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!

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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)].

Adventures in Needlepoint

 Well we all knew that it would come to this eventually; I’ve started needlepoint. I was browsing my mom’s local needlework store last weekend, and it just hit me: stop being so afraid and just start! I picked up the new Needlepoint Now magazine and found the perfect design! The ladies there were wonderful in helping me gather all of my materials and explaining how to use different types of thread. Anyway- I had a ball just getting everything ready. I’m having even more fun stitching. This is “Twilight,” by Stickideen von der Wiehenburg:
 We have been traveling so much with more trips to come that the dogs are exhausted.  Visited a lot of awesome places plus a handful of knitting (The Salty Sheep Yarn Shop), needlepoint (Stitch Point), and antique shops. I found four textile mill bobbins- aren’t they pretty? I may start collecting. I also bought some beautiful wool (Mechita 850- Archangel) to use for future needlepoint projects and a new owl needle-minder— because we all need more needle-minders.

Happy stitching!

Catch Up

Long time, no see! Though I’ve been M.I.A., I’ve enjoyed reading everyone’s posts and WIPs during the Thanksgiving break! I’m also currently OBSESSED with reading The Spinster Stitcher‘s blog. Seriously- I’m in 2010 in her posts; she’s hilarious with lovely projects. And I feel like our dogs could be BFFs.

Things have been pretty slow stitching-wise. Other than needlework blog reading, I’ve only been able to pick up my projects a handful of times- I managed to complete the alphabet in “Fibery Friends” and started the bottom half of the piece… a few weeks ago. Still enjoying this one!   The top project on my list needs to be “Knee High” as it’s my dad’s Christmas present. I FINALLY got my missing color replaced and can FINALLY get into the home stretch on that one. When I’m off Thursday and Friday, I’m going to be INVINCIBLE and marathon stitch that project to completion (or at least very near to completion)! Well, that’s the plan anyway. 🙂 I’m sure Belle will be none too amused at having to act like a lady while I stitch for awhile. I think a trip to the dog park will be necessary for me to even be able to get any “decent” amount of stitching done.

The baby Belle

During Thanksgiving, I was able to go home and visit my parents. As always I sweet talked my mom (not too hard to do as she’s just in love with xstitch as me) into taking a trip to the local needlework store. My BF and five year old niece were our chauffeurs to make sure we behaved and didn’t go overboard there. Side note: Soon the BF will be the only sane anchor in our stitchy pursuits as my niece is a budding xstitcher and made out with quite a nice haul if I do say so myself (and I’m gifting her with more for Christmas). While there I saw “And Heaven and Nature Sing”  by Kathy Barrick and my mom caved in and bought it for me. She also talked me into trying silk threads for the first time ever for that project. I’m so excited about trying a non-cotton thread. I feel so grown up in the cross stitch world! 🙂 So I’m patiently awaiting my package of 40ct (yikes!) linen and silk thread and will begin on this endeavor AFTER “Knee High.” Really, call me out if I start this Goliath before I finish it…. In the meantime, I’m researching to death how to use silk thread so I don’t mess up.

In other crafty news, I made my own happy place- a.k.a. my own stitchy corner! I got an OttLite on sale a while ago and haven’t been able to use it as I wanted to. So I got an $8 TV table, and the rest is history. I’m serious— I’m going to hermit in this spot all Thursday and Friday.  This new arrangement will hopefully help my posture, eyesight, and amount of time I can pick up my needlework.

Thanks for reading my hefty update. I know I’m late, but I have to say my Thanksgiving “what I’m thankful for,” craft edition: I’m really grateful for this community that blogging has opened up to me. On the internet and in “the real world” if you stitch/craft, you’re automatically the best person ever to me. It’s all been one big stitchy sisterhood to share and learn. Thanks for inspiring!

Bilbo chillin’!

 So I hope some of your stitchy dreams come true this week, and Happy Stitching!

Beginning Needlepoint 

I tried my hand at needlepoint today. The above picture is all I accomplished because the next step is French knots. A lot of them. I couldn’t quite get the yarn to cooperate so I had to put it down before I got too frustrated. I need to watch some YouTube videos on French knots- I know I’m not the only one with this issue. My hope is that  I become a pro at them by the end of this piece and won’t sweat them anymore.

I did an awesome job putting together the stretcher bars and tacking the canvas on. So I am proud of that. This pattern is called “Little Lamb,” by Carol Peao Currier. 

Happy stitching!