Oodles of fun today

I have loads to talk about today! Let’s start with some meme fun I stole from Suz:

1. Go into your archive.
2. Find your 23rd post (or closest to).
3. Find the fifth sentence (or closest to).

I made a few phone calls and found one for $70, shots and neutering included.

This posting was about getting my two beautiful kitties, Spike & Turkey. Aw.

Nice segway here – lets start by celebrating the kitties, who caught a mouse last night! YAY!!! For those unaware, we have a big mouse infestation, hence the reasoning behind getting kitties. This morning, at the ungodly hour of 6 am, we came downstairs to see Spike playing with a dead mouse. Yee haw! One down! Poor guy, we didn’t let him eat it after all his hard work, but he hasn’t had any of his shots yet and we wouldn’t want anything untoward to happen to him. So, some other stray or owl will find mousie later.

I mentioned the ungodly hour. Let me explain why we are up before dawn. Scott’s employer is expanding to include MAC support. Having a MAC in the house (mine), he had some interest in learning. And I had interest in him learning, since support for a MAC is extremely expensive and hard to come by. Anyhoo, his boss came by yesterday morning and volun-told him he is doing said support! Yay!!!!! One step closer to Senior. Which is one step closer to PAY RAISE! So, we are excited. Anyway, back to 6 am. Said support requires training, which starts at 7 am for the next 2-1/2 weeks. Which means, the entire family is up to drive Daddy to work. This morning, Kimber insisted we couldn’t drive him to work since the sun wasn’t up yet. Yes, dear, I feel the same way. Good thing is he is done at 3:30 every day as well.


On to stitching – yesterday was Wednesday, so I should have posted the SBQ. But I didn’t. So I am posting it today. Today’s Stitching Blogger’s Question is:

What is the most challenging specialty stitch you have ever stitched?

That would have to be french knots. I have no idea how to do one correctly. I always loose the thread underneath. I have learned that I will never learn a french knot, and to simply substitute a petit bead. Period.

I am making progress with my wishlist. I know, I know, I have been working on this thing for a while. It is huge. No one can complain they don’t have any idea what to get for me. I am finished M, finally. I was discussing said list with Scott this morning, and mentioning I will add some other stuff other than stitching supplies, since not everyone would want to buy stitching stuff. Scott jokingly remarked, “Who are these people? And you are friends with them why?” lol – indeed! It is a wish list, after all.

I am making some good progress on my autumn exchange. I should be finished the stitching today, but I have no idea how to finish the project. I had an idea, but it really doesn’t suit Autumn. I will be thinking on it for the rest of the week and try to figure something out.

Which brings me to my rotation. I think I have finally come up with something that will work for me. Here goes:

Monday – Gifts by the Sea. Although I won’t finish this month, I am not far off.
Tuesday – ornaments and exchanges. That includes finishings.
Wednesday – Lily Maiden. I have been invited to join a stitching group on Wednesdays (yay!), so since I only seem to stitch this one with other stitchers present, this is a good one to put here.
Thursday is my day. I get to watch CSI and stitch on my project, Always.
Friday – Sister’s tribute. Since switching fabric, it is going quickly. I should finish this one by January, stitching once per week.
Saturday – Knitting day
Sunday – Christmas. This includes card motifs and stockings (eventually)

I am pretty sure this rotation will work for me. I am also allowing myself to pick up stuff that screams at me too loudly!

I have a question about round robins, for those who have participated. I am currently in a rr, that I am actually moderating. We have one member that due to personal issues, is extremely behind on the projects. Attempts to contact this person has failed, and we can’t bypass her at this point, since we have done all we can in that manner. What should we do? I am really looking forward to seeing this done, but how do we proceed? I also got an email from another member telling me she didn’t like the stitching she was assigned – the pattern did not suit the fabric, and the colours are off. She is talking about ripping it all out and starting over. That piece is the first member’s piece – the one not answering any emails or contacts. What to do? Does one normally stitch as given then move on, or do they have the option of changing things?

I have only participated in 2 round robins. One went beautifully – my piece should be home soon, and everyone stitched very quickly and stuck to the dates. This second one is a nightmare. It has certainly put me off round robins for a while, since there is no way of actually knowing if participants are trustworthy enough to at least pass things on if they can’t handle it. *end rant*

I think that is all for today. My cup is empty – time for a refill!


3 thoughts on “Oodles of fun today

  1. Jenna

    I’ve never been in an RR and now you know why. 🙂 Besides, I do enough obligation stitching as it is. Keep us up to date on how your rotation ends up working out for you. Mine has failed miserably this summer, so I’m hoping to start anew next year. Yes, I’m already looking into next year… 😉

    Oh yeah, and congrats to the kitties on their first kill! May it be the first of many to help rid your household of the pests.

  2. Isabelle

    Oh dear oh dear. This RR is really not a lucky one! How about sending her a registered letter with a delivery confirmation, demanding that she sends the fabric on, no matter whether she’s stitched on it or not?

    Congratulations to Spike on his catch!

    And, congrats to you on setting up a rotation. :o)

  3. Dawn

    I am glad to know that I am not the only person who can’t stitch a French Knot 🙂 I like the idea of using a petite bead instead.


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