I have been working hard on the convention, but since I got the Program Book to the printers Sunday night (OK, really early Monday morning -- hooray for FTP), I did take some time yesterday to work on Hawaiian Mandala. The western motif is now done and there is a good start on the northwestern motif. Even when the entire pattern looks done, there is still a circle of gold stitches around the black outer line to do, 24 16-stitch Algerian eyelets to stitch in the boxes in the corner motifs and some gold backstitching to do in the four large boxes near the center. It still looks like I might finish most of it before we leave for San Francisco and Maui on July 9. Then on to Part 2. I have a goal to finish 8 parts of 12 this year. Maybe, maybe not.
I also need to decide if I am going to take a small pattern with me during the convention. I usually take something, even if I don't actually have a lot of time to stitch anything. Since Musing Badger will be there, I can ask her what I should work on. Hey, Ruth, any suggestions? Maybe I should bring out some needlepoint for a change.
I would like to thank all the people who pointed me to some great tin toppers, especially Jennifer. I increased my stash by way, way too much by getting some terrific patterns by Samplers and Such. Once I started I just couldn't stop. At least they are small, right? I could do a couple pretty quickly?
Then since I finished Warm Water Wash in Maui, I will need another largish project for the two weeks we will be there. Though James wants me to make a set of curtains from the fabric we bought in San Francisco last month. After our busy last three months, it is really good to start to look forward to some down time with just projects for us.