I am feeling a little down today. I had a rough weekend, with what I think may have been food poisoning. I am sore from my workouts Monday and yesterday, and still waiting to hear back from the company I interviewed with on Friday. I think it went well, and I expect to hear from them this week - hopefully with good news. There is something else going on stitching-wise that really has me down, and I am not sure what else to do about the situation. Sigh. So that is what is happening with me.
Romeo's dosage of insulin had to be adjusted again, but he seems to be doing ok with it so far. I am still keeping a close eye on him, but he is feeling well enough to be getting into trouble. So, I guess that's a good sign.
As you can see above, I finished up my second artichoke (minus the specialty stitches and beads) on Mystery 9. I was really enjoying stitching on this. I figured it would be easiest to do all the specialty stitches and beading for the four corners once I had them all stitched. So, two more to go.
After I finished my artichoke, I restarted my Red Thread piece. I really cannot tell you how thankful I am that they replaced my fabric for no charge. And, it does appear that this fabric is the correct count. I counted my stitches as soon as I had stitched an inch, and found that I was getting 16 to the inch. Also, my box tops are now coming in at 2 1/2 inches instead of 2 3/4. You can see the difference between the old and new fabric in the photo. I am pulling out my stitching on the old fabric a little at a time, and I seem to be having no problem reusing the thread. That is also something I am grateful for, because I used up half a skein of my Weeks Cocoa stitching those box tops on the wrong fabric. My friend, Sherri, has already finished her February block and is working on the border. I am so far behind. The past week and a half I have only had thirty to forty minutes at most to stitch in the evenings, so everything is slow going.
During the day though, I was able to finish another block on Tesori between applying for jobs and running errands. This is the Trentino Alto Adige region of Italy, and the motifs here are for the coat of arms for the City of Trento (the eagle), apples from the Val di Non, snowflakes and mountain landscapes. I really enjoyed this block (maybe it was all the snowflakes). So, now I am finished with my blocks for last week, and still have my two blocks for this week to stitch. See - behind here also!
Here's all of Tesori so far, this may be the last full photo I'll show for awhile. I moved the piece from my 17" q-snap over to a scroll frame in order to try to deal with this huge piece of fabric. But, since it will be rolled up, you won't get a complete photo for awhile.
And since it is February (albeit the 6th already), I thought I would post some goals I'd like to complete for this month.
Get caught up on Red Thread SAL
Get caught up on Tesori
Stitch on Mermaids for the SAL with Anna
Stitch Carol's RR
Restart my RR once new fabric received
Complete 250th post prize for Barbara
Finish For You if possible for Valentine's Day
If time, stitch another artichoke on M9
Try to stay sane
A huge list of things to do this month, but really the majority of those really need to be done. I'd also like to fit in some writing time too, if that can be managed. Not sure when I can fit it in though, since I'm barely blogging and don't have time to read blogs at all right now (sorry!!!). Ok, time to excuse myself since I am feeling so down.
Here are some more photos of New York, for your viewing pleasure!
This was a fabulous Italian restaurant we went to. The photo is a little blurry, but I loved the look of the colors and the Christmas tree - so cozy!
We walked through Central Park,
and saw the statue of Hans Christian Anderson
and the statue of Alice in Wonderland.
Central Park was really wonderful to wander through.
We went to Radio City to see the Rockettes in their 75th annual Christmas Spectacular.
Before the show, we sat on the edge of this fountain and had hot dogs from a street vendor. Mmm!
After our show, we stopped at Grand Central to take some photos of the inside. You can't see it in the photos, but the ceiling is painted with constellations - so pretty!
I am grateful for the kindness of friends.