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Resting Birds

Resting Birds are blocking

Resting Birds are blocking

The embroidery is finished! By the end it was terribly out of alignment – more a rhombus than a square. I have blocked it, but I suspect I will have to block twice.

I have been terribly grumpy all day today – for no real reason, but I feel angry. Two hard games of netball didn’t help although often a good run around can lift my spirits.

Anyway, to feel less wild, I decided to ignore my to do list and knit …

Favourite Scarf

Favourite Scarf

This is the second half and I don’t think I have too much more to do, which is great because I have subscribed to the Inspired by Islay club that Kate Davies is running. I always love her patterns (even if I don’t knit them) and her essays are fabulous.

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More Birds …

Still working on the background

Still working on the background

I am still working on the back ground – it is a good thing to do while watching television or when I am too tired to tackle anything challenging.

I am hoping to get it finished this year – so I can start a new embroidery project next year.

I have been watching The Crown

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How amazing is this show? You see the Queen young and a bit awkward (Philip already seems like a bit of a tosser).

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Resting Birds are Ongoing

Resting Birds - The Background

Resting Birds – The Background

I am still working on the background – diagonal cashmere stitch – it is much quicker than the tent stitch and I have got myself into quite a nice rhythm, so even the tricky edge bits aren’t so bad.

I have been listening to Tess of the D’Urbervilles while stitching (read by Anna Bentinck) – damn you Alec D’Urberville and Angel Clare!

 

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The Birds – background

Background of my resting birds

Background of my resting birds

Well I finished the design on my Resting Birds cushion, so now it’s just the acres of white background. I didn’t want to do more tent stitch, but wasn’t sure what else would work and then I came across an image of this – it’s a canvas work lobster from the Royal School of Needlework and I loved the background.

By RSN Future Tutor Auburn Lucas

By RSN Future Tutor Auburn Lucas

I searched through my needlepoint ‘bible’ (-The Needlepoint Book by Jo Ippolito Christensen) and discovered it was diagonal cashmere. I have to say there is quite a bit of compensation and I am finding it a bit tricky when I need to restart (after running into an edge or something), but I do like the effect.

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Back on the Scarf …

We’ve been away – a relaxing, wintry holiday where not a lot got done. There was even a kangaroo in the garden.

Kangaroo in our back garden

Kangaroo in our back garden

I wanted to take portable craft with me. I took the birds …

More of my birds ...

Birds …

I now only have the back ground to complete and I need to decide what stitch to use. I’ve decided to let it sit for a bit and see if inspiration strikes.

Progress on the second half

Progress on the second half

I also took this scarf away – I am now onto the second-half. It is an easy pattern to remember, which makes it perfect for movie and television knitting (currently watching The Man Who Knew Infinity), although I do often forget the P2tog at the end of every second row (not such a bad mistake I usually pick it up early on the next row).

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Birds — what am I watching now?

More of my birds ...

More of my birds …

One day this might be an amazing resource of how long one woman took to finish a needlepoint cushion cover! I am still working on it – and thinking about what to do with the background? Same stitch? Something different?

But while I am stitching this I have been watching things – The Night ManagerNebraska (this is such a beautiful story – definitely worth watching if you like character development over plot) Gemma Bovary (this is a bit of a modern re-make of Madame Bovary and it is in French and English with subtitles – incredibly beautiful to watch (I wanted to move to France), but subtitles do make it a bit tricky to do your needlepoint!) and now Suffragette (I haven’t watched all of this, but I am impressed with what I have seen).

I have a few more things – in what Mr H calls my digital pile – The Baz Luhrmann Collection (I am sure this will be fabulous), The Musketeers Season 3, Indian Summers Season 2 and the first season of Orange is the New Black (I have to be careful when I watch this that there aren’t in little people about). I wonder if I have enough to make it to the end?

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More Birds

Resting Bird progress - I have finished all of the light green sections

Resting Bird progress – I have finished all of the light green sections

I have been working away at this – a little bit every day.

There is a huge amount still to do, but I feel that I have reached some kind of corner and then end is not too far away (although there is a lot of background to do!).

I have been watching The Night Manager – how amazing is this series? Some of the actors (Hugh Laurie, Tom Hollander) have really stepped out of their usual roles. Having just seen Tom Hollander in Dr Thorne I am amazed by his versatility. And isn’t Elizabeth Debicki beautiful?

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Birds …again

Resting Birds Progress

Resting Birds Progress

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It is easier to see my progress when you look at the back.

So in the evenings (or during the day) when I am tired and very unlikely to do anything productive I sit down with my needlepoint and work a few more stitches.

I’m just working tent stitch (which is a fancy way of saying half cross stitch). Being an orderly type of person (some might say a bit of a control freak), I like to have an order to my stitching. Currently that order is rotating through the colours; white, light-green, medium-green, dark-green, navy blue, white, … even just listing all of the colours is mesmorising.

I have now finished all of the light-green (yay! although this is all about the process and not so much about the end product).

This particular project has proven to be easy to do and very relaxing – more people should take it up.

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Comparisons

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It’s like watching grass grow – not that that is a bad thing. There is definitely a place for slow stitching. It is quite mesmerising – pulling the needle through the canvas.

Comparison is the thief of joy

I have been doing a lot of this lately  – stealing joy.

Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.

And this as well – although I think (or hope) that I have had the fall. Sometimes I think I should not leave the house and socialise with people as I do it very badly.

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Birds …

Birds - look they match my flowers

Birds – look they match my flowers

Miss A has been unwell – headache, sore throat, cough (usual winter ailment), but it means we have been sticking close to home. So there has been a bit of canvas work done (and a lot of television viewing – 800 Words, Pitch Perfect 2). I am enjoying the process – very calming, although I suspect the back ground will be extremely annoying (do I do a different stitch to make it more interesting?)

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