Saturday, April 16, 2005

Election and voting

Its election time in the UK so a non stitching topic for me. I've decided how I'm going to vote but I took an online test that I saw on Lorna's blog

Who Should You Vote For?

Who should I vote for?

Your expected outcome:


Your actual outcome:

Labour 56
Conservative -60
Liberal Democrat 62
UK Independence Party -41
Green 6

You should vote: Liberal Democrat

The LibDems take a strong stand against tax cuts and a strong one in favour of public services: they would make long-term residential care for the elderly free across the UK, and scrap university tuition fees. They are in favour of a ban on smoking in public places, but would relax laws on cannabis. They propose to change vehicle taxation to be based on usage rather than ownership.

Take the test at Who Should You Vote For

It wasn't quite accurate as I have decide that I'm going to vote Labour. I do agree with quite a few of the policies of the Liberal Democrats but on balance I find I agree with more Labour policies. I could never see myself voting Conservative ever unless they change pretty much every policy that they have.

Monday, April 11, 2005

March stitching progress and April aims

And so on to March.

At the start of March I had 26 WIPs/UFOs plus 2 Round robins in progress. I felt like I got quite a lot of stitching time in March. I had a week off work so that helped.

March starts were
Tom mouse butterfly chase (country companions design)
Mini mystery H tryout
ornament 3 for Ornament RR group 8
TW you were hatched
Michael Powell Venice Windows 2

March finishes were
Tom mouse butterfly chase
Mini mystery H
Mini mystery H tryout
Legends of the Spellcasters
Ornament 3 for Ornament RR
TW You were hatched

So I ended the month with 25 WIPs/UFOs plus 2 Round robins.

My aims for April are to
start and finish ornament 4 for the Ornament RR
finish Mystery 7
get organised for the UK RR I'm joining that mails out at the end of the month
finish at least one other project.
I would like to end the month with 24 or less WIPs/UFOs. My kit for Chatelaine Eqyptian garden is on its way and I know I won't be able to resist starting it when it arrives (hopefully tomorrow)

2005 Stitching progress

Okay so I am a little late with this. I have a tendency to procastinate and put things off and this was supposed to be a blog entry in January. My excuse was to be that I didn't have internet access for most of January but that doesn't really excuse February or March does it ?

Anyway as of the 1st of January 2005 I had the following projects started

TW The Storyteller
TW The Ministrel
TW Paisley Corner
TW Night
Legends of the Spellcastes
Mirabilia Autumn Queen
Mirabilia Emerald Mermaid
Dimples Le Epoch Nouveau
Chatelaine Taj Mahal garden
Chatelaine Mystery 7
Chatelaine Christmas (aka Weinachten)
Country companions bag
Pinn Chinese Goddess of Mercy
JN Barnabee's quest
LK Needle Nick
Jungle babies pillowcase
Jungle babies birth sampler
Balinese Dancer
LK Love keeps us warm
Merry stitches stocking
Newton's law The future's so bright
Geisha Bride
Quilt Afghan
WB Yeats Verse
LK Official Snow guide
3 Round robins (Wee beasties, RR 25.2, Ornament Group 8)

In total that makes 25 WIPs/UFOs plus 3 RRs. The main aim this year is to get the amount of WIPs/UFOs to below 20 by the end of the year. I'd like to finish Taj Mahal garden, the Storyteller, Autumn Queen and Le Epoch Nouveau. I would also like to finish 4 mirabilias and stitch 6 country companions designs. I would also like to have more finishes than last year (I had 65 last year).

In January I started Mystery 8 and Mini mystery H. I started and finished one ornament for the ornament RR and started a second on. I also started Dimples Viceroy butterfly for Carleen's Dimples RR. So I ended the month with 27 WIPs/UFOs plus 3 RRs. Not a good start.

February was better. I started 4 things: a Dragonfly scissor fob by CJ Lucas designs, Dimples Californian ladybug (for Caroline's Dimples RR), Mill hill holly feather tree ornament and a springtime pooh cover kit. The finishing rate was better: Dimples Viceroy butterfly and Californian lady bug were both finished (completing my involvement in the Wee Beasties RR). I also finished the Dragonfly scissorfob, the holly feather tree ornament and the Ornament RR piece that I started in January. Two other WIPs bit the dust - Mirabilia Emerald mermaid and the WB yeats verse. So I ended February with 26 WIPs/UFOs plus 2 RRs.

Sunday, April 10, 2005

A lazy weekend

I've been off all this weekend which has been strange. I've been working a lot of weekends lately. My boss seems to think that if you reliable, then you should work lots of weekends and holiday weekends. Boo hiss to her. Anyway I don't have to work again until Friday so woo hoo.

Last night I had my parents and one of my aunts over for a meal. It was a pretty good evening. Today I've been stitching away on Taj mahal garden and watching lots of TV.