When not whining about how slow the week is going (please note: we NEVER have this problem with weekends!--- must be some special physics corollary to the laws of time and space that speeds up time between Friday night and Monday morning, then slows it down Monday morning through Friday afternoon), I have made some small bits of progress.
My Prairie Moon start (aka Did-I-Really-Need-Another-WIP-in-2012 #1) has amde some small advance:
I would also like to take this opportunity to tell designers everywhere that if you feel somehow compelled to chart your latest and greatest in a thread not readily available in every corner LNS, then the Nice Thing is to give DMC/Anchor equivalents (and even nicer-- Anchor as well)/ At the very least, check to see if the Web has available some COMPLETE transfer charts for your stitchers to use. This Prairie Moon piece is charted entirely in NPI silks. I can find no online conversion that includes most (let alone all) of the NPI numbers. It took the better part of an entire day to try and wrestle out a conversion working from the picture alone. Please, designers, don't frustrate your stitchers like this.
I've also been doing a little masonry --
That there tower of gold-ish is a chimney on my Chessie and Me piece.--- oh how I love Belle Soies! It's like stitching with air.
And, check this, my Ladies Day by Tish as been progressing too --
That overdyed grey is by Thread Gatherer in their Silk n Colors line. The little "seam" in the middle of each diamond is going to get a smal ine of Kreinik #8 in gunmetal grey.
Now, a cautionary tale --- look out for those parking berms --