Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Paradigm Lost and Birthday Fairies

It is Tuesday, another SAL night.. this time, Paradigm Lost. My scanner was friendlier tonight (or rather, I did it right tonight!), so you can now see the fabric and silk colors much, much more accurately. I am not actually stitching this sampler in a Q-Snap, but did put it in so it would sit well in the scanner. The left edge is rather wrinkly from stitching in hand! Why am I stitching in hand, considering how I generally feel about stitching in hand? Well, my left hand has been aching lately from Q-Snaps, so it is time for a break. But with that said, I really hate the sewing method. I am a stabber. Why? When using the sewing method, the two horizontal threads under the stitch bend. They really never unbend, and the stitch looks, to me, to be wobbly. Stabbing leaves a nice, crisply placed stitch - so I stab! (Well, I am using sewing method with Kingdom Sampler - but that is two strands of DMC on 28 ct linen.... kind of a different deal, it can be pressed later). Anyhow.... I really have decided that I love this fiber choice. It is working out really well and matches my decor quite perfectly too! (Wow, the scanner really highlights a thicker thread in the linen in the middle area of the A.... but it doesn't show up pronounced quite like that IRL... it's there, but actually looks good, not all distorted like in the image).
Oh my gosh, the Birthday Fairies have been visiting me the past couple of days! I love to send birthday gifts to my stitching pals, and then generally forget all about it until Microsoft Outlook reminds me that a birthday is approaching.... So, when my birthday comes up, I feel a bit overwhelmed with the generosity of other stitchers towards me! Thank you, ladies! I love it all!!! In this photo are gifts from three different friends: Judi sent me the cute little kitty cat fob, the nice cut of lambswool linen and a sweet bookmark kit seen on the left... Isabelle sent me the pretty Abracadabra lugana (gosh, I know she loved this fabric when she got it - then she sent it to me! I don't even know what to say!!), a lovely french garden chart by Tournicoton which is simply amazing, a skein of a french overdyed floss and a very sweet little kitty cat tissue holder! Welcome back from vacation, Isabelle! And, last but certainly not least, on the far right is a stunning garden chart by Reflets de Soie from Karen V! Thank you all sooo much! I will email you all personally tonight from my laptop.... when my hard drive died over the weekend on this desktop computer, I lost everyone's email addresses... fortunately, Outlook is intact so I did not lose your birthdays! But... I do have your emails on my laptop, so I will make sure to thank each of you personally for being so kind!

And... I learned today that Patti and I have the same birthday, July 31st!! That is so cool! I wonder if we were born the same year? 1963... Naw, I bet I am older than Patti - LOL!!

It's New DVD Release Tuesday, got The Benchwarmers and Final Destination 3 :-)

Stitched on today: Paradigm Lost

15 comments:

Nicki said...

What gorgeous gifts! You deserve them :)

zoeandcooper said...

What wonderful birthday stash!

Isabelle said...

Wow, you got your package already! Yay! I'm glad you liked it, Carol. I hope you like the Abracadabra - I just couldn't help sending it over to you when I saw it was on your wishlist. As you may remember I had bought it for Celtic Summer but realized it was too purple for it - and then you finally sent me the perfect fabric for CS on my birthday! Seems only fair to me, my friend.
If you need help with the French chart, I can help - I have that chart as well :) I thought it was a good design for the gardening and stitching queen that you are!! ;)
And I had bought that kitty fabric just for you :D

Take care, my friend! I'm back online and promise to post an entry tomorrow :)

Stephanie said...

Happy Birthday Carol(a few days early...in case I don't get a chance before then.) Enjoy all your wonderful presents. :-)

Annemiek said...

Hi Carol,
First of all, a belated happy birthday. I love how PL is coming along, the color of the silk is just perfect for it. Imagine my surprise to see one of my designs stitched up :).
Annemiek

Annemarie said...

Hi Carol, what a beautiful piece Paradigm Lost is. The colour of the floss is stunning! As you know (as *everybody* knows by now) I'm an in hand stitcher myself, but I never sew (by which I suppose you mean you pull your needle down and bring it up at the correct spot in one movement). I don't like the way that looks. Anyhow, enjoy your pressies. You have certainly been spoiled!

Nicki said...

Back to say the colours of Paradigm Lost are even more beautiful this week now you've scanned it - gorgeous!

By the way - I always stitch in hand but I stab too. It takes longer but it can be done! :)

Kiwi Jo said...

Gorgeous Carol - I really like the fabric with the Konini. I'll post a piccy tonight - I finished all the letters on the first page and started the medallion - go me!

KarenV said...

Paradigm Lost is looking great Carol! I've got a much better idea of the colour of the Konini now. I *think* there may be a touch too much blue in there, unfortunately for what I want - still need to make up my mind. Is there much blue in the Amethyst (sorry to keep bugging you about this!)

Glad you got the chart OK - as I said in my email, it was pretty fast getting there!

I'm a stabber as well - I learnt to stitch that way and I think the stitches lie better - and I almost invariably stitch in hand.

Judith said...

Wow did the package already arive at your place. Most of the time mail to the USA costs a full week, so I thought lets send it on time and now it took a lot less than a week. Glad you enjoy the package.
I saw all the kitties on your blog and thought this fob would be perfect.

Nicole said...

Paradigm Lost is coming out beautifully!! I love the fabric and thread colors!

tkdchick said...

What lovley gifts! What generosity! I love the fabric and floss colour for paradigm lost!

Mary said...

Very nice birthday gifts. :-) Your Paradigm Lost SAL stitching is really coming along.

BeckySC said...

Lovely gifties :)

Heather said...

What gorgeous gifts you have received Carol.