faerie has been progressingly along quite nicely. Section III is finished and I am confident that I can finish the cross-stitching on Section IV and get started on the beading by the end of this upcoming week. [See last post.]
CJC: My current Crazy January Challenge piece is Barrick's Samplar's The Gilded Cage. I am stitching it on 32ct. raw linen in the recommended Needlepoint Silks, Inc. flosses. I am loving this piece. The design is just beautiful and the colors are so rich. The Needlepoint Silk, Inc. floss is a first for me and it is just delicious. Smooth, soft, with nary a tangle or twist. Added to all that, just having this chart is the result of a RAK. I commented on how lovely the WIP of another blogger was ... and said blogger offered me the chart when she was through with it. I could have sworn I saved all the correspondence as is my usual habit. Alas, I did not. I'll have to do some serious research to find the name and properly acknowledge the generous person who shared this chart with me. I know that it was someone on my blog list ... so I'll be devoting some time to reading blog archives till I find my benefactor. The photo on the left shows my one day progress in January. And the photo on the right shows my progress as of Sunday evening.
HOE: I have passed the halfway point on this piece, in fact, I am approximately 2/3rds of the way done with the cross-stitching. So, I am on target for a June 1st mailing date. I wouldn't want to be late for my very first exchange since I joined Hooked on Exchanging.
2010 WIPs & UFOs: I haven't done anything on these items in two months, to the point where I ought to reclassify my Workbasket Quaker Sampler as a UFO rather than a WIP. But I expect to have loads more stitching time in June, July and August since the religious education program will close its class schedule on June 11. Even with all the other warm weather activities competing for my attention, the absence of classes frees up whole chunks of time for stitching.