Monday, November 11, 2013

Back to Stitching, but....

There was the big last tournament of the tennis season to watch this past week, so I was back to stitching.  I started a new piece.

Lady in Red Spinning Her Wool by GigiR Designs
GAST fibers
This is what the whole piece looks like.


I am, however having problems.  The GAST dye lots seem to have changed drastically since the model was stitched.  It might be time to take a pause on this one, sadly.

ETA:  Thank you, Gigi, for commenting on my blog!  I just wanted to say that I know it's not Gigi's fault about the dye lots.  I love this design so hopefully I will figure out a conversion that I like and continue on at a later time.  I'm just easily discouraged at the moment.  My Lady in Red won't disappear forever!

The Father Type and I have both been doing some cooking recently (not that I don't usually cook!), trying new dishes out.  I cooked this one.

Marrakesh Veggie Curry
And the father type cooked this soup.

Homemade butternut squash soup with grilled cheese & bacon sandwich
And the Father Type once again made some luscious Pecan Sandies -- so good!



Mia has been doing her best to keep warm now that the temperatures are colder.  She's been snuggling up to me a whole lot more.


Thanks as always for stopping by and saying hi.  I hope everyone has a great week!


40 comments:

Vickie said...

Lady In Red is very, very nice.
Oh man! Those sandies. I had to go get a cookie right now,not kidding.

Mary Ann said...

Ok, I am hungry now--all the food looks so good! Nice start on Lady in Red! I hope you can work out the floss issue.

Krista said...

Lovely new start! I hope the colors work out for you. The cooking looks quite yummy and healthy with those veggies!

Laurie in Iowa said...

I've just had breakfast but now I'm hungry again after seeing your food photos! You've been eating well. :-)

Annie said...

Love that sampler. Hope you can work out the colors. I hate it when the colors suggested just don't look like the model at all.

Yummy food photos. And so snuggly with Mia. I think winter is coming.

Dona said...

Margaret, I love your start on Lady in Red! It's at the top of my list. Not good about the dye lots! Does it have a legend for silks?

How nice that your husband is such a good cook and likes to try new recipes! They all look really good!

Glad Mia is staying warm!

Cari said...

Lady in Red … I LOVE. She's on my list but I'll have Jean at the Attic send me her silk conversion. I too have had some cotton overdyes change drastically…and some where two different names are virtually the same color !! YIKES. Hope you can figure it out and continue with the piece.

Hugs to you and sweet Mia. And keep that DH of yours cooking !!

cucki said...

Aww very pretty sampler..I love it so much...
Kisses for Mia..
Big hugs x

Ann at Beadlework. said...

Thread colours can be an absolute pain at times - changing colour can cause all sorts of problems with the overall balance of a piece. Good afternoon to Miss Mia, gorgeous as always.

Samplers, Silks and Linens said...

i do so love the gigi r sampler i wish she would offer a silk conversion as an alternative then i would nt hesitate to buy some of them - your food looks delicious as well ~ Amanda

Nataly K said...

I love your sampler! It is a beautiful start. As for different dye lot colors I think it is more creative photography. I seem to run into major color differences from photo to actual stitching. Don't be discouraged, it is stunning.

Michelle-ozark crafter said...

That is a lovely stitchy piece and I hope the colors work out for you after all. Your cooking looks wonderful as well. As for Mia, she is adorable as always. Sylvia Joy has been more of a cuddle bug too but she is not a lap kitty at all.

Melissa said...

Awww, Mia is looking very sweet and cozy there!

Love your new start. We do have similar tastes as I ordered this chart a couple of weeks ago!

I am trying out new recipes too, some with success some not! That curry looks yummy!

Jennifer said...

Ooh those Pecan Sandies look good. Those were my grandfather's favorite!

Deb said...

Even though you're not loving the threads, what you've stitched on Lady in Red looks really pretty. And those pecan sandies had me when you posted them on Instagram. Those are one of my favorites - unfortunately no one else likes them! :o)

Gigi said...

I am very sorry about the color problem It is definetely not my fault because the model was stitched with those mentioned but I think maybe that dye lots are different from one dye lot to another
Now that Crescent colors has changed owners I might consider using those Otherwise I do not know what to do Gigi

Nicole said...

Beautiful start on The Lady in Red! I think it looks great!!

All the food looks so good and Mia is such a sweetie! Oreo has been snuggling up to me more lately too! :)

Charlene ♥ SC said...

Very pretty start. You'll find some fibers that you love for the Lady. I love soups, and these sure do make me long for some! Sweet Mia - y'all stay warm.

Evelyne said...

Lovely sampler, i hope the colors work out for you!
Very nice that your DH is such an good cook!!
Always nice to try new recipes!
Mia is staying warm , i see.

Hug, Evelyne

Linda said...

I love your new start Margaret. I think the colors look great. That food all looks yummy. Cute pics of Mia.

Linda

Catherine said...

Love your start! If I like the cover photo, I will choose colors to match that rather than the called for colors.
Tell Mia to snuggle up ~ it's gonna be cold the next few days!

Deborah said...

I find the dye lots in all the over-dyed floss isn't consistent.its becoming a problem. I agree with Catherine. I tend to go by the cover photo. Mia is such a cutie.

Ellen said...

Gigi's sampler is beautiful! Hope your color conversions work for you!

Saying hi to Mia, keep warm!

Have a great week!

Hugs,

Beth said...

Comfort food! Yum, I hope you get the Lady in Red figured out to tour tastes. It looks to be a really interesting sampler.

Chocolates4Breakfast (TerriBoog) said...

That is a beautiful sampler and I totally understand your frustration with the colors! Lots of good food you guys have going on there but pecan sandies, oh my! Yummmm!

woolwoman said...

Glad to see all your knitting pretties in last weeks post and your modeling your gorgeous finish! YEAH YGG - too bad about your lady in red sampler, threads can vary so vastly - it is somewhat disappointing at times. Hope you have a great week ! Mel

Faye said...

Now that's a scarf!!!!! And, retirements?? New job??? Lotsa celebrating for you guys!!!! Know what you mean about those dye lots.... Bummer....

marly said...

So different - very nice! Maybe the off-colors will look even better than the model!

Annette-California said...

Lady in Red is a beautiful sampler. Your off to a great start:)
I just made some sugar cookies tonight - after seeing your sandies I too had to go have a cookie!
love Annette

Chris said...

Lovely new start. I hope that floss situation gets worked out.
Lovey cooking. Looks like some perfect things for the colder days that are setting in.
Hugs to you and Mia!

Mugwump Woolies said...

Sorry your colors are giving you fits...love the sampler and hope you can resolve the difficulties. Lady in Red...love it! Food looks yummy...I love butternut squash soup and consume copious amounts this time of year.
Have a great week,
Robyn

Brigitte said...

Oh my, what a wonderful new design you started here. I hope you can find the perfect colours for it, particularly that rich red of the lady's dress. I'm curious to see what you will come up with.

Dawn said...

Yum, I love curry. Just did a curried butternut soup that was good. You must finish that beautiful piece, it's great.

Mia has the right idea - stay warm!

Carol said...

Oh, I sure wish I could convince my husband to cook, Margaret... Your food looks so good. And the sampler is lovely. Hope you can figure out the floss problem...

I sure wish I had a sweet kitty like Mia to cuddle with on a day like today (snow here!)!

Karoline said...

Lady in Red is a gorgeous sampler, hope you can work out a conversion that works for you.

The food all looks very yummy

Keeper of the Crowes said...

I love this sampler, Margaret. Can't wait to see more!

Rachel said...

The Lady in Red Spinning chart is beautiful, what a great start! I've added it to my list. I hope you've had time to figure out your colors!:)

Anne said...

Beautiful new start Margaret!! I love how wee it looks. I'm with you on the drastic changes of GAST. I often use the DMC then change it out with overdyed threads that are similar to the DMC rather than follow the colours charted. I find I like that way better. All that cooking looks amazing and is making me very hungry! LOL! Mia is a sweetie and looks so cuddly!

Melanie said...

That's too bad about the dye lots. I've been collecting hand dyes for so long I run into the other problem too, with the stuff I have not matching NEW patterns, because my floss was purchased 10 years ago or whatever. You'll figure it out eventually. (Or maybe you already have. I'm TERRIBLY behind on blog reading/commenting....obviously. :))

Melody said...

Your food looks good, especially the cookies! yum! Simon says hello to Mia, he is sitting beside me as I type. :)

Love your new sampler start!!