August 06, 2009

Just Passin' Thru

Joe, our bus driver, has a sense of humor. Note that the sign for the bus destination on the right side of the windshield says "Just Passin' Thru." I should talk him into punching in "Stitchin' City."

Homeward bound: some would see this as a traffic jam; I see it as a stitching opportunity. When the bus moves at 60 mph, it jiggles too much to stitch.

Want to see my lunch? A "skinny hammie" from Pot Belly, a diet coke and a tomato from my garden. I had lunch with Sarah.

"Sarah McPhail" arrived on Monday. So fast (just a week) from Canada and so cruel: I had a research paper due on Tuesday night, so I couldn't open anything up until yesterday. Aside from the very speedy service from The Essamplaire is the fact that it is the best set of charts/instructions ever. Good graphs, a huge photo so clear that you can see each individual stitch, and the small super clear photo on the outside of the pack. Good instructions too. It doesn't say on the website, but it's a silk kit (AVAS). I swapped out the linen. It was a very good linen, and it was 40 ct, which I had requested, but I thought that some of the specialty stitches might be more difficult on such a high count, so I'm using a piece of 32 ct Lakeside in buttercream. It's pretty close to the original, although a bit rosier.

There are some specialty stitches here. Sawtooth for the pink border and marking crosses in teal outlined in "four-sided" stitch. The marking crosses are a cross stitch over a cross stitch. Not the same as doubling the floss, because two separate crosses make a bumpy center that pops up nicely when the four-sided stitch is applied. Time consuming, but a nice effect.

I've started the Sail Away SAL. BF has been traveling the last few days, so dinner has been the drive-through or chips and salsa. Extra time to stitch!

"You've done nothing but stitch and work on the computer all week. I feel like an orphan. Poor, poor bunny."
See you in a few days!

17 comments:

Margaret said...

oh you're lucky. When I ordered Sarah, Margriet said she was waiting on more silks. Oh well. Mine will come eventually. Looks like a nice start! I like your SAL progress too. Don't ask about mine -- it's nonexistent. lol!

Cari said...

Oh Glenna, Sarah is so beautiful. I can't wait to see more of your progress. I am going to have to do a stash reduction before I buy another item but Sarah will be at the top of my list. Until then, I will just live vicariously thru your pictures.

My lunch today was 5 Guys french fries - I have no idea what got into me as I had a wonderful salad awaiting me at the office, but I was walking buy the restaurant and just had this sudden urge for them - they are so yummy (and greasy!)

Enjoy your weekend.

samplerlover said...

Wow Glenna, what a beautiful sampler. I am looking forward to seeing your progress on her. A real beauty to add to your collection. - Sandra.

Loraine said...

What a wonderful sampler! Yes, I'm sorry you have to work instead of working on it, very cruel indeed.

Sail away is looking great. Thanks for posting on the blog! Take care, and good luck with your paper.

michelle said...

Hello my friend! Sounds like you are doing good. poor Pink though! LOl!

Melissa said...

Wow, you've jumped into stitching Sarah and she looks great! And the Sail Away SAL! I know I'll end up buying it in the future. It's great that you can stitch (most of the time) on the bus and use that time for something you love to do!

Looking forward to seeing more on Sarah!

bunnygirl said...

Pink looks like he needs a hug! It's probably just a ploy for treats, though.

Brigitte said...

Very nice new stash that you showed in the last couple of posts. Just perfect for drooling over ...
Great new start on Sarah McPhail and Sail Away.

Laura said...

I love this post! Such fun! You are really inspiring me!

d. moll, l.ac. said...

NIce you can carry your friends around with you. PInk does look like he could do with some attention, maybe a blueberry or four.

Tracy said...

The traffic looks familiar...*sigh*

Can't wait to see more of your progress on Sarah.

FrecklesandDeb said...

We love that -- just an extra stitching opportunity! Your projects look beautiful, and as usual, we're awestruck at how well you can do such intricate work.

Caroline said...

Great start on this drool worthy sampler.... beautiful - I can't wait to see more progress!

Rabbits' Guy said...

Pinkie, Pinkie, Pinkie ... smooches from The Bunns!

Myself, I'm more impressed with the lunch!

April Mechelle said...

Sarah looks like a great project !!
Please keep us picture updated. I may have to consider getting this one...Hope you get to stitch this weekend.

Kellie said...

I love both Sarah and Sail Away. I will eventually have to add Sail Away to my stash. I have had my eye on it for a long time. Lunch looks super yummy. :)

Have a good week!

Crafty Green Poet said...

your stitching looks lovely, but poor abandoned bunny!