I've been resting the foot after the pedal to the metal sewing sessions this past weekend. And I've been spending some time with my needles!
A lovely group of stitcher friends decided that we would start a Quaker Sampler on Fridays. A Quaker Friday Stitch Along. I am no good at Stitch Alongs (SALs). The pressure gets to me....I become defiant...I do not play well with others in SALs. I do not like being "told" what I'm going to work on and when I'm going to work on it. But hey....I can get along with "Hey it's Friday. Let's put a few stitches in a Quaker sampler of your choice." So...I decided to start another sampler.
I know, I know. It's so not like me! AAAACK! I don't like to have too many samplers started at one time. Even though they're all sitting here...kitted up...waiting for some needle time. So in this new year, I'm going to just go with it! As my dear friend, Marsha, said to me...what difference does it make if they're ALL started instead of sitting there waiting, and then we just work on whatever we feel like whenever we feel like it (or something like that. That wasn't verbatim, but that was the gist of the 'convo' we had!).
So...I chose a Quaker sampler to begin...an Ackworth Sampler. And I pulled my own conversion using Hand-Dyed Fiber silks
and last Friday, I picked up my needle and started a Quaker. Now...these motifs may seem like you can just whip them right out. HA! So not true!
I worked on the sampler on Sunday during football...and then again last night. I have one motif done and another one started.
I'm glad there's no deadline on this Quaker Friday SAL. And for those concerned about garish Sarah Brignell...she has been tucked away for a bit. I haven't taken scissors to her or anything.....yet. I'm just going to let her rest..out of sight...for just a bit. ALL of the over one lettering she requires makes me think I may not ever endure the torture long enough to actually complete her. We shall see. Did I say she was my New Year's start? Ahem...I meant New DECADE start...which means I have the entire DECADE to work on her! My kinda deadline! ;o)
In other needlin' news......you may remember I've been using some yummy Debbie Bliss Cashmerino to make my Mossy Mossy scarf...
and here's my progress...
AAAAACK! I lost my place on the pattern!! I tried to unknit to fix it....but who the heck am I kidding! I could unknit many rows and still not know which row is on the needles compared to the pattern!! So....I just yanked it tonight. Right off the needles. I shall start anew. Had I been farther along, I wouldn't have resorted to the needle-yank...I would have traipsed in to the knit shop, tail between my legs, and asked them, with my head hanging low, if they could please help me fix my mess. But instead, I opted for needle-yank...and I'm okay with it. Looks like a pile of red ramen noodles...no?
Note to self...do NOT knit MossyMossy patterned scarf while watching TV or talking to people until you truly know what you are doing. AND remember to mark your spot on the pattern with the little sticky arrows so this doesn't happen again! Okay? Okay...start over now!