Sunday, September 21, 2014

All Over the Place

Hello, hello!  Yes, I'm finally resurfacing after being missing in action for the last month.  What's up, you might be wondering? And even if you aren't, the post title ought to shed some light - I've been all over the place with work, with stitching, with a new knitting project and with the possibilities of Christmas projects looming.  Wish I could be one of thise amazing people like Martha Stewart who can get by on threee hours of sleep between 2:00 and 5:00am each morning!

So let me begin to make some order out of all this craziness.  Things began to get a little wilder not long after my last post when I found I'd have to go back to Tallahassee for a week of work.  Tallahassee being what it is, I wasn't all that excited about the prospect, especially since it meant leaving Sarah Tuel at home for a week, just when she was starting to feel like her days were numbered.
  
 
I had soldiered my way through the thicket of birds and berries and had resolved to keep a stiff upper lip though another mandatory siege of over one stitching on the second verse...
 
 
But the thought of over one stitching in a dimly lit hotel room just brought me up short.  And thinking even further about lengths of time spent waiting in airports made me all the sudden very hot for - wait for it - of all things, a knitting project!  So while gathering my stuff and packing my bags I  pulled this out of my long deserted knitting basket...
 
 
....the start of a Hey Teach! cardigan long planned but not yet started and just waiting for the right moment to get underway.  Now that I'm back home I'm really wondering what I've gotten myself into, but it's too late and too far along to go back.  Really -  another project?!  It's not like I haven't got enough of those in progress or lined up to start already.  So there you have it, another start with no finish on something else anywhere in sight. All over the place! The only hope is that the likelihood of another trip to exciting Tallahassee or the even more thrilling Florida panhandle is good, so I may have more time to work on further knitting very soon.  
 
But that's not the end of the matter.  Whilst I was poking around looking for knitting needles, what turned itself up but this little lovely.  Don't let its completely finished looking topside fool you.
 
 
Does anyone remember this project?  It's the Armchair Necessaire from Hillside Samplings.  It made it's fame in all the stitching groups and guilds circa 10 years ago, which is when my stitching group at the time mustered enough interest to take it on.  Further inspection showed the needle cushion is completely finished...

 
....the side pockets are both very beautifully attached....
 
 
....and even the fob and needlebook are all fixed up with nowhere to go.
 
 
Now why on earth was this little gem - my finest finishing effort ever - stashed at the bottom of my knitting basket instead of seeing duty with my other stitching paraphernalia?  Oh yeah, because apparently 10 years ago, I just couldn't bring myself to finish the blind hemstitching of the back side. 
 
 
2  nights of work at the most and I'd have it done.  Clearly I need a kick in the butt with this!  So I've decided to offer the chart for this project up as a giveaway as soon as the completed piece is hanging proudly on the arm of my stitching spot.  A little peer pressure to getter done is in order!  Scolding, nagging, coaxing or plain old encouragement is acceptable too, just tell me to finish it up so the giveaway can get underway. Are you up for it?  Leave a comment and tell me to get on with it!
 
Anyway, that's where all my time and attention has been this month.  I'd like to hope for some peace and quiet, but that's probably wishing for too much. 
 
Stay happy and busy!
 

12 comments:

Barb said...

A great job on all the projects! Sarah is going to be beautiful!

Krista said...

Your projects are beautiful. Love Sarah!

Jackie said...

So glad you brought out a knitting project - I've recently done the same as well. I used to live in Tallahassee - it's a whole different experience living there as an adult versus a college student. Safe Travels!

Jenny said...

I am so glad to know that I am not alone with the all over the place projects....I love to knit in the Fall so you guessed it out came a knitting project....to add to my sampler....to add to my basket quilt...LOL...your stitching is just beautiful and Sarah is just lovely! Enjoy all your projects because they all look wonderful :)

Margaret said...

Go go go! You need to finish that armchair piece. It's gorgeous! Love your knitting project too. And Sarah! Sigh. She is soooooo gorgeous!!!

marly said...

What a beautiful project - it needs to be seen!

The Inspired Stitcher said...

Oh Mary, you crack me up. You can do it, you can do it! (said in my best cheerleader voice) Let's see that pretty finished! Oh yeah!

woolwoman said...

well I have been knitting all summer and not stitching much so I can relate to the clicking needles. Your armchair piece from HS is lovely. I won't ask to be in your giveaway as I know I would never stitch it. I am having stitching ADD problems lately and can't seem to settle on anything. Sarah Tuel is gorgeous ! enjoy Mel

susanssnippets said...

Your work is beautiful and begging to be finished up. It is an inspiration to the rest of us to pull out our projects!

needlenurse said...

I'm not entering your contest....I know I don't have the skills to complete something like that. You do need to get on with it though, it's too beautiful to live in the bottom of a drawer!

Brigitte said...

Wow, you have some great projects on the go. And great progress on them.

Nupur said...

Gosh ... Can't believe that you unearthed the needle pocket! That is one project that I had thought about buying long time ago but then talked myself out of it with 'logical thinking' A ND it has 'Haunted' me ever since!
I'd love to win something like that ... Would be fun birthday present ...and once I'm done I too could have a giveaway!
Great finish though and I like the sampler too