Friday, June 15, 2012

One More Update

I just wanted to thank you guys, first and foremost, for all your love and support. Honestly, I have the best group of followers on earth. You’re too good to me!

All right, the matter at hand. Here’s the progress I’ve made so far on my Ramadan sampler:

I’ve got half the dome left to stitch, plus the moon, the border, and the words.

Anyway, I have some news. My DH’s visa to the US didn’t come through, but he’s insisted that I go with my family anyway. I haven’t seen my grandparents in four years, and they’re not doing very well, health-wise. And it seems to make sense that I go now, with my DH so preoccupied with the Euro games.

So on Sunday night I’m going to Kuwait, where my family is, and on Tuesday night we’re flying out to the US. It’s going to be really strange, leaving my DH here alone. But this is one of those times where you have to choose between two really difficult situations, and you just have to shut off your heart (and your tear ducts) and do the practical thing.

And you never know – his visa might come out in the next week and he could fly out to meet us!

Yeah, I know, wishful thinking.

Holding onto hope,

PS – Milly from Milly’s Stitches is having a great giveaway on her blog! Head on over and check it out.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

More WIP News!

Here's my Ramadan sampler. I can’t believe I’ve made this much progress already!

I’m about two-thirds of the way through the dome now. I know it doesn’t look like it, but there is still a lot to stitch: the rest of the dome, the crescent moon in the sky, and the words.

I’m thinking of giving this piece to my in-laws, when it’s done. I had intended to make them something for the next time I see them, but the more I stitch on this the more I think they’ll enjoy it. I haven’t decided yet how to finish it, but I’ll worry about that later.

I can’t tell you how much time I have on my hands now. No school and a husband preoccupied with the Euro games – I don’t know what to do with myself sometimes!

Keep on stitching,

Saturday, June 9, 2012

An Update on my WIP

I’ve actually made a lot of progress on my Ramadan sampler.

I’ve been on a little stitching marathon. The Euro 2012 has started, and my DH immediately dashed out the door to watch the matches with his friends. Is anyone else’s loved ones crazy about soccer? It’s always funny to be a spectator of men and their hobbies.

His leaving gave me hours and hours to just watch movies and stitch. So that’s what I did. I filled in the empty patches in the base of the mosque, and then I got to work on the dome. It’s coming along. To be perfectly honest, I’m not very happy with the color choices of the designer. There’s a lot of green and yellow mustardy colors, and I don’t understand why. Maybe it will all come together when it’s done.

Happy stitching!

Saturday, June 2, 2012

My Very First Cross-Stitching

I think it’s about time I showed off my very first cross-stitch sampler.

My mother got this kit from someone overseas when I was in high school. She doesn’t cross-stitch, so she asked my sisters and I if we’d be interested in trying. I thought I’d give it a shot, and it took me maybe 1 ½ - 2 years later to finish it.

I had absolutely no idea what I was doing. I figured out how to do the stitching easily enough from the chart, and thankfully the kit included all the threads I’d need. But I started it really close to the edge of the fabric (which is why it’s slightly off-kilter in the frame – they had a hard time framing it). I also ran out of a lot of the thread too quickly and had to compromise a lot.

The sampler is a verse from the Quran, and it’s in Arabic. It reads, “Say, ‘He is the only God, the absolute God. He did not beget, nor was He begotten. There is none like Him.” Simple, but poignant.

This lives back home somewhere. It’s a clumsy first attempt, but I don’t think it’s too shabby, considering. I’m actually a little shocked that I took on such a big, complicated sampler to start with, but I guess I didn’t know any better.

To cross-stitching!

Friday, June 1, 2012

Shaking Off the Blues

The semester is over! I’ve got three student-free blissful months ahead of me, and it’s a beautiful thing. :D

I’ve also managed to finish stitching the base of the mosque on my Ramadan sampler.

This is a really good little project. I love all the color changes – it keeps me from getting bored. I do have to go stash-shopping, though, to get that one color I’m missing so I can fill in all these empty patches. Might do that over the weekend.

Lots of big hugs,