Friday, January 14, 2011


I'm tired this week. I haven't done much stitching, but I did make a few more hexagons. Last night after making 2 complete hexagons I started making just the centers. I have 5 centers done. When I was working on my scarf at the beach I used this technique. It actually made things go faster since I did all my centers, then all my next rounds and then all my last rounds.

Friday, January 7, 2011

I "re-found" a WIP

My cross stitch seems to churn around. First it's on top; the next day it can't be found. Two months later it's back on top again. I don't understand it; I just accept it for what it is.

That is the story behind my 12 Days of Christmas from the issues of 2005 British Cross Stitcher magazine. These are particularly goofy for they are by Margaret Sherry. The 7 Swans a swimming has a swan wearing a 3-D flowered swim cap with an inner tube around her neck. The Lords a Leaping is a frog; the Maids a milking is a cow with an apron carrying a tray with a glass of milk on it. You get the idea.

I need to start these! I should start one this weekend and make it part of my 15 in 15 project. HA.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

A couple of new starts

I started Midnight Watch (a Halloween design) by Blackbird Designs on Tuesday and Busy Bee by Shepherd's Bush yesterday. I really want to keep on stitching on either of these so I may modify my "fifteen starts in fifteen days" so that I keep my sanity!! ;)

Besides that, I pulled out about 7 SB things to work on right-this-very-minute. Most of it is small stuff or stuff I'd started once upon a time.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Books finished in 2010

Books finished in 2010
*Lipstick in Afghanistan by Roberta Gately 12/31/10 really good
*How to Knit a Love Story by Rachael Herron 12/28/10 enjoyed a lot
*Exposed by Alex Kava 12/27/10 must keep reading series!
*Waiting for Snow in Havana by Carlos Eire 12/22/10 interesting bio
*A Necessary Evil by Alex Kava 12/20/10
*Psych Book: Mind Over Magic by William Rabkin 12/10/10
*Black Friday by Alex Kava 11/25/10
*Monk Goes to Germany
*Sea Escape by Lynne Griffin 10/3/10
*All the Queen's Players by Jane Feather 9/28/10
*A Tisket, A Tasket, A Fancy Stolen Casket by Fran Rizer 9/18/10
*Knockout by Catherine Coulter 9/2/10
*Hollywood Savage by Kristin McCloy 8/14/10
*Kitchen Help by Kathleen Grissom 7/29/10
*Blue Nude by Elizabeth Rosner 7/21/10
*Crashers by Dana Haynes 7/13/10 WOW!!
*29 by Adena Halpern 6/18/10
*The Opposite of Me - Sarah Pekkanen 6/12/10
*Brooklyn - Colm Toibin 6/7/10
*Spartan Gold - Clive Cussler 5/7/10
*Solomon vs. Lord - Paul Devine 4/30/10
*Cleopatra's Daughter - Michele Moran Apr 2010 very good
*The Morning Show Murders - Al Roker Apr 2010 not good
*A Homemade Life - Molly Wizenberg 4/9/10
*Impact by Douglas Preston 3/31/10
*Gator A-Go-Go by Tim Dorsey 3/19/10
*Eternal on the Water by Joseph Monninger 3/5/10 moving
*Under the Dome by Steven King - 2/21/10 good
*Inca Gold by Clive Cussler - Feb 2010
*Plague Ship by Clive Cussler - Feb 2010
*Nanny Returns by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus- Jan 2010
*The Christmas Cookie Club by Ann Pearlman - Jan 2010 recipes
*The Fixer Upper by Mary Kay Andrews - Jan 2010
*The Wrecker by Clive Cussler - Jan 2010

My starts for the first 2 days in January

January 1 - started Johnny Appleseed by Monsterbubbles

January 2 - started crab from Trilogy's Seaology (to make into ornament)

I find that although I like to start plenty of projects, doing them on this type of schedule does NOT appeal to me. I'd rather keep working on these for a few more days then start a new one. We'll see how this goes.

I am continuing to work on hexagons for a "use it up" afghan. I may buy yarn to do the assembly so it all matches. We'll see how that goes. :)

On December 27, 2010, I finished the Bent Creek Reindeer Globe. It looks nice with the cardinal on the antlers (not shown in the photo).