So much to show you today! First of all, let’s talk about my Red Thread. As you may recall when I stitched the first six boxes I found that I only was going to have about an inch of fabric on the left side once my border was stitched. Yes I did count and recount to make sure my boxes were the correct stitch count, and yes I did start from the middle of the fabric. So, I couldn’t account for why there was such a problem on the left side. In order to make sure that I had not done something terribly wrong, I decided to stitch the six boxes to the right of center (again starting from the middle). As you can see, I have even less fabric left on the right hand side.
I spoke to my friend, Sherri, who I am doing the SAL with and she mentioned her boxes measured out to 2 1/2 inches. I measured mine and they were 2 3/4 inches. So then I decided to check my stitch count. I was only getting 14 stitches to the inch, instead of 16, which means that I was incorrectly sent 28ct fabric instead of 32ct. So, I sent an email to the ONS where I purchased the “32ct” fabric and explained the dilemma. The response I got was basically, “wow, that’s too bad”. I asked if they would please send me a replacement piece of fabric in the correct count, and someone else responded that they would ship one out to me. Now, I have a sneaky suspicion that I am being charged for my replacement fabric, which I am not overly happy about. If I had not stitched on the first piece it probably would have been no issue to swap it out for the correct, but since I did stitch on it, I am now just out the $17.50 for it. Let me ask you, when you order a piece of 32 count fabric – do you check to make sure it is 32ct fabric before you stitch on it, or am I the only one who just assumes that I am getting what I ordered, especially when it is cut the appropriate 10 x39″ that it is supposed to be? So, not sure how this is going to play out, but either way I should have a new piece of fabric that I can restart on, but I will be already a month behind in my SAL, and 1/2 a skein of Cocoa less. Sigh.
But, I was productive this weekend. While Eric was gone to Baton Rouge Friday night, I stitched on Tesori in an attempt to finish my two blocks for this week. I did finish Campania. I enjoyed this one, although all the backstitching on the ship was a pain! The motifs for this block are: pizza, the Amerigo Vespucci, spaghetti (which I outlined in gold), a Neopolitan coffee pot, a mandolin and a Pulcinella (or Punchinello in English). The whole time I was stitching the Pulcinella, I had no idea it was a face until it just appeared!
I did make a good start on my next block, Abruzzo, but I am now behind by a block for last week. Which means this week I need to stitch three. Ack!
I put Tesori away on Saturday afternoon before Eric got back and since I couldn’t stitch on my Red Thread, I needed something else to work on. I felt called to stitch a little on Mystery 9. Above is how it looked the last time I stitched on it (in March of 2007). I finished the background on my first artichoke and started the second one. I’ll probably save all the artichoke flowers until the end of this section and do them all at once. I enjoyed stitching on this, and was glad I pulled it back out. This is where I left off last night.
I’ve been thinking about Valentine’s Day too, I can’t believe how fast it is coming up. I think I want to finish this little Twisted Threads piece that I started back last year or maybe the year before. It’s from a chart called Itty Bitty Romance, and this is called “For You”. It’s stitched over one, and I think I abandoned it because I wasn’t sure the words were showing up well. I think I will continue on with it and see how it looks when finished. I love the design, it reminds me of the candy conversation hearts, which I love. I even have a cute little Twisted Threads tin frame just for this piece. So, I think I will try to finish this for Eric.
Now, I forgot to show you more New York photos last time, so here are some from the Monday that we were there. We started our day off with a trip out to see the Statue of Liberty. You can only go as far up as the pedestal now. And security is really high – two sets of metal detectors, and x-ray machines, plus a bomb sniffer. I think she’s wonderful though.
And then we headed over to Ellis Island. Eric was very interested in seeing everything here because so many of his family came through Ellis Island from Italy.
We had intended to go up to the observation deck of the Empire State Building, but there was zero visibility, so we saved it for another day.
We did go over to Rockefeller Plaza and see the Christmas tree all lit up.
Pretty, huh? It was a lovely night.
Here’s to a wonderful week!
I am grateful for Eric’s safe return.