Monday, October 5, 2015

October Update

Well here we are again for my monthly update. First up, the Flower of the Month SAL. I finished the May Lily of the Valley. It is my least favorite of the entire series. I even considered skipping it, but I knew if I did that I would never do it and I do want the entire 12 month collection. In the end I was very happy with the way it came out. I'm also pleased with the fabric I chose for it. I really did not think I was going to be able to stitch over two. It sounded so difficult. But being me I just had to try it, and I LOVE it! I don't understand why, but it's not really difficult at all, and I just love the way the higher count fabric makes the finished product look. As soon as I use up all the 14 count Aida that I bought I will definitely not be buying any more.

But right now I still have a few projects that will be stitched on 14 count Aida. For example, the birth announcement I started a few months ago for my friend who had her first baby in July. This is now what I am considering my main project. I must have it completed by the baby's first birthday. I think I should be okay as long as I stick to my plan of working on it two weeks each month.

I have realized, however, why so many people buy a kit but then use their own fabric and threads. The fabric that came with this kit isn't too bad, but the thread is terrible. It is so twisted. It's even hard to separate the threads. Once separated they are getting very knotted as I'm using them. I think I am going to stay away from kits going forward.

During the last week of the month, I started my newest project, the Faces of Joan Elliott SAL. Again, this is on 14 count Aida which I bought specifically for this project when I first decided to make it. I wish it was 28 count, but the fabric is pretty, and I am very happy with the results of my first week of work on it. This will become my main project once the birth announcement is complete.

Lobo continues to develop very slowly. I haven't even taken a picture in quite a while. I normally get most of my Lobo stitching done on the weekend, but this weekend I didn't get one stitch in. I think it was a good thing because now I am extremely eager to get back to it. I am hoping when I prepare my next post I will have completed the entire top row. I refuse to take a picture before then.

Going forward I plan to work on the FOTM SAL (starting the June Wild Rose) the first and third week of the month, and the birth announcement the second and fourth weeks.