Stitching and Life in the Company of Pets

Thursday, November 27, 2008

A little of this and a little of that

Let's see, where to start. First off I've been tagged by Kim for the six random things so here goes
The rules are as follows:
1. Link to the person who tagged you.
2. Post the rules on your blog.
3. Write six random things about yourself.
4. Tag six people at the end of your post.
5. Let each person know that they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.
6. Let the tagger know your entry is up.

Now the 6 random things about myself:
1. Like Kim I also love it warm, up in the 80's, so I'm not sure why I'm still here in Michigan. One of these days I need to consider moving somewhere warmer like Florida or Arizona.
2. I dislike traveling, but one place that really tempts me to visit sometime is Ireland, the pictures I've seen of it look beautiful, and I love Celtic music.
3. I like frogs and have quite a collection scattered around. I even have a set where it looks like a royal court with all the frogs dressed up like the King, Queen, Jester, etc...
4. I rarely seem to stitch for the season or holiday that we are currently in. I was doing Snow Ho Ho this summer and now it is winter and I'm working on Joyful Summer.
5. When I was little, like most kids at various times, I'd threaten that I was going to run away and join the circus. Now I can actually say my DD did run off and join the circus. While she loves it, timing might have been better if she'd done it before spending four years at college and getting a degree totally in something else, LOL.
6. I love watching old movies, the ones with Doris Day, Rock Hudson, Cary Grant, Audrey Hepburn, Katherine Hepburn, etc.. they are one of my favorite ways to spend an evening. In fact, a Christmas tradition for my DD and me is to watch Barbara Stanwyck in Christmas in Connecticut, what a great movie.

I tag the following:
Lynn
Lizzy
Vonna
Wendy
Noreen
Cathey

Ladies, this one has been around a bit, but I didn't see it recently on your blogs so hopefully I haven't tagged you when you've already been tagged.

Next, Hazel asked how I was making the cat mats. They are so easy. I just make sure the yarn is machine washable and dryable and then chain stitches (since mine are crochet rather than knitted) to reach 20 inches. While I've done some in a single crochet, most are in double crochet. I then just go back and forth until it is 28 inches long. If was knitted, I'd cast on enough stitches to reach 20 inches, and then just keep doing rows to reach the 28 inches. No thinking or pattern to follow, just making a big rectangle. The size 20x28 is what the humane society by me likes, as that size approximates the cage size, so fits nice and snug in the area. However, they'll take them larger or smaller. If you're doing it for a shelter near you, you might want to call and ask if they have a preferred size. The knitted or crochet mats are soft and warm for the cats and kittens, and make the cages look more homey and friendly, and the cats more cared for. The mats look so much more appealing than a towel in the bottom of the cage. They are nice for me too, as it gives me something to work on in the evening when I'm to tired to focus on anything, I enjoy it, and the cost is tax deductible as an added benefit as it is donated to the humane society, it's a win win combination. With that said, I just finished my seventh mat. I love the variegated yarns, they make a nice design and no extra work is required by me.

I also got in a little work on Joy, although not much. Unfortunately the coloring isn't as good on this as my earlier picture in my last entry, it is a little washed out looking. However, while we are lucky enough not to have snow today for traveling, not much sun either so this is scanned in. I'm at about the half way point now. I have some time off for the Thanksgiving holiday, so I'm hoping to make a bit more headway this weekend.

Well I'm off to enjoy a bit of the leftover Thanksgiving meal desserts. To all my U.S readers, hope you're all having a safe and delicious holiday as well.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Framing, finishes, and a WIP

I've got some fun stuff to show off this time. I'll start with the largest and the one I'm most proud of, my Lizzie Kate Doubleflips are back from the framers :)
The wood on the frame is lighter on the outside with it turning darker along the inside edge (that's not shadows). Originally I was going to go with a more cream color frame, but this two toned one, and the slightly distressed look it has, seemed perfect. I love how it turned out and it's already hung in my living room.

My next framed finishes are Jinx and Jasper from Just Nan's Moonrider series, I framed them in the Just Nan Wimzi frames I finished up the pumpkin Jasper was holding this week so could frame him along with Jinx. I hadn't worked with the fusible interfacing before, but I really like how it made these two set up and be just the little bit firmer that they needed to be. I can see this coming in quite handy for other types of projects.

Finally, I finished up one more cat mat This was in some more of the lovely squishible Homespun yarn and again measured 20x28. The coloring isn't what I'd normally be drawn to, but I thought it was so pretty. As usual with my pictures the colors aren't quite right, they are much more jewel toned in real life. These cat mats have made wonderful projects for me to work on in the evenings, and with the weather turning colder, we had snow again this morning, it is a cosy evening project as well.

The WIP I pulled out to work on now, since decided to work on a project that is a little bit bigger than Jinx and Jasper were, is Joyful Summer by Country Cottage Needleworks. It's been a while since I had this one out to work on. Naturally with my timing I now find myself working on a summer piece going into winter. Oh well, I'll just pretend I'm getting an early start on next year. I didn't get a lot done this week, just the little bit of the new start of another flower up at the top. However, now that it is out again and in my stitching corner I think it will move along.

Sunday, November 09, 2008

Couple finishes, almost a finish, and SNOW?

Yup, you saw that last one right, snow. If you're reading this and it is still snowing you may see the little flakes all round my weather lady. Ugh!!! There is something not right about trying to get the leaves cleaned up and having to do the raking in snow. Although it is better than in the rain, but still. It isn't sticking, but is coming down enough when Jaz lays still long enough outside she's getting a light dusting of snow along her back. I want summer back.

Work is still slightly nuts, and so by the time I get home I'm more than a little mentally challenged to do much of anything. In addition, not a lot of time before it is time to go to bed to start all over again. Stitching under those conditions is usually not a good thing, as I'll end up doing more frogging than stitching as I just can't seem to keep my counts lined up. I have gotten most of Jasper done though I just need to add the pumpkin he's holding. While not done quite in time for Halloween, pretty close to. Jasper and Jinx will be a fun set to put out next year.

So, if I haven't been stitching, what have I been doing? Mindless cat mats for the shelter. I'm so glad that Lynn got me started on these. They are perfect for when your brain really is just to tired to think. Each of them measures 20x28 inches, and the two multicolored ones are really soft and squishy. They are done in Homespun, which was a lot of fun to work with once I figured out a larger size crochet hook was needed. The third is a pretty bright blue with a denim blue edging on both ends and sides. Unfortunately, with the snow and overcast there wasn't good light to take these in and so they're quite dull and faded in the picture, not like in real life. This blue one, like the red and blue ones earlier, is in worsted weight, so all five that I've now completed can be thrown in the washer and dryer with no problem. Next weekend I'll be taking the cat mats over to the shelter, as I have five done now, along with some other dog supplies, extra leashes and such, that with just Jazmine I don't need so many now. Some of the items, like the large Kong toys that Sasha loved, Jazmine doesn't play with, so they will go to the shelter to keep another dog happy and occupied.

With work and everything I've gotten behind on blogs again, seems like I'm always playing catch up. So I'm off to see what all you've been up to. My Doubleflips are supposed to be back from the framer this coming Wednesday, so hopefully next weekend I'll have a lovely framing finish to show. My DSIL also got her Doubleflips done, we were doing them as a SAL, and also has hers at the framers. The last time we saw each others progress we each had several words left to do. It will be a lot of fun to see each others finished piece and see the frame we each picked.