Greetings all. Another weekend upon us, closing in on Thanksgiving. I predict that next year, black Friday sales will begin at Halloween. Drives me nuts. I've been doing Carole's Christmas shopping which I've done for years, and did get a few bargains The childrens' Vtech activity desk deluxe has been sold out around here for weeks, so I searched online. Found it at Barnes and Noble, on sale for $41.21, got a code for additional 15% and free shipping, total with tax of $38! Deal. I always check Retailmenot.com for coupons before buying online.
On to stitching. Started Kogut's Country Santa. The chart states the stitch count as 82 x 113 which is what I used to calculate finished size and choose the fabric count. The recommended 30 count finish at 5x7 is incorrect. You need 32 count to obtain that size. So that is what I chose, Confederate Gray. But that's not correct either. After counting the graph myself, it is only 70 x 101 which means I could have used 30, even 28. Too late. I usually double check the chart's count but didn't this time. He'll be a little smaller than I wanted for a sack and now I'm wondering if I should start over on a different piece.
I really like 32 count except for one thing..... I don't like it. I have a lot of it but it always creates the thick/thin dilemma. Using two strands as I am, makes it harder to stitch because of thread thickness in that tighter weave. But using one strand, looks too sparse. It's a no win situation. Using the sewing method on 32 seems to go more smoothly but completing one full stitch at a time is cramped. Maybe it's my imagination because I do not like the full stitch method, necessary with overdyed floss. His boots are regular floss, sewing method horizontal and then vertical, didn't notice any drag. One strand would not have covered well at all and I feel the red coat would be the same. This is why 30 count is always my first choice, two strands are perfect as is one strand on 35. But 32 is a bugger if I have to do complete crosses. My options - start over on a 28 or 30 ..or... use the sewing method and forgo the look of overdyed. There's always that grown-up option for any situation.... put my big girl panties on and deal with it. The thing is, I always have big girl panties on and it doesn't seem to help much. It took me a few days to choose the color and I don't have another Confederate, 123stitch's order is on its way so I can't add. Time to throw a few Dove in my coffee and think about it.
Have a great weekend.
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