Thursday, January 3, 2013

A Quiet Weekend and a New Start

Gentle Friends, well, we have arrived at 2013, and stretched out before us is a brand new year.  Although last was a less than stellar year for me, I am hoping that 2013 will be better. 

At least on the stitching front things are good.  With two great SAL's out there - Santa's Village from CCN and the new "Little Sheep Virtue's" from LHN.  The first sheep "Hope" is super cute and I am sure that the rest of the flock will be also!!

On my own stitching front, I did not finish the grass on ATS, and I'm still stitching "Green Apple."  I am sure it will wrap up in the next week or so, so it will have to be a first finish for this year.

I did get my New Year piece going on January 1st, actually I worked on it all day.  I just couldn't get it to come out even and there was lots of frogs and restitching!!  Here's a snap of the start...


I am stitching "Autumn" on a piece of 36ct Light Vintage Sand from LL.  I am using the recommended NPI silks, as I did on the two previous HRH pieces I stitched.  I think, or hope that I can get this finished up be the end of the year and have Christmas at HRH as next years New Year Start.  I don't know why I was having so much trouble with this simple single stitched line, but, for some reason I just couldn't keep my count.....  it couldn't have been the "Downton Abbey" Marathon going on with my BluRay player?????

Yes, that is the quiet thing we did all weekend - watched the 1st and 2nd Seasons of DA - and now Rico is hooked!!!  We can't wait for the 3rd Season to start up this Sunday!!  And, we cant wait for the sparks to fly with Mrs. Levinson (Shirley McClain) coming over for Lady Mary's wedding.....


There will sparks a plenty between the two grandmothers!!!!
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That's about it for today sports fans.  Thanks for stopping by, do stop again!

Take care,
edgar

33 comments:

Margaret said...

Oh I can't wait for Downton Abbey either! So exciting! I did manage to read a spoiler by accident -- but I'm not letting that daunt me one bit. I'm really looking forward to the two grandmothers. lol!

Bummer about the problems with that HRH start. I had similar problems with a project I started too -- constant frogging and recounting and yuck.

Here's to a better 2013 for you!

Sherry said...

Happy New Year, Edgar! I can't wait to see your progress on AHRH! I need to start some of my HRH pieces! I have them all but Shores.

Susan said...

Very nice start. I had an invasion of frogs also - a new year's tradition that I can do without!

Cricket-bug Corner said...

I am excite for the new season!! Does Rico stitch as well?

Stitchinowl said...

Well, you are starting your 2013 stitching off with a bang! Enjoy stitching your Autumn at Hawk Run Hollow start.
Another Downton Abbey fan who can't wait for Season 3 to start!
Carolyn

Rita said...

lol! I'm slowly collecting the silks for Autumn at HRH....and am seriously thinking of stitching both Santa's Village and the Sheep Virtues series.

Happy New Year!

Danielle said...

Great start!!! Do you stitch in hand or use a Q-snap or a floor stand? I have always wondered, as you complete so many beautiful projects and your stitching always looks great!

diamondc said...

Dearest Edgar: Happy Newyear to you Rico and the Hoo Hounds, I love your start on HRH, I have had the same problem on things I have stitched, sometimes the stitch devil sits on my shoulder.
I donot know what show this clip is from but it looks interesting I love Shirley MaLain.
Blessings
Catherine

Charlene ♥ SC said...

Doesn't it seem that sometimes the most simple things prove to be the most difficult? I'm doing Santa's Village, but haven't committed to the Sheep yet. We'll see how long that lasts. Maybe if I can get some of my lingering WIPs done, one of the Hawk Run Hollow pieces will be in my future, too.
Happy 2013!

Nicola said...

Funnily enough Edgar, I'm hoping to be stitching A@HRH soon. I was very kindly given a gift certificate for Anita's Little Stitches and bought this with it. I have been wanting to stitch a HRH piece for ages now and can't wait for the chart to arrive, probably sometime next week. Will have to get some fabric and that will probably be 32ct light Sand Belfast. Although I love 36ct I'm starting to find it harder on my old eyes! Looking forward to seeing yours grow too!

ariadne said...

I got hooked with Downton Abbey as well!It is great!Happy new year!AriadnefromGreece!

Vonna Pfeiffer said...

YAY! Love that you're joining me in SAL the Santa Village and the Sheep :)
I started Shores of HRH on January 1 myself :)
I'm anxious to watch you in the Autumn version ;)

Tracey said...

Happy New Year, Edgar! I too hope that 2013 will be a better year... for you and me both.

Glad to see you got things figured out on your start of Autumn at HRH... don't you just hate it when that silly frog comes to visit??

I've heard such good things about Downton Abbey. It's always fun to get "hooked" on something new to watch.

Enjoy the rest of your week! :-)

Loraine said...

Oh Wow Edgar! You are ambitious. I love your new start, and I may have to pull this out and stitch along with you this year. I'm sorry that you have had to do a lot of frogging on it. Yikes, that makes me worried a bit! Downton Abbey is a great distraction though. :)
I do wish you a wonderful 2013, and a better year than last for sure. Have a great day!

Nancy said...

Happy New Year Edgar, and enjoy your new start!

Miss Pants said...

Oh I love Downton Abbey! And season three is full of even more drama.

Can't wait to see all your progress on Autumn. I am working on Village. I'm 1/3 of the way done and hope to finish it this year.

Saara said...

Oh I´m so happy to see you starting Autumn at HRH! I´ve had the chart in my stash for ages and I really want to start stitching it one day. It´s one of my favourites. I´m sure seeing your progress will make me so eager I´ll end up working on it, too.
We´ve already seen season three of Downton Abbey here in Finland, and it is super good! Really something to look forward to. I was so glad to hear they are filming season four as well. :)

Krista said...

I love your new choice of start for 2013, I want to do one of my HRHs too, I may have to try to get one of them going. I am looking forward to Sunday and Downton Abbey too. I just put Season 2 on hold at my library, it will be a marathon weekend! Have a great day, Edgar.

natalyK said...

A wonderful New Year's start Edgar!! I started on Shores of Hawk Run and I can't get enough. I just want to stitch, stitch, stitch.

Enjoy the new season of Downton Abbey

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Ellen said...

Happy New Year! Love your new start, will follow your progress!

Hugs,

Jodi S said...

Great choice for the first start of 2013! I love the HRH pieces. I am actually working on Christmas @ HRH right now. I am hoping to have that done by the end of the year but we will see. I have joined the Santa's Village SAL and I need to get started on that! Not enough time in the day to cross stitch. Darn those jobs that we need to go to! :)

Barb said...

I hope you will enjoy AHRH.I did a 9 square version and enjoyed every square!Happy New Year to you and Rico!

Shelly said...

Nice start Edgar! I'm joining Rico in being hooked on Downton Abbey! I watched the first season on Netflix and really liked it. Hopefully Netflix will soon add the 2nd season. I'll be watching your progress on AaHRH. I've admired from afar these patterns but the size scares me! Wishing you, Rico and the Who Hounds a wonderful, calm year!

DonnaTN said...

I feel your pain with the simple line. I've been working on a simple back stitched vine with leaves attached and I've had to frog and re-stitch 2 or 3 times. I can't wait to see your progress on Autumn as well as the sparks on Downton Abbey!

Louise said...

Edgar, I can really relate to those frogs visiting us on the "easy" parts of patterns. I think the little devils deliberately sit and wait for us to start and then they jump up and down on our hands and the pattern when we aren't looking and make us miscount! That's my story. lol I love watching your pieces grow and grow, your stitching is beautiful. Well friend, take care of yourself and Rico and all the Hoo Hounds and have a happy and healthy 2013 filled with love. Louise

Melody said...

Happy New Year! Oh, you have me thinking hard now about starting Autumn at Hawks Run Hollow!!! I have the Village, Christmas and Shores done, and even *gasp* framed! I hadn't decided yet if I was going to tackle a big piece again this year or not. It will be great fun watching your progress.

I haven't watched any Downton Abbey yet. I plan to, but I'm currently hooked on watching Doc Martin on Netflix. Maybe, when I'm caught up with that, I will start Downton Abbey.

Kevin Tober said...

Happy New Year! Excited to see your Autumn in HRH take life! I love the HRH series, and hope to have them all done and hanging in my dining room someday. Of course, now that I've started ATS, I've already ruined my schedule of finishing Village of HRH and my plan to start Houses has been put on temporary hold. Ha ha ha.

Bonnie Brown said...

Your new start looks great!

Julie said...

Maggie Smith is such a fi e actress.
Oh Edgar, I could tell you what happens, you are going to love this new season of Downton.....enjoy!

Cindy's Stitching said...

Happy new year Edgar. I hope this year is better for you. Last year was definately the worst year of my life and i pray for better things to come. I have relocated to the south and trying to get my life in order. Have a blessed new year.

Catherine said...

I can't wait for Sunday's start of season 3! The pic of the two grandmothers sure tells a lot just by looking at their expressions!
Looking forward to seeing you bring the Autumn piece to life ~
Wishing you, Rico and the pups a wonderful new year!

valerie said...

Happy New Year Edgar! Great new start. Sometimes those things that look easy end up being the hardest. Glad the border matched up. I need to get on the Downton Abbey bandwagon. Maybe this weekend through Netflix. I didn't even know Maggie Smith was in it. I love her!