Tuesday, April 23, 2019

The Gentle Art Sampler Threads, Sable #110 comparison!

Well LOOKIE here.  I found a very old skein from 2007 that was in tact in a project I had kitted up. I knew I wasn't crazy.  Just look at the difference in the color of these two skeins. The old one is SO richly variegated, and the new has NO variegation whatsoever.

I gotta say, I was shocked! They are not even the same shade of brown at all. How does this happen? Does the original recipe get lost? Is someone falling down on the job? I just don't know. But at least I know I'm not losing it, and my eyesight has not completely failed me.

I have even noticed some big color differences in DMC over the years. I did a rant post on this some time last year. These big changes can really affect the outcome of  project. The designer spent so much time putting together these colors and when we can't count on the continuity of the floss colors, our stitching won't match the vision we had when we bought the project in the first place.  I know, realistically, there isn't anything we can do about it, but it is disappointing to have to scramble to find something similar to make the stitching work out.

Anyway, I thought someone might be interested in how these two compare! So beware when you are floss shopping!

Monday, April 22, 2019

Getting there with Spring Hare

I forged ahead with Spring Hare and let cooler heads prevail. I did not trash him and instead, did my due diligence and found the exact place the error occurred (yay me!), frogged it out and re-stitched him! Everything is great now, and he's looking very dapper thus far.

Don't know what I'll do with his flower bouquet just yet. Maybe stitch it in another color, as I have seen some others do. And I am going to order the Classic Colorworks Bramble Bush for the letters on this. It's really a wonderful variegated brown/caramel color that I think will do great.

And because I don't want to pay shipping on one skein of floss, I was thinking about getting this, from Needlework Press.

OMGoodness. I am not normally a "sampler gal". I know there are many of you out there, and I love them, but don't usually stitch them. Some of them seem too fussy or too old timey, but this one just speaks to me! I've seen some photos of stitches in progress, and it is just gorgeous!!!  So, just maybe....

I was looking through some old photos to find a specific one of my sister and I on Easter, many moons ago and I came across a wonderful photo of Jim, my stepfather, that I hadn't see for many years. I didn't remember it at all. It was as if he was telling me "Hi there Tam!", which he actually WAS doing when I took the pic way back in 2006 or so. I felt fortunate to find it and it helped me to be present and enjoy the day ahead, regardless of all the changes that have taken place. It's what he would have done, after all.

Easter weather here was gorgeous and mild. A perfect Spring day, really! Had a nice time with family and made it back with 5 minutes to spare to get ready for Game of Thrones. I can't believe there are only four episodes left.  It's been one of my favorite series I've ever watched. If you've not seen it, I highly recommend!

Until next time,

Monday, April 8, 2019

VENT ahead, so beware!

Well, I'm not happy. First of all, my mom saw the project. Do not give your phone to your mother and tell her to just "keep swiping" to view some pics from the weekend. Just a tip for all you kids out there. UGH!

Secondly, the stitch count on my project, La D Da's Spring Hare, was off somehow. It took me forever for figure out where it is, (I'm missing some rows on the right side at the back of his coat) and I'm so mad! I will most likely abandon the project and start over. (Wow, does that sound familiar or WHAT?!)

Thirdly, how was I supposed to end up with the beautiful color variations on the alphabet, shown here in the model:

....with THIS floss?

Indoor pic
Outdoor pic
I don't exactly have a LNS close to me, so I just ordered this online, and the entire thing looks like it's the same all over. I know that some overdyeds are more pronounced, but this doesn't look anything at all like the model. I found another example online where someone used Bramble instead of Sable, and her results were great. I wish I'd found that sooner!

This is not my stitchy week. I think I'll try and take a crochet break for a couple days and come back to it. Maybe I'll just eyeball some floss at The Salty Yarn, when we go on vacation, and come back with something more suitable and it'll be a birthday gift instead of a Mom's Day gift. Until next time,

Friday, April 5, 2019

Mystery Project, A Birthday, etc.

I have started a new project for my Mom. She knows it's coming, but doesn't know what it is. So here's a sneak peek just in case she pops on the blog, she won't know. Heee!

You might be able to figure it out, but keep it a secret! It's going pretty fast and I'm loving it. Quite honestly, I'm so happy to be continually stitching again. I have made a great effort to do so and it's wonderful. I continue to do some other things, but right now, my stitching is front and center. I'm working up to designing a bit more. I have lots of ideas and just need to make the time to sit and do it.

My son's girlfriend's birthday was yesterday and we celebrated her day officially last Sunday. She requested the Flourless Chocolate Cloud Cake (mentioned in a previous post) and I gladly obliged!

We went for a YUMMY lunch at one of our favorite restaurants in Richmond and had the best Italian food ever. We had a really nice time with the kids. These two are my life. Along with my hubs and this little girl right here.

Well, that's all the updates for now. I hope everyone is having a great week and getting lots of stitching in! Until next time!