Good morning. It's raining. And chilly. Except for very few warm days, this summer has been more like spring. We may reach a record low tonight in the 40's. Sweatshirts in July!
I adjusted Eszter's sampler and then decided to do the floral. I may end up burning it if the finishing frustrates me and I would much rather set flame to a floral than a sampler. The linen -what a bitch. Very little of the design was completed and I had to remove it THREE times. I really wish all my old pieces were clearly marked for count and color but they aren't. The warp and weft on this large piece are two very different thicknesses in some spots and that's screwing with my eyes. But the big pain is the count. I need 30 or 32 for the design to fit properly and this looked like 32 so I tested on the edge.
Sixteen stitches for 32 count and it was 15 to the inch. Good. For the test, I didn't pay attention to the linen direction but when I cut the piece and started stitching, I did. The selvage on the left. Why was it looking short? This is why.
Stitching the proper way was 17 stitches to the inch, not what I had planned or expected. Big difference between 34? and 30 count when a certain size is needed. The test area did not have any thick threads pushing the count so I thought it would be more accurate. After realizing the problem, I went to an area of even threads and tested in my stitching direction, still 17. I'm not starting over....or am I? I could add stitches to the stems to extend the design and since this is a prototype for a finish, I think that's what I will do. It shouldn't look out of proportion but I won't know for sure until I remove all the flowers and start the stems again. Might be quicker to start over? Either way, I'm not having fun.
Thank you for the well wishes on my fat knees. The left is improving, the right much better. Today I put on my waist high 40 compression stocking because my leg, ankle and foot were swelling terribly. I had to put a piece of muslin beneath the brace so the velcro doesn't snag the stocking. Never had knee problems so this all of a sudden gotcha buckling is a real shock.
The sun was shining yesterday between the rain and I got a snap of the Squeak and Budman. I'm getting to the point where I can stroke his back so by fall, I will probably be able to grab him. Much prefer having him enter the carrier for food than trying to get him into it. Either way, snip snip Squeaker. Look at that belly on Bud. When I see Missy, Nit, or Squeak coming, I put food out for them and Bud always intervenes and takes it, so I have to have a little dish for him. I think I will try to get him into the house when they are eating but he's pretty strong and ornery too.
My sister stopped over and looked at my cupboards. She looked puzzled and I knew what was coming next. "Did you sand them and not paint the final coat? Are these done? You're not leaving them like this are you?". Yes O Smart Ass I am. "I can see why you didn't want to buy new cupboards. You would have ruined them to look like this?" This is the same person that asked why I would deliberately stain my stitching and not clean those gourds. But I thanked her for this...
She follows many Weight Watcher recipes. Her treat is one slice of bread (torn), 1/2 cup fat free milk, 1 egg, and 1 Tbsp sugar. She uses that little Stone Wave cooker (she loves it) and in 4 minutes it's done. I used 8 slices, 2 1/2 cups fat free milk, 5 eggs, 5 Tbsp sugar, 2 drops of vanilla, light sprinkling of cinnamon and one tiny shake of nutmeg in the milk. Since I make several dishes that need only a hint of pure vanilla, I use an eyedropper. 375 for a half hour in a 7x12 dish. Fabulous. See those little sesame seeds? The bread we use is this..
Wal-mat carries it and yes it is airy and light as all light breads are, but it's good. And for PB&J and especially the bread pudding, very good. So if you're a bread lover like me (I don't like the sour wheats) and crave the pudding, using this and fat free milk is a blessing when watching calories. I used to make one with brioche and a quart of cream, but no more. Don't even have the recipe any longer.
Have a great start to your week.
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