Wow, I knew it was a while since I last posted an update, but it has been almost two months. I guess life really got in the way of both stitching and posting. I work in retail, so December was really busy and I was working some, not lots, of extra hours. Then, of course, there was the Christmas holidays which featured two very busy days of family and friends. Once things settled down after the holidays, my bosses, husband and wife, went away for two weeks and the first week featured all sorts of ups and downs, including one of the supervisors breaking her upper left arm and doing other damage in her shoulder. So along with extra hours because the bosses were away, there was lots of drama and having to adjust to what was going on at work. Whew!!!

I have been able to get some stitching done despite being tired with everything that has been going on. I Give You My Love (IGYML) by Precious Moments is coming along quite nicely. It has been awhile since I have done a Precious Moments piece so forgot how quickly they can work up because of doing large chunks of the same color. Here is the picture of the finished piece from the magazine that the pattern is in. The Bride and Groom are completely done except for the Groom's hair and the beading. I have decided that since my niece and her fiancee have put off their wedding that I will wait until I have a firm date before doing the Groom's hair. I am changing and have changed the hair colours to colours similar to the hair colours of my niece and her Groom. I have started stitching the flowers in the bottom left of the trellis. I don't have an updated picture of this piece because I wasn't necessarily planning on talking about it in this update.

With the knitting project I had been doing, the double knit mittens that I had started are working up really big, so I have stopped working on them. In fact, I have been considering pulling (frogging applies to knitting, too, right???) out what I have done so far and restarting with a smaller stitch count to get them to fit properly. I will post pictures, eventually, showing what is going on.

So I have talked about Life and Stitching, so now I need to talk about Stash. I have never considered that I have stitching stash. To me, it has always been just having some patterns on hand that I might consider stitching in the future. I have all of the colours, unless I have misplaced some, from the DMC stranded cotton line as well as some extras. In terms of other threads that I have on hand, they are ones that I have used in the past and have left overs of. With fabrics, I tend to only have pieces, including canvas, that I intend to use on the next projects I am going to do. Because my local needleshop (LNS) is two hours away, I tend to plan ahead which projects I am going to do and buy the fabric for them. When I have those done, I then decide which projects are next and buy material for them. That is also my plan for specialty threads that are needed for the designs I am doing, except that I am comfortable just ordering what I need over the phone which I probably have checked out when at my LNS.

Anyway, I am part of several stitching groups on Yahoo and some of the people in them are quite the enablers when it comes to collecting stash. In fact, The Stitch Specialists group (TSS) seems to have "cornered the market" on them. I cannot tell you how many different new designers and online needlework shops (ONS) that they have introduced me to. Because some of these stitchers have such large collections of stash, known as SABLE (Stash Acquistion Beyond Life Expectancy), TSS has set up a subgroup to allow people to rehome designs that they have stitched or no longer want and to allow for RAK (Random Acts of Kindness) gifts. As a result of the TSS RAK group, I have obtained two new patterns.

The first new pattern, L&L's Heavenly Gifts, came from Julie in Quebec. I got this one out of my mailbox late last Monday night and enjoyed opening it very much. The reason is the extras that she included with the pattern. You can see them in this picture.

Julie Extras (Please click this file to open a Word file that has this picture in it. Sorry about this, but it is a result of transferring my blog and not having the picture file saved properly.)

I laughed for quite a few minutes after seeing the polar bear chocolates, which are Laura Secord. I then had a smile on my face for some time after that. The bears are soooooo cute. I look forward to enjoying them when I eat them. Yum!!! She also included a very pretty card that I want to show off.

Julie Card (Please click this file to open a Word file that has this picture in it. Sorry about this, but it is a result of transferring my blog and not having the picture file saved properly.)

In her card, Julie said that she is looking forward to seeing my WIP on Heavenly Gifts one of these days. Unfortunately, "these days" will be a little longer than she is hoping, I think, as I already have projects lined up.

Please note that one of the rules of the TSS RAK group is to ask for/receive patterns that you are planning to stitch sooner, rather than later. I kind of forgot that rule when I asked for this pattern, so I will have to plan to start stitching on it maybe sooner than I originally intended.

I received a second pattern in my mailbox last Monday night. It was nice to find BOTH of these gifts on the same day! Anyway, the second pattern, Joy, came from Deb in Texas. It is a design of a Yellow Rose. Here is the picture of it.

SL Joy (Please click this file to open a Word file that has this picture in it. Sorry about this, but it is a result of transferring my blog and not having the picture file saved properly.)

Deb is one of those enablers I was referring to earlier. I don't think, actually, I know, she did not intend to enable me to buy more stash when she sent this, but she is in a head-to-head race with Mel for the crown for Queen of Enablers. Included in the pattern was a picture listing of other Roses that The Silver Lining has put out. You can see some of them in the picture below.

SL Other Roses (Please click this file to open a Word file that has this picture in it. Sorry about this, but it is a result of transferring my blog and not having the picture file saved properly.)

So, anyway, I just fell instantly in love! I just knew I had to have the ones shown to stitch up. So I have checked out The Silver Lining's (SL) website and have ordered five of them since SL was having a "While They Last" sale. I ordered Charity, Hope, Love, Pride and Grace. They were $3.00 each and, since they are coming from the other side of the continent (I am on the East Coast of Canada, while SL is in California), the postage that I am paying is $15.00 (maybe a little steep, but worth it), the same as the cost of the patterns. They will likely be at my door in a couple of weeks. I have set up an album to put pictures of the ones I bought so you can have a closer look, if you like. Included is a picture of Joy from the SL website.

I mentioned Mel earlier. She is another member of the TSS group and definitely a contender for the crown of Queen of Enablers. Mel has been dealing with some medical issues for a while which have been causing her problems when she is stitching. As a result, she, and her mum, are going through Mel's stash so that she can blog about patterns that she has in order to help her with her hobby of stitching. Mel explains it better on her blog, but, alas, the post seems to have disappeared.

Anyway, one day Mel featured Teresa Wentzler's Stoke of Midnight. Entry is here. This entry and the fact that some others on their blogs have mentioned Noah's Ark, not Teresa's version specifically, reminded me that Teresa has/had a Noah's Ark pattern that I feel in love with years ago. So I decided to look around the net to see if I could find it. I was able to on Ebay. A lady in Chatham, Ontario was selling off this pattern as part of inventory that was left over when she closed a stitching shop. I got it for $7.25 which included postage. It came in Tuesday's mail, but I needed to sign for it, so I didn't pick it up until Thursday. I am very excited to have this pattern as part of my collection. Heavens only know when I will get around to stitching it, though. The picture is below.

TW Noah's Ark (Please click this file to open a Word file that has this picture in it. Sorry about this, but it is a result of transferring my blog and not having the picture file saved properly.)

Well, I think that is my update for now. I seem to be fairly chatty today. If you have made it to the end of this entry, I congratulate you. If you haven't, oh, well. You won't know what you have missed, I guess!

Feel free to leave comments! Thanks again for checking this out.

Spud