Sunday, June 18, 2017

Close

I'm getting close to finishing. The border and the faces shouldn't take too long. But then the backstitching begins. And the beads...


Sunday, June 11, 2017

*sigh*

Page 3 reminded me why I do parking with confetti heavy pieces. Damn you ninja stitches!


Also, I was a bad girl and bought more stash. Herrschners had 33% clearance and HAED had 50% off charts...
I realize the sweater is a knit pattern, but I am going to teach myself to knit. Eventually... And the dragons are no background so I can use pretty dyed fabric and they should take less time. Now to decide if I want them on the same fabric or coordinate per dragon.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Why am I still stitching green?

I switched from Insanity because of the green, but I'm still doing green. At least I can intersperse it with another color.

I'm getting near the bottom of my fabric. Apparently, I miscalculated my margins when I started this piece. I will have far less on the bottom than the top, but at least I won't be short.


And my rose bush is in bloom again. For once, it didn't get buried under a pile of snow for months.



Sunday, May 28, 2017

A page finish

Amazing how much I can get done when not working all week (aside from trying to find a job). Page 2. I'll fill in the border when it's farther along.


As such, this will be my last stash purchase for a while. (Damn you Herrschners) And I shall try to not start anything new until I've finished at least 2 wips. An afghan I'm making for a wedding present being the exception.


Tuesday, May 23, 2017

DWTS Season 24: Week 10 Night 2

Last episode of the season. Who will bring home the mirrorball?

Simone. That was a short little dance.

Heather is probably the only female celebrity that could've blended in with that routine. Maybe normani. Heather should be in the finale. 

I have no idea who this singer is. I liked the dance. 

Love seeing the boys dancing. Although it could've used more Maks. 

Thankfully Charo and Mr T. didn't dance during that number. 

Bonner. He seemed a little stiff but seemed to match the boys better than the last time. 

Nancy. Still no bounce. She also seemed to get a little lost on the battucatas.

That was a silly produced piece. Hehe. 

Nick. Still not enough hips. 

David. Still a bit of an uncomfortable routine.

Bloopers! 

Charo. Thankfully her guitar playing is better than her dancing. 

Yay. Another pro dance. 

Rashad. How did he not clean up his footwork? 

Heather. I said it earlier. She should've been in the finale. 

Still have no idea who that singer is. 

Now one republic I've heard of. Gleb and Sharna were hot. 

Normani. Len and Bruno joined them and Brno was having too much fun. And Bruno got a 3 and a 4 from our hosts. 

Simone. She still seems to defy gravity with some of those tricks. 

Another band I've heard of. And awesome country inspired dance from our pros. 

Weird music video with Mr. T. 

I love Tom. 

Should I enjoy the remake of dirty dancing? I feel like it's a classic they shouldn't have touched. 

The fusion dances are here. 

David. Foxtrot/salsa. They looked out of sync on the 2nd salsa part. Still the weakest dancer of the 3. Too high. I would've given 7s at best. 

Normani. Argentine tango/foxtrot. Good as usual. I agree with the scores. 

Rashad. Cha cha/tango. His footwork was messy. The tango felt like it was walked through. I saw a heel lead in the locksteps. Too high for me. 

In 3rd place is Normani. What? 

And the winner is Rashad. I can accept it. 

Monday, May 22, 2017

DWTS Season 24: Week 10 Night 1

The redemption dance. 

David. He looked rushed and flat footed. His butt was under better. They gave him one of the easiest dances to redo. Too high. 

Normani. Interesting outfit choice for a quickstep. But it was good. I agree with the scores. 

Rashad. Much better than decks although I felt he was a bit blank in that face while in hold. His footwork was actually good in this dance. I agree with the scores. 

Why did the guys get the easiest ballroom dance while Normani got one of the hardest? 

Freestyle round. 

David. I found it kind of entertaining. But very simple and a bit repetitive. too high but I'm not surprised. 

Normani. Thank you for basing this dance around a ballroom style. I agree with the scores. 

Rashad. Fun. His feet were back to being pretty bad. A little high for me. 

We shall see who wins tomorrow night. 

Sunday, May 21, 2017

I've had a bad week.

This week has been pretty cruddy to me. It started off with me having to find a new job. My LinkedIn profile if anyone is interested. I also had to say goodbye to Onyx. She suddenly went downhill starting on Wednesday. I had her for 12 years and I miss her.

As for crafting, I started to get bored with Insanity.


Switched over to an afghan I had started a while ago that I found tucked away in my closet (of doom)


And have pulled out TW's Romeo and Juliette. Which I don't think I've worked on since I started this blog.


I did end up going on a tiny bit of a stash spending spree just because I was miserable.


Got the last peacocks and also bought some yarn. I had to order yarn anyway because I'm making an afghan as a wedding present.

I leave you with a few of my favorite pictures of my Onyx.








Monday, May 15, 2017

DWTS Season 24: Week 9

Judges challenge 

Normani. I want her dress. It was good. And they got a good song. A little low. 

David. He's still stepping through it and was a bit jerky. He could've been smoother with all his movements. Butt was under better but it still stuck out a bit at times. Too high. 

Yay! Pro dance. Although I've never heard of the singer or the song... Need to listen to more radio. 

Simone. That looked like she was having fun. She looked like she was a little off balance but I blame the boots. I'll give her the scores. 

Rashad. While he led Emma, he pretty much stayed in one place. I didn't see much hip action. His foot placement and technique still need a lot of work. Not worth 10s. 

I was expecting a bit more ballroom from Cheryl. 

Round 2

Normani. That was fun. A lot of lindy hop in the jazz routine though... I agree with the scores. 

David. His butt was out again. He looked flat footed during the dance. Too high for me. 

Artun's facial expressions were a bit odd during that dance. 

Simone. It was ok. Hips went in and out of use. Too high for me. 

Rashad. Better feet but there were a lot of steps. The smile was a little too bright. I'll give him the scores. 

And going home is Simone. What? Why is David still in it? 

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Page 4 is complete

I have a page finish. Only 149 to go. haha.


Good news is the sky will take almost no time at all due to the large blocks of single colors. As you can see below, I've managed to get a lot done today because ~30 stitches per row with no color changes.


Also felt I should probably show you my Monday night project.


Monday, May 8, 2017

DWTS Season 24: Week 8

Yay, pro opening! 

Rashad. Fun. But flat footed which made it feel very heavy. Too high based on his feet.

Normani. It was good. I felt her hair was preventing me from seeing her expression. I agree with the scores. 

Bonner. There were places where he seemed to not know what came next for just a beat.  He just stopped, which made me come out of the performance. Too high. 

Simone. A bit fast for a foxtrot. I would've done cha cha to that song. Wasn't too much foxtrot until the end. It was ok. A bit high for me. 

David. Probably his best dance. Still some suspect footwork. I'll give him the scores. 

Trio round

Rashad. I liked it. Props to the lighting crew. I almost think he needs a higher heel to help with the flat feet. I'll give him the scores. 

Normani. That was good. Thank you for two shirtless men by the end. Cute cameo by Bonner at the end. I disagree with Len. 

Bonner. He really didn't did much... Too high. 

Simone. It felt busy to me. She tried and mostly succeeded in matching Britney. I'll give her the scores. 

David. He looked like he ran though that rather than be strong with his movement. The technique wasn't right. Too high. 

Going home is Bonner. While David was better tonight, why is he still in? 

Sunday, May 7, 2017

10 rows left

62/72 rows completed

I have some blue!

Also got some stash. 5 yards of 25ct lugana to do my HAED's on.

Also got the fabric and a specialty thread for the dragons.

Monday, May 1, 2017

DWTS Season 24: Week 7

Nice opening. The guys look very nice in tuxes. 

Bonner. Story was cute. But I really didn't feel Paso from that. Too high. 

Nancy. I want the dress. I think she could've tucked her butt under more in hold.  I'll give her the scores but a bit high. 

Simone. Cute. I agree with the scores. 

Nick. He was sticking his butt out too much. He tried to channel Maks but it didn't work at times. Some connections looked fumbled. Too high. 

Rashad. The first Paso tonight that sounded and looked like a Paso. A few weird things but I could attribute it to being a zombie. Too high. 

David. Very stiff through the entire dance. No hips. Way too high. 

Norman. Why are they using an American rumba for an Argentine tango? The dance was good, but the music has been off tonight. I agree with the scores. 

Dance off 

Simone vs Nancy. Cha cha. Simone was sharper but didn't actually do as much cha cha at the beginning. I agree with the decision. 

Rashad vs David. Jive. Both need to work on the kicks and flicks but Rashad is the better overall dancer. I agree with the decision. 

Bonner vs Nick. Rumba. Neither had any hip action. Bonner seemed to do a little more actual rumba. I agree with the decision. 

And the people leaving are Nancy and Nick   

Why is David still safe? 

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Tiny update

I've finished row 50 of page 4.


I was looking through the pattern and I discovered that pages 6-16 are pretty much all sky and large clumps of about 3 colors. They should go real quick once I get to them.

Monday, April 24, 2017

DWTS Season 24: Week 6

Maks is back! And one of my original crushes, Nick Carter. Hehe. 

Simone. Pretty good. I felt it was hopping rather than bounce. The combat boots didn't help with me wondering what she was doing with her foot placement. Why was she practicing in heels if she wasn't going to wear them? I agree with Nick. 

Bonner.  Odd arrangement of the song at the beginning. Sound mix issues? But Bonner didn't move from his bent knees legs spread position. Rumba needs straight knees. Sharna danced around him completely. Too high. 

Nancy. It got better towards the end but she didn't seem confident at the beginning. Especially when they had just shown Mel Bs version. Too high. 

Nick. Better than I thought he'd do. Chasses were planted a bit wide. Technique is weak as usual. I'll give him the scores but too high.

Normani. I thought there was just too many underarm spins. There are a lot of different spins in salsa but I really only saw the same 3. I would've given 9s.

David. He still leans forward a bit in hold. I was afraid he would drop her when he didn't get the full overhead press. Weird song choice and didn't feel like an Argentine tango for me. Too high. 

Rashad. Too upbeat for a tango, more of a hustle. I didn't see any stalking movements. Very one speed. A bit high. 

Heather.  Could've used a little more hips but I saw more then I usual do in the rumba. I agree with the scores. 

Team dances

Boy band. There were some synchronization issues. Bit odd but fun. Too high. 

Girl group. So hot they blew out the lights. Haha. And now the house lights are on. Nancy was the weakest. Too much standing around for the caliber of dancers. I'll give them the scores. 

And the dancer leaving us is Heather. Damn it! She shouldn't be leaving yet. 

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Still Insane

So I'm slightly more than halfway through the page. In another 10 rows I'll have some blue.


I was getting annoyed with the extra fabric so I decided to roll it from the bottom. Of course that required me to unfold the entire piece of fabric. I forgot how big this was. I think I ordered 55x55?


I fell prey to the HAED sale...


The last two are Maxine Gadd who's work is retiring.

And a cute photo of Onyx from today. She once fell through those bars and has since learned to brace herself with her back feet. She also spent the next month after falling, hugging the back wall whenever she came into or out of my room.