I finished the borders on Winter Stitches by Jeannette Douglas. The piece is on 40-count R&R Reproductions fabric and is only 3.25 inches square. I'm kind of stitching on this and The Awakening as the mood grabs me.
Alas, my stand broke yesterday. I had mentioned black powder coming from my old magnifier, remember? Now I'm not so sure. The screw that adjusts my swing arm wasn't working, so I unscrewed it. Black powder came pouring out. The wingnut's insides are made of copper and apparently have corroded. So I got black powder all over The Awakening but not on the stitched part that I can tell. A washing might get it out, maybe. You can imagine that I'm not happy that this happened to the piece I've been working on for over a year and a half. So I'm using an old stand and need to order a replacement part for my Gripit stand. I'm just wondering if I want to get yet another piece that will eventually corrode.
The fabric and other items for my Halloween exchange have shipped! I'm very excited to stitch on this stuff. I can't wait to buy some goodies too.
Gripe: A friend came over the other day and told us that someone had stolen his work laptop. While he was sitting in a Wendy's and using it. A woman came it, grabbed the laptop from under his fingers, and ran out and got into a waiting car. The friend is very large and couldn't run after her, but some other people did. I am just livid at this. It makes me want to hurt this thief very badly. How nervy and cowardly to take something away from someone you know can't fight back.