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Grand-doggie Josie. Watercolor in my art journal.

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In my stash I have quite a few vintage threads that I have inherited or bought from yard/estate sales.  Included in these I have some perle cottons that are on wooden spools.  While Josie was here visiting I had the perle cotton organizer open on the floor while I was stitching.  She kept sniffing the older spools, I figured they must have really interesting smells and didn’t think more about it until I reached down to pick up the pink thread that was on a rosewood colored spool.  It was wet, I guess the spool must have tasted good.  So in my collection I now have thread that has been kissed by Josie.

I only did one more variation of the herringbone stitch for TAST.  I also will be doing the Stitch Along with the Hand Embroidery group on Stitchin Fingers, so I will be able to experiment more with this stitch later on.  I’m posting a picture of the last herringbone variation along with my buttonhole stitch variations.  I have this week to work with the detached chain stitch then I will be caught up with the rest of the TAST group.


Other than finishing up the TAST stitches, I need to go shopping this week for a new blouse to wear when Kerry and I go see The Phantom of the Opera.  We will see the show on July 2 and then spend the next day together going to museums and just visiting, we also have to make a trip to Umberto’s for calzone.  Since I will already be in the Tulsa area I’ll go on up to Owasso and spend a couple of days with Steven and Jess.  That way I get to visit everyone and also save on the cost of gas.

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Josie is visiting this week while her mom and dad are in Vegas.  We have been keeping the yard safe from birds, butterflies and toads.  She wants to play with the toad so bad but I won’t let her, I’m a mean grandma.  She’s a very active little dog and keeps me occupied, so I haven’t gotten much done in the way of stitching. 

I did finally get started on doing the herringbone stitch for the Take a Stitch Tuesday (TAST) on Stitchin Fingers and discovered that I really do need a new pair of glasses.  Even using a magnifier I couldn’t  keep my stitches even, but since this is a sampler I’ll just claim any wrong stitch is a design variation.
There are still a few more variations of the herringbone stitch that I would like to do before moving on, but I am posting a pic of progress so far.  Don’t look too closely at the stitching.  If you squint your eyes, maybe you won’t see all of the mistakes. 



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I’m crying Uncle on the Secret of the Stole KAL.  My poor steroid altered brain just can’t count and keep the numbers straight.  Knitting each row takes forever because I’m counting and recounting and then frogging and counting some more.  I’ll keep up with the pattern posts and save them for later when my brain is functioning normally.  Or at least functioning as normal as it ever did.

I can’t wait until Nov. 13 for the winter issue of Interweave Knits, because I want to make this Celtic Tote.   It is everything I like and need.  It’s has cables, it’s celtic (always a plus), it’s felted, and it looks large enough to carry all of my stuff and my knitting. 

Grandpuppy Josie got dressed up as Dorothy for Halloween, complete with pigtails.  Jess says that now Josie is mad at her but was rewarded with milk bones after the photo shoot.

Josie says, “But Mom, I don’t want to play dress up.”

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Josie is “The Daily Puppy” for June 20, 2007.

Josie the Beagle / Jack Russell Mix Puppy
                                 The Daily Puppy

Stayed up late last night due to heavy, severe thunderstorms.  Seems they pretty much cleared the atmosphere, because we have lots of sunny weather in the forecast.  Keep your fingers crossed.

I’ve been bad.  There was some Regia Silk – Mocha in my stash that kept calling my name.  I haven’t finished the 2nd pink sock and I [gasp] cast on the Dream Twister socks using the mocha Regia.  When you go to the site, the pattern is on the right sidebar. This won’t be mindless knitting, the pattern has lots of charts.

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I’m about to decide that rain is a 4-letter word.  Just when the wet feet of the garden plants are drying out, we get rain, rain and another week of predicted rain.  We aren’t far behind our yearly total, and it’s only June.

Remember the back raised bed with the black stumps that used to be onions?  Well, there was one jalapeno plant that ended up as just a dark stick.  After a few days of sunshine, it sprouted leaves and started growing.  I decided that if it was so determined to live, that it deserved a chance.  So I transferred it to a pot and just in time, I don’t think it could have made it through more drenching rain.

Pepper plant before transferring to a pot.  You can see how wet the ground was.  All the salts came to the surface.

On Thursday we managed to make it to Okmulgee between rain showers, with the old table and chairs for Kerry and Jason.   They had asked if I would also bring them a loaf of Foccacia.  I ate a piece of the bread before giving it to them.  Now I’m wanting more, so guess I will have to break down and make some for myself.

The Skrappy Ladies (stitch group) are starting a new round robin next month.  We are doing the  Progressive Blocks Quilt from  M’liss Rae Hawley’s Round Robin RenaissanceI received my copy of the book yesterday.  Now I’m really looking forward to getting started.  I need a structured project with a deadline, to get me motivated.  Maybe this will be the kick in the behind that I need to get me creating again.  For this round robin the guidelines are: 

Basically, you take the packet from the person passing to you and add blocks, made by you, that are the equivalent of 2 – 12″ (finished)blocks. 
That can be:
2 – 12 inch blocks,
8 blocks – 6 inches each,
18 blocks – 4 inches,
32 blocks – 3 inches,
or a combination of the above.
The owner is responsible for setting the blocks together, anyway they choose.

Friday was Josie’s 1st birthday.  She had a hat, bandana and a cake.  Jessica said she wasn’t sure how Josie would handle wearing a hat.  But it seems the hat was forgotten as soon as she saw the cake.  (I’m sure it’s a no-chocolate doggie cake)



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Woke up this morning and started opening the window blinds to let the light in, when I spotted a strange looking bird on the fence.  The tail feathers reminded me of a dove but the body was chunkier with speckled feathers.  The head was sitting on a short almost non-existant neck with big eyes and a short beak.  I grabbed the digital camera and got a quick pic.  Can’t see the bird very well.  Then I ran to get my Sibley’s bird book and found out it was a Common Nighthawk.  Book says it’s not unusual to see them in the daytime.  I wanted better pictures so I drug out my 35mm with the BIG Zoom lens, now just have to get the film developed.

Bad pic of Nighthawk, but you get size compared to bird on the right.

As I posted yesterday, Josie spent most of the weekend keeping the yard safe from birds.

Here she is chillin’, but always on the lookout for invaders.

I didn’t get any knitting done, everytime I started to knit, Josie would jump up and get on my chest.  When I put the knitting down she would lay in the floor and chew on her bone, until I picked up the knitting, then she’s back on top of me.  Even if I wasn’t paying attention to her, I had to be READY to pay attention to her at all times.
Or was she protecting me from the evil knitting? 



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