Mar 28, 2016

The agony of one


How was your Easter?  Our turkey was the best we ever had.  From now on, fresh only, no "solutions" or additives.  Well worth the extra $$. 
Instead of candy, I always get my nephew's grandchildren new shoes for summer.  The 2 year old was happy, the 7 year old's didn't fit, and the 3 year old wouldn't put them on.  He always sticks that little tongue out when he first sees you and the doctor said he is autistic.  So now all three of them get a disability check.  I told their father that if the doctor feels they are autistic, he should be ordering some form of early therapy, or go get a second opinion.  My sister was worn out because these kids are ACTIVE!!  They will sit for a story but it better be short, especially on a warm sunny day.  A few of their games/toys are electronic but most are for outdoor.  Personally, I love the Stomp Rocket.
Now for the stitch slump.  When I have to force myself to pick up a needle, over one is the worst type of stitching.  Hannah has four lines of it and after one, I decided to stop.  Extremely difficult and tedious to remove it now.  Not sure if I will stitch the last line of the chart (her name) or just end it here with a single bottom band.  I added a little center motif in place of the queen stitch heart, filled in all the missing stitches, added a dookey after "heart" to extend the row.
 
 
 
With my neck and back causing numbness I didn't want to look down for any length of time, so I turned my Lacis hoop to the side and flipped it up so it's really high and close.  I never did order the smaller hoop for it but will.  I much prefer sitting on a smaller aid when needed than using a large floor stand.  Stitching in hand is my method but for the over one and because of my numbness, the flipped up hoop was necessary.


So many of you have no problem with over one but I do.  I never remember the rules and end up searching for the stitch I know I put in, but it disappeared.  As this article explains (here) I need to pay attention to the linen threads.  It is very important to see if the horizontal thread goes over, or under, the vertical.  Doing it wrong allows the floss thread to slip under the linen thread and disappear.  If I concentrate or pay attention, the over one stitches would not be so aggravating but I just don't have the ambition right now.  And, I just can't seem to remember things so a copy of these instructions should be inserted into my charts that call for over one.  Maybe I'll do that today.  I will still be listing some charts for sale, maybe Facebook, maybe Ebay, and I am undecided about selling some smalls.  I am tired of many and want to clean up the house, ridding it of clutter and "things", still loving Phoebe Troyer's home on Pinterest.  But I may be sorry and should probably pack them away for now.
 
My cousin Patty received the Jenny box and shed a tear, she misses her mom and also her sister who she admitted is now totally lost to her from the dementia.  It came the day she received her Medicare card.  Tough day, I know too well.  But she's relieved because her health care was costing her $998 a month and she doesn't work, only her husband in a medium income job. While my well off friend pays $100 for the top of the line plan because she lives off her own money, therefore, no W-2 or income which is what your cost is based on.
 
March is already ending this week.  Time flies when you're having fun getting older.
 
Have a great week!
Thanks for visiting.
 
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15 comments:

Joanie said...

Hi Marley, try this website for over-one. Much simpler that figuring out where the horizontal and vertical threads are...
http://www.twistedthreads.com/missives/stitchover1.html
Glad you had a great Easter and I hope you feel better soon.

Solstitches said...

Glad to hear your cousin loved her gift and no wonder because it is gorgeous.
I'm no fan of over one stitching and can only do it in small doses.
Margaret

debbie haggard said...

you can easily quit the Hannah with just a bottom band, and call it a Marley instead. make it Yours !!

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

I know you are in the US but I'm going to recommend the UK based National Autistic Society's website for general information on autism and associated conditions. We have diagnosis here for separate conditions such as Aspergers and Pathological Demand Avoidance which are not identified in many parts of the US.

http://www.autism.org.uk/about.aspx

Regarding therapy - apart from Speech & Language if there is a delay, children really don't need hours and hours of therapy. Just a supportive and understanding teacher who can adjust the lessons to their way of learning. I know many insurance schemes only pay out for things such as ABA which can be very damaging to the child. Resist! LOL.

This is a US based group I refer to alot, and they have just reviewed the Steve Silberman book which comes highly recommended. http://www.thinkingautismguide.com/

Daffycat said...

I totally agree with the fresh turkey. I received one for Christmas at work one year, it spoiled me completely.

Heritage Hall said...

Jo ~ Many thanks for the input on Autism... Will pass it along
to an interested friend....
Marley - Like the idea of your name on the bottom of that lovely creation.

StitchinByTheLake said...

Marly I know you've had this hoop for a while now - can you share what you think about it over time. The reviews on Amazon are mixed concerning the quality. Also I remember you saying you don't do a lot of stab stitching, but would this frame work ok if you did? blessings, marlene

deb said...

If you can stand one more comment/suggestion regarding over one stitching ... I've read about the technique proposed at your link any number of times, but what works best for me is working (really hard) at keeping my tension looser than for over two, but also completing each cross before going on to the next. Slow and steady and all that, but I don't have problems with over one (except with my old eyes actually *seeing* it!).

Pondside said...

After nearly tossing a project in the trash out of frustration, I vowed never, ever to do one-over ever again. I will, however, just because I can't resist, look at your link and at the one that a commenter put up. Who knows? It may get me to start another.

Margaret said...

Love your stitching. It's beautiful. Sorry you have trouble remembering the over one trick. Not worth the aggravation.

Theresa said...

Your sampler is lovely. Your cousin will treasure your gift and every time she looks at it a happy memory will come to her heart.

Barb said...

I have a horrid over one story. I stitched lots in a birth sampler for my little grand daughter only to see it was not centered, nothing worse than frogging over one, even worse than stitching it. I will look up that video you suggested! I'm so happy your gift made your cousin happy,

Pam in IL said...

I'm not fond of stitching over one either. I can handle a small amount of it, but I certainly don't enjoy it. We've never had a turkey for Easter, mostly because they are so hard to find this time of year, even the local turkey farms here don't sell all year long. Glad to hear your cousin was pleased with the Jenny box.

Carol said...

I'm glad to read that someone else didn't have the traditional ham or lamb for Easter dinner, Marly! We had a simple roast chicken, but your fresh turkey sounds fabulous... Nice to have those leftovers, too.

I knew your cousin would love the box--what a treasure you created! And your sampler is looking wonderful. So sorry the over one stitching isn't agreeing with you. I know that it is much easier to do on some linens than others. Hang in there :)

And happy almost April!

Barbara Shores ~ Village Folk Art said...

YES, fresh turkey is for sure the BEST. We had Ham. Love your sampler. I am working on one in between painting and trying to learn knitting...so far I am all thumbs. Hoping to make a Tasha Tudor Shawl with lots of mistakes just to prove it is my first knitting project.

***Happy Spring***

with Peace for all,
Barb

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