New Mystery Project

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I’ve started a new project. While the Alice SAL is fun, my concentration hasn’t been the greatest lately and I am also feeling I don’t have much time that I feel up to stitching. But I wanted to be able to work on something. This new project will have very little backstitch, and large blocks of a solid color. I am finding it much easier to work on a project like this at the moment, although my stitching time is currently almost non-existent. I’m hoping to be able to get in about an hour a week. My neck, however, may have other plans. For now, this mystery project is quite blue… any guesses as to what it will be?

XXX
Carrie




The Mystery Unfolds

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The last week has been full of sickness, the last day of school, and frigid cold temps. Unfortunately, I didn’t get much chance to stitch. I tried, but my hands were shaking so badly that it just didn’t work out. There goes my stitching deadline for this project! It’s still coming along, though, and I am loving every stitch. Usually by this point in a project I am so tired of it that I have to really force myself to finish. But when this one is finally done I think I will only want to do other, similar charts.

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Carrie




Lots of Progress!

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Here is my latest progress photo of the mystery project.

This chart is from a magazine, so it is cut up into 5 pieces for saving space. That’s why I am kind of all over the place on this one. I am almost done with the 4th section. I have been getting a lot done in the last few days. Unfortunately, I made two errors. The first was in the grass on the lower right. It was supposed to be mostly light green, but I accidentally used the wrong color. When I went to stitch the second symbol, I realized my mistake. I had done so much work, I decided not to rip it all out. There are so many different shades of green that I wouldn’t have even known what to rip. So I kind of improvised and scattered the remaining area with light and dark green. The other mistake was on the very left edge. I started at the bottom row and stitched one cross stitch more than I should have. So when I got to the top of the light purple area by the green stem, I was off. Since I stitched side to side, not top to bottom, I would have to take out ALL of the light purple and start again. I looked at the top left part of the chart and it was pretty sparse, so I decided to just leave it and now I will have to add one extra row on the side all the way up. It shouldn’t be hard because it is just foliage, but I will have to remember when I stitch that part to not start on the left side and work towards the center! If I do that, following the chart, I will be off by one. What a mess! This is what happens when you stitch with kids around and get in about 5 or 6 stitches in between “I’m hungry”, “I’m thirsty”, and “I have to go potty”! I knew I just had to fill in with purple, so I wasn’t looking at the chart. If I had been, I would have noticed right away that I was doing one extra stitch between the edge and the green stem. Grrrr!

XXX
Carrie





Mystery Project

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I had to start a new project. I found this great pattern in a British cross stitch magazine last summer, and have wanted to stitch it ever since. But I kept telling myself, no more new projects! But in the end I relented, and am loving this one. What is it going to be? Keep checking back to see! Here’s the first progress photo.

XXX
Carrie