Day Seventeen: Break Night

I’m not feeling up to stitching tonight, so it’s going to be a short entry today… instead, I’ll add another question from the Wipocalypse last year…

Do you find yourself more productive with stitching in summer or winter?

I am definitely a winter stitcher. I don’t care for the heat and humidity, yet find myself wanting to be outside on the weekends in the summer.

All winter, I tend to be camped out under a quilt in the living room, under my Ott Light. :). It’s when I try to catch up on TV shows, since going outside isn’t a fun deal.

This October is seeming like a test drive for this winter, actually.

Hopefully back to the needle tomorrow.

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Day Sixteen – The Traveler Returns

After a weekend of carousing, touring, or whatever a random floss bobbin might want to do with itself, the missing bobbin of WDW Carrot reappeared this morning. It was resting demurely under my planner on the coffee table, as if to say it had been there the entire time.

I know the truth though. It’s mocking me.

Regardless, I’m happy it’s back. It confirmed something that was bothering me a little with the color of my spare, older skein. They’re definitely different colors. Not horribly, but it’s noticeable. The newer skein is darker. The older has a bit more of a yellow tinge.

The bobbin with less floss is the one I’m using for this project. My plan is to continue the final pumpkin with that floss… I think I have enough to do the whole thing… barely. Then I’ll do any ginger cats with the other skein. I’d planned on coloring the cats like our current horde anyway, and Noby is a little lighter anyway.

I completed the vine that divides the left and center pumpkin tonight. It went pretty well. I had some tension issues at first but got them sorted.

I’m happy with that for the night.

Time for sleep…

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Day Fifteen: Obligatory Autumn

Warm days in October tend to be rare. Although it was overcast and quite humid today, the temperature was very nice… especially for now, when we’re supposed to be in crisp morning weather and full autumn color. (This year… is not one of those years).

Erich had promised Max that we’d head over to Confreda Farm to enjoy the yearly autumn festival, and so we trekked out around 11 am in hopes we’d beat some of the crowds (we did, although it was already pretty busy). We’ve taken Max to this every year since he was a baby… and this year things were definitely much more organized and elaborate, especially in the little mini amusement park area. Extra bouncy houses, a little petting barnyard, and a new sand play pit with big tractor treads to climb on. This was the first year we headed out on the hayride to the pumpkin patch and corn maze, since Max finally was old enough to do it without needing to be carried.  The ride over on the tractor skiffs was relaxing.  Confreda is quite a large farm, and they do a lot of supplying to local markets in the area (for example, Wegmans – I see their produce listed in the local section frequently), so the drive through the fields was kinda cool.  There was a setup for a spooky hayride after dark, too – it was creepy enough without the actors and the darkness, honestly.  I can just imagine what it’s like once the sun goes down!

Erich was joking that perhaps he’d be able to see over the maze.  That definitely was not the case when we got over there. It was a fairly long maze, and on a slight hill… so I struggled a little bit. Max had a great time, though. If anything, we had to keep yelling at him to stay with us instead of dashing ahead. We were not going to be the next set of parents who lost our kid in a corn maze, especially after the news this week.

After the maze, we wandered over to the piles of pumpkins to choose from. Confreda didn’t have them in a patch, per se.  That disappointed me a little bit, but I can understand why they wouldn’t want crowds actually pounding through their fields. Instead they had what probably had been a field (since there were a lot of dead pumpkin-like vines on the ground) with small piles of pumpkins scattered around to choose from.  Max chose a smaller one, and we decided we’d grab a big carving one back up at the main farm stand so we didn’t have to lug it around. We headed back to the main farm area, back through another route on the hayride.  This time it showed the more extensive crops that the farm handles – I recognized eggplant, different peppers and squash.  There were several other things I didn’t recognize off-hand.  Once back to the main area, Max enjoyed a bit more playtime in the bouncy houses.

Fatigue was catching up with him and the darker side of age four was revealing itself, though… so our playtime and shopping were cut a little short.  We didn’t get our carving pumpkin, but did grab a pie before we left to head home.  We have a couple more weeks before Halloween… plenty of time to grab pumpkins a little later!

After naps all around, we brought Max over to Astrida’s house – his daycare provider and adopted grandma (Nomi), while Erich and I headed downtown to the movie theater for a 30th anniversary showing of the Princess Bride.  I officially feel old.  I remember seeing it in the theater the first time around.  It’s still a fantastic movie.  It’s also extra special for Erich and me, since the instrumental version of the love theme was our processional at our wedding.  Apparently next month, they’re showing Casablanca for its 75th anniversary.  I may have to go. Casablanca’s one of those movies that I know I’ve seen the entirety of in bits and pieces, but I can’t recall seeing it in one single sitting.  Seeing it on the big screen?  Yeah… that might have to happen.

So no stitching today… but plenty of pumpkins in another form!

Back to work tomorrow, and hopefully I’ll get some more progress posted tomorrow night.


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Day Fourteen: Losing Supplies

Sometime between last night and this morning, what remained of my orange skein for the pumpkins decided to go wandering. With seven cats in the house, it could be anywhere.

I didn’t notice it was missing until I was at the library today. That made finishing the pumpkin a little tricky. I used whatever scraps I had, and then hoped I could either find that skein or another skein of Carrot (Weeks Dye Works) among the stash.

I remembered that Witchy Washy used Careot… my poor piece that was damaged by spilled coffee and has to be restarted due to all of the threads bleeding due over the fabric. Since I’ll need to repurchase when I restart anyway, I decided to pull the skein of Carrot from that project to use here.

The color is a bit lighter than the skein I was using, but it’s blending well with what I had, so I think I’ll be okay. If I really don’t like it on the final pumpkin, I can always have the girls pick me up a skein when they go to New Jersey next weekend.

This is the one frustration with hand dyed floss. The color can change dyelot to dyelot. The skein of carrot that I pulled from Witchy Washy was several years old. When I’m lucky, the colors will look good together. When they don’t, there are issues.

(This happens with good old DMC floss too, but not as suddenly as it does with the fancy floss).

In any case, it was a good stitching session. The center pumpkin is now done. Next I’ll work on the vines and actual fruit of the final pumpkin. Then I’ll get to work on the cats.

Here’s where I end tonight:

I’m pleased. And sleepy, so I will end here for the night.


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Day Thirteen: Attack of the Fur

Harry was exceptionally needy tonight, so I spent the better half of the evening cuddling him.

When I finally got to my stitching, the inevitable happened… too much cat fur blending in. I don’t mind a little here and there (it’s just a personalized fiber after all), but too much can make stitches look dingy, and I’m at that point. I need to do a good lint roller session with this piece before I move forward.

I did get a little bit of the pumpkin done:

Tomorrow at the library I’ll finish that pumpkin and start trailing the next set of vines to the final pumpkin.

(And there may be an actual pumpkin patch in our family future tomorrow)

Good night!

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