November 23, 2010

Up the Stairs, Down the Banister

Yesterday, the first weekday of my vacation, was all about the errand. So it was up to Arlington for bloodwork and a Dr.'s checkup and flu shot, then down to Alexandria for a little stop at In Stitches, then on to Fredericksburg for groceries and further on to Richmond to pick up my car since it inconveniently lost its transmission on the way to work last Tuesday a.m. Thankfully, the manufacturer covered most of the cost of the $3800 repair, even though my car is 8 years old. And I got to drive the nicest loaner in the meantime--not a small thing when you commute 130 miles a day.

I had the best time at In Stitches, and I purchased this. I've wanted to try needlepoint for a while, and they had this little painted canvas hanging up next to all the fibers, kitted up on a ring (so nice, since I don't know doodly about kitting up a needlepoint project and so clever of the ladies to make it so easy to succumb to temptation). Ellen gave me a quick tutorial on needlepoint technique (stitch up the stairs and down the banister) and off I went with my new project (and a half dozen skeins of AVAS for Catherine Metcalf). What a cutie:

I've started in the top right corner. I think I will frog out the brown on the right side and go with the color to the left of the teepee. I was up until nearly 2 a.m. doing this. See the sparkly snow?

And I didn't neglect Catherine Metcalf either.

And a little something I picked up from In Stitches also. I had heard good things about Bohin needles, and they're every bit as nice as I've heard. So silky smooth.


From Thanksgiving two years ago--Elvis having a little chat with a turkey.

See you Thursday for the third annual Rabbits' Thanksgiving.

16 comments:

Crafty Green Poet said...

what a lovely scene in the needlepoint....

and what a lovely photo of Elvis

Hazel said...

Lovely new wip. Looking forward to seeing the finished piece. x

Barbara said...

Very cute new start, Glenna! :D And Elvis with the turkey is just adorable. :D

I also love Bohin needles.

Margaret said...

Oh nice! I used that basketweave technique with that silk gauze piece I did. I'd love to do some needlepoint again someday. We'll see. Another thing to add to the list?

Love Catherine Metcalf! So gorgeous!

Looking forward to the Rabbits' celebration! (Bummer about the car, but nice about the loaner and about not paying for the fix!)

Deborah said...

Nice canvas! Have a great Thanksgiving.

Laurie in Iowa said...

Good for you for succumbing to the temptation of needlepoint. You've made great progress already.

Melissa said...

Ahhh,Glenna, someone has to keep the stitching economy going! I had to laugh to hear you bought something at In Stitches! Lovely! Have fun on your needlepoint adventures and...

Happy Thanksgiving!

Rabbits' Guy said...

I did needlepoint once - talk about blood work.

Rock on Elvis!

Rabbits' Guy said...

Oh yes - transmission, transmission - it is coming back to me. You're the one who once lost the tranny on an 18wheeler way up on the great divide and rode it all the way down to downtown Pagosa Springs and into the feed store.

gracie said...

Nice to read that with all the errands one of them was for stitching..that always helps me with a busy day...looking forward to seeing the needlpoint finish.

Alice said...

You do cover a lot of ground! I like the needlepoint.

Cari said...

ALL of your needlework projects are beautiful !! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

Katrina said...

Gorgeous new WIP, love it!!! Aren't the Bohin needles awesome, they are my favorite.

Michelle said...

Loving the new piece you've succumbed to (especially the sparkly snow). And Catherine is looking lovely as well! So sorry to hear about the car troubles - hope they can get you set to rights soon!

bunnygirl said...

So...what did Elvis have to say to the turkey? Comparing notes on the benefits of vegetarianism, perhaps?

Giovanna said...

Nice new start on a very cute design!