A finish is near, I think! I'm on the second-to-last band on this sampler and I'm hoping to have it finished today, or tomorrow at the latest. Provided I get myself from in front of this computer. Then I will be able to take it to the finisher tomorrow. Yay! I'm now working on band 15:
|VS Autumn Garden Sampler|
The only drawback with this (and other VS charts) is the overdyed/hand-dyed threads. I'm a bit fanatical about washing my finished projects. I did a little swatch with the Gloriana threads and washed it; it seemed to come out fine. Then I used the steam iron on it and it bled everywhere. So I have to experiment some more to see if I should allow the piece to dry completely before using a dry iron. I hope that will work because I would really like to use these threads more in larger projects, but I would have to be able to wash them. I had a piece many, many years ago that discolored horribly several years after it was framed, so I am very paranoid. I have never had any problems with the pieces which have been washed *knocks wood*, and that is why I feel compelled to wash my finishes. And why I still use mainly DMC. But it would be wonderful to be able to add some of those wonderful specialty fibers for fun, not to mention it's a pain in the katookis to have to convert them to DMC. Which quite often is impossible as with the Glorianna threads in this piece.
Unfortunately, I was not so good at resisting other new fibers (at least new to me) this week, either. I browsed through a local yarn shop to kill a few minutes and ended up with a scarf project. I've had an itch to knit lately and, hopefully, this will cure me, lol. This yarn is 100% sugar cane viscose, Sugar Rush by Queensland Collection, and is absolutely wonderful. It is sooooo soft. I'm doing it in an easy feather and fan pattern. I'm not a very experienced knitter and this pattern is easy enough to be doable, but challenging for my skill level. I seriously doubt I will ever be a proficient knitter, as I tend to have two left hands, lol.
|Sugar Rush Feather and Fan Scarf|
It's a gloomy day here, maybe some rain showers coming. Excellent day do sit and stitch! So I'm off to see about getting that sampler done.