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Tuesday, 21 June 2011

Another Finish .....Well Almost!!!

Hello all!  Bet you didn't expect to see me back so quickly!  Well, fired on by my finish on The Needlework Shop last week I immediately picked up the next of my Crazies in line, which happened to be Bring on the Snow by Waxing Moon.  Its a pretty easy stitch, large blocks of colour so not a lot of changing of thread going on, and I was getting along just fine until .... I realised I was running out of one of the threads - GAST Cornflower to be exact!  I had just enough to finish the "W" in snow and maybe start the "S" or so I thought ...

until I realised that I had put too many rows in on the first leg of the "W" - and this was when I was finishing off that letter so i had to pretty much frog the whole lot.  Stitching it back up of course was difficult because the thread had already been used and so was knotting if I looked at it the wrong way (lol!) and I ended up just about making the "W" with only a couple of stitches to go.   I put out a call to the lovely ladies on Friendly Stitchers and Lynda came up trumps.  I am hoping that the thread she is sending me will be a good enough match to enable me to stitch the "S" and finish the design.  I have learned that dye lots of hand dyes can differ widely!

Anyway, here is my progress to date ... I have cracked on with the rest of the design and only have a small bit of backstitching on the scarf to do and the snow and snowflakes on the "snow" lettering and then I can put this one away and concentrate on the next one which will be ....

Royal Blossoms by Just Nan.  I am stitching a lot as Wimbledon started yesterday (well done Andy by the way!) so I need something that I can concentrate on as well as concentrating on the tennis.  The next on my list is actually Blackberry Jam by the Sweetheart Tree but as I am at the scotch stitch part of the design perhaps I should wait until the tennis is over before I tackle that.

On the shop front - a shop AND a flat above may have been located, we are just waiting for the particulars to be issued by the letting agents so watch this space!  I am impatient to get moving and my tenant is impatient to get moved in; unfortunately I can't move out till I have somewhere to go to so things aren't moving as quickly as I would like.  I am however bashing on with my business plan and contacting suppliers too beef it out ... so excited about some of the suppliers I have contacted!!!

Right I need to shoot - my shift at the PDSA shop starts in 40 minutes I have have got a large hill to climb to get there lol.  Thanks for all your lovely comments as always - they really do keep me going and all the encouragement is reaping rewards in my stitching as you can see.

Thanks for stopping by!

Love and hugs,

Ally xxx

9 comments:

DJ said...

Oh, what a cute design! Can't wait to see the finish and I do hope the thread that comes matches somewhat. I hope you work out the details with your new shop quickly! I'll be praying things work out well for you! *Hugs*

Val said...

Well done Ally - and Andy ;)
Love the snowman .... and oh !! good news we all hope , for the shop etc
Val x

Maureen said...

Oh you have been doing well haven't you? I will look out my GAST as well just in case it doesn't match.

blueladie said...

Ally, your needles are smokin' and in spite of the frog it is looking great so far. Hope your floss arrives soon and it is what you hoped for. :) Cathryn

Kate said...

WTG Ally - hope you get a match in your thread.
Fingers crossed for your new venture too!

Gillie said...

Don't you just hate peeps who not only finish stuff but keep their blog updated frequently? I am so behind on everything, sigh :(
Oh and thanks for keeping me updated on what's happening, lol!

Mouse said...

ooo looking good .... petty mine didn't match otherwise you would have had another finish under your belt :)
hope the tennis goes well :0 love mouse xxxx

Patches said...

cute

Jo said...

Adore this one Ally, he's such a cheerful snowman. Keeping my fingers crossed for you that the shop turns out the right one. xx