I am happy to say I can call myself fully recovered and once again stitching like a crazy fiend! I haven't worked back into my rotation yet, choosing instead to work on whatever I feel like at the moment. My main focus has been the patriotic pieces and I have made some real progress since my last post.
I am still loving Summer at Hollyberry Farm. I managed to get all the alphabets in last week! My SAL pal isn't happy with the pale blue and plans to change it to something else but I like it and think I will leave it as it is.
After getting to this point, I got the Blackbird SAL back out. I decided the color I had chosen for the border was too bright so I ripped it out and picked another color. I am much happier with the border now. It's not what they called for but is much closer and not nearly as garish as the Mustard Seed I had used before. It is now Apple Cider, a nice golden-brown.
But I am not crazy about the piece in general. Not sure exactly what the issue is. The color of the large alphabet seems to be out of character with the rest of the piece. All the rest is bold and bright while this is dull and really adds nothing. I looked at the picture of the original posted to the site and the linen seems much darker then what is called for. So, do I change the color of the one alphabet?? Do I start it again on a darker linen?? Do I just chuck it and move on to something else?? Since I'm not getting any younger and see no point in putting time into something just to get it done, I am going to set it aside. I may revisit it later but I may also just abandon it forever. Lucky it's too hot to have a fire going or this might have wound up in the fireplace!!
So, I picked One Nation back up and put another stripe on it. I am trying to put in a stripe a week to get it done as quickly as possible. This will become more of a challenge once we get past the star field because the stripes will become twice as long!!
I am also fighting really hard against a case of starteritis! I have several patriotic pieces kitted and ready to go and I kitted another couple of Tempting Tangles pieces last night. Then this morning, I put together a Scottish piece I borrowed from a friend a while back that I really need to get stitched so I can give her the chart back. (Any excuse to start a new piece!!) So far I have resisted but I don't know how long I can hold out!!
I also wanted to thank all of you who take the time to read my blog and/or leave a comment. I don't always get a chance to reply, it depends on how crazy life is at the time, but I read every one. In turn, I hope you enjoy your visit here and are inspired or just plain mystified by the madness I have been up to with my needle!!
Hope you're enjoying your stitching as much as I am, Laura