Friday, March 25, 2011

Stash pics and more....

First I want to start off by clearing something up.  It seems I have been posting more often since I have been "away from home working" after telling you all that I would be absent from the blogging world for a while.  I have been away from home for two weeks now but I don't start work until this Monday.  Meanwhile I've been a little bored sitting here in the hotel room while Masterchief started work this past Monday.  He usually goes in a week or so before me because he's been doing this for years and he is in more demand (and is so much smarter than me).  He reminds me of this every chance he gets but I remain silent when he can't find his glasses or he forgets which foot to put what sock on.  Oh I'm just kidding of course....he really is alot smarter than I am.  After all he's been doing this for a long time and the man has 20 years on me!!  Anyway I'm saying all this to let you know that my blog-world silence or slacking will begin on Monday so until then I'm livin' it up baby!!

I took a few pictures of what I bought at TSS yesterday.  Deborah commented that she couldn't believe I only bought a pair of scissors while there.  I bought a couple other things but you must remember I just paid somewhere in the vicinity of $150 to have Liam's sampler framed so I couldn't really get much more.  My bag was small on the way out the door but I can't wait for the day when I can go back in there and pick up the sampler in it's framed beauty!

The above picture is everything (minus the framing) I got at The Strawberry Sampler yesterday.  I broke a needle while finishing up the name and date on the bottom of the sampler so I bought another pack of John James size 26 gold plated petites.  I like the shorter needle and after using them I find it awkward to use a longer one and I spoil myself just a bit by paying the extra dollar or so for the gold plated ones.  The shop was having a sale on their threads too.  As of April first they are going up a dime each (no joke).  I bought 10 for $2 each and got 2 free.  It was funny to see the different tastes of the three of us (Catherine, Brett and me) when picking out our threads.  Brett liked the bright Springy colors while I chose more of the muted "old sampler" colors.  Catherine and Brett both like purple and I really don't.  I don't know why but I really just don't like the color....no, it has nothing to do with Barney.  I kinda like the big lug.
You can see I also picked up four of the little thread rings.  They were $1 each.  I think I might pick up a couple more of them later.  The scissors I just had to have!  They are Sullivan's Heirloom Embroidery Scissors...4", stainless steel.  They are so pretty, don't you think?
All of these things are atop a piece of 35 ct. WDW Onyx fabric.  I have never worked on black linen before but I've been seeing a few pieces in your blogs that are absolutely gorgeous so I think I might give it a whirl.  I'll need to break out of my shell and get a few bright colors to use with it though.  I'm sure Brett will appreciate that!
Here is a closer picture of the beautiful scissors and the threads.  I can't wait to get home and put these beauties in one of my scissor frogs.  I can never have too many scissors!


Sweet Sue commented about the ABCD by La D Da looming over my head in the picture on yesterday's post.  She remembers that I had a very hard time with this piece when I started it a while back.  Seems it was cursed from the get-go and I couldn't make one correct stitch!  I would not be defeated though so I put that piece aside and broke out a brand new piece of linen to restart it on.  I brought it with me and I almost have it finished.....
I better get crackin' though because there will be NO stitching going on once I start work.



I don't knit or crochet.  My only "talent" is cross stitching so when I wanted more of those hand knitted dishcloths but was too cheap to pay for them I decided I was going to learn how to knit them myself.  So.....dishcloths are the ONLY thing I know how to knit and I have no desire to learn to knit anything else.  Thanks to my sister in law I can knit a dishcloth when I need one.  She taught me a few years ago.  While visiting with Laymie last week I had her pick out a color of yarn she liked so I could knit one for her.  Because I don't knit these very often I need to refresh myself using Youtube as to how to cast on and such.  I am down to the last four stitches on the needle and I know I need to do something different here so this is where I stand until I look up how to finish it.


Lastly...I want to thank Catherine once again for a great day yesterday and for bringing her friend Brett along. Brett is new to the stitchy world and Catherine is the perfect teacher to help her along.  Before we parted ways Catherine gifted me this adorable little votive holder with a few tea lites to get me started.  She thought maybe my hotel room needed some refreshing and she was right!
Thank you Catherine....I LOVE IT!!


Have a great weekend everyone.  I'm so glad you visited with me today.  It's cold here in New Jersey but at least the sun is shining!

~~Peggy Lee

12 comments:

StitchinByTheLake said...

I love your scissors - I'm like you, can never have too many. :) And the only thing I know how to knit is a dishcloth too! I had a stroke a couple of years ago and oddly enough the one thing I couldn't remember afterwards, and still can't without watching a video, is how to end the thing. :) blessings, marlene

Carol said...

Sounds like a great visit with Catherine and Brett with wonderful new stash as well. I love those scissors and your black fabric. Really love the look of anything stitched on black--can't wait to see what you come up with!

Good for you for teaching yourself to knit dishcloths! I am a "one-hit wonder" myself, I'm afraid--cross-stitching is the only creative thing I can manage :)

Good luck on your job next week...

Nancy said...

Those scissors are beautiful and I love the black fabric! Stitching on black is harder but the colors just pop on black! I am lucky to be able to knit and crochet too...enjoy doing both but my knitting skills have been limited to scarves and prayer shawls.

Have enjoyed your posting so much...will miss you when you start working.

Beth said...

I have never knitted a dishcloth, but have done a fair amount of other knitting. I would guess what you do is decrease down to two stitches, and then knit the two remaining stitches and then pull the one stitch furthest from the needle point over the one closest and then cut your yarn and pull it through the remaining stitch. Clear as mud, HUH? I do hope this helps.

You got great stash, and sounds like a couple of new friends. Can't beat that. And GO CATS in jus over an hour!!

Anna van Schurman said...

I do think those scissors are pretty. In fact I bought a pair...last time I was at SS with Catherine and Brett! Do you think they get a cut from the scissor company? (No pun intended.)

Deborah said...

I am so glad to know that you bought more than a pair of scissors. Those scissors are gorgeous and will go on my must have list. You got some great stash. Have a good weekend.

Justflo said...

Love the colours of threads you bought, not to mention the very pretty scissors.

My DH keeps hinting at a new cardigan but I lost my knitting 'mojo' many years ago. OOOps. Perhaps I should go and look for it!!

Catherine said...

After seeing those scissors again, I think I need to get a pair! Your dishcloth looks great! So glad you liked your votive!!

Bekca said...

Those certainly are very ornate scissors and I had no idea framing was so expensive! I'm very lucky to have a dad that helps with that kind of thing :) Hope you get in a few more stitches before work begins. Best wishes.

Solstitches said...

You made some very nice stash purchases. I love those scissors. They are very stylish.
Your La D Da piece looks great too.

Suzanne said...

Love those scissors, they are so pretty! Great work on stitching your La D Da piece.

Siobhan said...

Nice new stash! It looks lke you guys had a fantastic time!