Saturday, January 28, 2012

The Hangover and the Stitching

Well I didn't actually have a hangover, but that's what it felt like. I have been sick all week with a tummy bug and all day I would feel a bit sick, you know the feeling when your hungover and feel a bit seedy in the morning...Anyway I couldn't eat for 4 days because of the nasty effects but not so bad because I lost a bit of weight (I wasn't going to waste away in a week :)) However I do feel better now thank goodness, though that is NOT an excuse to eat whatever I like! I lost 1.5kg in 4 days and still have another 18.5kg to go...which will bring me down to my race weight - aim to lose it by January 2013.

I had Tuesday off work so I did get a lot of stitching done while watching my Larkrise to Candleford DVD (fantastic english period drama) I mostly worked on Tuscany Town mandala and getting along just fine.



Also continuing in my WIP projects, this project is Rose Lights by Chatelaine. Started this about 5 years ago, but this too has fallen by the wayside.

I did a bit of stitching shopping the other day too, and went to Needle Arts in Christchurch. This shop mostly has designers I have never heard of, but I did get this book...

I have been wanting this book ever since I saw it in the Inspirations magazine, who knows when I will ever get to do it, but the pictures are pretty! Its published by who also do the Inspirations and Smocking magazines.

I have started biking to work again, it's about 15km and takes 40 minutes, so by the time I get to work I am awake! On the way from work I take the long way and do by training then, so with a bag on my back for extra resistance and a 2 hour training ride, it works quite well and when I get home I can relax. (Saves on petrol costs too)

Happy stitching!


Saturday, January 14, 2012

Tuscany Town Progress & some eye candy...

I have made some progress on my Tuscany Town Mandala, I got stuck into it last weekend and got quite a bit done. I must say I don't like using the metallic threads much but they do look fantastic and it is worth the effort in the end.

This before:

And after:

This is quite a lot of progress for me! I usually don't get much done at a time, usually about 1 hour at night during the week if at all, the weekends I can usually spend a few hours stitching, depends how the weather is - if it's nice weather I'm usually out biking.

My next WIP/UFO is The Enchantment of Winter By Terry Nolan. This is a difficult chart to get now as it is discontinued I believe. It is a stunning design with the centre part of the design done as one over.

Fabric: White 32-count linen

I have just noticed that I have taken the picture with the fabric upside down! Oh well, as long as I can stitch it up the right way. :)
As I read other stitchers blogs, I realise how little stitching I get done, some people seem to stitch all day! If only I could...this is the main reason I don't get a lot done -

I mostly do time trials now rather than road races, time trails are harder than road racing as it's just you against the clock and you just go as hard as you can for, in this case 16km. I love doing it and cycling would be very boring if it wasn't for hotties like this:

It's not the only reason I watch cycling but eye candy is important...hahaha
In March I am going to visit some very good friends in Sydney, and while I'm there I will be doing a road race, which will be quite fun as it's more of a fundraiser ride rather than a race. I'm looking forward to it as I haven't raced in Australia before, so it will be another country I have ridden in to cross off my list. Next year I plan to do a race in Belgium. Anyway enough bike talk, especially since this is a cross stitch blog...