I’m kind of hiding from posting stitching updates this week because I’ve been cursed with a serious infestation of frogs on the Mirabilia Round Robin this round.
I’m working on Sophia’s gorgeous piece that you can see to the left. The square I chose is the remaining small one on the left, and I expected to carry over some of the colors into the larger square, since it’s bigger than the 2,500 stitch average that was decided upon for the robin. Should be easy, right?
Yeah – apparently not for me this round.
The problems started when I discovered that I had just put in 200 stitches in the wrong color on Monday (the day before the robin was due to be mailed). I was off by one number in DMC, but because it’s a gently shaded piece and (most importantly) it’s not mine, it needed to be corrected. So out came the stitches. Correct color was threaded, and off I went to redo the rows.
Until I got to the bottom of my square – and things didn’t line up right.
I’d skipped two rows – and of course, they were back up near the middle. So out came the stitches again.
Try #3 – fine. Good. Done. Moving on to the next color to be added.
Where I very quickly discover that another color (another approximately 150 stitches) I’d put in was off horizontally by one flipping column.
Out they came, too.
Everything is now fixed, but I’m now also four days overdue to send this thing – and if there’s one thing I really, really hate – it’s being late to send off for robins. I mean yes, I was good and immediately contacted the robin moderator and Rachel, who I send to, to let them know I’d be late. But I didn’t expect to be this late.
Given all of the frogging I’ve done, if I catch any other errors, I think I’ll just frog the stitches and call it a day and just send on. I may just have serious bad mojo with the piece, which is a shame because it’s absolutely gorgeous.
Anyway, tonight I’m making my final push on it – it may just be one of those rounds, but I will do my best to complete that flipping square.
The next round has arrived, and that’s the hint that regardless – I need get my butt moving and just call uncle if it’s not working.
On the other end of robin stitching, last week I mailed off Rachel’s cute little piece for the 2011 UFO robin. It’s now heading into its last round, but Blu, who received her completed piece home last round, decided not to send out a second piece for a single stitching round – so I’m done with the robin other than modding duties.
Here’s how Rachel’s piece left me. I worked on the dress, filling in a good portion near the upper end of the skirt, the waistline, and those blue and purple stitches trailing upward. I have several Little League World Series games to thank for the stitching progress, as my hometown of Billings, Montana made it all the way to the U.S. Championship game before finally being eliminated. The boys were great, the games were fantastic, and they were very good for my stitching mojo!
So Rachel’s piece is off to Blu for a final round of stitching. It’s had some lovely progress on it for this robin!
I also received word from Linda (another participant in the robin) that she could finish off my piece if she could hold it a few more days – I said absolutely since it’s one of my oldest UFOs, and decided upon a second piece to send to Kris for the final round.
I decided to send off my late mother-in-law’s Walk in the Woods, which I would love to finish in her memory someday, and the extra push would be greatly appreciated. It’s one of two pieces that were left in-progress when she passed away. I finished the other, Garden Sampler, last year.
It was essentially this or one of my eleventy-billion (well, feels like it anyway) Wentzlers that I have in progress, but since I haven’t worked on them in quite a while, I wasn’t keen on going through and checking all of the colors and making sure I haven’t lost anything.
Walk in the Woods is a much more practical robin piece. And the border at the top may be one of my favorites that I’ve come across. Those Johnny Jump-Ups are just gorgeous in person. My MIL really did do a lovely job with them.
So this weekend is International Hermit and Stitch Weekend. Once Sophia’s Mirabilia is done and mailed, I’m going to settle in to some of my own stitching for a few days and take a breather before going into Melinda’s Mira (which is another absolutely gorgeous one – I’ll post photos once I start). I’d hoped to jump into the Love4Stitching SALs this month, but Mirabilia is up this weekend, and I do think I need to back away a bit from the designs to refocus.
Since I was delayed on the RR, I think I’ll work on Witches Wheel (Glendon Place). This is pretty accurate to where I left off on it. I don’t recall touching it since Stitcher’s Hideaway in February (when I really was getting overloaded with robins).
It’s screaming at me a bit – so I should indulge, right?
Happy stitching, all!