Sunday, December 21, 2014

Leavin' On a Jet Plane

Ted and I are taking off later this morning for a holiday trip. We’ve had new snow this week in Hokkaido, so we are ready to get out of the snow for a bit. I’ve written posts that are scheduled to post each day we are away, then I’ll write about the trip after we return. 

I don’t know how much stitching time I’ll have while away, but I always think it’s better to have things that don’t get worked on than to have time and nothing to stitch.  Here are the projects I’m bringing along. Don't ask me why but I always think I need three things to work on when I'm away.

This huck weaving towel kit is a new project.  I made these two huck weaving towels, so I hope I remember how to do it.

I started this kogin bag back in June as part of that month's Needlequest challenge and haven't worked on it since. I have enough of the repeating pattern done that I don't have to bring the book.

This little Stitch and Zip doesn't take much thought or concentration so it's a good travel project. 

I'm also taking along my kanji book to practice.  It's not as much fun for me as stitching, but I really need to practice!

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Needlequest - Miniature Work 20 December

This month’s Needlequest topic is miniature work.  I have the stitching part done on my tiny cushion and just need to finish it into a little pillow now.  As you can see, it’s only about an inch square.  I think that qualifies as miniature.

I made these miniature quilts years ago. 


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Friday, December 19, 2014

Adventurous English Students

One of my English classes is planning a (pretend) trip to Australia.  I wish we could really go! They would be a fun group to travel with.  They’ve decided to go for a week in February, when it’s still winter here.  They have been researching where in Australia to visit because it is a big country and we can’t do it all in a week. They've chosen to go to Sydney for four days and Tasmania for three.  Next, we will choose hotels and make reservations by phone, then make decisions on what we need to pack. We are looking into the currency and the exchange rate and how much things cost.  I’m learning a lot while they are practicing their English skills.

Wednesday, we took our class to Bombay Blue restaurant for an Intensive English Lunch.  The owner and staff all speak English so it was great practice.  Santa san (my husband, Ted) joined us.  They all did excellent with speaking only English!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Work In Progress Wednesday - Sonoko

I have more projects than I’d like to admit that just need a little more to finish. I get close to finishing, then I get stuck with something and put it down.  This is the case with Sonoko. I'm stuck.  She was a needlepoint guild project before I moved to Japan.  I didn’t get much done before I left, but picked her up again two years ago.  Here’s what I think was my last post about her. Sad to have so little to do and not finish, I know.

So anyway, this week, I worked on her ribbon obi.  I’m not so happy with how it looks, but I would really like to finish her soon!  Maybe in the new year.


Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Take a Stitch Tuesday - #136 Knotted Buttonhole Band

I’m planning to catch up on the TAST stitches.  I like Queenie Patch’s idea to make a reference chart for the stitches and decided to make one for myself.  I’m not finished stitching the grid, but I have enough done to get started with the stitches.  Here is the Knotted ButtonholeBand in #5 perle (blue with variegated yellow), #8 perle (yellow with green), #12 perle (green with blue), and #8 Kreinik braid (blue) with #8 perle (ecru).

If you’d like to learn and practice new stitches, check out SharonB’s Take A Stitch Tuesday at Pintangle.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Baby Album

One of Ted’s co-workers is going to have a baby, so I made a little photo album as a gift.  I didn’t know if she was having a girl or a boy, so I tried to make it in gender neutral colors and I gave her a sheet of girl stickers and a sheet of boy stickers so she can decorate that two yellow page spread appropriately.  Each page has a photo safe sleeve, so all she has to do is slide the photo in – no adhesive necessary. 

She was surprised when we gave it to her and I think she likes it.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Monday Morning Star Count - Quilting Quietly

I’ve finished the purple and green project, but since it is a gift, I can’t show it yet.  Come back next week to see it.

I usually get up earlier than Ted and try to do some quiet things until he wakes up.  The big quilt is the perfect thing because it's cool in the apartment when I first get up, so I can sit warmly in my nest and quietly quilt.  I think I have quilted about half. It’s difficult to tell from the front, so I’ll show you the back.  What do you think?

Linking up with Jessica at Life Under Quilts.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Origami at Home

I really like the little boxes we made at the origami workshop and decided to try making some out of photographs.  What fun!

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Medical Update

I’m happy to report that I am still doing well.  I had bloodwork in mid-November and my CA-125 number had gone up, so the doctor ordered a CT scan for a week later.  When I came back for the report this week, she said the CT scan showed some fluid in my chest and abdomen and an adhesion, but no new cancer anywhere. I had a little piece of the thread used for stitches poking out of the incision, so she pulled the knot out and cut it off.  I thought it was all healed because the skin looked healed, but she said it will be some time before the “inside” is fully healed and the thread totally dissolved, even though the skin is healed. So anyway, I have another check-up in two months. I don’t know how long it takes before I’m declared cured, but I think I’m doing well.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Needlequest - Miniature Work 12 December

This month’s Needlequest topic is Miniature Work.  When we lived in the US, I had two doll houses and had made most of the furnishings and accessories.  I couldn’t bring it with us, but maybe I will have another little house again some day.  I saved two little quilts and a rug I made and will try to find them to show later.

In order to participate in the Needlequest challenge, I started a little pillow with 28 count evenweave fabric and DMC floss. I  didn’t like it, so I started a second one with the same colors.  I like it better.

This first one was too clunky


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