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A Shawl Finish


Just finished On the Moors with Jane Eyre by Tanya Marie Anderson (The Sampler Girl). Can’t block it yet, but I LOVED knitting this and will probably make more. Knit with Berroco Remix in colorway Buttercup.

New Starts


George & Martha, by Plum Street Samplers

-Using the charted DMC alternatives; 36ct Edinburgh linen in Light Mocha.

Book: The Washingtons, by Flora Fraser [I love her mom’s books (Antonia Fraser)].

Desert Dreaming

Backstitch time

Hello all! This weekend I started the Cactus project from CrossStitcher magazine as mentioned in a previous post. I’m having so much fun with it; it’s so colorful and so simple (NO confetti stitching for me this time 🙂 which makes this pattern relaxing to stitch)! My cactus obsession continues…. This would look great on the wall next to another pattern I want to do, “What Lies Beneath” by Ink Circles! Anyway after I finish the backstitching on this one, I have three more cacti to go! I have a feeling that this one will go by quick.

I don’t know why I find this picture of him so funny- he just looks so comfy and spoiled.

It’s been too hot and muggy to do anything outside during the day, so Bilbo and I have just been hanging around. Mostly reading– 41% read in Little Dorrit and I am on the second book of the October Daye series. We did have a massive thunderstorm last night which included sparks popping out of outlets and Bilbo needing to get his Thundershirt on. So that was an adventure…. 😉

WIPs, Kits, and Finishes- Oh My!

It’s been a while- but I’ve got a lot of stitching done since then! I’ve picked up “Pretty Poppies” again. Going fairly fast.   Made a little progress on my Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery’s “Once Upon a Time Sampler”.    Two weeks ago, I finished Little House Needlework’s “Give Thanks.” I can’t wait to get it framed and on my kitchen wall! I also have another small finish, but it’s part of a present that I can’t show yet. 😉  I have also kitted up two patterns. One of them is this cacti pattern from CrossStitcher magazine’s February 2015, Issue 288. The other is “Stitchingly Ever After,” by Barbara Ann Designs.  I have also been preoccupied with reading Charles Dickens’ Little Dorrit. The audio book performed by Anton Lesser is amazing as well. The main character is a seamstress/needleworker. I can only image the pieces she’s working on!

Happy Stitching!

Jane Austen Portrait

Another finish- I’m so surprised. I am a complete Jane Austen fan. I have been ever since I was about five- I got my first copy of Pride and Prejudice when I was that age- no, of course I couldn’t read it, but my mom is also a bookworm so that probably had something to do with it. It has been in my collection ever since and borrow and loved (I’m now up to four different editions of that specific Austen novel- not ashamed- I love annotated editions of anything). Her writing has always been a comfort to me.

This pattern is from the “Jen’ll Fix It” section of The World of Cross Stitching– Issue 191.

Progress pic:

I’m not sure how I will finish this piece- maybe just a fancy, colorful frame.

Happy stitching!

A Finish, or The Beekeeper’s Apprentice Series Commemoration Gift

Finally- a finish! This Mill Hill kit, called “Bumble Bee Inn,” was way too fun to make. This was my first foray into beading, and I enjoyed it immensely; I look forward to other bead-intensive projects. I made this for my best friend to commemorate us starting the Mary Russell- Sherlock series by Laurie R. King. It has become a huge favorite between us; I’m on book three already…and my lovely fellow bookworm in on book nine. The beehive is significant to this series because our now retired Sherlock has developed a passion as a beekeeper. Mary and Sherlock meet- instant kindred spirits united- and amazing mystery stories develop (I will dare to say King writes equal to Sir ACD).

Process Photos- This was luckily a pretty quick stitch and makeup. In the end, I turned it into a magnet for her.

Now off to the post office to send my gift to NY!

Happy stitching!