Alpacas, Changes and the Heat

Summer here has felt particularly brutal to me this year.  We did have a heat wave at the beginning of the month, but we are now essentially back to normal July temperatures and I still feel miserable.  I think it is in large part because I’m large again.  Although I haven’t weighted myself in ages, I know that I’ve regained nearly all, if not all, of the weight I lost from 2008-2009. When I was ill at the beginning of the year, I ate to keep going. Perhaps not the best idea, but it helped me get through the days.

I know that I could lose the weight on my own if I tried hard, but I am going to sign up for Weight Watchers again. I know it seems silly to spend money just to be able to track the food you eat, but I need the sense of responsibility to someone other than myself. And knowing about success stories like my aunt and Dani (and my mom once upon a time), is very encouraging.

The other change is my blog theme. It isn’t perfect, but I’m tired of waiting for my husband to create the theme he has been promising me.  I think waiting for nearly 2 years is long enough.  I suppose because that is part of the work that he does for  pay makes it less fun to do for free.  This new theme will do for a little while, but maybe I’ll have to go out and hire a designer.  What I’d really love is a theme that sort of looks like my computer case, but also brings in elements of cross stitching and knitting.  That’s not asking for much, is it?

Most of this week was spent crocheting and assembling two alpacas (pattern by PlanetJune).  I made these for a lady I know through Ravelry.  In exchange, she is sewing a couple of box bags for me to use to store my knitting and crochet projects. The alpaca were made using Bernat Satin in Mocha (for the darker one) and Beige Mist Heather (the lighter one).

Alpaca by Planet June

And I am still working away on Happily Ever After.  All that remains to be done is the lazy daisies in the border. This stitch, along with the Queen stitch, is perhaps my least favourite of all.  I don’t like doing it and I don’t like the way it looks.  And yet, so many designers seem to love it! Why?!  Yes, I suppose it does make great leaves, but by itself in a border? Argh.

Happily Ever After (WIP) by Marie Barber

Here is a close-up of the corner of the border. I do like the lazy daisies in the very corner, but I don’t like them in the diamond below.  Does anyone have any suggestions for another stitch I could use?

Happily Ever After (WIP) - Border Close-Up

And that’s it for today! Assuming I remember to take pictures, I’ll have more to share tomorrow!

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One Response to Alpacas, Changes and the Heat

  1. Lisa says:

    Lazy Daisies aren’t so bad! They look lovely when done. Other options:
    -rhodes diamond
    -the little satin stitch diamond flower pattern in the corner of TW’s Beginner Whitework ornament
    -plaited cross stitch