Here is my progress report. This is to prove that I actually did some cross stitch this week :-)
I finished 90% of the backstitch on Folk Art Angel #2. There is mostly metallic left to do on the backstitch. I also have 32 french knots to do. Uggggg ....dread!!..
So here is my french knot story from last night. I stitched a block of purple cross stitches to practice my french knots on. My DW gets on the iPad and pulls up videos on how to do french knots. I try to do them over and over and they are knot turning out good. I am knot happy with any of them! My knots do knot look anything like the ones on the video. My DW says... "let me try". So I hand it over to her... keep in mind that she does not do cross stitch or do any embroidery for that matter. Of course she makes perfect little knots... every one of them!?! argggggg.
So I tell myself "calm down... she's female... God has bestowed her with innate abilities to stitch" I swallow that darn male pride and watch what she is doing different. Then I watch the little knot carefully as I am pulling the thread through. Aha! The needle is a tapestry needle with a big eye. So the eye end of the needle is bigger than the rest of it and the eye is expanding the knot when it passes through. Also my DW points out that I am putting too much pressure on thread causing the knot to sort of turn inside out as I am passing the needle through.
At that point I am reminded that I married an amazing woman and that, as always, we make a great team! So... I need to buy a new needle with a smaller eye and work on the tension. I'll just keep practicing.
I am signed up for IHSW but I don't know how much time I will be able to stitch. I kinda cashed in the "stitching all weekend" card last week. We'll see though.
Football update: The Oregon Ducks are playing the USC Trojans tomorrow. I will be at the game with my Dad and Mom. A victory seals up the PAC-12 North division and It keeps their National Championship hopes alive :-) Go Ducks!!!