I know it's been a while...actually it's been a lot of whiles. April was not a terrific month for us, and I have gotten almost NO stitching done.
In the beginning of April DH was in the hospital...fortunately he is totally alright now (except for a tooth ache he developed this past weekend), but spending time in the ER is not condusive to stitching on a complicated piece as "Antique Sampler" is.
After he was pronounced healthy, we had a bit of travelling to do (again, not easy to stitch on that piece while flying.)
And then the major zonker...last week we found out that one of our closest friends, and DH's former business partner, passed away very suddenly from a massive heart attack. Apparently it was exactly how he wanted to go -- fast and with little or no suffering, but the rest of us had to deal with the shock of it all.
Of course we attended the funeral and then drove out to our Indiana home so DH can help the widow deal with finances and whatever papers need to be put in order. It will be a very short visit here as we have other obligations to deal with next weekend.
What I DID find time to do was to work on an afghan for one of my GD's American Girl Dolls. I have crocheted 11 of the 30 squares needed...of course they are not yet joined together. The colors did not come out right...what looks like blue is actually purple. What I like about doint the squares is that they don't really take much concentration and I can do them while watching TV, or talking to someone or whatever.
Well, since I only wanted to check in with you guys and let you know that all was well with us, I'll close by saying I hope May will bring me more actual stitching time, and as a result, more pics of the "Antique Sampler."
Just a quick update...I've been traveling and a bit under the weather (fighting with my bronchial tubes) lately, and there has not been a lot of stitching. I've fallen a bit behind on my Antique Sampler and the next part is due out on Saturday. I don't think I'll have too much trouble catching up if I just make up my mind to sit my butt down and stitch! Here is the blue floweres (above) and the finished basket of fruit (below).
And the whole piece so far.
I do have another announcement to make. While we were visiting my ds and his family, (And the American Girl Doll Cafe for Dinner in Washington, DC) I taught my 8 year old granddaughter how to crochet. We started with the chain stitch (with orders that I am to teach her single and double crochet when I see her next time) and I think I maght have created a small monster.
Here she is crocheting away at her brother's boy scout meeting. She doesn't stop! She asked me to sew her 3 yard + chain into a Kipah (skull cap) for her Dad. Here it is below.
Before we left, she had at least two other chains at least as long. I had better brush up on MY crochet stitches.
Part 3 of the Antique Sampler was released to day, and I have already downloaded and printed it. Next step is to pull the threads from my stash that haven't been used in the piece already. Hopefully I have all the colors I will need, or it's a quick run to the LNS.
In the meantime I finished the latest Seaman's scarf in a luscious Burgundy. Only needs to have the ends woven in to be completed. I also sort of figured out that granny square problem and I am on my way to crocheting an afghan for an American Girl Doll's bed.
Last weekend we were in Virginia for a grandchild's birthday party. My DS found out that I had never visited Mount Vernon, and decided that a Mother-Son bonding day was in order.
Here is a view of the front of the house. The Potomac River is behind me.
The view of the river from the front of the house.
You are not allowed to take photos inside the house, but this is a photo of a photo of the main dining room. The doscent mentioned that it is due for renovation/repainting/cleaning the oil paintings in the room.
Of course one does not visit such a famous home without purchasing some sort of memento. My son bought me a China thimble in the shape of the cupola at the top of the house, and I bought this:
It is a kit to reproduce one of the pillows Martha Stitched to decorate her home. It comes with Aida cloth which I just may switch out for linen, and these threads. Aren't the colors luscious? Should be a busy time ahead for my needle.
Here are parts 1 and 2 of "Antique Sampler". The next part won't be available until next Thursday, March 1. This is the first time I have started a SAL without having most of the charts in my hot little hands.
Since we'll be on the road this weekend for one of our granddaughters' 8th Birthday, I guess I will switch back to knitting the scarf I was working on at the hospital.
I'm also relearing how to crochet granny squares so I can make a blanket for some of the other GD's American Girl Dolls. I'll let you know how that turns out in a week or so. I know that I know ow to do them...I've done them before, but for some reason it is taking me a bit to get back into the rhythm of the crochet. I don't know why I am having the trouble, but I'm sure I will work it out soon.