Jumped into the world of crochet….
Jumped into the world of crochet….
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.
I’ve finally decorated for Fall, and I put some finishing touches on two finished pieces.
This week I’m focusing on three projects I have going on:
1. My first punch needle! “Petite Prims Series: Flag,” by The Old Tattered Flag
It’s not perfect, but I’m proud of how it’s turning out. I’ve already “stashed” two more punch patterns, weavers cloth, and a couple of issues of Punch Needle and Primitive Stitch magazine. Man, are my shoulders tensing up from this though!
2. More progress on Nora Corbett’s “Halloween Fairy”! I’ve been working on this one for over a year on and off for my sister, and I’m just ready for it to be framed! I am beading and back-stitching as I go. Cross stitch-wise, I only have the pumpkins and the moon left, then the rest of the Kreinik and beading will follow! I can actually SEE the finish line!
3. Also close to the finish line: “Moon Sicke,” by The Primitive Needle. So far, I don’t regret omitting the alphabet sampler in the middle. There’s only SO MANY alphabets you can cross stitch in a certain time frame and not go crazy. 😛
I hope everyone’s week is going well and that you find some crafty time!
Well the dog days of summer are officially here…and it’s hot. That means more time for crafting inside in the nice air conditioning.
Contrary to the amounts of posts on this blog, I HAVE been stitching.
I’ve been furiously working on Barbara Ana’s All Creatures Great and Small (40 ct linen, 1-over-2, picking colors at random based on her DMC suggestions). I love working on this piece. I have the upper-left corner DONE:
I also picked up Prairie Schooler’s Miss Fortune again and I’m flying through it:
I was also knitting up a storm but have had to slow down because of hand/wrist/finger pain from knitting TOO MUCH. I have a few socks finished and some more on the needles (Ravelry: doghairstitchery). And celebration: I just cast on my first sweater!
I have a lot of stitching/knitting plans like usual- including our wedding sampler that I FINALLY picked out and kitted up (over a year after the fact). I can’t wait to share: A Sweeter Love by Plum Street Samplers; 36 ct. Vintage Buttercream by Lakeside Linens, using the called for NPI Silks. [I rarely stitch in silk. I love it when I do though; I have silk tastes on a DMC budget, as I like to say, BUT if there was a time to stitch in silk, this is IT! ;)]
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!