March 06, 2013

What to Stitch and Eat During Snowquester

Hi, all! I'm enjoying a much-needed day off work, thanks to Snowquester, which is what they're calling winter storm Saturn (oh, for heaven's sake) in the DC area. (Just like a real snowstorm, only 20% less...?) We were supposed to get a foot or thereabouts, depending on what side of DC you live/work, so that scared the government, schools and most employers into calling everything off. We've gotten probably 5 inches or so of very wet, heavy stuff. I've been alternately stitching, clearing the driveway and eating all day. What fun I've had! I mentioned to a friend that I'd felt a little embarassed to post, since I can't seem to stick to anything these days--I'm working on perhaps a dozen things at once, all while watching the new things pour into the shop and planning more new projects. She encouraged me to post some of them anyway, so here we go: Catharine McNeal. The stitching goes on and on and on--over one. I should stop stitching everything else, of course, but the over-one is intense and I'm bored with it. And I don't like that I have two dyelots in the big tree on the right. I will probably leave it like that (it's supposed to be a repro, right?), but I've been on the fence about whether to frog the lighter (old) NPI and restitch it so that both sides of the tree match. Normally I don't believe in frogging unless it throws the math off everywhere else in the sampler or just bugs me too much, so we'll see. Note the woman's green faces--it's charted that way. Also note that I've put the year (2013) in already, which means I do plan to finish sometime this year.
And here she is, of course. I do love this sampler--I'm just having a tough time with distractions.
Distraction one: isn't it pretty? This is the first letter in a very large alphabet. I'm excited by it--even on 40 count it will turn out about 31" by 31" so it will solve the problem of looking like a speck on my oversized walls. Not a quick stitch, though.
Here's the chart: "Tendresse," by Anagram Diffusion. Sadly, hard to find AD charts these days (this was an ebay find). Don't know if they're out of business or just don't sell in the U.S. The fabric was cannibalized from a GigiR Designs that I will have to restart, because the color of the fabric (PTP in sand) was too assertive for the other sampler. It's perfect for this though. I did a conversion from the Anchor threads recommended (3 colors) to NPI.
Here's a quicker stitch: I'm making progress on "Blessings be Thine" by Blackbird Designs. Love this stitch.
Here's the chart--out of print, but loaned to me by a friend (thanks, Carol!)
Here's one of several new starts: Margaret Kramer by Handwork. I think of this as an oldie because it's out of print, but the copyright on it is 2001, so it really hasn't been around that long. I did a conversion from the recommended DMC to AVAS, and I'm stitching it on a stark white 40 count linen. The chart called for 32 count hand-dyed (sandpiper) linen.
Here's the chart--also very fun to do.
I'm making slow but steady progress on Christinia Cathcart--such bright colors. In fact, everything I've been working on is bright and cheerful--a nice antidote to this gray winter weather.
Here's Christinia's chart. I am stitching her on 32 count fabric (something overdyed), using the called-for AVAS. Fortunately the thickness of AVAS is such that the coverage is adequate even using one over two on 32 count!
Having a big storm forecast means shopping for fun foods. I can't recommend these highly enough--they're Sumo mandarins from California, and they're super sweet, juicy without being messy and seedless. They're also hideously expensive at about $2.50 apiece. Yes, they're that special; and they were passing out samples at Wegmans, so I got just two of them a couple of weeks ago. When I went shopping to stock up before the storm on Monday night, apparently a lot of people had decided that the price was too high, so the store was getting rid of boxes of them and had slashed the price so that they cost about the same as a regular navel orange. Try them if you can find them; you won't regret it.
We love odd flavored snacks here also: these taste amazingly of bloody mary--celery, horseradish, tomato, vodka, even though there's no vodka in them.
Kitten-Kitten is hanging out with Elizabeth, who just had had a sink bath of her sticky bottom.
She is completely unfazed that he puts his arm around her; instead of running so he can chase her, she just gives him the eye.
Happy week ahead--what's left of it.


MarchAnn said...

Wow Glenna everything that you posted looks great as always. I love your samplers.
Enjoy your snow and please keep your cold weather away from Florida.

Cari said...

I love, love, love all of your stitching projects. Each one is something else. You have an eye for such fun designs !! Kitten-kitten is such a sweet one. So much fun with all the animals in the house isn't it?? Have a great week !!

marly said...

Wow. Forty count and it's still 31 inches? Yikes. Enjoyed seeing what's on deck at Glenna's. Beauteousness.

Natalia said...

So many fun projects, Glenna !!! I love them all, but specially Cristinia Cathcart, oh my gosh !!! Do you mind telling me who the designer is??

Jan said...

No Stitch Night for us tonight! I actually went into work this morning. The Beltway was fine.
Is Kitten-Kitten helping Elizabeth dry off by licking her?

Michelle-ozark crafter said...

Lovely stitching and I love elizabeth and Kitten-Kitten! Funny!

Margaret said...

I love all of your projects!!! Your Catharine is soooooo gorgeous! lol about the green faced lady! And why is it that you always manage to pick something that I want to stitch someday? Margaret Kramer is one of those one day charts that I love. Sigh. Hope the snow is good to you all. And us too!

Laurie in Iowa said...

You're always working on wonderful projects Glenna. I'm glad you made the most of your snow day.

Giovanna said...

The charts that used to be distributed as kits by Anagram are now being sold as downloadable pdfs by the designers at (the kitting rights expired several years ago) - you'll find lots of the old stuff there, and when I bought a few designs once it worked beautifully (no affiliation other than as a buyer).

Your WIPs are all wonderful - so what if you're working on a dozen at a time :-)

Melissa said...

What a great excuse to stay in and stitch. Love seeing all the stitchy projects - so tempting!

KK is such a sweet looking kitty!

Rabbits' Guy said...

Cats are SO weird ... Elizabeth, on the other hand, is a real looker!

Theresa said...

LOVE all your WIPs!!!!!! You really have great taste on picking samplers!!!!!

Krista said...

What a fun post! Love all your projects. The sampler is gorgeous with the over one work, and love the Christinia Cathcart!!! Great to know the AVAS covers so well. Maybe I will splurge for the silks then for mine. Kitty and bunny are so sweet :)

llknbillburg said...

You and I have the same taste in samplers. I have most of what you stitch too! I don't know how you work in that shop and still have any money left!!! Laura

Beth Pearce said...

Such wonderful stitching projects - can't decide which one I like the best. we lived just outside of DC many years ago, but I do remember the panic over the word snow - LOL!

We are going to be visiting there in September - could you tell me where your LNS is? I am going to try to make DH stop there either coming or going!

Chocolates4Breakfast (TerriBoog) said...

What beautiful projects you have going - they're all glorious!

Crafty Green Poet said...

I love those photos of Kitten Kitten and Elizabeth