Jul 1, 2015

Think it'll rain?

Greetings buds.  Just want to show my progress on Kitpin.  I didn't follow the graph for the satin stitch.  The photo looked kind of like this and I thought....what the hell?  Let's do it.

For photographing, I usually put a white paper beneath the linen, otherwise the weave makes a crazy photo.  You can see where it ends and how sheer the linen is.  Alice sent a tip about the carry over threads.  Instead of using little muslin strips or fusible facing, she uses bits of acid free tissue paper.  Much thinner and easier to slip under your thread, even if you need it doubled.  
Thank you Alice, I will definitely use your tip.  I've been a carrier overer for decades.
I also noticed the change of blue in the chart's photo, probably from fading, and started the 312 used in the bottom sooner than I should have.  Would prefer softer shades of the blues but decided to keep the bold for a change.  Because of the linen's thicker threads and slubs, the satin stitch isn't very nice but that's OK.  Stitching the border as I go instead of all at one time is helping me deal with my borderitis.  Love seeing them, hate doing them. The large flower is next but I want to catch up on the border details first.
 

This was yesterday afternoon, again, buckets and buckets.  There is no way to walk in the garden, it's like quicksand and the walkways have been flooded for weeks.   My petunias' leaves are all yellowed and the ones that can be moved have been protected from the sudden and continuous rains but they are still soaked.  No way to dry out without warmth from the sun.....or the sun itself!  The tomatoes all have a blight from the dampness so we purchased a few more and put them in pots, but they are already a month behind for the short season.
The hostas' huge white spikes are usually well into the window, but not this year.  All stunted and the deer have decided to do a taste test.  All around crap summer!  I only get three months and lost one already - crabbier than ever.  I can't even slug hunt. Vickie's tip of pouring salt on them works almost instantly.  I don't want anything to suffer (except for rotten people) and they don't.  They actually melt very quickly.  Weird.  Very effective when they are on a plant and you have no other way to stop them.  The mosquitoes are so terrible, you can't open the door without being attacked.  We have three sets of twin fawns and they are just shaking their little bodies constantly because of the bugs. Tried all the tricks for repellents but nothing is working. 
 Mark's golf course is closed because of the water.  This time, the clubhouse is also flooded. 
 
I guess as long as I am still here to bitch, it's a good day.  So I should shut my pie hole and accept it.  Hmmm.  Pie.  I still have elderberries in the freezer.  OH!  That reminds me.  A company on the highway from my house has quite a bit of frontage, all filled with natural plants and many large elderberry bushes.  Been there for years and the safest area to pick.  They had chainsaws come in and cut it all down.  What an eyesore of stumps and sticks instead of the natural hedge.  My berries are gone.  Been a great summer so far.  Pie hole....shut.
 
Hope your day was/is/will be a great one.
 
Thanks for visiting.
 
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15 comments:

Mugwump Woolies said...

Wow...that's a lot of rain! We have an abundance of mosquitos here in Florida. When I work in the yard I stick scented dryer sheets in my clothes...letting them hang out of pockets. I also hide them in the wreaths or baskets I hang on my front door. Sometimes I spray the sheets with insect repellant for good measure. We choose not to use insecticides, so we do battle with buggies all the time.
Happy 4th!
Robyn

Cricket-bug Corner said...

I had the same kind of day. We should eat pie together!

Mary A said...

It was 108 degrees today and yesterday was 107! No, I don't live in the desert! Complaining won't change anything but I feel better...

Barb said...

Boy, the weather has gone crazy. I just heard on the weather that we have had the driest May/June ever recorded (Seattle) and the heat(90+) won't stop. Plus most people have no AC here!

Truus said...

Seeing your pictures of the rain makes me feeling a lot better.Today the hottest day although it will be much hotter on saturday here.
What a pitty to cut down these elderberry hedges.Mine are in flower now and I picked some flowers for making juice.
happy stitching-do love this project
greetings,Truus from Holland

Carol said...

Oh,the rain, the rain :( I feel the same way about it, Marly--I'm about ready to build an ark! Can we make it through a single day without rain? I really think that was the wettest June I remember...

Nice looking sampler and thanks for the tip on carrying over threads! Hope you and Mark have a nice holiday weekend (preferably rainless!).

Jacqueline said...

Well Marly I think we are in for a week of dry weather with the temps heating up... maybe it will drive our Ohio bugs somewhere else for a bit.

Enjoy the 4th, keep stitchin..

Faye said...

No needed rain here so send it! Love your progress..... And those ginormous hostas!!!

blueladie said...

Love the sampler! Beautiful colors and stitching! :) Cathryn

Vickie said...

We are still having cool weather. Woke up to 50º.
Three sets of twins! How very cool.

Peggy Lee said...

Hi Marly. Just cruising through my old list of favorites this morning. It's been a long time. I've missed your humor! Sorry it's been such a wet Summer. It's been rainy off and on here for at least the last week. We have to sneak out to mow in between storms. I'd love to know more about how you hide your carry-overs behind your stitching. Doesn't the muslin or tissue paper show too? I am a terrible creature of carry-over!

Robin said...

Your sampler is looking good. Thanks for the tip! Hope you have a rain-free weekend.

Robin in Virginia

Ele said...

I could do with some rain... It's terribly hot here at the moment, but wow! That is a lot of rain!

Love your stitching :)

Primitive Stars said...

I love that sampler Marly, beautiful!!!! Hope you get some sunshine soon..Blessings Francine.

C. M. Designs said...

I know what you mean about the rain. We've had our share here in Va. to. Rainy weather is good for pulling weeds....however........not when while pulling weeds I happened to frighten a snake that was in my weed pulling path. That was the first snake seen in my yard in the 48 years that I've lived here.
I said "Oh, my, God,....turned around....went in the house and haven't been out in my yard since Sunday.
I've heard that it's a bad summer for snakes because of the rain.. Don't know what that has to do with it but I can't tolerate snakes.....
My Grandmother used to make elderberry pies.......I LOVE pie !
I hope this weekend will be rain free and that your garden will dry out for you.
Your sampler is going to be very pretty when it's finished..
Charlotte

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