Sep 12, 2012

Mary Mary, quite contrary

Greetings everyone.  Thanks for all your comments on the knotting issue.  We've discussed glass or no glass, knot or no knot, and there is one topic that I'm almost embarrassed to bring up.  So I won't.  Not this post.  But soon.  I worked on Mary yesterday and as I sat outside to stitch today.....uh-oh.  Mary was going along quite well, but no longer!  First off, the 612 was too light so I changed to 611, the ecru wasn't showing up either so I chose a gold, and 3790 isn't visible either.  The latter is only one border and a few stitches at the bottom so I'm just substituting a current color.  I don't mind samplers that change color every two letters, but am not fond of every other letter such as this.  I don't know why but it's like static to me.  

So I just went ahead and did the lower case letters in one color, which kind of pertains to the topic I want to confess....later.  This is where I was to begin today.  Here's my major error on the line containing Mary Oldfield. 

Looking at the chart, you'll see the symbols are on the line instead of in the square, which started with the "a" in Mary at the beginning of that line.  I assumed this meant that instead of being two lines over, it was one.  Well that's only partially correct.  Each individual letter needs to be positioned separately, and I just moved the first and continued on, thinking the entire line would be one thread over since it started that way.   Dummy me thought the letter in the square just happened to line up correctly, and the letters on the line fell on the offset.   I am off by seven stitches now.
So here's my option.....remove that line and start over, or leave out the crown and just stitch "her" and the cross design.  Obviously I should remove the line and probably will.  But alter ego stitcher considered the lazy way out.  Looks like my new tweezers from Carole will get a workout tonight.  Thank you again Carole!
A sure sign of fall is my doe with her new dark coat coming in for winter, and the spots almost completely gone from her twins.  You can see the color difference.  Her beautiful reddish coat is now drab.
They ignored what was happening a few feet away.

Carried into the yard with a few good flips, and finally roughhousing was over.

Hope your week is going well.  With these house projects finally getting lined up, I've been pretty busy with ..... changes.... and getting materials, so I haven't been reading and commenting as much as I'd like.   Pretty soon it will be leaf blowing time.  I LOVE my Little Wonder blower.  But hate fall.  So until next time, thank you so much for visiting ~ hello and welcome to new followers!


Primitive Stars said...

Good Evening Marly, Oh that Mary, still is pretty. Love the deer, she sure is turning drab, hope she and her babes make it through hunting season. Those silly kitties, to cute in the boxes, made me smile. Blessings Francine.

Margaret said...

Urgh. Sorry about the mistake with Mary's name. Seems to me the chart could be clearer about what it means. oh well. She's pretty anyway! I always look for a lazy way out too, but in this case. Hmmm. Cool pic of the deer! And the cats -- lol! So cute!

Rugs and Pugs said...

Marly ~
Great pics!
I'd be tempted to take the easy way out, but probably would not...sigh.
Hugs :)

Shirlee said...

This is the first time I've ever seen stitches positioned on a chart like that! You certainly expose me to new things when I visit your blog : ) The deer & kitties are cute & Mary is coming along just fine : )

Barb said...

I love the colors you are using in Mary but that pattern looks like a real pain! Such cute kitties!

quiltygirl1 said...

I am attempting to gather my courage and try this. It really, really helps to see how when an error or instructions are not clear you then problem solve! Cute pics!

Bev C said...

Hello Marly,

I see what you mean, instructions are sometimes called destructions. Could you leave it as is and add something of your own at the end???

Happy days.

Chris said...

Ha! Ha! I love the boxing match!
Sorry that your stitches are off, I hope that the new tweezers do an amazing job.
I know you hate fall! I can't wait. I was thinking about leaves changing :)
I hope that you have an extended Indian Summer where you are.

moosecraft said...

Honestly? I have never seen a chart with stitches on a line? I would not know what to do? lol! Looks like doing just fine with it though! Thanks for the boxing match pics! Cats and their boxes... always fun to watch! Wondering what your next confession will be... lol!

Vickie said...

Oh Marly! I was almost reduced to tears last night because I was off on this small, little project I am making for my husband as a gift. I am so far done with it I am trying the fudge route. I may just cut it up and toss it.

Carol said...

I've never, ever seen a chart like that, Marly--no wonder you were confused. At least it's just the one line you need to remove.

Your cats are so cute together!! Love the boxing match :)

And why do you hate fall--is it just because winter is coming?

Simple Pleasure said...

I am sorry to hear about your problems with this sampler. Personally, I would have to go the frogging route or I would be tormented every time I looked at the framed piece. I hope you take a moment to bring this to the attention of the designer.
Why do you not like fall?
Busy Hands...Happy Heart

Deb said...

UGH on the mistake with Mary's name. I can't tell you how many times I've disregarded the chart and stitched along my merry way only to find that there were more spaces between some letters than others! Kind of takes the wind out of your sails.

Why do you hate Fall? I love fall - except for the leaves of course, but I love the colors and the cool crisp air - probably because I suffer from those heat flashes on occasion.

Ann said...


I have never seen a chart like this! Stitches on the Line? ARGH. I'm having a problem stitching because I need bifocals and something like this would derail me completely. LOL. Want to know what I'd do with the piece - I'd put in my basket and leave it for a year. You wanted advice! ~Ann

Louise said...

Your stitching is beautiful!!!

Louise xx

TheCrankyCrow said...

Ha!! LOVE the boxin' kitties!! Too funny - and too dang adorable.....

Yikes....stitches on the line like that would have thrown me for a loop. Doesn't take much, I know, but - really - I've stitched a fair amount and never saw that..... Glad you did the "right thing." Makes this OCD gal know I can sleep tight tonight. (Seriously...) Smiles & Hugs ~ Robin

Suzanne said...

Oooh this kind of stitching can be so annoying. With Hannah Lancaster some of the letters were one thread between them some were two and even some three. It took so much concentration and despite that I still made some mistakes.

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