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Thursday, July 02, 2015

WIP Wednesday... on Thursday

A day late and a dollar short, but here's my WIP Wednesday post!

Parliament Hill as seen from the opposite shore of the Ottawa River
I'm lucky to be living in the Nation's Capital

Yesterday was Canada Day and we had dinner and spent the evening with two other couples.  We all get along so well that an evening is gone before we know it!  Needless to say at almost 11PM last night I didn't really feel like blogging.

I'm already enjoying my extra long weekend, I've been off since yesterday and I don't go back to work until Monday morning.  While I've been sitting here editing pictures for blog entries, and re-watching Star Trek: The Next Generation (my inner geek is very happy right now!), I keep thinking about what I want to stitch over the next couple of days.  So here is what I've got in progress and that I may have worked on since my last post ... since I can't remember what's had my attention and what hasn't.

A Year In Chalk - May
Hands on Designs
Stitched on 32ct WDW Gunmetal
Stitched with GAST

First up I did have another Happy Dance yesterday!  Since my last post I've started and finished the next chart I had in line for the series A Year In Chalk, May.  I love how these stitch up so fast but the whole time I was working on it I kept thinking I wanted to work on something a little more complex.

Year In Chalk Jan-Jun(started)

After finishing up May in the Year in Chalk Series I started up June yesterday, but as you see I didn't get very far, I have one whale stitched up and I've started on a second.  The whole time I was stitching the whale I kept thinking of the whale in the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and its monologue (again, happy inner geek).

“Another thing that got forgotten was the fact that against all probability a sperm whale had suddenly been called into existence several miles above the surface of an alien planet.

And since this is not a naturally tenable position for a whale, this poor innocent creature had very little time to come to terms with its identity as a whale before it then had to come to terms with not being a whale any more.

This is a complete record of its thoughts from the moment it began its life till the moment it ended it.

Ah … ! What’s happening? it thought.

Er, excuse me, who am I?


Why am I here? What’s my purpose in life?

What do I mean by who am I?

Calm down, get a grip now … oh! this is an interesting sensation, what is it? It’s a sort of … yawning, tingling sensation in my … my … well I suppose I’d better start finding names for things if I want to make any headway in what for the sake of what I shall call an argument I shall call the world, so let’s call it my stomach.

Good. Ooooh, it’s getting quite strong. And hey, what’s about this whistling roaring sound going past what I’m suddenly going to call my head? Perhaps I can call that … wind! Is that a good name? It’ll do … perhaps I can find a better name for it later when I’ve found out what it’s for. It must be something very important because there certainly seems to be a hell of a lot of it. Hey! What’s this thing? This … let’s call it a tail – yeah, tail. Hey! I can can really thrash it about pretty good can’t I? Wow! Wow! That feels great! Doesn’t seem to achieve very much but I’ll probably find out what it’s for later on. Now – have I built up any coherent picture of things yet?


Never mind, hey, this is really exciting, so much to find out about, so much to look forward to, I’m quite dizzy with anticipation …

Or is it the wind?

There really is a lot of that now isn’t it?

And wow! Hey! What’s this thing suddenly coming towards me very fast? Very very fast. So big and flat and round, it needs a big wide sounding name like … ow … ound … round … ground! That’s it! That’s a good name – ground!

I wonder if it will be friends with me?

And the rest, after a sudden wet thud, was silence.

Curiously enough, the only thing that went through the mind of the bowl of petunias as it fell was Oh no, not again. Many people have speculated that if we knew exactly why the bowl of petunias had thought that we would know a lot more about the nature of the universe than we do now.”

― Douglas AdamsThe Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Prior to Cirque des Carreaux obsessing all of my needle time, I was working on Lanarte's Arabian Woman.  She is well under way now.

Also receiving a bit of my needle's attention is Michael Powell's Mini River Cottages.  I really should get this one finished sooner or later, its been in my stitching basket since last year.  Being that its not that big or complicated, it really should of been finished a long time ago.

I also pulled out my "purse project" (this is the project that goes with me everywhere so if I find myself with some free time I have some stitching with me) it hasn't received any attention in a long time.  This is one of the many motifs I've been stitching up from Rosewood Manor's Red Threads chart.  Its a great one to have in your stash, not only do you have about 24 various motifs but there's a set of monograms from the alphabet and numbers!

While in that same zipper mesh bag, I also found this!  A cute, little, simple kitty cat I had picked up at The Attic while in Phoenix, Arizona this past March!  I had completely forgotten I had started it a few months ago!

So that's it for this week's stitching progress.  I think you're going to enjoy the next blog entry I have planned for Saturday, its all the awesome finishing I've done in the last month or so.  If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook you'll have an idea of what I've been up to.


riona said...

A nice variety of stitching projects. You are not likely to be bored. I look forward to seeing further progress on The Arabian Woman. The Chalkboard series is interesting: I like the way the occasional pastel works with the white on black motifs. Very nice work.

Vickie said...

I love the chalkboard series. I don't have it, but am enjoying your journey.
That Stoneware Cat is a hoot!

Lillie said...

Love the chalk series and WIP are all looking good.

Barb said...

A very interesting post plus lots of great stitching! I also have an inner geek thing going on. We love reruns of the original Star Trek!

D1-D2 said...

Such a cute kitty. Sounds like you'll be busy.

Linda said...

I love all the projects that your working on Dani. Nice progress on them. Would you be interested in selling the Michael Powell chart when your done?


Bea said...

I always enjoy the variety of subjects and styles you work on and these are no exception.

Jackie said...

Beautiful photo of Parliament Hill! You're working on some cut projects! It definitely looks like you are enjoying your time off.

Kaisievic said...

Wow! Lots of lovely stitching projects there and I love your Parliament Hill photo.

Julie said...

Lots of lovely stitching projects you have on the go Dani.

Justine said...

Your chalkboard pictures are looking good. I love the Arabian Woman too. You have a great variety of projects on the go.

Brigitte said...

Great progress on your chalkboard project. I always love to see it, the designer created soemthing very original. And also nice to see what you stitched on your other projects.

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

The Chalkboard series is looking good. Will there be a bowl of petunias under the whale? I love Douglas Adams and read the trilogy in four parts to my son before we started on the Discworld series. I had to really to explain why I kept saying "brain the size of a planet" and "glad to be of service" every time we went through an automatic door!

geeky Heather said...

Love the chalkboards! That is one of my all-time favorite passages from Hitchhiker's Guide. I even have a T-shirt with that whale on it saying, "I wonder if it will be friends with me?" =)