Author Archives: Holly

About Holly

fiber person - knitter, spinner, weaver who spent 33 years being a military officer to fund the above. And home. And family. Sewing and quilting projects are also in the stash. After living again in Heidelberg after retiring (finally) from the U.S. Army May 2011, we moved to the US ~ Dec 2015. Something about being over 65 and access to health care. It also might have had to do with finding a buyer for our house. Allegedly this will provide me a home base in the same country as our four adult children, all of whom I adore, so that I can drive them totally insane. Considerations of time to knit down the stash…(right, and if you believe that…) and spin and .... There is now actually enough time to do a bit of consulting, editing. Even more amazing - we have only one household again. As long as everyone understands that I still, 40 years into our marriage, don't do kitchens or bathrooms. For that matter, not being a golden retriever, I don't do slippers or newspapers either. I don’t miss either the military or full-time clinical practice. Limiting my public health/travel med/consulting and lecturing to “when I feel like it” has let me happily spend my pension cruising, stash enhancing (oops), arguing with the DH about where we are going to travel next and book buying. Life is good!

Aries Completed

Done, done, done and I still have both hair and some sanity – in spite of 437 beads today. Which took a lot more hours that I would have thought. I wound up having to make a trip to the … Continue reading

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Starting March

It is a new month, and I am trying to resist starting anything new until I am reasonably caught up on old projects. But there are three potential projects that are calling my name. Anyway – I finished the backs … Continue reading

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summing February

I could make all the bad jokes about leaping years, months, and extra days. But since poor February is still short a day or so, I am not going to indulge. Rather, I am just going to summarize what I … Continue reading

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Early morning

and apparently the metering lights now go on before 0600 on the Bay Bridge. Which means that the backup starts even earlier. At least I had my latte from Peet’s while crawling along with the traffic. Once I had cleared … Continue reading

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Also too many beads

This is Aires – whom I stitched back in early spring of 2022. On the same  32ct Vintage Country Mocha linen as almost all of the rest of the series. She will be number 8 of the completion stack of … Continue reading

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She is finished

The last 169 beads – Pisces – by Nora Corbett on 32 Vintage Country Mocha linen. less than 5k stitches but it seemed like all the beads. Started about Feb 2022, finished 25 Feb 2024. Which is actually during Pisces.. … Continue reading

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And more beads

It seems like the beads on this project are never ending. I think this takes me down to the last 160 beads.  I really have little love for beading. I don’t think any of the rest in the series have … Continue reading

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Fish & Tea

As it turned out, Pisces might not have had any specialty threads, but it has an inordinate number of beads. So many in fact that I have decided that completing it in one go was likely to be 1) not … Continue reading

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Two-fer

I finished Capricorn this morning – And Scorpio this afternoon – I did make a few changes on each.  On Capricorn there were some small “antenna” type things scattered here and there among the flowers with a single bead on … Continue reading

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Number 15

Even though she needed over 1100 stitches today, it turned out that finishing Cleo didn’t turn out to be all that difficult. It was mostly blocks of color…. She is stitched on 16 count chocolate Aida with the called for … Continue reading

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April shower in Feb

And, although I really don’t like the colors – I finished April Quaker by From the Heart which had been hanging out for a couple of years. Notice I am not quite breaking my arm, patting myself on the back … Continue reading

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Finishing

As you have been able to see – I have been putting a significant effort into finishing cross stitch projects started and left over from previous years. My tally thus far is 11 finished from previous years and two started … Continue reading

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And she’s done!

There were a lot more stitches left on Octavia than I had thought. Like between just over 2x my guestimate. But here she is – the fourth one of the Sheep punk series. The pattern comes from ForbiddenFiberCo and is … Continue reading

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Significant Progress

I would really like this particular little sheep completed. I can’t tell how many stitches I have left. I have the original printed pattern from which I loaded pictures into Pattern Keeper. Managing to match up the grid, but not … Continue reading

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Octavia

The quiet one of the Sheep Punk set. I didn’t get a chance to start stitching till after lunch time, but I have made decent progress – like 864 stitches according to my little counter. To review – here is … Continue reading

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It looks benign

This capsule that I get to take once a day for 21 days. Then I get a break for 7 days and then I get to do it again. The plan is X6 at this point. there are a ton … Continue reading

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Another trip

Into San Francisco early this morning. Making my usual stop at Peet’s just before they opened I still managed to get caught in the lane control lights at the Bay Bridge Toll Plaza. After that point, the traffic was reasonably … Continue reading

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Cancer (the Zodiac Girl) complete

I had originally titled this – Cancer Complete. And then I thought about it. Since “Cancer” is more than a sign in the Zodiac and the word is also used for various nasty diseases experienced by too many, I didn’t … Continue reading

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Starting Cancer

Just in case you are wondering – there is no particular order to my completing of the Zodiac Girls. I have them all clipped into a pants hanger and am just working down from the top. There are a dozen … Continue reading

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B&B

In this case stands for Backstitch & Beading. I detest backstitching. It is one of the reasons that I have a tendency to avoid most patterns out of Eastern Europe. It isn’t that many are interesting or lovely. It is … Continue reading

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