I was thinking about it the other day: seeing I'm nearly in me dotage,
I'd sort of like to finish it. Does anyone know where it ended up?
I s'pose it's been a bit too long to assume it's still around? Or is it?
If anyone can help, I'd appreciate an email. :-D
I remember - because I was supposed to stitch the letter Z - and had
to be patient. It got misplaced somewhere earlier in the alphabet I
think -but I don't know where. I'm SO sorry - maybe someone else
recalls who had it last and we can try to locate it again. I believe
it was in the U.S. somewhere.
I remember the AFARR but I wasn't part of the group stitching on it. I did a
google search and the last post about it was back in 2005 by Karen C. She
said Lollee had it but the chart got lost during a move. She was going to
order another one. That's the last post I could find. I don't remember
Lollee but maybe someone knows how to contact her.
I remember all the talk about it....but wasn't one of the stitching
You know, Jeri, that is only five years ago. Someone must have it, or
maybe can remember to whom they sent it.
There is Mary Monica's new mystery....what happened to the AFARR!!!!!
I've still got the e-mails that Trish sent to us who were on the list
to work on the piece. I don't see Lollee listed for any of the letters.
Then again, I do remember things changing a bit as time went on. I
stitched the letter N and then the piece on to Rita. Not sure what
happened after that but I do remember several people workking on it
after MOI. CiaoMeow >^;;^<
Oooo! It's nice to think there are still a few folk around who remember
me poor old AFARR. It was beautiful! Of course, I'd made my mind up that
it was expendable before I ever sent it off, so I won't die if it's
never found. I just thought I'd ask... y'know?
I think it had gotten down to the letter 'Q', which was pretty
So, having said all that, how *is* everyone?
It's great to hear from old friends like Melissa, Jeri, Gill and (bells
and whistles) Tia Mary (do you still have your neon @ badge???)
So much time has passed, hasn't it? I began lurking at rctn in 1990 or
thereabouts. That's twenty-odd years! My kids have grown up before my
very eyes and grey hairs have started popping out all over. Glasses are
now a permanent fixture on my nose and kneeling down is a thing of the
distant past. Geez! Talk about Old Age creeping up!
I haven't stitched much lately. Well, not for a good while, really. DS
is still working periodically on his 'Goddessy Lady' ('Earth Mother')
kit and has dabbled a bit with beading. He's currently knitting the Jean
Greenhowe Nativity Set for Christmas. He knat it last year, but Mum
kidnapped it and so he's having to make a duplicate for our place. This
is fine, because he found some wonderful sparkly pu-pu-purple wool for
one of the We-Three-Kings and some nice golden metally stuff for their
crowns. He has also begun a quest to design his very own knitting
pattern for an anatomically correct horse/unicorn. He gets quite upset
when the ones you can buy don't have hocks (the backward-bendy joint in
the hindlegs). You'll probably know when he has his 'Eureka' moment:
you'll hear him bellowing 'Mum! I've got it!' LOL!
I've had a bit of a dabble in quilting and made some nice ones for the
family. I have a hunormous UFO quilt which is so big, I can't work out
exactly how I'm going to quilt it. It will be by hand, but making the
quilt sandwich is gonna be hard. I've put this project on the
back-burner until my friend, PDC, comes down from Darwin at Christmas
time. We'll probably take it up to the Scout Hall and lay the whole
thing out on trestle tables...
Forgot to say, the quilt is an exercise in strawberries. I like
strawberries. Not to eat (yick!), but as a design motif. So, I collected
strawberry-flavoured fabrics for years and then made a massive Dresden
Plate quilt top out of them It's nice: mostly in shades of dark reds
and greens, but with other bright colours as well.
I digress to say that, on account of my Big Hunn sat on our marital bed
and snapped it one day, we got a new bed which is Really Large. This is
why the quilt is 2.5m square and thus so unwieldy.
What else? Oh yes, I found the Priscilla crochet books online and
finally taught myself how to do Irish crochet. It's *so much fun*!!! I
love the fine work with a tiny hook and the lace you can make is just
scrumptious. I started out with a baby bonnet for my step-granddaughter,
but someone commented that it looked more like a tea-cosy.
Irish crochet is sort of 'dimensional' - some might say 'crusty' and
does have the propensity to look a tad overdone in some circumstances.
The baby bonnet was my learning piece.
Since then, I made crocheted inserts to snazz up an ordinary old T-shirt
and that worked rather nicely. I just let the inserts into the body of
the shirt near the hem and sleeve bottoms and it's so pretty! I've got
an idea for a nice crisp white cotton shirt embellised with Irish
crochet lace, but that will be a Big Undertaking and probably something
I might have trouble finishing. Maybe later...
I've also made filet crochet spring jackets for my DMum and DD. These
were so quick and fun to work up! DD's white jacket is made of a simple
Irish crochet chain filler stitch with picots and it looks like a
designer lace garment. Mum's jacket is turquoise and is more tunic-like
with longer sleeves. It's based on a repeating filet-type pattern and
has the dearest little picot edging made out of crab-stitch at the neck
and hem. Both are made from cotton which I got *very* inexpensively from
ebay. Good old ebay!!!
Speaking of ebay, it also provided me with a very reasonably-priced
smocking pleater. I've wanted to try smocking *forever*, but some Phoul
Gremlin in my brane wouldn't permit me to make decent pleats by hand.
Now, with my trusty little pleater, I can! I have smuck one (1) little
sampler piece with patterns made up of different stitches and I plan to
do a summer peasant blouse for DD before I'm much older. Smocking is so
easy and I feel really silly for having been too nervous to pleat for
all these years. Think of all the little-girl things I could've made for
DD! I guess I'll just have to do them for DSGD now. ;->
The other thing that's been keeping me pretty busy is my garden. We
decided that Lawns are Lousy and so filled up ours with raised garden
beds full of roses and violets and pansies and strawberries etc etc etc.
It's an ongoing work of art and I just *love* planting things and then
waiting for the flowers to arrive on my table. We've also embarked in a
veggie patch and that's been doing very well too. The kids were
underwhelmed by the spinach until I made Spinach and Feta pie with it.
Our fences are pretty ugly (corrugated iron) and so I'm currently on a
mission to grow many many varieties of gerania to cover it up. So far,
it's looking nice with ivy gerania on trellises and zonal pelargonia in
front and violets lining all the edges. Of coures, the nice thing about
good old gerania is that you can neglect them like mad and they'll still
flower their little hearts out for you.
Just recently, I started feeling a bit cross-stitchish, and so I pulled
out a few of my old UFOs and set about deciding which ones I'll work on.
That's how come I was prompted to ask about the AFARR. For now, it's my
ancient St Frantic of Assisi piece that I'm hoping to get done. We'll
see how that pans out...
Finally, the age-old question: what is everyone else stitching?
YES Linda Roberts in Houston, TX is on the list for letter "T".
After her was Jamie Quiroga and then Joan E. Obviously, Joan never got
the alphabet or she would have told us. I don't remember seeing Jamie
posting for a long time. CiaoMeow >^;;^<
PAX, Tia Mary >^;;^< (RCTQ Queen of Kitties)
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