Sunday, 3 March 2013

Panel 2 Completed - There is No Stopping Me Now

I'm definitely getting the hang of this. I find the biggest challenge of this project is that the stitches are so loose and a touch uneven.  I'm used to stitching snugly, which results in a nice even stitch. But I have to say, I enjoyed this frog much more than I enjoyed the owl.

I decided to backstitch in 2 threads, and not one, as the pattern called for, and I feel the result was much bolder.  I will go back and backstitch the owl with one extra thread once I am finished with the afghan.  But I managed to get this adorable little fellow done in a week, which is pretty good considering I worked a lot this week and my stitching time has been severely disrupted by this.  *Shakes fist at work*

Anyway, here is the little frog.  Cute, no?
Also adorable are the little butterfly and ladybug, which were super fast to do.

In other news, I've noticed there are a lot of animal lovers who stitch, so I thought I'd share my news with you.  On Thursday, hubby and I adopted a little cat from the SPCA. He is 3 years old and black as night, with green eyes, and the loveliest personality.  We have named him Kip.


Not the best pictures of him, but you can see how sleek and shiny he is.  Our other cat, Ruin, is warming up to him and I think they will be the best of friends in no time.

I know I don't talk about my pets much, and I don't intend to really include them much in this blog, but since I am showing off pictures of Kip, I felt I should share a photo of Ruin. She just turned 1 last weekend.

She was still very much a kitten in this photo, but she's hard to pin down for photos.

Anyway, that's it for this week.   Hopefully I will have another panel to show off for next weekend. Next up, a very cheeky looking squirrel.

Happy stitching!

~Rai Rai



13 comments:

  1. Great progress on your afghan and we love to see pics of your kitty cats.

    hugs, Kaye

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    1. Thx Kaye. I was hoping to start my next panel today, but a 5am call for a 12 hour shift has buy a stop to that plan. I will be snuggling with the kitty cats and sleeping when I get home tonight.

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  2. Such a cute little froggie:)

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    1. Che is a rather handsome fellow, isn't he!

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  3. Cute frog and beautiful kitties! Congratulations on the new addition to your family.

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    1. Thanks! He is settling in beautifully, and he's soooooo snugly!

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  4. The afghan will be wonderful! Your new cat is gorgeous!

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    1. Thanks! I think doubling up on the back stitch has made all the difference.
      Sir Kip is such a snugly cat. He's curled up on my lap even as I type this.

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  5. Your frog looks great! Looking forward to seeing your next one.

    Kip & Ruin are just precious. I had a tortie cat years ago like Ruin, she was a beauty too.

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    1. Thanks Astrid, I'm really pleased how froggie turned out.

      Tell me more about your tortie. She is the first tortie I've had, but I have had a calico. They say that torties and calico's are like chocolate bars - a little bit of sweet and a whole lotta nut. I know that they tend to bond with one person very strongly and everyone else is met with indifference.

      Kip, by comparison just seems to love everyone!

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    2. Codie did bond with me, but I was single when I got her. She didn't like to be picked up, but would always come sit in my lap on her own. She was not happy when I got married and especially not happy when we had twins! We have two Tonkinese cats now and they are so friendly and very nosey! Quite different than what I was used to.

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  6. Your afghan will be wonderful.
    The frog is very cute.

    Greetings from Germany, Manuela.

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