Two new starts, and some pictures from Philly
Here is what it will look like finished. The other thing, besides the silks, I'm really enjoying on this piece is that it is all one color, so I can just sit and stitch and not worry about changing threads all the time, very relaxing.
My second new start is the new Lizzie Kate Double Flips series. This one I'm doing with the Weeks Dye works and Sampler threads on 32 ct. Lambswool linen. You've all probably seen what it will look like done, as so many bloggers seem to be working on this lately, but in case you haven't here it is. This is such an unusual piece for me, not my normal style at all. However, I fell in love with the colors and the wonderful words, they really do convey some great ideas to live by. I'm not to thrilled with the fabric though, it seems quite stiff and even scratchy. I've been told that the manufacturer uses quite a bit of sizing to ensure consistent size and count in measuring and that it should get softer as I work on it more. Or, I could try washing it to remove some of the sizing. I may try to do that, being careful not to get the very top wet where my stitching is as I won't want it to run, which overdyes are prone to do.
Have any of you worked with the lambswool before? What did you do? Do you think that it does really soften up as the piece progresses? This piece I'm doing as a SAL with my DSIL. We tend to stitch at about the same pace, so it will be fun to have the company. With so many people starting it much earlier in the year, I think most other stitchers will be done long before we are.
My DD is still with the circus and having so much fun traveling around and seeing so much of the country. Her latest stop was in Philadelphia. I don't know how we'd keep in touch without our cell phones, as her hours are quite different from mine so actually talking is difficult. However, we send each other text messages all the time, and I get great pictures from the places she's at. We love the fact she can take a picture on her cell phone and send it to my phone, I can see what she's seeing at that time. It sure helps in feeling like we are staying connected even though she's so far away most times and I rarely actually see her.Then I can forward her pictures from my cell phone to my email and can share them with family and friends and such. So many times new technology drives me crazy trying to learn it, but in this case I think it's wonderful.
She really tries to take advantage of the opportunities to sight see and explore the various places she's in, travel is after all why she joined the circus. While in Philly she made a point of seeing a number of places, including the Liberty Bell (you can even see the crack)
A museum with a Star Wars theme going on, I love the Darth Vader they painted on the steps (all pictures are clickable, but if you click this one you can see Darth Vader even clearer)
She even tracked down the steps that they used in the movie Rocky and made a point to run up them.
She's a big movie buff, in her travels she also made a point of going to see the Brooklyn Bridge, with the main reason being she'd seen it destroyed in so many movies she wanted to see it in real life.
Midnight continues to hold her own, moving around a little more, and with a little more interest in things. However, not much interest in eating. She'll munch a little kibble now and then, but mostly only interested in baby food. She loves the turkey flavor. Sure feels funny to be back in the store buying baby food, when my baby is now almost 25.