Rainy Days and Crafting Seasons

Good evening, stitchers! Long time, no see.

We have had some CRAZY weather lately: 50s then 80s then 60s then 70s then 50s and now we’re up to our gross normal hot and humid days. Bilbo and Belle have been enjoying the sunshine after a cold winter though! Unfortunately, we’ve been bombarded with severe storms this past week with more to come. Everyone- stay safe!

Basically, I’ve been hanging by a thread (ha- pun always intended). I’m fine- it’s all about coping and waiting “it” out. So my coping has usually been knitting until my left wrist can’t take it anymore. For those of you coming for a cross stitching blog, don’t worry! Cross stitch is #1 in my heart with knitting close behind. Looking at my crafting journal’s calendar, knitting has definitely taken over the last two months though.

 
I’ve finished a shawl (“Tamdou” by Melanie Berg; see pic below) for my mom and ONE baby sock. I’m still waiting for some drier weather to soak and block that shawl and another shawl I finished for a gift a few weeks ago.

 

I still have the other baby sock and another adult pair to start soon. Then I need to finish another pair of socks for my mom. I also started another Melanie Berg shawl also for my mom (“Picking Daisies”). …And then my mom isn’t getting any more shawls for a long while 🙂 …AND I’m finally going to start a new shawl FOR ME – I think it’s going to be “The Girl from the Grocery Store” by Joji Locatelli so I can use my coveted Malabrigo Mechita in the Archangel colorway.

(The only WIPs I have for myself at the moment are “Nordic Wind” by cabinfour and the “Budding Bluebells Shawl” by Knitting Expat Designs.)

Again, if you want to connect with me on Ravelry, you can find me at Doghairstitchery. Just throwing it out there- I heard there was a cross stitch equivalent of Ravelry- any updates on that?! I’d totally be on that wagon.

I seem to do better with keeping control of my knitting WIPs than my stitching WIPs— not as stressful for whatever reason.

I was going to insert a current pic of my cross stitching (All Creatures Great and Small). I took a picture today, compared it to my previous update post on here, and realized that I have absolutely no progress. I’m itching to pick it up and work on it again (Now is the time that I could totally knock out some of that border!). It’s not that I’m bored with it. I think this is also the first time I’ve been a monogamous stitcher.

I just feel like I go through seasons with my crafting, and stressful seasons seem to have me knitting up a storm. I just know that when I pick my needle back up (my much loved John James Gold Petites), my fingers will be “all thumbs.”

Do you go through crafting seasons? I’d love to hear all about!

Happy Stitching!

 

Day Off

Sunshine, hyacinths, tea, knitting, audiobook

On the needles: 2nd “On the Moors with Jane Eyre” Shawl by The Sampler Girl

Listening to: The Language of Bees by Laurie R. King (book 9)

Shawls, Shawls, and More Shawls

Not a lot of stitching around here lately— I’ve played with a bunch of stuff but not a lot of progress:

  • I picked up Laura J. Perin’s Miniature Bearclaw for two days. I could only do two days because who’d have thought that a size 22 needle + canvas would cause hand pain! I got this far:
  • I started Pine Mountain Designs’ Feb 2014 Special Delivery… the piece of fabric is so small that I don’t have a hoop that fits it- I find working without one isn’t my thing! 
  • Seriously, that’s it! I have stashed a lot of projects- all the fabric, thread, beads for each project- but no plans to start on any of it yet. I’m just in a Stitching Funk.

But I have been knitting up a storm though!

  • I’m almost done with my mom’s “Tamdou.” This was the first knitting class I ever took, and I’m so happy I did; I’ve learned so much just from this project. My goal was to complete it and block it this month- I didn’t get there, but I’m close (Blergh! So many ends to weave in soon!) 
  • I also started a shawl with colors my niece picked out: “Debut” by Katiuscia Bayslak (free on Raverly). AND I just received more yarn for another shawl for her: “Jack of Hearts” from Sarah Vance Designs (inspired by TV show When Calls the Heart—I’m obsessed with it right now).
  • Last night I started a baby blanket for a family member for her first birthday- “Pine Forest Baby Blanket” by Ingrid Aartun (also free on Ravelry). I’m using Berroco Vintage in colorway Macaron! Isn’t that a yummy name?! This one also needs to be done in 18 days! I had to make my own notes for this pattern as it was kinda hard to understand it at first (for me); so as it’s a free pattern.

So that’s all that’s going on here. Bilbo and Belle are enjoying the crazy weather (70s in January?!)- a lot sun napping on those days. If it’s not going to snow, I’m ready for Spring!

Happy stitching!

A Whole Lotta Stitchin’ Going On

Hello, all!
A lot of stitching going on; so quick update!

New starts:

  • “All Creatures Great and Small” by Barbara Ana Designs
  • “Elizabeth McGuire, 1763” (Dear Diary #3) by Little House Needleworks

WIPs:

  • “Seven Swans a Swimming” by Nora Corbett
  • “Trick or Treat (Halloween) Fairy” by Nora Corbett

So many threads everywhere! I hope everyone is finding time for themselves and stitching. Happy Stitching!

Results!

Hi all!

I’ve already posted how my threads turned out on my last post. My fabric is out of the oven and ironed and is already being kitted up for a small autumnal project: 


This was originally a PTP fabric in Dill that was wayyyyy too orange than the picture on 123stitch showed (which has been happening to me a lot with fabric lately). I love the black spots the coffee made and the orange-dampening the tea did. I am planning on getting some walnut crystals to dye more of my own fabric- I like the primitive/old look. Going to stitch on this one soon- picking out my colors now (“A Pumpkin of My Own,” by The Sampler Girl)!

Experiments!

Trying my hand at coffee dyeing – fabric and two DMC threads I don’t like for two upcoming projects. Fingers crossed!

Happy Stitching!

Update: The coffee wasn’t really working, so I’m now soaking them in very strong bergamot black tea. Seems to be working better so far!

Here’s my results for DMC 972:

Then I went back to coffee and vanilla, so here’s 971: 

Bliss

I have everything I need right now. Counting my blessings (instead of sheep).

Working on Mary- finished the wagon last night. I see a finish ahead of me this week! Happy stitching to all, and to all a good night! 😜

Weekend Bliss Planning

Hello all, and happy Friday!

I’ve finally made some progress on “Mary.” The colors are perfect for Fall.

I also have a new start. When I didn’t have the desire to stitch on the Dear Diary project, I brought out Summer House Stitche Workes’ “Sophia.” Anyone that knows me knows that I LOVE owls. I have so many owl decorations in my house already, but when I saw this, I needed to stitch it. I paired it with lovely sparkly fabric, too. I frogged so much on this one oak leaf that I went back to stitching on Mary the next day. Sometimes you just NEED a new start.
I’m ready for a well deserved relaxing weekend with tons of stitching and Bilbo/Belle cuddling. I also have a bunch of new stash coming in today and tomorrow (from some serious shopping therapy), so I’m looking forward to unwrapping my new cross stitch goodies. I hope your weekend is as bright and happy too!  Happy stitching!