Friday, 27 February 2009

Rainy day stitching

It's been an absolutely miserable day here today with high winds and lots of rain. Now as the temperature is dropping, the fog is settling in. A perfect day for stitching. This was a day off for me since I have to work this weekend and with no other plans for the day I settled in for a day with Cirque des Cercles. The day has passed fairly quickly and I'm amazed at the progress I've made. You don't realize just how much you've accomplished until you compare before and after pics. When I looked at my last photo and then at today's I was really pleased at my progress. Mind you I did work on this briefly on a couple of other occasions but the bulk of the stitching was done today. I'm on the last page now and the finish line is in sight!

Here are the before and after pics.

Amazing what you can accomplish when you have a day of stitching without being disturbed!
Yesterday I tried to stitch several times but was always interrupted by a certain little kitty jumping onto my lap and grabbing at the floss. Today however my DH was home and kept her occupied this morning and this afternoon she was all tuckered out. She's been sleeping now for about 2 1/2 hrs. I'm starting to get some better pictures of her now that she's not as skittish. It's just like having kids around again!

During the past couple of weeks I've been fortunate enough to have received two different awards from fellow bloggers. Both are friendship awards.

The first is from Blueberry Heart who is a new blogging friend.

The second is from Suzanne whose blog I regularly visit.

As stated on Suzanne's blog:

'These blogs are exceedingly charming. These kind bloggers aim to be friends. They are not interested in self-aggrandizement. Our hope is that when the ribbon's of these prizes are cut, even more friendships are propagated. Please give more attention to these kind writers. When you pass the award along please include these guidelines.'

Thank you ladies! I'm very touched by both these awards. I've made so many new friends through the world of blogging and stitching. I can't imagine what it would be like without all of you now. Friendship is a true blessing. I know that both of these awards require that you pass them along to other blogs but I can't imagine just picking 6 or 8 friends and leaving the rest out! If you're reading this post now consider yourself tagged and award yourself. You are all very special as far as I'm concerned!!

I think that I will have very few days of stitching like this in the next few months. Our lab is due for accreditation in May and any spare time will be spent getting things in order. I'm in charge of point of care testing (POCT) which involves any bedside lab testing such as the use of glucose meters for monitoring blood sugar. This will be my first accreditation since I have taken charge in this area and there is a lot of unfinished work yet. I expect to be working several hours of overtime in the next few months because there is just not enough time during the general work day in which to get everything completed.
My stitching might suffer but then again it might not. Most of this work cannot be done from home and I'll be needing a stress outlet more than ever! Fatigue might be the only deterrent to stitching. So if you find I'm not posting or commenting as much you'll know why. It definitely won't be forever. Perhaps things will go much more smoothly than I anticipate after all, I do tend to panic, lol! There's always hope!


  1. Congrats on the lovely awards!!!

  2. Great progress on Cirque. You are almost ready for a Happy Dance. Lovely awards and well deserved.
    I am sure you will handle your new responsibilities very well. Hey, we are always available to help you relieve stress by stitching along with you.

  3. Lynn, your St. Patty's blog look is great!
    Cirque is just incredibly gorgeous and you really have moved on it!
    That Clarisse is just so smoochable!
    Best of luck with work:)

  4. Wow, you got a lot done, it looks great. Good luck getting everything done at work. I hope you have a fun pattern picked out that is easy to pick up and put down to work on when you do have a bit of free time, it is such a great stress reliever.

  5. It's been raining here too the last two days and I try to cheer myself up by reminding said self that our desert soil needs the moisture. Looking at your progress pics is cheery, so thanks for that. :) I just purchased Cerque and am thinking about fiber choices. Big Decision! :D

    Good luck with your accreditation!

  6. Oh Lordy accreditation...UGH! Good Luck with that....and know I UNDERSTAND!

    Your Cirque is nearly complete! YAY LYNN!!!!!

    What a sweet Kittie, she is just gorgeous ;)

  7. Oh Lordy accreditation...UGH! Good Luck with that....and know I UNDERSTAND!

    Your Cirque is nearly complete! YAY LYNN!!!!!

    What a sweet Kittie, she is just gorgeous ;)

  8. Oh wow, your CdC is nearly finished!! It looks so great

  9. Your CdC looks amazing !!! As you said it is easy for the day to get away with you on a pattern like that, I think that is because we don't have to change fiber colors ever few stitches. Congratulations !!

    Good Luck with accreditation.

  10. This seems like a very intricate, yet repetitive pattern. Does that make sense? :) I like it, but no where near ready to take on something like this... soon maybe?
    I am new to the world of stitching and have been browsing various blogs to try and gain some knowledge and get some tips / ideas. I originally started with a stamped, then counted “kits”. I’m working on my 2nd chart and have noticed some big differences in floss types and quality.
    My Cross Stitch Mentor has told me that I’m ready to graduate from Aida, but I really like Aida. Maybe it’s just beginner’s comfort???
    If you would answer my question… What type of fabric or fabrics do you prefer and why? Brands and counts?
    I would appreciate any advice, thanks!

  11. Hi Lynn,

    Oh my goodness!! Look at that
    sweet little furry face. Your
    new fur baby is absolutely
    adorable!! What a pretty little
    thing she is, and are her eyes
    really blue??? I've never had a
    young cat before, since the cats
    we've adopted have been around
    nine months of age, but I can
    just imagine that she's keeping
    you busy right now.

    You've got a lot of stitching
    done indeed on CdC and it really
    won't be long before you'll be
    dancing a jig (St Patrick's Day
    is just around the corner, after
    all). Do you think you'll stitch
    either Cirque des Carreaux or Cirque des Triangles someday as a
    partner this one??

    Secret Snowdrift is looking great.
    The white thread is showing up
    very nicely against the colour of
    the fabric that you're stitching
    the design on.

    Sounds like we're in for some
    warm but wet weather over the
    next week or so. What a lovely
    change that'll be over the
    wind and frigid temperatures
    that we've been experiencing.
    Only three weeks until Spring

    Congrats on being nominated for
    the two blogging awards. It's
    always a good feeling to know
    that people are thinking of you
    in such a nice way.

    Good luck with the accreditation.
    Hope it goes well and doesn't
    cause you too many headaches, or
    stitching time lost.