Saturday, January 29, 2011

A Bit O Crazy

Again, time has just passed so quickly, and my good intentions of posting more often in 2011 have already lapsed.  So sorry.

The bit o crazy in today's post is referring to the bit o news we got that our oldest son Alex got infected with TB - yes, you read that correctly - TB.  He was infected by a co-worker.  Thank goodness he is in the latent stage - that means he is not active, so he, himself, did not infect anyone.  After extensive blood work and x-rays to determine that indeed he is not active he will now have to spend the next 9 months on antibiotics.  I did a great deal of hand wringing during this time, and now try not to think about it too much - it just bums me out.

On the more upbeat side - I finished Ann Pennsylvania Peacock yesterday!!  I am so thrilled with her, and I enjoyed stitching her.  Those of you who have finished Ann, what did you use to attach her head?

I love the way the roof of the house turned out.

Ann's dress and the purple flower are also so pretty.  Needless to say the colors are much more vibrant in real life.  I used my own choice of HDF - which is always such a pleasure to stitch with.

Next I have got to whip out an ornie, and then I plan to give some time to Peaceable Kingdom - it is such a pretty sampler and I am still stuck on the border.

I  have also been spending some time knitting.  Here are the two hats I knitted for Adam and Olivia for Christmas.  Adam is a Texas Longhorns fan - thus the color scheme, and Olivia's hat is a slouch hat that I really enjoyed knitting.

I have knitted two more hats - one for Alex and one for my husband, but I still have to corral them to take a picture.  They are not so eager to just put on the hat for me and pose - I don't know why???

I am also knitting a hat for myself. I ran out of yarn, so it is languishing.  It will be a hat that is totally cabled.  I plan to knit a scarf as well.

I am also working on "Tend Thy Sheep" by Merry Cox, which was offered through the Shining Needle Society.  I am enjoying this one and am awaiting lesson 3 to continue.

I know it looks like a mile long in the picture above, but it really isn't.  I love Merry's designs, but I came late to the party and she wasn't really teaching anymore.  Of course, now being over here, I won't really be able to take any of her classes either, so I really appreciate the opportunity of taking her classes online.

The Paris Needlework show is fast approaching, and I am totally excited to be able to go.  We are staying at the French Officer's Club, which I have heard good things about.  I have also signed up for the AVAS Open House - can't wait to see that gorgeous store they have.  I promise to take lots of pictures.

Until Then,



  1. Ho scary about your son and the TB. I'm glad to hear that the antibiotics will take care of the situation.
    Congrats on finishing Ann Pa P. She looks fabulous. One day I'll stitch Ann too.
    Like the beginnings of your Merry Cox piece too.

  2. Oh gosh, that's so scary about the TB! Hope he recovers well -- good that it was caught when it was! I love your Ann PP! She's wonderful! Mine is languishing in the neglected pile. I love the Merry Cox so far too! I'm envious that you're going to the French show. I hope you take tons of pictures and show us what it was like!

  3. ACK! I'm sorry to hear about your son and the TB! I'm glad you got him on antibiotics when you did--hope he recovers quickly.

    Ann looks fantastic! I gave mine to the LNS and asked them to attach the head, but I have heard that others attached theirs to a bit of thin poster board and then attached with a bit of paper glue. ? Sorry that's so vague!

    Your Merry Cox looks great, as does your knitting! Great job on the hats.

  4. Ann looks great! I have this one about half done...soon...I shall pull her out and finish her...thank you for the inspiration!
    I think in the chart it says to use a bit of white craft glue? I don't know?
    Can't wait to see her all framed up!

  5. Praying for a speedy and full recovery for your son!

    Ann looks great! She is on my list, but I was wondering if the painted head comes with the pattern or if it is ordered separately?

    Your stitching looks great! :)

  6. Congrats on Ann...she looks great! How exciting that you will be able to go to the Paris Needlework Show. Can't wait to heat all about it.

    Sorry to hear about your son. Glad that it was caught without any adverse effects. Like the hand knits too.

  7. So sorry to hear about your son. That's scary. :(
    Seems like they caught it just in time. Whew!!!!

  8. Sorry to hear about your son, TB is very scary! Hopefully the antibiotics will do the trick, but 9 months? Yuck :(

    Congratulations on finishing Ann, she looks gorgeous! The MC piece is lovely too - cute sheep! - and the hats all look great!

  9. So sorry about your son!!!! Thank goodness it's not active. I am guessing the antibiotics will get a bit tedious for him but I am sure they will do what they are suppose to and he can put all this behind him.

    Love Ann, I am planning on getting her back out this week. No clue on the face, I was thinking I'd send everything to Jill Rensel and let her figure it out, LOL.

    Cute Merry Cox piece and hats too!

  10. Congrats on the finish, and what a lovely class piece! Sorry to read about your son's TB - you must be very worried, but I'm sure he's in good hands and they'll keep it under control.

  11. Again, so sorry to hear about Alex. But thank goodness he is not contageous and you've got him on antibiotics now.

    Ann is absolutely gorgeous (even if she is headless!). I love love love the colors in her - so pretty. CONGRATS on finishing her!

    And I'm totally in love with Tend They Sheep - so pretty.

  12. Wow I'm sorry to hear about your sun, how awful that he got TB!!!

    What a lovely finish... I'm not familiar with this design... is she designed without a head???

  13. Oh dear... what a terrible scare !!! I hope he'll be well soon.
    Oh my gosh, I love Ann and I am going to have to get that chart. Your colors look great.
    Love the hats too !!!

  14. Merry Cox patterns are wonderful! Yours looks lovely.

    Hope DS gets through his course of antibiotics without any trouble. Will keep him in our prayers.

  15. Congrats to your Ann Pennsylvania Peacock! She looks very pretty :) What are you supposed to put on her head? Very interesting...