Dog Days of Summer

Hi stitchers!

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!

 

Currently working on (other than socks): Joji Locatelli’s Starting Point MKAL (huge wrap). 

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! ;)]

Happy stitching!
Amy

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!

 

Out of the Woods

To get out of my stitching funk, I brought out my All Creatures Great and Small by Barbara Ana. Frogged a few times- I haven’t stitched in over a month! Using DMC recommendations from the designer and my own:  choosing the colors as I get to it.

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!