Friday, October 2, 2009

Coming to Water ...FINISHED!!!!

YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS.....it's done. It's finished. And I'm SO exited. Finally. Now I'll wash it and next week it's off to the framer. With a bit luck it will hang at the wall in no time.




While sitting here now since 30 minutes trying to say something meaningful...smart...whatever...while staring at the screen...I give up. "Coming to Water" is washed meanwhile and hangs to dry. And  I'm brain dead today. I do have that sometimes - even more when something big is finished. While being overly happy it leaves also an empty spot - which I will fill in NO time though...lol. But right now I can't get my brain into working gear nor to get myself moving to do anything. May be I should have a look into my charts. That is something that tends to cheer me up. 

Hmmm....what should I start next?
  • Mary Wigham? I have all my supplies gatherered already. Found a MOST beautiful variant from a French stitcher, and will copy her color choices - sort of. She used DMC while I'm going for Threadworx.
  • Christmas at Hawk Run Hallow? <---it's a must be. It's gorgeous. Chart will be sent my way somewhere next week. Not sure yet if I will do it on 40ct over 2 or on 25 or 28 count over one. I have to try out 40 count first (never stitched on that) to see if it's just as easy as on 25ct over one. I will most surely take the one that flows easier of my hands
  • Alla Turca from Pelin Tezer- love it
  • Floral Sampler from the Sampler Company - another one I'm deeply in love with - everything here to start it.
  • Letters from Nora (G, M and S) hmmm...not all supplies here yet, so that has to wait a bit
  • The Stitching Chair
  • A Scenic Farm (will replace the 18ct Aida with 36ct linen)
  • Amsterdam by Thea Gouverneur
And there are more in my stash waiting for me to start them. Lots of little things I bought thinking I MUST have it and never started it. Until I decide which one to start I'll grab my Manhattan Wonderland. It's about time that that poor bugger gets a bit attention. I could also go into my craft room to sew something. Or clean the house? Sigh...I might well do just that.


Oh...and I have also an update on the knitting front. I finished the Jay Campbell square. It was a very interesting square to do. Stitching a square while stitching 4 sides from the outer end to the inner one. Was new to me, and I loved doing it.  Another one that dearly needed blocking to look good.

48 comments:

Jennifer said...

Congratulations on a stunning piece!!!!!! Beautiful! I know you have to be so excited.

I vote for the Christmas at Hawk Run. I saw that one online and it is gorgeous.

Your knitting is very beautiful too. You have certainly been very busy, girl!!! ;)

Jennifer

threadmedley said...

Gabi,

I'm not a cross-stitcher, but have loved watching this come to life. I'm wondering if this could be done as needlepoint. It's absolutely gorgeous!! Thank you for sharing this project with us.

AFwife99 said...

Yay! It's done! Congratulations on completing a landmark piece. Now, what to start? I would vote for Hawk Run Hollow.

Jill said...

That is some finish! Congrats, it is gorgeous! I have to "regroup" after I finish something too. LOL! I do love that Christmas at Hawk Run though.

Cole said...

What a beautiful finish, congratulations!

gio162 said...

Huge congrats on finishing CTW, it's stunning!

If you choose CaHRH next, I would strongly suggest over 2 on 40ct: for me it goes much quicker than over 1 on any count (stitching in hand). Happy choosing :-)

Oh, and great job on the Campbell square. Mine is done, but not blocked yet, and it's all wiggly and undulating: did you get that too?

Cindy in MA said...

Coming to Water is just beautiful.
Would you be interested in selling the chart?

Carissa said...

Absolutely stunning Gabi! I cannot wait to see it framed. I can understand some "let-down" after finishing such a large piece. I'm sure you'll back into the swing of things soon enough. Especially since you have such a great group of things to choose from.

Your knitting square looks great also....another one of those things I've always wanted to learn.

Sadie said...

Oh Gabi! It is wonderful! Congratulations!
I look forward to seeing it framed too.
Love your knitting and I am sure you will find something to keep you busy :-)

Nancy M said...

Great finish Gabi!!! I know you've got at least Manhattan in the works to keep you busy until you settle on the next piece to start! I'm about there with Fruit and cheese, just over a page to go! Your knitting looks wonderful too. I never wash my piece after stitching.....why do you? Especially one that's fully stitched and no material is showing through.

Donna said...

Beautiful, fabulous, marvelous, wonderful, etc. I just don't have the right word for it. But it is spectacular. That is the word: SPECTACULAR!
The knitting is beautiful.
My vote is for Christmas at Hawk Run.

Sandy In Montana said...

Fantastic!!! finish, Gabi. Congratulations!!! Love your knitted blocks as well.

MarchAnn58 said...

Congratulations, Coming to Water is a really really great piece. You did a great job on it.
The knitting is nice, Mom tried to teach me to knit but I never could get the hang of it. I am a crocheter and a cross stitcher thats enough for now.
Keep up the great work and join us in stitching Mary Wigham.

Deb said...

What a wonderful and stunning finish! I can't believe you finished up that last section so fast! Wish I could help you pick out your next piece to stitch, but they all seem wonderful, although CHRH would a first choice.

And I love your afghan square. It's beautiful.

Debbie Jo said...

You sure did an awesome job on Coming to Water. I know your DH will be very proud! Congrats on the finish.

Meari said...

That looks great, Gabi!

Carol said...

Major round of applause.

FABULOUS. I bet it will look stunning framed.

Rene la Frog said...

OMG "Water" is awesome

Cari said...

What a huge project - congratulations on finishing it, what an accomplishment.

Ah, so many choices, so little time. I think the favorite is CHR.

Enjoy your weekend.

susanm said...

Congratulations, glad another is complete.

Katrien said...

Congratulations!!! That is gorgeous.

EvalinaMaria said...

It looks fantastic! How about a little vacation? Maybe just a small Halloween project...?

Anne Sans Tete said...

congrats on finishing! it's gorgeous!

Mel said...

Congrats!!! Soooo great to see this one finished.
My vote is for Mary Wingham. Though the Christmas at Hawk Run is great too.

Ashrei said...

Gabi, I have always loved "Coming to Water". Many congratulations on your beautiful finish!

Nessa G. said...

Congrats! NO more Aida for you ;)

staci said...

Congrats on finishing Coming to Water...simply amazing Gabi!!!

Lovin your afghan squares too :)

Carolyn NC said...

Wow - what an achievement - Congratulations on such a beautiful finish! My vote is for Christmas at Hawk Run Hollow! Knitting looks great, too, and PS - forget the cleaning....at least for a moment!

Tried to find Gracious Era at our Michael's but wasn't there and no sale, either on anything. Hmmmm.

Missy Ann said...

Look at you with the big finish!!!!!!

Another knit square? Wonderful as always.

And I vote Mary Wigham because I want to start her but I just don't have the time. But please share the link for the color way you're thinking about.

Sabine S. said...

Congrats on a fantastic finish!! I'm so glad you pressed on, it was so worth it! I can't tell you what to choose next, but I can say NOT housework!!!!
Sabine

5 Foot Runt said...

That is so beautiful! You've worked a long time on that piece and it was worth every second. Congrats Gabi on a great finish!

htimcj said...

Beautiful!
Heidi-ILCS

Deigh said...

Congrats on finishing such a beautiful piece! It's absolutely gorgeous.

Olenka's Stitches said...

Congrats on this stunning finish!

Siobhan said...

WAHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!! I am so happy for you! It is fabulous--you must be so psyched. :) It is really so pretty.

I hear you on the waffling on what to do. I spend all the time as I'm stitching something big thinking of what to stitch next. Then I finish that big thing and I sit there for a few days, unable to decide on a new course of action. I fumble for a bit. FWIW, I vote for Christmas at HRH. I also say go for the 40 ct. You'll be pleasantly surprised at how easy it is; your eyes get accustomed to it. And lawsie mercy, anything is better than over one! ;) Just kidding, I know you like it.

Love the knitting!!!

Sharon said...

Gorgeous finish! Congrats!

Nita said...

Congratulations Gabi on your finish! Fabulous!! Your knitting is wonderful.

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What a fantastic finish. My hubby would love this as his family went to Africa in the late 1940's and I am convinced he left his heart there.

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Kathy said...

Congtaulations Gabi! CtW is gorgeous and well worth the time. Something to treasure forever.

lenna said...

Congratulations on your finish. It is so lovely I am jealous. I know you must be so excited. When you get it home from the framer you will really feel great. But like you said sorta sad to be parting on the creativity of stitching on that particular piece. I know how you feel when I finish something I have worked on my brain is also dead. Sometimes I take a couple of days off and then start again.
I have looked for that pattern can you tell me where I can get one? I have loved yours since I first started visiting your blog.
Congrats again and God Bless ~
Lenna

Mare said...

Just stunning! Your stitching as always is very inspiring.

Sharon said...

Stunning - just stunning!!! Congratulations on finishing such a humongous piece - it's quite the accomplishment!
Love the knitting, too - I'm not much of a knitter, but I am in awe of those who are!!
I have to vote for Christmas at Hawk Run - I'm in love with that one! :)

Quiltsmiles said...

Gabi,
What a beauty. I enjoy your blog and have been watching with baited breath to see you finish your "Coming to Water". Where will you be hanging it? There is something about it that spoke to me when I first saw it and thrilled my soul. Lovely. I am so jealous, not really, just thrilled for you. What an undertaking!
Also I wanted to thank you for the links and preferences you listed at the chatelaine design yahoo group. Very helpful. Thanks.
Jane

Brigitte said...

Wohoo, Gabi, congratulations!! It must be a great feeling of achievement to finish such a big project. And it really looks gotgeous.
Whata nice choice of new projects. I'm very curious to learn what you chose ...

Dani - tkdchick said...

Wow! Its fantastic! Congratulations!

Carol's Stitching said...

OH MY GOSH! I love the Coming to Water.... the colors, the animals, the whole feel of the piece. This is absolutely stunning!