Aye-Aye-Aye!! All across the midwest has been hammered with snow in the past couple of weeks. So far in February, we here in northwest Illinois have gotten 15" which is 9" above average for the month. Yet we're still 8" below average for meteorological winter. Last week, I headed to work and got about 12 miles from home before deciding turn around and go back home. It took me an hour round trip! Heavy winds caused white out conditions. The rain from the afternoon before had created an inch (or more) of ice on the highway and then it snowed on top of it. Two days later, I woke up to 4.5" of snow on my driveway. Starting at 4am, I cleared snow... and more snow... and more snow. Two and a half hours later, I went to work. By the time I got home from work, there was another inch or so that had to be cleared off. Now forecasters are saying another snow storm is headed our way. Snow shoveling counts as strength training, right?
Even though I've been working on Welcome to My Home, it doesn't seem (to me) to be much progress so I'm holding off on a photo for another week or so. Since I had a "snow day" on Tuesday, I took advantage of my day off by stitching on Japanese Garden. I've made quite a bit of progess. Thirty more minutes of backstitching and I'll have the entire top section of JG finished except for the beadwork. Here's what it looked like when I left off last November:
And here's what it looks like now:
I started a Hardanger SAL over the weekend. I'm blaming it on Pam, lol. I've only done a little bit of Hardanger so I thought this might be a good way to become more familiar with it. The frogs hit full force. I had originally stitched the center parts in a dark and medium purple, but after seeing it I didn't like how it looked. Throughout stitching the project, I kept having to rip out and redo stitches. It was not fun :( I only have a lazy daisy flower left to do in the upper right corner.
Not sure why the photo looks pinkish. The thread is actually DMC 211, which is lavender. The fabric is white. Not bad for my foray into hardanger.
That's all this week.
Until next time,