Tuesday, November 11, 2008

A Ram, some Squirrels and a Mystery!

Okay, here's the ram!

Ram in garden 11nov08

We found him in our garden this morning and he was there all day! I phoned the police earlier this morning and they came and had a look and said they were trying to find the farmer but then left it here. It came running around the side of our neighbours garden as she has a little brook there. This is where I managed to get this picture of him. Apparently, two years ago they had a cow and a calf here (before we moved in). You'd think we lived on a farm but it is just an estate with houses on. We do have lots of fields and farms nearby though.

I have managed to do a fair bit on the Wiehenburg mystery sampler but I kept getting lots of knots in my thread for some reason and it got me thinking about where the term "frogging" came from. Someone must have made it up. If it was you, please own up! So I was thinking of perhaps a nicer term to call these dratted knots and I came up with "squirrels". Why? Well, to start with I was thinking of knots and that got me thinking of "nuts", which got me thinking of "squirrels", which got me thinking of "big bushy tails", which brought me back to my dratted knots that look like bushy tailed squirrels. Do you think I am mad or can you get the picture??? So if you hear me moaning about my squirrels in future, you'll know what I mean!

So, regardless of my "squirrels" here is my progress!

november update

I emailed Lauren of Sassy's fabrics the other day as I had ordered some fabric from her for the Needleprint Beatrix Potter SAL. I chose Creamy Cocoa and I am using the Antique Wines collection of Victorian Motto threads. Anyway, after a little chit chat with Lauren, she has recommended I go with Tan Marble instead. She thinks it will look better with those colour threads. "Okay" I said. I so hope it is okay as some of you may remember that awful experience with a certain company where the fabric was unuseable (Yes I still have it). Speaking of the SAL, we have 52 members joined the blog already! I can't believe it! So many peeps. I am really looking forward to getting my fabric so I can do some floss tosses.

Righto off to put the children to bed and settle down with some nice stitching. Ahhhh....

16 comments:

KarenV said...

Tan Marble is a lovely colour and in my experience, definitely more "useable" than Creamy Cocoa (my piece of this was very orange!) I'm sure you'll be happy with the TM :)

Karin said...

Great progress on the sampler. Looks like your "company" is enjoying himself in your garden.

Tracy said...

Bless that is a very cute Ram, I think you have made the right choice for your fabby it is going to look amazing with your threads

Julie said...

Nice pic of your visitor, i hope he's safely back home with his family now!

Your WIP looks lovely.

I was once told the term 'frogging' comes from the sound the frog makes 'rippit rippit.' As you rip out the work thats wrong thats what you are doing too. I do like your 'squirrles term'

Ruth said...

Oooo, sheeps and samplers. :) What a great day!

I don't think you've had a chance to see, but I drew your name in my blogiversary offer. If you check back on my blog you'll find a post with a list of the winners and my email. I'm looking forward to sendign you a little surprise. :)

Ruth said...

Oh, and of course you have 52 of us joining the BP SAL... we're all desperate to finish and we need cheerleading. :)

Mylene said...

Sampler update looks great despite of the 'squirels' visit!

Shari said...

I can say from experience that TAN MARBLE from Lauren is great fabric!!!!!! I use it for a lot of projects. I am unfamiliar with your floss choice, but that fabric is great!!!

Angela said...

Hope the ram is back home safe and sound now.

The sampler looks good, frogs or no frogs.

Olenka's Stitches said...

Your Sampler is coming along so nicely! And I love the fabric you've chosen.

Tracy said...

Your sampler is coming along very nicely. The ram is cool, I've never seen one in "real-life" only at petting zoos and such. I enjoyed your thought process in "squirrels", I giggled to myself...

How do you start a SAL?

Annemarie said...

Love your beastie update, Hazel! I believe Julie is right: the term frogging comes from the 'rippit rippit' sound these quackers make:o)

I can't wait to see your fabric and floss choice for Bea! I'm presently penniless, so I can't afford any new fabric and threads, but I'm dreaming, baby!

Cindy F. said...

Love your squirrel reference! Too funny!
Your wip is absolutely gorgeous!
Great progress!

Sally said...

I have heard lots of good things about Lauren's Tan Marble so I am sure you will be delighted with it. I got my fabby last week. I've chosen plain ole cream for mine! Lol! I'm looking forward to getting started. It's going to be fun Sal-ing with so many people.

Awww your visitor is so cute! Sorry I have a thing for sheep!

Your sampler is looking lovely.

Gaynor said...

Lovely sampler, and a ram in the Garden?? Sounds like you live near me hehe
lol
Gaynor

Cathy C said...

I've been meaning to tell you that I love the background on your blog. Where did you find that lovely paper kind of look you have on it? It's gorgeous! I am not sure I even konw how to add that to my blog if I could find something I like that is similiar. Can you tell me a little about it? Thanks!!! Cathy in Freezing New Mexico!!!