Tuesday, March 30, 2010


My needlework isn't limited to cross stitch. I found a great pattern on Ravelry and have become just a bit obsessed with the idea of crocheting with perle cotton. Since my collection of DMC perle cotton is limited to the few skeins I've purchased here and there for random Shepherds Bush projects and maybe a Sekas design or two back in the 90s, my palette was not very varied and since I wasn't sure I'd even be able to crochet with the teeny, tiny 1.80mm hook I decided to cheap out and purchase a bulk package of inexpensive(cheap) perle cotton at JoAnn's. It was going to cost quite a bit more to purchase all colors I wanted in the DMC at $1.49 a skein so the bulk perle was good for experimental purposes.

It took a little practice to get used to the small hook and the slippery thread but I love it! I got a little jammed up yesterday afternoon when I tried to work my way through the process of connecting the hexes, so I set my little hexes aside for the night. Maybe today the instructions will make sense. The pattern is quite thorough so I'm sure it's me not the pattern.

This is what I'm hoping to turn my hexes into:

Through the Loops!: Pincushions

I didn't link directly to the pattern info on Ravelry since not everyone is a member of Ravelry. The above link shows what I'm hoping to make and then I linked to Ravelry in the first paragraph.

I've made some progress on A Haunting Mermaid. Every week I think I'm going to finish and another week passes and it remains a WIP. But that's ok because I am making progress and is there really a rush? I'm not on a deadline, I'm stitching for myself. I have to remind myself constantly to enjoy the process.

The beautiful spring weather down here on the Redneck Riviera makes me feel guilty about wanting to stay inside and stitch. I've moved my stitching spot to the front porch and also the backyard for a little while everyday. The sun feels so good and lifts my spirits but not nearly as much as needle and thread slipping through fabric. As much as I enjoy the sun I do believe I could survive 10 months of winter as long as I had my stitching. Now remove stitching from the equation and I'd go flippin' nuts.

Have you all seen this:

Carriage House Samplings & Mo Jewelry: A Very Big Announcement

I am so very sad.

The Mom Saga

Last week my mother was admited to the hospital and is being treated for two chronic and debilitating conditions. While she's trying to get better it looks like her COPD is just getting worse. Going on home right now isn't an option and once she is released from the hospital she'll be going to rehab for 20 days to learn how to breathe again. Once she's released from rehab I'll be going back home to Tennessee to stay with her for a while. I'm hoping they can really get a handle on her problem but I'm pretty sure smoking for 50 years has left her lungs in pretty bad shape, although my Mamaw was diagnosed with emphyzema and the woman never smoked a day in her life. The doctors said it could have been caused the type of kerosene her father used in their house when she was a kid or the fact that she was around smokers most of her adult life. She wasn't diagnosed until she was 78 years old.

And to show what a stupid obsessive stitcher I am, I've been sorting WIP that I can easily take to my mother's and work on since there isn't much to do where she lives and I'd go insane without a project or two or twenty. Having time to plot a stitching strategy is a good and a bad thing. I have several projects that I know are going unless I finish them before having to go back home, fat chance of that happening, and one or two projects I hope to get all kitted up between now and when I might have to leave.

Trust me when I say there is absolutely nothing to do where she lives except "visit" and my mother isn't going to be up to visiting that much which, unfortunately, is another aspect of her health issues. Being pretty much a shut in for the last couple of months accept for the occaisional trip to the Piggly Wiggly and a daily run to the post office has left her depressed. She has no hobbies except for her "stories" (General Hospital, One Life to Live and All My Children). While there are those that believe I have no life because stitching seems boring or they just don't understand it, at least I'm using my mind, keeping busy, and I always have the hope of that new start just right there within my reach. I can't imagine living like my mother with no hobby, nothing to stimulate my brain or creativity, just endless hours of waiting to take my next pill or hoping someone will knock on the door for a visit.

I'm planning on taking a few stamped embroidery pieces with me that my mother might like to attempt if I'm there to show her how to do it. I think she might like that more than cross stitch.

I've been doing some spring cleaning and trying to get my house in order in case I have to go home sooner than expected. I had really hoped to get through the 14 yr old's school year but I think with a bit of planning everyone will get along just fine and not even realize I'm gone.


Anna van Schurman said...

I like your perle cotton pincushion. I'm sure you can figure out the joining. Also, does Kathy's closing mean you won't come up here and visit in the future?

Laurie in Iowa said...

So sorry to hear about your mom... sending positive thoughts to you both.

Margaret said...

Oh those hexagons! Beautiful! I've had an ambition to 1. learn to crochet and 2. learn to crochet hexagons just like that. lol! I love yours, and I love that link!

I'll be sending good thoughts for your mom and for you too. Hang in there.

Deb said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your mom. My thoughts are with you!!!

Love your pincushion starts. It seems like those are all the rage right now!!!

Blu said...

That pincushion is going to be amazing!

Sending good thoughts to you & your mum.

Michelle said...

Love love love the hexagon pincushion. How cute!!! Sorry to hear about your mom - sending some positive energy to the both of you.

Siobhan said...

Love the WIPs, Melissa. I told Deirdre about Ravelry & she wanted to know that if she joined, would you be her friend on it. LOL I have no idea if that's available or not. She's trying to stay off line until the exams are over in May but I imagine she'll get into it then.

I'm thinking of you with the mother situation. Hang in there, gf. xoxoxoxox

Katrina said...

Melissa, so sorry your mom isn't doing well. I can imagine it's a bit stressful thinking about going and taking care of her. Hope it all goes well and she is feeling better soon.

Love your new projects too :-).

Sharon said...

Melissa, I love your hexagons. i would have never thought to use thise dmc pearlies for that. What a cool idea. Those cushions are so cute, almost like crocheted biscornus. Great idea. Haunted mermaid looks wonderful.
Keeping you and your mom in my prayers and thoughts. ((((MELISSA))))

Carol said...

Sorry to hear about your mom Melissa. I am having what I now call "mama drama". She spent a week in the hospital then 20 days in a nursing care center....20 days Medicare thing I guess. We had her at home for two weeks and that just isn't working. Keeping you and your mom in my prayers.