WIP: Winter Window


Back to Basics

After falling in love with many other crafts over the past few years (knitting, crocheting, shuttle tatting, and beading), I find myself slowly wading back towards cross stitching, with my head down, hoping my needles aren’t resentful of my neglect of them.

I’ve picked up one of my oldest WIPs (I remember being in college with this one, so it’s definitely over five years old): “Winter Window” by Susan Bates (The World of Cross Stitching– Issue 197).

I don’t think I’ve ever stitched a full-coverage piece. It’s actually pretty intense for my brain and my eyes (so much confetti), but I’m enjoying every minute of it. Also, this is definitely the most backstitch I’ve ever had to do, so I plan to do it as I go along….That way, I won’t dread it as much! 🙂

Today’s progress: Started the star ornament- I got to stitch a little today before work, on my breaks, and after work.

I’m in love with this whole series and want to stitch all four windows! AND HAPPY THOUGHT for today: I go away for a while with no stitching and I come back to GRIDDED evenweave!? (I’m going to get my hands on some for the next three windows!)

It’s so close to the weekend, and I’m already daydreaming about slowing down and curling up with my “Winter Window.”

Happy Stitching, all!

Fall Huddle

I love the pace of Fall. Gorgeous sunrises, shorter days, cozier nights. This cycle perfectly lends itself to handiwork. One of my goals is to slow down and enjoy the season. At least nowadays we don’t have to stitch by candlelight. 🙂

Other than a new start, my focus has been (and will be until I finally finish) Nora Corbett’s Halloween Fairy. This is a gift for my sister, and at this point, I am ready to be DONE with this one! *cough*So I can start on my own At the Met.*cough* I am at the homestretch – stitching the moon and the rest of the vines and beading – but am having a hard time staying motivated. It’s going to be my focus this weekend.

In “knitting news,” I almost have my second “for me” shawl. A “for me” is a finished object that I keep for myself. I have knitted several shawls but only have one “for me.” I have the last garter section to do for All About that Brioche shawl by Lisa Hannes. I will definitely have it done by Thanksgiving which makes me very happy.

Happy Stitching!

My Autumn Mantel & Two FFOs

I’ve finally decorated for Fall, and I put some finishing touches on two finished pieces.


Barbara Ana’s “Sweeping the Garden”: Attached by magnet so I can switch up the displays!


The Sampler Girl’s “A Pumpkin of My Own”


Bunting I knitted a while back