A Lot of Moving

Hey all! We’re almost all moved in to our new place. Belle and Bilbo love all their extra space they now have- though as you’ll see in a picture below (cringe-worthy in Bilbo’s case)- they are exhausted from running around like crazy in their new, big backyard.

Thankfully, all this change hasn’t stopped me from craftiness. First up, I’m prepping for Mirabilia’s At the Met. I got this one for Christmas, and it’s been calling to me ever since. Just waiting on some Mill Hill beads to get here. Also something new to me for this stitch- I will be stitching her skin 1-over-1. I LOVE the look of this. Saw this while browsing the evergreen needle on YouTube.

Next, Fear Not is chugging along. Almost done with the hill. Then it’s on to the fence, and then the rest of the verse, and I’ll be done! Very pleased with my color substitutions here- usually don’t do stuff like that because I get too scared to change what the pattern calls for.

I have restarted my afghan- even again since the last time I’ve said here that I had restarted. This is what it looks like on row 2 after counting each of the 300 stitches twice (sad, I know):


I have also made the duvet I had talked about in my last post. All I have to do is iron the seams, and make my bed. Actually feeling very accomplished about this one, because I can’t believe I did it. Even though it’s just some straight line, I’m still so proud of myself. Up next for my sewing machine is making cloth “paper” towels to cut down on waste. I already have all my materials. I will be using this tutorial found via Pinterest (like you do).
So a lot of great craftiness planned. Happy stitching!

Told you! 😉 Bilbo on left, Belle on right.

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Truth: Fear Not

I’m taking today to slowdown after a hectic and emotional week to regroup and relax. Praise God- I think we found our next place to rent. We will know tomorrow if we are “accepted.” It’s a house with a HUGE backyard for the dogs in the country. I’m ready. Praying- Without going into too much detail, I’m having some health enigmas going on and will have a “minimally invasive” test/procedure done on Thursday. Hopefully, there will be answers after many years of think it was one thing and finding out that it wasn’t.


But anyway: a lot of craftiness has been going on in Chateau Dog Hair! First of all, “Fear Not” is coming along lovely. I love playing with shading with over-dyed thread. I can see myself getting this one done this month. I keep going back and forth to my basket to stare at my two Mirabilia kits: At the Met & The Pincushion Fairy. Obviously, one of them is next!

I have also REstarted my afghan. I’m not too far, so no picture. But I’m taking it slow and not ripping it all out when it’s not perfect. And I’m calling my grandma up only in half panic though.

In more blanket news, I have ended my search for the perfect duvet cover, because they are too expensive, and I can’t find anything I’m in love with to spend that much money on. So, I decided to make my own using two flat sheets and ribbon. I am using this tutorial. I have obsessed with this- today I even woke up at 6 determined to go get the sheets (even though I probably won’t even start it until I move). Oh, the joys for crafting neurosis!

Top of duvet cover (left), bottom (right)

Get your craft time in when you can this week, and happy stitching!

The Bilbo!

Stitchin’ & Knottin’ & Loopin’

There’s been a whole lot of crafting going on in casa de Dog Hair because of this cold weather. Belle, Bilbo, and I have been cuddled up! Isn’t  winter wonder like that?

First up, I’ve been stitching away on Ink Circle’s “What Lies Beneath.” All is going well with this one, but it took me THREE tries to get this started. Do you ever find yourself paralyzed when you first pick up a piece?

Next on the menu, I’ve picked up my tatting again and now have a lovely set of earrings! I think these will make perfect gifts this year. The pattern is from Marilee Rockley’s first Craftsy class.

Last, but not least, I’ve started an afghan using my grandma’s knitting pattern. It was rough casting on 300 stitches for the first time ever, but got it after a few tries. I will post a pic when I have at least two stripes.

So stay warm, my friends! Can’t wait to catch up on everyone’s post from this past month.

Happy stitching!