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Punch Needle: “Petite Prims Series: Flag,” by The Old Tattered Flag

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The Invisible Girl 


Remember this finish? It is “Calendar Girls- May,” by Liberty Rose. 

I was going through my finishes thinking about how to fully finish them and ran across this one. I wasn’t happy back in January when I completed her- I didn’t stitch her face “right.” It definitely didn’t look like the beautiful pattern. So today, I cut it out!

I will ponder over this until I get the guts to rework it, wash it, then frame it.

Happy Stitching!

FINALLY a Finish!

Here’s my 3rd (?!) finish of 2016:

 “Elsie,” kit by Mill Hill

This was a kit I got on my Las Vegas trip last April. I still DREAM about that store (Stitcher’s Paradise).  I’ve turned it into a magnet by backing it with card-stock. I messed up on some spots, but I think it turned out fine. The majority of this happy cow was stitched this weekend while I hermited on my couch binge watching Poirot.

Happy stitching!

The Confessions of an Ex-Knitter

No, I’m not quitting knitting all together. I’m just prone to hyperbole. The latest entry in my afghan saga has been a sad one. It did indeed start happily, but it has since turned into a Gothic horror full of tears and cries of vengeance. And more hyperbole. Jk-  I actually did not cry over this (applause, please), but I’m sure several neighbors could have heard my anguished war cry.

ANYWAY I’ve been working on an afghan for about a month. It is my grandma’s pattern that she always uses. 300 stitches. Fun stuff. All was going well until I got to the end of the first skein, and it was time to change to a different color/add a stripe. After watching a few YouTube videos, I added the new skein. Knitted several rows (reminder: 300 stitches each) and found that I had added 3 extra stitches.

Now, I don’t know how that happened, but I do know that all was wonderful until I started the new skein/color. I ripped out the rows with the intention of being able to save my work, but it was all for naught.

…I had to rip everything out and will have to start over. Again. I talked myself out of freaking out as I unfurled my blanket and wound my yarn up. “Hey, I didn’t get that far. At least I know what to expect next time,” I kept telling myself while slowly breathing.

 

The only evidence left.


 I’m not too discouraged about this though, because my knitting has always been a challenge, especially on this scale of a project. But when I get over it, I will pick my afghan up again. Probably in the next week or two. I’m just too lazy to cast on and count my 300 stitches again at the moment. 🙂

C’est la vie! And such.

Happy stitching!

Christmas Finish

Oh my, oh my! I was pushing the deadline with this one. I finally finished AND ironed AND framed AND wrapped a few hours before midnight, in time for Christmas Day. 

  

I’ll tell you one thing- I will not be cross stitching triangles any time soon! 😊

Merry Christmas, Stitchers, and Happy New Year! 

Messing Up, Or Fifty Shades of White

Hello Stitchers!

My niece’s pattern is turning out to be quite the headache! There are many shades of white, and I have had to cut out and start over because of so many mistakes. My mantra for this project: my niece NEEDS this cross stitch. I’m even jazzing the pattern up with some glitter thread and Mill Hill beads. I am determined to make this a keepsake for her that she will love. 

While pursuing my locally owned craft store for the aforementioned beads, I became overwhelmed and got the glorious idea to try a bigger knitting project. My grandma gave me this afghan pattern a few years ago along with her latest (unfinished) afghan so that I could try my hand at more interesting patterns:
It is a two-colored pattern with just purls and knit stitches and some k2tog thrown in. I chickened out big time and just bound off what she gave me. It is a lovely lap blanket/shawl-thingy. So then and there at the craft store, I dialed my grandma asking how many skeins I would need to make the full sized afghan from her favorite pattern.

I was so determined that I even decided that I would make the afghan with three stripes instead of two. Because I like to make things more complicated for myself apparently. So I chose three colors that aren’t too girly to appease the male members of the house (I was totally going for mustard yellow, red, and some Fall beige). It took me FOREVER to decide on these colors. I was even describing the colors over the phone to my ever patient grand-duchess, saint grandmother Patricia.

This yarn is from the Ole Faithful brand of Red Heart Super Saver in Grey Heather, Lavender, and Windsor Blue. 

I can’t wait to begin, but I’m nervous. I’ve never knitted anything this size before. And as I’ve said, I’ve always chickened out on this pattern.

Funny how I was upset last post about having to cancel some projects because I got too stressed! I guess you can’t stop inspiration or the need for creative outlets.

Happy stitching and enjoy the rest of the weekend!

Sometimes the Best Laid Plans…Oh, Forget It

I created my stitching schedule with the best of intentions.  Ashamed to say that I have had to cut my plans very short. I will probably only end up doing three patterns. I didn’t NOT stay on schedule on purpose; stuff happens and I’m trying very hard to not beat myself up about it. I can reframe this into having more time to cross stitch for me. And that is OK- …not selfish??? Anyway, I figured that I have way too much anxiety and depression in my life that I do not need them to seep their grubby fingers into my crafting life.

So I’ve been coping with more cross stitching, a little knitting, and shuttle tatting. Looking at everyone’s posts have been so inspirational in pushing me to keep stitching. There have been days when I really just didn’t want to pick anything up.   I’m finally on the quilt flag of “Knee High”. Unfortunately, I have lost a color- the dark green of the corn stalks. 😦 Must reorder soon.
On a way more positive note, I did begin to kit up my niece’s pattern. I seriously cannot focus on “Knee High” by itself. Guess I’m just not a one pattern girl! I cannot wait to get started- it’s a cute bunny that’s cross stitching with sparkles and beads. It’s perfect for her to get inspired to keep trying cross stitching! AND I love the stitching tin- mom got it for me at a Goodwill a long time ago.


My library haul included all things fun and scary. Not too scary though because I will still freak out. So happy to get into the Halloween and Fall spirit!

 Last Saturday (the first weekend I’d had off in one month, thank you), we had to take Baby Belle to the emergency vet at 10 pm. She is OK- I’m way too embarrassed to tell you what was wrong (and super gross)- nothing a few doses of medicine can’t treat…but Bilbo has to be treated, too.

After all of that, I’m ready to curl up with some tea and relax. AND stitch.

Happy stitching!

Stitching Schedules and Planner Love

Happy Fall, y’all! It’s been a rainy start, but that’s just perfect for some stitching and reading.

I have so much to stitch before Christmas that I created a schedule:

As you can see, I’ve already had to change some dates around with whiteout, and I’ll probably have to do it again. Have you had any luck in setting dates with your stitching and actually accomplishing it?

I am working hard on “Knee High” so that it can be done by Friday (cue screechy horror sounds). I’m cross stitching in all my spare time to get this one completed. Here’s a snap of my progress during Saturday’s dinner break at work:

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In non-xstitchy news, Belle is happily settling into her new home. She’s in love with Bilbo. Bilbo…he’ll get there. 🙂 She’s definitely the annoying little sister.
  

She follows him everywhere and won’t do anything without him. Bilbo just rolls his eyes and tries to find a spot of alone time from her.

My new obsession is designing my own planner. After research (read: devouring and pinning planner blogs), I decided on a Midori style planner and purchased a “fauxdori” from etsy. I added inserts from etsy and also Moleskine. Here’s a snap of my planner box with all the goodies. Note: Next month, I’m on an craft spending ban!

My beautiful, handmade fauxdori- “Messydori”

One of my inserts is of course a crafting notebook. I’m keeping copies of my grandma’s knitting patterns in there, cross stitch wish list, and my stitching schedule. I’m also trying to figure a good format for start and end dates, problems, stats for my xstitch projects. Any ideas?        

Last week, I also received a lovely surprise from my parents to help boost my morale. I’m in love with sunflowers right now:

Complete with Belle’s chew toy and my planner box not far behind.

I hope everyone’s Monday is wonderful and that you have some lovely xstitchy plans for this week! I hope to have an awesome progress post for WIP Wednesday. Happy stitching!

Labor Day Work

  
Puppy proofing the craft supplies! This was an absolute “must” to get done today. Usually books and cross stitching are everywhere, but we can’t set her up for failure. The drawers are organized into current xstitch projects, patterns, magazines; tatting and thread; and knitting needles and yarn. On top of the drawers I have more magazines and fabric, boards for mounting, and my pink tackle box of xstitch thread and supplies. I also bought another bookshelf to keep my lovely books safe. 

 

Mom and Dad visited her this weekend.

 
AND we finally have a name: Belle. ❤️ Because Beauty & the Beast. Can’t wait to have her home this week!