I am trying again to make the snail from Mermaid's Treasures. I was doing fine until I got to the over one on the far side. I got off. Way off.
I decided not to just fudge it. I started over. Luckily I had enough of the dark blue thread. I was worried I was going to run out. So I used a better strategy this time. I put in the dark blue and then worked the other "stripes" of blue around it. Success!
Then I thought, wow can I put this together now? No. I have to do the snail's shell. The shell is made using the ceylon stitch over a straw. I did it once, I can do it again. So I started. Then I was reminded what a PITA the thread is. It twists and knots and causes me fits. Then I dropped stitches and didn't realize it until 5 rows later. Then when I get all done, I see that it is actually too long. It needs to be over an inch shorter.
I can finagle it to look okay. But then I check the instructions and see Amy Mittens beautifully stitched, perfectly done ceylon stitch. I can do better. I will try it again. This time I am waxing the thread, that helps it not twist so much. I am being very careful not to drop or skip a stitch. It is only six stitches a round, you'd think I could figure this out. Anyway, it is looking better. I'll make it a bit shorter this time too. Hopefully I can finish it today.
I've decided that any ornaments not on the tree by 5 p.m. will be stored back in the crawlspace.
I am still hoping to get the Casket Keepsakes kit in the mail. I printed out the instructions so I am ready. It doesn't look hard at all.
We are expecting an ice storm this afternoon. Ugh.