Friday, February 6, 2009

Lo How a Rose - Week 3: Can I Count?

Here we are after my third week of stitching with the Lo How a Rose SAL, and I still can't count! I had to unstitch and restitch two separate areas, and then I decided to just leave one boo boo in because I'd gone to far to make going back worthwhile (to me, anyway). Even though counting seems to be a challenge, I'm loving the colors.
As I was thinking of Brightneedle and counting, I remembered the difficulties I had with this piece called Sunshine and Shadow ...

I got cocky while stitching this one and decided to work from two different corners (you can see where this is going, can't you?). Because I had made too many of the little checkerboard-type border squares, I found that the two parts I was stitching were gonna miss each other by about ten threads. Bummer. So reverse stitching became the task of several days, because about a third of those cute little over-one motifs had to be removed. Can you say "frustration"? I knew you could. Frustration wasn't the only f-word used during that time. Deep breaths help sometimes, as does vodka. Cocktail, anyone?

Meanwhile, back in the Garden, life is good. I've decided to stitch tonight and have a little show and tell tomorrow. I had the day off on Tuesday after a little torture session (painkiller required) with the nose doc, so I got to stitch for a few hours (my reward). It felt like playing hooky, and I love that feeling.

I'm gonna refrain from commenting on the lady with 14 kids, counting the eight new babies. Everything I have to say, including my many questions, would sound hideously judgmental. And as my mom told me when I was a bitchy, know-it-all 14-year-old, "It's not necessary that everyone knows what you think." I think of that advice before opening my mouth during a potentially controversial discussion, and I'm certain that it's saved me from tasting my toes on more than one occasion. Isn't my mom smart?

Happy Friday!

8 comments:

Lisa said...

Don't you hate frogging? That's going to look great when you're done!

Robin said...

LOL...I love your comment about what your mom told you at age 14!!!! I'll have to remember that; I have a 17 yr old that I might need to tell that to one day!
Love the ROSE but I'm so sorry the frog visited you. Hopefully he's hopped away to someone else by now! keep up the beautiful stitching!!!
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karenv said...

I love how your Lo is looking, such gorgeous colours! Hope you don't have to rip any more, it's certainly a pain with over one.

Siobhan said...

Oy, every so often I get one of those samplers that requires frogging on every motif or letter, no matter how many times I count. It's worth the effort but a PITA as I go along!! Hope Lo gets better for you. I'm looking forward to seeing your work in the Garden!

Katrina said...

I hate frogging! Love LHAR, it's so pretty. One of these days I will get around to stitching it :-).

Brigitte said...

Lo looks gorgeous, you chose very beautiful colours. And who will ever know about the unfrogged boo boo, besides you? So why not just leave it as it is if it doesn't disturb the harmony of the picture.
The Brightneedle piece is a beauty!

Dianne said...

Thank you for visiting my blog! I am enjoying seeing your projects; you have some beautiful things going right now!

Coni said...

Oh, come on...comment away about the lady in CA. It will save me from having to do it, and I guarantee that your feet are much smaller and tastier than mine! Hee Hee! LOVE your progress. On everything!