Jul 28, 2014

Changing directions

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.
Thanks for visiting.
 
 
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11 comments:

Veronica Longobardi said...

Glad you are on the mend. Kitties look so much better too ! I started my santa. I'm excited to see what it will look like finished. Thanks again for the cross stitch info .. I'm enjoying this. How are the cabinets doing ? I just started getting 4 chairs ready to paint and reupholster. This stuff was easier when I was younger. Would go much faster some how !!! Would love to see your cabinets when finished. Hope you post pictures ! Veronica

Anonymous said...

Pudding looks yummy...kitties look SO great!!! Now please Marly let's get you to feeling great, please! I also hope the linen starts to behave. Enjoy your eve and thanks for sharing, Debbie in IL

Margaret said...

lol! Your sister definitely has different taste to you! lol! That cracks me up! Sort of like those people who say "why do you cut up all that fabric just to sew it back together again???" :D

Mary A said...

Happy that your knees are improving. Squeak looks so good! You've done a marvelous job with him, Marly. Won't he be surprised this fall (snip,snip)? My sister must know your sister. She can't understand primitive. The Victorian era is what makes her heart beat faster. Her motto is, "There's no such thing as too much lace."

Deb~Paxton Valley Folk Art said...

That is so surprising how the stitch count changed so drastically with reversal of the linen, I never would have thought it would change that much. Hope it works out OK Marly and that you don't have to start over (again!). Good to hear that the knees are feeling better and that you were able to get your compression stockings on. Bud and Squeak are looking wonderful! Your sister and you certainly have different tastes, ain't family grand?!

Kay said...

Good luck with your stitching, I loathe it when the count doesn't turn out like you thought it would.x

Barb said...

What a problem your count is having! Things like that can really be a pain. Hope that knee is much better soon. I am so used to having a bad knee, that I don't know what it will feel like when it is finally somewhat back to normal. I would really think twice before I would do knee replacement again!

Maggie J. said...

I do love reading your blog! Your stitching finishes are inspiring - and I eagerly await your cupboard "finish".
Could your linen be Strathhaven? It has different warp and weft for a wider than tall look on antique designs... more like what was available in the 1800's. I've used it and your linen looks similar.
Hope you heal quickly and keep your humour thru all! - Maggie J.

Anonymous said...

Hope you feel much much better and the knees start behaving again.
The pudding sounds good!

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Carol said...

I just got back from visiting with my mom and dad, Marly--sounds like you've had quite a week. I'm so sorry to hear about the little kitten--I guess he never had a chance, but you were so good to give him a warm and loving home at the end of his short life.

And your falls--oh, my!! I hope you're feeling better by now.

This weather--honestly!! 52° yesterday--in JULY!!!??? I'm ready to move...

Charlene ♥ SC said...

Just catching up... Girl, you are a trip! I'm glad you're not hurt worse than you were, and hope it's improving!

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