Saturday, January 24, 2015

Weekly Rotation Report

The pieces remaining in my rotation this past week:

Dragon Dreams' The Dragon of the Summer Sky:  Done.  I confess I ignored everything else in the rotation to finish this piece.  The nearer I got to a finish, the more I wanted to concentrate on this project alone.  It often happens, in my stitching, that momentum just takes over and throws all my carefully formulated plans to the four winds.  I attached the last bead to the dragon on Friday morning

Prairie Schooler Year Rounds: January:  Done.  Since this piece was the next one closest to a finish after the dragon, I went ahead and got it stotched on Saturday morning

Cross My Heart's Mint Tea Towel:  Once I finished the dragon and the PS round, I switched my focus to this piece.  I'd like to start February with an entirely new rotation so that means finishing up everything in the current rotation.

Victoria Sampler Mystic Smalls Tuffet:  I am in serious denial when it comes to this piece.  I keep telling myself that it is just a matter of finding the right stitching spot with just the right slant of light and I'll be back to zipping through the blanket stitches in this hardangar project.  But the bald truth is that, until I have a cataract removed, my eyesight is just too poor to manage the closely spaced blanket stitch on 36ct linen.  I don't want to admit this fact because it would mean deferring the tuffet until sometime in Spring, after the Easter break during which I hope to have the surgery to remove the cataract.  Then, of course, there is the recovery period during which no stitching will take place.  I don't want to think about that either.  I'll give this project one more shot during the coming week but if I find myself slicing through untidy stitches and pulling out all the nubby bits of perle cotton once more, it's back into the "later" basket it goes.

As my rotation is shrinking down to just two pieces, the tea towel and the tuffet, I am adding Sean's Name Tree Christmas ornament from M Designs into the mix.  This UFO, my first attempt at over one stitching, was abandoned the over-dyed floss I was using, Needle Necessities' Victorian Christmas, was just variegated enough to trick my eyes and to have me making all sorts of counting mistakes.  That was decades ago and I have since logged many hours with over dyed fibers and with over one stitching,  I think it is time to pull it out and finish it!  I am determined to whittle my list of UFOs and WIPs from previous years to nothing at all.  That will still leave all my class projects to complete.  Technically, they are all UFOs as well but I tend to think of them as an entirely separate category.


Vickie said...

Good for you! You have finishes!

llknbillburg said...

That's funny! I put all of my class pieces in their own category too! Great progress on those WIPs and what a challenge to try to get them all done! I don't know if I will live long enough !! LOL! Laura

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

Congratulations on the Happy Dance for the dragon.

I didn't know you had a cataract, my eyesight is poor but fairly clear. I can certainly manage 40 count and over 1 on 28 and I pray it will stay that way! Hopefully you will find something to keep you occupied after the surgery.

Ann said...

Great finish on the dragon! And don't worry about losing precious stitching time with the cataract surgery--I was stitching the evening after each of my surgeries.

CalamityJr said...

Impressive stitching this week! The dragon is beautiful. As for the tuffet, I think it would be better to accept that perhaps it should wait a little longer than take a chance on clipping the wrong thread. Your sight will be amazingly better soon, and it will wait for you.

Julie said...

A fabulous finish to your dragon.

Linda said...

Congrats on the stunning finish Regina. Nice progress on the others.


Maggee said...

Yay--the dragon is finished! And the PS one! And the tea towel... all good! I had cataracts removed from both eyes, and could see just fine within an hour. Did one eye at a time, so it was funny to try using my glasses, because one eye didn't NEED it! As it is now, I only use glasses to see closeup. Distance only was fixed. but no biggie... I am used to glasses. Hugs!