September 18, 2010

Another big endeavor

Posted in needlework, Uncategorized at 5:36 pm by bethmillett

Okay, so it’s nothing like single motherhood, but here’s another big project I’m embarking on. It’s a counted needlework project called Twister. It’s huge — the canvas is 24 inches square and the design area is 18 inches square. I bought the pattern book a long time ago — it’s 102 pages! — but I’ve been a little daunted by the project. But, I have worked my way through a lot of smaller projects¬† and decided I was ready to jump in. A few months ago, I spent a lot of time at my favorite stitch shop, Persnickety Stitchers in Zionsville, figuring out the colors and threads I wanted to use.

The canvas, stitching book, and my selected colors.

I decided to use regular DMC embroidery floss, in part for the range of colors available and the cost — each skein is less than a dollar. Other fibers can be a lot more expensive, and with as much canvas as there is to cover, I thought I’d economize there. Twister uses two ranges of colors from light to dark, with seven colors in one range and eight in the other. I decided on light blue to royal blue and light gray to black.

I’m not sure how long it will take me to finish the project. I found an old Flickr stich-along group with a schedule that suggested nine months. I had originally been envisioning that it will take me years, and it may still do that, as I have a number of other stitching projects that need to be completed, including two Christmas stockings for my youngest niece and my baby. But, it’s nice to have some frame of reference. Most of the people who commented on the stitch-along group also took longer than the planned nine months.

The first step was to trace the pattern on the canvas and get all my threads prepared and organized, so now I’m ready to go! Each section in each block is stitched with a different pattern, so I can’t wait to try them all! I’m going to try to keep track of the number of hours I work on this, so I can see how long it really took. I’ll post updates as I go!

September 14, 2010

The next big adventure

Posted in pregnancy at 4:49 pm by bethmillett

13 weeks, 3 days

Many of you have asked what I’m going to do now that I’m done renovating my house. I’ve been working on a little something for the last several months and I’m very excited to announce that I am 14 weeks pregnant! The baby is due in mid-March. All the early tests have come back clear and it looks like the baby and I are in great shape. I’ve been feeling mostly okay, with a few days here and there of not feeling so great.

I’ve always wanted to be a mom, and as I approached my 40th birthday, I decided to join the growing ranks of single mothers by choice. I worked with a great fertility doctor and used an anonymous sperm donor from a bank in Virginia.

So, there’s the big secret I’ve been keeping for a while — and it’s been killing me to do so! I do plan to blog about the process, the decisions I had to make along the way, and the developing pregnancy. Right now, I’m home sick with a cold, so the words aren’t exactly flowing smoothly today.

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