Friday, March 3, 2017

It's way too early for Spring, guys

I feel like we got absolutely no winter here. Winters are usually unsatisfactory anyway (I want ALL THE SNOW and at LEAST a solid three months of icy temps, but I'm too far south in Missouri for that), but this time, we had a touch of ice, a few cold days, and that's it. I feel like Santa forgot to visit my house on Christmas Eve or something.

I think the Spring temperatures are giving me Spring Fever, too. I'm restless. I want to clean all the things, start all the projects, finish all the projects, travel around the world, climb the walls.... And I'm in a weird mental place where I want to talk to people, but I also want to be completely alone. I was deep in the throes of this last night, and I solved it by talking to my dog. He's a good listener and low maintenance company, so it was perfect.

Anyway, I've been stitching:
Welcome Spring is a 'free' chart by Little House Needleworks that came with the purchase of 3 Classic Colorworks colors. I stitched it on Dwarf Blue Belfast linen, which turned out to be a touch too dark for the thread colors. But it gives the design a "stormy Spring day" look, so that's ok.
And I finished the last of the Love Blocks, hooray!

The project I took on my business trip this past week was Whimsical Advent Calendar by The Primitive Hare. I finished the front designs for the first 5 days:
The designs are very cute and stitched up easily, but Spring Fever struck and I got bored. I finished the book I had brought with me ("Origins: Fourteen Billion Years of Cosmic Evolution" by Neil DeGrasse Tyson and Donald Goldsmith, which is GREAT), so I went to the bookstore and found "Relativity" by Albert Einstein and "Spooky Action at a Distance" by George Musser.

"Relativity" is apparently Einstein's attempt to write "The Theory of Relativity for Dummies" back in the 1920s. :D It's not dumb enough for me, though, so I have been struggling with it. I switched to "Spooky Action" for a (haha) easier read. It's about a phenomenon that, basically, challenges the known laws of contemporary physics (i.e., the theory of relativity and quantum mechanics). The book has turned out to be a sort of mix of science philosophy and science history so far, and I'm really enjoying it.

Once I got home, I was itching to stitch, and finally realized that what I wanted was something bright!!! and happy!!! and cute!!! So I started this:
It's from Feb 2016 Cross Stitch Crazy, by Tiny Modernist. Since I'm stitching from stash, I've ended up using an opalescent light blue 32 count linen. I don't think I'll have to backstitch the sheep to make sure they'll show up, at any rate.

(Another blue linen! I know. The reason I'm stitching on blue linen so often is that last year I discovered Stash Unload on Facebook and went crazy buying all the pretty fabrics I saw...and it turned out that I'm particularly attracted to blue fabrics. LOL woops.)

Oh, also, here is a cat in a backpack. I saw him at the airport; his family was moving across country and this is how he traveled.


7 comments:

  1. Welcome Spring us gorgeous, I saw my first baby lamb if the year today when in the countryside...so cute.

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  2. We have so much rain in spring your fabric color for Welcome Spring is perfect for Central New York. I understand totally about that weird mental place. Thank you for sharing. Your new start looks so much fun

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  3. I agree with you about being robbed our winter. Your stitching is all fantastic. Congrats on the finishes. I just love the Love letters. Your new piece looks fantastic. Good luck with it. The cat is too cute.

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  4. I really like your Welcome Spring piece and I LOVE the blue fabric. Way to go on finishing the Love blocks! I look forward to seeing progress on your new piece.

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  5. I love your Welcome Spring on that blue fabric! I'm attracted to pale blues and lilacs when I buy fabric.

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  6. We had the same kind of winter as you--non-existant! I hate to say it, but I did miss the snow! Love your LHN piece on the blue. I stitched it as a gift last year--need to do one for myself.

    Yikes! You are doing some heavy duty reading--no way would I even understand the first paragraph in those books :)

    Enjoy your March--spring is almost here weather we are ready or not!

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  7. I don't know the first thing about stitching, but those seasonal images are lovely. So cute and tidy.

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