Jan 3, 2012

THERE ARE A HUNDRED AND TWENTY EIGHT DAYS IN JANUARY, RIGHT?

Well, that's what I'm going to need if I want to make a dent in the Official January 2012 Spinster Stitcher Basket O' Stitching Fun. I decided that running up and down the studio stairs would be good exercise, apparently, because I am now completely spent and ready for a few hours in the Happy Chair.

Let's take a quick tour, shall we?

This gorgeous thing was one of my stitchy Christmas gifts from Aunt Chrissy. I would have started it the minute I opened it, but methinks I need to switch those stretcher bars to the bigger ones. I like the fact that the smaller/thinner ones are lighter to hold, but this sucker looks like it will need some extra support. Maybe it's time to try Evertights?

This is what I played with until 3am. I was six episodes deep into Kelsey Grammar in "Boss" on Starz, so that little house practically stitched itself. Considering the eighteen feet of snow sitting on the back patio, it looks like this might be today's selection:

Ahhhh. My oldest WIP. I've loved this canvas forever, and as you can see, have also been stitching it forever. This is the year it gets completed! I swear!

Another Christmas stitchy gift from Aunt Chrissy. I saw this on a fellow blogger's blog and just had to have it. Little did I know, though, that there are actually alphabets for every season! Woo Hoo, Aunt Chrissy!

I think that this one has been on my "I'm going to start this on New Year's Day" list for about three years now. Why am I so compelled to "save it for something special"? It'll get started, I promise. But for now I like petting the linen and threads.

OK. There's no way I'm ever going to have this framed and over the fireplace unless I plant myself in front of it and move a needle in and out repeatedly. It does, however, require concentration, so no Jeffrey Dean Morgan movies. Maybe an afternoon You've Got Mail marathon instead?

'Scuse the helper, but he insisted on getting in the picture. I gather that this is Stewey's favorite WIP, since he always seems to noodge himself into my lap the minute this one comes out of its project bag. I was a little unsure about the tone-on-tone nature of that bottom motif, but Aunt Chrissy assures me that it will be gorgeous once completed (as hers almost is):

I never seem to have anything small to grab when I'm headed out for an appointment, so this one will hopefully rectify that:

Yeah, yeah, I know it's a Christmas piece, but how could you not want to stitch this all year long? I started that little bit with only one ply of the Valdani floss, but I think I'm going to have to frog it and re-start with two or three ply instead. The colors are right, but the coverage just isn't what it should be.

Well, there you have it. As of this afternoon, I am officially set. I did manage to have the perfect snow day yesterday -- laundry done, a big pot of soup made, and stitching stitching stitching until the wee hours -- so maybe we're off to a good start for the year?

I'll see you Thursday. Tomorrow is the first Futzingday of the year, so Stewey and I plan on spending it...well, um....futzing! Woo Hoo!

29 comments:

  1. I love all the projects you're starting!!

    The Evertites are mighty nice...I can testify. Don't try to think too much about how they work, just trust the instructions!

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  2. Beautiful projects all over!!!
    Wishing you, aunt Chrissie, Stewey and of course little bosco a very happy 2012

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  3. Oh, I'm loving those WIPs! Stitch, Coni, stitch! I wish I could be home today stitching my little heart out.

    So happy to see you made it safely through the holidays. Happy New Year!

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  4. Welcome to 2012 - They all look like simply wonderful projects and I feel special, knowing I'll be able to watch them ALL grow and be finished this year!!!! What is the fabric for Baubles? Does it come with the white lines woven into it? How special is that????
    Happy New Stitchity Year to Yourself, Stewie, Aunt Chrissie & Bosco.

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  5. january is officially "stitchy freak-out" month for me too! can't wait to see your progress!

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  6. You have selected some gorgeous projects for the year! I can't wait to see your progress.

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  7. Wonderful projects! Aunt Chrissy has wonderful taste, Stewie too.
    Happy 2012!

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  8. Very tasty selections for the Basket 'o Stitchy Fun! This is the year we see L'Hiver finished, right?

    Best wishes for 2012!

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  9. Happy New Year!

    Looks like you've got a bit to keep you busy for a few weeks anyway.

    Love them all.

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  10. Oh Coni, I adore you. Thank you for a great big laugh. :D

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  11. Oh I love, love, love your starts and WIPS. Can't wait to see your progress. I love your needlepoint pieces. You enabled me to get Strawberry Shortcake...which alas is languishing in the 'to do' basked !! And Kelsey Grammar in The Boss....one AMAZING series isn't it? Sometimes I watched the same episode twice in a row thinking, 'did I miss something'? Holy Smokes...half the time I was watching it with my mouth hanging open !! LOL I really liked it!! Anyway...happy stitching and Happy New Year to you and Mr. Stewey !!!

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  12. Enjoy your futzing day! Happy New Year, Coni - looking forward to spending more time with you (& your blog and dog too...LOL).

    Love your projects all lined up for 2012. Can't wait to see the progress and finishes since you are such a quick and efficient stitcher!

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  13. All of those projects look fantastic! Can't wait to watch them grow!

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  14. Lovely projects you have. Great selection for 2012

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  15. Very lovely gifts you received. You have some great projects lined up. Can't wait to see your progress on them.

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  16. Oohhh you have great projects lined up! I love that LK Alphabet! I think I bought that one too...really need to go through the stash pile and organize it! Enjoy futzing today!

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  17. You need to not sleep ;-), they are all gorgeous projects!!! Happy New Year!

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  18. Very lovely projects picked out. It will be great to see your progress.

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  19. Well I see you have plenty of beautiful projects to keep you busy for a while, enjoy and keep stitching.

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  20. Oh my what lovely new projects you have there.
    Snowflake is looking good.

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  21. Happy New Year Coni! You've selected some wonderful projects for your basket!

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  22. Some lovely selections, Coni...looking forward to seeing your progress throughout the year.

    Love & hugs to Master Stewey!

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  23. I am a day or so away from my Christmas Garden start. I can't decide on cloth. Those LK seasonal alphabets have been on my stitching shopping list for some time. I just keep forgetting to order them! LOL

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  24. I love all your projects. I think my favorite is the big colorful flower. Is that cross stitch? I know you do other forms of needle work - all I know how to do is cross stitch. But this one is really really beautiful!!!! Hope you are staying warm out of the snow.

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  25. There are 128 days in January, AND 25 hours per day, AND 8 days per week. Aren't there? Well, there should be! Put in a stitch or two for me. Keep posting those WIPS. You do a beautiful job!!

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  26. Looks like you have some great projects lined up- I am particularly interested in the Threedles pattern- a Different View- I have it but I am too afraid to start it! Have fun!

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  27. Cool line up of great projects!

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  28. Um...just saying...once you use Evertites, there is no going back...

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