Monday, 29 September 2008

Baby Update!

I went and visited the doctor today and he seems very happy with the progress of my pregnancy and the size of the baby. He is so happy, that he is going to leave me for another week. So I go back to see him next Tuesday, provided that the baby doesn't arrive between now and then. Hopefully it doesn't, as he is on holidays this coming Saturday, Sunday and Monday as it's the Labor Day weekend.
Today the weather has cooled off, so I was back to my stitching. I should have a photo of another finish in the next couple of days.

Saturday, 27 September 2008

A little slack perhaps....

I haven't been doing too much stitching this last week. The weather has turned warmer and my hands just will not stop sweating. Sweaty hands and stitching just don't go together!

Instead, I have been washing, ironing and generally getting the house nice and clean for when the baby is born. The baby is due Monday week, but the doctor is considering inducing the baby next week some time depending on the outcome of the ultrasound that I had today.

According to the ultrasound technician, the baby is a little smaller than average for it's age, but otherwise it is healthy and all it's organs are working as they should. She very kindly told us when to look away, so that we didn't accidentally discover the sex of the baby. I still want this to be a surprise and it would have been a shame if we had discovered it at this late stage.

I have packed some stitching in my hospital bag, just in case I get some time to sew. Remembering my last hospital stay, I did have a lot of free time and I was climbing the walls to get home by the last few days. As I am going through the private hospital, the stay is generally for five days and this time round I don't need to attend any sessions on how to change nappies, bathe a baby or how to breastfeed. I also found last time, that I needed some sort of distraction to keep me awake for the last feed of the night. Maybe this is all wishful thinking!!

I will post again on Monday and let you all know what happens with the doctors visit.

Monday, 22 September 2008

Follow My Blog????

As most of you bloggers out there know, a new feature called Following is now available. I have added a link on my sidebar just under my profile. So if you like my blog and enjoy following my stitching progress, please feel free to add yourself to my growing list of followers.

Saturday, 20 September 2008

A Finish At Last!!

I am very pleased to say that I have finally finished Black Willow Farm by Carriage House Samplings. It's taken a long time, but it has been a very satisfying finish. This was the first time I had stitched on 40ct linen and used silk thread and I would definitely use them again. I now just need to get this framed. I am not sure I will have time before the baby is born, but I would like to have it done before the end of the year.

Design: Black Willow Farm
Designer: Carriage House Samplings
Fabric: 40ct Antique White linen
Thread: Thread Gatherer Silk N' Colors

This weekend, I also attempted a pinkeep for the very first time. I used the beautiful squares that Kathy stitched for me way back in round #5 of Fair and Square. I think that I have show off Kathy's stitching quite well. This is another one for my ever growing smalls basket. I found it was pretty easy and as long as I took my time, everything seemed to line up nice and straight. I do have a question though for all those pinkeep experts out there. When you stitch the front and back together, do you find that the linen seems to pull a little around the stitch? I found this happened all the way round, but was completely covered by the trim.

As I am still awaiting fabric and threads to stitch my next projects, I have been stitching up some small designs to use up the small pieces of linen I have laying around. This is the second pinkeep that I attempted. I am finding these quite addictive.

Design: No Frogs Allowed
(From the Gift Of Stitching Magazine, Issue 29 June 2008)
Designer: Helga Mandl
Fabric: 28ct Zweigart Linen - Putty
Thread: DMC
Finish: Pinkeep

Finally, I have one more position left for my PIF giveaway. I would really love to have a third person. So if there is anyone interested in receiving one of my hand stitched items, then please leave a comment on my blog, letting me know.

Tuesday, 16 September 2008

Fair & Square Round #9

The lovely Margit let me know that the squares that I stitched for her in Fair & Square Round #9 had arrived. I am really impressed at how quickly she received them. I only posted them less than a week ago, so it must be that good old German efficiency that got them there so fast. The designs are from Little House Needleworks. The border, lady and rooster were taken from Little House Neighbourhood and the tree from Colonial Homes.

Design: Little House Neighbourhood & Colonial Homes
Designer: Little House Needleworks
Fabric: 32ct Zweigart linen - Ecru
Threads: DMC

Tuesday, 9 September 2008

The plans have been drawn up

I have been stitching quite a bit this week, but as I am really close to finishing one of my pieces, I thought I might just wait until it's completed to show it to everyone. I have also been stitching on my exchange piece, so I can't show that until it is received.

Today, the most beautiful squares arrived from Margit in Germany. We had both agreed that we would stitch some LHN or CCN designs for each other. Margit has chosen a design from LHN called 'Ladybug Ladybug'. I have been admiring this design for some time, so I am very lucky she stitched it for me. I am not sure what I plan to do with these squares yet, but it will have to be something special. Thank you Margit for these beautifully stitched squares.

I had a lovely day in Sydney the previous weekend, even though it was cold and wet. I didn't end up spoiling myself like I planned, but I did spoil my daughter and husband with gifts. I also was able to purchase some gifts ready for Christmas. The only things I did get myself were some pyjamas for the hospital stay when the baby is born and I used up my gift voucher at the bookstore and bought myself 'Cross Stitch Antique Style Samplers' by Jane Greenoff. I thought that this book might come in handy for filling in the gaps on my Me, Myself and I Round Robin.

This weekend I was able to visit 'The Stitching Post', my LNS. I was very pleased, because Karen, the owner of the store was there so we had a nice long chat. I bought myself the Just Nan chart 'When Barbabee Met Bella' and Karen threw in the pre-cut fabric squares. I also purchased two charm packs. The fabrics are such lovely colours and will make excellent backings for pillows and Christmas ornaments.

Finally, I have drawn up some preliminary plans for the Me, Myself and I Round Robin. I have chosen an antique type of design and plan to give the design some perspective by putting the larger homes at the bottom and have them get progressively smaller towards the top. The charts I have chosen for this design are as follows:

  • Pear Orchard Farm - Barrick Samplers
  • Where My Heart Blooms - Blackbird Designs
  • Their Song - Blackbird Designs
  • Hopeful - Carriage House Samplings
  • Fruit of the Spirit - Plum Street Samplers
  • Friendship Sampler - Hillside Samplings
  • Peace - Birds Of A Feather
  • The Good Neighbour - The Drawn Thread
Now all I need to do is draw up the engineer's drawings with all the stitch counts and specifications. I have already chosen to use a plain 32ct linen that I am going to tea dye and have decided for simplicities sake that I will be using DMC threads. They are the easiest to purchase, easy to convert to and easy to wash if absolutely necessary.