Tuesday, January 05, 2010

It Could Happen

I'm thinking that 2010 is the year of the stitching pandemic. Actually a pandemic of an affliction referred to as Stitch Ass(Siobhan I will forever be indebted to you for this term). At least for me. I did not stitch New Year's Eve that I can recall and unfortunately I wasn't drunk, it was just such an uneventful evening that well, I just can't remember if I did, in fact, stitch on New Year's Eve.


I didn't stitch on New Year's Day and was mortified when Laurie brought it to my attention that New Year's Day should be spent doing all the things you love so that you are assured of doing them the rest of the year. YIKES! I seriously messed that up. I cooked, I cleaned, I dog sat, no stitching, no knitting, no quilting, no embroidery, no crochet.

Well I declared January 2nd the official start of my New Year since January 1st on the calendar is more a day of work(cooking and such) and visiting and doesn't always leave any free moments in the day for one's other passions and believe me there was a time about fifteen years ago when I would have listed food as my number one passion. But I fed my hungry heart, worked through the whole emotional attachment to food and well cross stitch has for the most part except those few dark years when I chose pizzas over my stitching, always, always been my passion.

It's just the last few weeks there's not been enough hours in the day for stitching. So I declared my January 1st do over, determined that my year was on a different cycle than the rest of the world's and made January 2nd my New Year's Day.

On January 2nd I started Plum Street Samplers Garden of Eerie. After getting more stitched, after adding more colors, I think I'm in love with my own hand dyed fabric. I believe if I were going to give it a name I would call it light cinnamon. I determined this after starting my pot of coffee this morning and noticing a bit of cinnamon stain on my thumb(I always add a sprinkling of cinnamon to the grounds, 1) for good fortune and 2) because it just tastes good. My fabric is very close to the color of cinnamon.

Plum Street Samplers
Garden of Eerie
2x2 32ct linen
DMC

Here is my progress as of this afternoon. The greens really pop on the fabric.
Here is a close up of FrankenAdam and Bride of FrankenAdam(a.k.a. Eve). Yes the back stitch over her right eye is not cooperating. I've restitched it umpteen hundred times and now am giving up. She just went a little crazy with her eyebrow pencil, OK?

Not sure why these pictures are a bit washed out. I hope it's just my computer screen. Maybe I can get my lightbox assembled this weekend and finally get some pictures in lighting that might actually enhance the stitching.
So join me in a worldwide pandemic of Stitch Ass. I think it's a wonderful affliction and I've got my mojo back and there are seriously worse things one can come down with like, oh I don't know, H1N1. That's no fun. But Stitch Ass, well that's nothing but fun, except for those that want supper, clean underwear, but I can't do that I'm sick, I have Stitch Ass.
2010 so far I love you!

17 comments:

Deb said...

Perhaps we should all declare this year the Year of Stitch Ass (kind of like the Chinese and the year of the Bull, Dog, Cat, etc.) LOL

Your Garden of Eerie looks great. What did you use to dye your fabric? It looks really good.

Meadows08 said...

I love a good case of Stitch Ass!

Love your Garden of Eerie. Really cute.

Katrina said...

Gorgeous! You are really making good progress. I am planning on lots of stitch ass in 2010 too :-).

Janice said...

Looks great so far, Melissa!

Laurie in Iowa said...

Woo hoo... you're making fantastic progress on your GoE. YGG

Missy Ann said...

Garden of Eerie looks fantastic!!!

MamaLadyBug said...

Just three days and you've really stitched your . . . well, hiney off! That dye job looks great with the Eerie Garden!!! I was wondering where you'd been;-)

Siobhan said...

I like Deb's suggestion... The Year of Stitch Ass. I like it, a lot. Love the pandemic idea. Oh yeah, baby, I want that virus!! LOL I just hope there isn't a cure. ;) I can't believe how far you are on Garden of Eerie. WOW!! YGG. You are rockin' that needle!

I am in the same boat as you, horrified at the thought that perhaps my New Year's Day activities (cooking, cleaning, spending time with the in-laws) forecasts the same for the rest of the year. I'm sunk if that's the truth. Here's hoping that declaring the 2nd to be our first day of the new year sticks!

Kielrain said...

I like the idea of the year of stitch ass. I can get behind that one.

And I am loving your Garden of Eerie. That fabric you dyed is looking perfect for it.

Karen said...

Love your logic. Really like the fabrid color too! Great new start.

Kim said...

The fab looks fab! And oh yeah....I could go for a nice long Year of Stitch Ass!! :o)

Brigitte said...

The Year of Stitch Ass - I'm in! Lol.
Great progress on Eerie, it must be a pure fun stitch.

Margaret said...

Yes!!! The Year of the Stitch Ass it is! I'm all for it! I love your Garden of Eerie. That fabric looks great! More stitch ass coming! lol!

Lisa said...

I love your fabric!! It is perfect for Garden of Eerie!!

Carol said...

I'm glad you have your mojo back! I have found mine too!! You're really rolling on Garden of Eerie!!!

Michelle said...

I think 2010 should definitely be the Year of Stitch Ass! I can't believe how quickly that is stitching up...crap, now I'm going to have to start it too! LOVE!

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