I still can't believe how good it feels to have got my stitching mojo back. It went missing really about a year ago and no amount of searching for it helped. I kept reading the odd blog and checking out new releases at the various ONS', and even stitched a little bit, but it all felt like a chore for so long I actually thought that I'd never enjoy my stitching again. So this last few weeks I don't know what has changed, but suddenly my interest has perked up again and I'm really enjoying my stitching sessions. I'm loving the very loosely termed "rotation" I've set up for myself, seeing the progress I'm making each week on my wips and just generally being able to relax with needle and thread again. I've even started cataloging my stash this last few days so that I can actually look and see what I have and what I want to start in the not too distant future lol. I have to say that it's frightening seeing how much I have, and knowing that I'll never in a million years be able to stitch it all, but I'm not going to let myself worry about it (or stop buying more pmsl!), I'm just going to enjoy it.
So what have I been stitching on this last week?Nouveau Encore Designs Personised Sampler - Here is my progress up to yesterday. I'm now on page 2 and working on the top border. This came out again last night and I finished the border on the page and have made a start on the letter C.
Next up is HAED QS Alisha by Hannah Lynn Disney. I spent a couple of nights last week filling in some of the confetti that was left, then started the next bit going towards the right hand border. I was really pleased when I uploaded the pic off the camera today and compared it to last week's as I can really see some progress.
Waxing Moon's Spooky Greetings Bellpull came out last Fri and Sat which I'm SAL'ing on with Sally while she stitches on Shores. Friday I didn't really enjoy it as 2x2 seems so big to me nowadays, plus I wasn't at all well and had been up most of the night Thursday night feeling like death warmed up, but on Saturday I got into it more and enjoyed it. I think SAL'ing on this with Sally is going to be a really good thing as it's something I think that would probably get overlooked otherwise, whereas with two evenings a week on it I think I can maybe have it done pretty quickly.
And finally here is my new start from Sunday, the sock monkey ornament from this year's JCS Ornament Issue. Again this is 2x2 because of the mitten buttons it uses, and his body is stitched using 1 strand each of cream and dark brown (is it called tweeding?) which is a bit monotonous, but I took a break to stitch his happy red mouth and then went back to do a bit more body lol. I think with only one day a week on it it might take longer than I'd originally thought, so I put another 20 or so stitches in it again yesterday afternoon, and think I'll keep doing that every couple of days or so, concentrating on his body, so that won't seem too bad and will hopefully see him finished quicker.
Well I think that's it for today, I'm off to take my contact lenses out now, then I'm going to sync my mobile and ipod and then hopefully put those few stitches in on sock monkey before hubby brings DD home from school in an hour. Then tonight I'm looking forward to a long evening stitching more on PS.
Thank you so much to those who left comments on my last post after finishing ABC. It really cheers me up when I see I've had a comment and that other people are interested in what I'm stitching, and just makes me want to stitch all the more!
Til next time, happy Tuesday.