Stitching and Life in the Company of Pets

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Almost another one

Well I didn't quite finish another word this week, but I'm close. Just the bit of decoration under Believe to do and then on to my next word. It's a little bit crooked, but for a change I think the coloring came out closer to its real fabric shade, so I decided to keep it. Not sure why it has some funny shading in it (especially around Love), it isn't there in real life. I'm still enjoying this, even with doing it in hand, and it's moving along well. I should have it done well before the end of the year, which was my original goal.

Thank you all for your well wishes for D'artagnon, he's coming along well. The leg is healing up nicely, and he should be able to get the stitches out and the blue collar off next weekend. We got the results back and it was benign, so that is one less worry. However, they said it was caused by a skin condition, could come back. I'll have to keep an eye on him there and his other legs, and if it appears again the vet said he may need to go to a Dermatologist. I couldn't believe it when I heard it. Who would have thought a vet would specialize in Dermatology for pets? I sure hope this is the last of it, as that sounds like an awful expensive proposition. Also, if it is a skin condition that comes back, even with a dermatologists help, it could be hard to fight. Even with the collar on though he is happier, as he is finally through with the antibiotics he had to take. As several of you mentioned, giving a cat meds is no fun. My oldest cat Midnight gets meds every morning and night, and she's actually pretty good about it. However, D'artagnon was less than cooperative (although he was getting better toward the end). All in all though, I'd rather give meds to Jaz, a dog is so much easier. I tuck it into a bit of bread, roll, or something similar and she swallows it right down, I swear she'll eat anything. :)

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Half way there

Yup, I'm half way done with the Doubleflips, I just finished up Learn last night. As usual, it's wrinkly since I'm stitching in hand. However I'll try to iron it for its next update. Learn went really quick, for a change the frog didn't visit me once on this word. Feels strange to have reached the half way mark, when completed this will be my largest project in quite a long time.

Not much else going on stitching wise. Between work and home it's been quite busy. Overall my furbabies are doing good. Isis (DD's cat pictured earlier) is well and full of energy. DD's two Gecko's are also doing good. In addition, Bug my black and white cat is quite happy just laying in sunbeams. Please excuse the dirt, this is the back door Jaz and everyone tends to go in and out, and as we'd been having some good rain, the mud that was being tracked in/splattered in was more so than normal.
Jazmine is doing well too. However, she's slowing down again, and is acting quite stiff when she gets up, so we may need to try and have her meds adjusted again. Midnight is doing very well. She's put on weight and is getting around great, she's really bounced back from when she was so sick earlier we didn't think she'd make it. Midnight is 14, Bug is 13, and Jazmine is 11, they don't look to bad for their ages do they.

However, the challenge this week is with D'artagnon. He's had a bump on his leg we've been watching, and lately it started to grow. Given where it is on his shin (do cat's have shins?) we couldn't wait to long to take it off, as there isn't much skin there to work with to allow it to heal up. So..this past week he went in to have it removed. What do you think, is this the face of someone who isn't happy? He's almost 18 pounds, and when he's not happy, he makes sure everyone knows. However, in this case I think he has reason to be grumpy, as the actual area cut and stitched is almost 3 inches long.
He's supposed to take it easy, and will go back in 14 days to have the stitches out. The biopsy on what it was isn't back yet, but my fingers are crossed it was just a cyst and not a cancerous growth that may be a sign of other problems. He's getting medicine twice a day (antibiotics and pain meds) and to say he doesn't like them is a significant understatement. I'll be (and so will he) very happy when this is over and he's all healed up.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Another one's done

I have some progress this week, although it really doesn't look like much. First up is the Doubleflips. I finished up Listen, so now it's onto Learn. I'm doing this in hand, so the sides are a bit wrinkly, however, since I was just going to wrinkle them up again, and I was a bit short on time, I didn't bother to iron it for its update.

I'm still playing with my new camera, and overall love the pictures. However, getting the right lighting to keep the colors true is still a bit of a challenge. The Doubleflips are done on 28 ct Lambswool, which is actually more tan than this, and the Little Boy Blue cashel on the below Joyful Summer is actually a paler blue. The earlier postings are more true in color. No idea why when I put them right next to each other to take the pictures one went lighter in color and the other darker, I'd have thought they would have each gone the same way.

My next one is Joyful Summer, and I got the large flower motif done. This is an easy and fun stitch, but it does have a bit of a challenge in that it has french knots in quite a few places and French knots are not my strong point. So far they've been the birds eyes and the center of the flower, and they don't look to bad I think, so fingers crossed the rest go smoothly.

Saturday, August 02, 2008

And the Winner is....

After listing out the names of everyone that posted they wanted to be included in the draw to be the next in line to get the Traveling Pattern, I then assigned everyone a number. Then I went to the Random Number Generator site and got

Random Integer Generator
Here are your random numbers:

Timestamp: 2008-08-03 02:33:34 UTC

So, congratulations to Jennifer of Sweet Pea Stitches you'll be the next one to join the sisterhood and stitch this wonderful design.

So without further delay, here is my finish Now I just need to do the finishing. This was on 34 ct Legacy Linen in Devonshire Cream. It was a joy to stitch on, the only problem was that the white in some areas doesn't show real clearly. However, it shows a little better in real life, so I left it as was. I think it will come out a little more when I get a mat and frame for it as well. This was such a fun stitch, I hated to see it come to an end.

However, my new start of Joyful Summer by CCN is a delightful stitch as well. I've made a bit more headway on it now as you can see. This is turning into a fast stitch. It looks more time consuming than it really is, as it is kind of a spread out design. In addition, the lovely overdyes it uses, so there are large blocks of color with no real color change needed, makes it move quickly. This one, with all its bright crazy colors just makes me smile to look at it.