Leo’s Mane Sew Along

Sunday 22 August 2021

Slow Sunday Stitching

 I have stalled out on my cross stitching for the moment. Our grand daughter went to a day camp a few weeks ago and while there she picked up a virus..... likely just a cold. She generously shared it with me. No one else got sick which is why it was likely just a cold virus. Anyhow, as usual when I get a cold I end up with a sinus infection and on antibiotics. All is better now though and I’m back to feeling like my normal self again. So instead of cross stitching which takes concentration and focus and counting, none of which I was up to, I worked on some knitting. I finished a pair of socks that have been on the go for at least a couple of years. 

My friend Gail stopped by briefly on their way home from a cottage vacation to drop off a birthday gift for me. We were supposed to go visit them while they were at the cottage, but that cold virus had other ideas and no one else wanted it to be shared. She gave me a skein of sock yarn which was the incentive to get that other pair finished. This is the yarn. It is dyed such a way as to automatically give an interesting striping design while being knitted. I love this type of sock yarn. It is so much fun to see the design emerge while knitting.So much fun in fact that I finished the first sock in record time... 4 days. And then I started the second sock, thinking that I would continue on and get them both done in a week. But I seem to have stalled. But that’s ok, it was a let's see if I can do it sort of thing rather than a necessity. The yarn is made by a company called Schachenmayr with the brand name Regia. They have a large selection of colours and striping designs available in most good yarn stores and certainly online should any of you have an interest in making fun socks.

I’m going to link up with Kathy’s Slow Sunday Stitching and then check out what the rest of the slow stitchers are up to.

Sunday 8 August 2021

Slow Sunday Stitching

 I’m continuing to work on My Harbour Village cross stitch sampler. When I posted last week I was here. I’ve since made really good progress, finishing rows five, six and seven as well as doing the details up in the scene section where I had to add in the little boats and kayakers. I’m just now starting into row 8 which has a light house at each end and some text in the middle. The text says “ the peace of the hills is about me and the leisure of the summer clouds is mine”. Rather appropriate I think. 

I’m linking up to Kathy’s Slow Sunday Stitching. 

Sunday 1 August 2021

Slow Sunday Stitching

 I have finished my In Friendship Sampler. 

I took the last stitches in it on Friday. I started it after we moved up here to Muskoka and we’ve been here just over 2 months. Not bad considering there are a lot of tiny stitches in it. We went out to a local art store in Huntsville that does framing and I chose a frame for it. So once the frame comes in I can get it done and up on the wall. The last bit of stitching was this bird holding a strawberry in its mouth. 

That strawberry is done over 1 thread. This fabric was 36 count, which means there are 36 threads per inch. My 4x magnifying glasses were essential in doing this whole piece, but especially that strawberry.

While working on the In Friendship piece I set aside the Harbour Village from Victoria Sampler. I also had to order threads for this one since I ran out of the black and the white threads needed to do a lot of the buildings. I ordered those at the same time as the threads for In Friendship so they would be here when I needed them. I suspect I am going to need more of the black before this is done. Of course I could always substitute something else. I’ll wait and see what happens. I could probably use a cotton black in places where it is the only stitching. I also have some of the Onyx colour left from the In Friendship sampler which is a black with tones of grey in it that would work for some roofs. I’m on a don’t order anything unless absolutely necessary diet at the moment, so that might be the way to go.

This coming week has the potential to be a busy one. There are plans to go blueberry picking and then make some blueberry jam on Thursday and Friday. Our grand daughter was at day camp all last week so we had a good rest. I think I am going to continue that resting today and quietly stitch some more on my village. My dear friend Susan and her husband were able to drop in on their way out to the east coast. It was so good to see them after way too many years apart. So much to catch up on even though we keep in touch through facebook messenger. It isn’t the same, but it is so much better than when they first moved and we were dependent on snail mail letters or expensive long distance phone calls. (sigh)

I’m linking up to Kathy’s Slow Sunday Stitching.