Sunday, February 22, 2009

The "O" Word

I know what you're thinking, but you're wrong. It's not "O" for orgasm (although I could go on about that for a length of time), and (as I've already gone on about in recent posts) it's not "O" for odor. It's the "O" in OCD ... obsessive.

I got a wild hair at about 10 o'clock last night and decided to start something quick and cute, Shepherd Bush's 2009 fob. I'd been stitching on ATS, of course, and I wanted just a little bitty break. Here's a pic of my progress and a few of my pretties, so you can see that I'm a small fob (scissor weight, to me) girl. This cute SB fob is gonna be way too big for my usual stuffed-with-rice kind of fob. I'd already planned to try crushed walnut shells for a filler this time, but at the size this is turning out (ok, I figured out how big the design size was, but I was in denial), it's still gonna be heavy. I like some weight to my scissor weights, but this would be a little too much. I've been resisting the obsessive urge to pull out all the stitching and start over ... over one. Don't get me wrong ... I love Tina's and Teri's designs. I just don't like 30-count over two. So, after several large cleansing breaths, I've decided just to look at it for a day or two and then decide what to do. I'm gonna do a few little over-one practice stitches on the fabric, just to see how they look. It would be really cute over one, and leaving half an inch or so all around the design, I'd end up with about a two-inch square fob. Can you say obsessive? I knew you could! I'll keep you posted, but you can tell that I'm dying to unstitch it, can't you?

On a saner note, here's my progress on Lo How a Rose. I stitched a little on Thursday night and a tiny bit on Friday, because it felt like I was on roll. All letters again! It's kinda fun to think about getting all of the letters done and then having a free-for-all with the flowers.

While ranting about odors the other day, I completely forgot to tell you how much fun I had with my sister Wednesday night. We laughed at everything (it's what we do) for a couple of hours, saw a few old friends, avoided being asked to dance by a man who kept lurking threateningly by our table, and made fun of the pub clientele. That probably sounds mean, but we make the most fun of each other and ourselves, so it's fair.

Back to school tomorrow as the Sprink Break countdown begins ... four weeks to go, which include CSAP testing (a rant always on the tip of my tongue) and parent-teacher conference week, which is brutal. I love time off!


Deborah/LavenderRose said...

These are absolutely gorgeous stitcheries! I just love the little fobs and the "Lo..."

Ranae said...

I love your sweet FOBs.
Lo How a Rose is looking great.
ATS is fabulous. I am getting on the home stretch with mine, then the grass needs to be filled in.

Cindy said...

Wow! You really stitched that up fast! I wouldn't unstitch it, but would maybe stitch it again if you don't like the size.

BTW...saw your link on Deb's blog :)

Brigitte said...

Your fobs look so delicate. Yes, I can understand why you'd like to restitch the SB one over one.
Great progress picture of LO. There isn't that much to be stitched before it's done, is it?
My school break has started today. Just this week. There is nothing better than a unday evening when you know that Monday is off. Oh, how I love this, lol.

Siobhan said...

Hey, I think the fob looks great--but unstitch it if it would make you feel happier with it! Your Lo is looking fab, too.

Katrina said...

Love all your fobs. I will tell you I am the same with the SB fobs and the size. I skip the ribbon and add a backstitch outline one thread out and whipstitch the two sides together. It makes them a fair bit smaller.

Your Lo is gorgeous. I love that piece.

staci said...

You are making fantstic progress on Lo...leaving me really far behind in the dust! Maybe I'll get back into the Wed SAL routine??? Not this week, but maybe next (fingers crossed!)

Hope your week is off to a great start!

Deb said...

I love your fobs and all your pieces. Can you tell me who the designer(s) were on the two samplers that you showed in an older post about fill-in? I love both of them. And don't be put off by filling in ATS - it's not too bad. I just did some of the grass, then some of the motifs, then some of the grass, etc. It went by fairly quickly.

Carolyn said...

I love your fobs! I'm a fob freak AND a SB freak, so of course I love it. :) No way would I pick all that out. Like someone else said, if you don't like the look, start over, but frog it all out???? Not this girl. LOL

"LO" is looking great. I have to have this pattern, so I suppose I will have to break down and buy the book. Naturally I have most of the others that came out, but not that one. Go figure....

Annemarie said...

You know, you could leave it this way and make a pincushion out of it and do one over-one as a fob. That way, you end up with a verrry cute stitching set, *and* you wouldn't have to unstitch anything.
"Lo" is looking lovely!

Deb said...

Doris - Thank you so much for the information on the charts. I see a couple of those being added to my collection. And a few of us have a SAL going on with Shores and you're welcome to join us!!!


Jennifer said...

Doris- I love your blog. I would love to stitch"Lo" I have tried all over the internet to get the book but no luck.I would like to use your colours as I love them. Can you help me? thank you, JEnnifer in Ontario Canada