Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Three Months?

I was so surprised to see that it's been over three months since I posted on my blog.  We can't have that!  Lots has been going on - vacation, work, blah, blah, blah.  Let's move on!

I did get just a little bit of needle oriented type stuff done.  This is little cardigan - I think it came out about a size 2T.  Yarn was the wrong weight so I knit the larger size on smaller needles with the intention of getting the small size.  It will fit some toddler one day!  Interesting construction.  I've never done a flat raglan (is that even the right term).  Regardless, it was new to me!
Entrechat by Lisa Chemery
US Size 7 Needles
Tanis Fiber ArtsYellow Label
Lemongrass colorway

I've also made some progress of Anniversaries of the Heart by Blackbird Designs.  This is the final block.  I'm in the midst of planning all the personalizations and hope to stitch them soon.  Lots of trying to figure out placement and over 1.  I hope I can finish this up this year.  Who knows?  I have a block (March) that I'm pretty sure I don't have any family birthdays or anniversaries to honor so I need to figure that out too.   Not a great photo but you get the idea!  

I hope you all are having a good week!  Even though I haven't been blogging, I have been reading blogs.  Thank you for the inspiration!

Monday, June 22, 2015

Remember Me

I've picked up Anniversaries of the Heart and made some progress on it, finishing the December block.  This project is on my guild's WIP Challenge List and I really hope to finish it this year.  I still have to finish that last double block, I've made a good start on it, and plan out and stitch all the personalization for each block.  So I have quite a bit to complete yet.  This block will be dedicated to my almost 83 year old Dad as December is his birth month- just have to plan it all out.
Anniversaries of the Heart by Blackbird Designs
Remember Me (December block)
Called for threads with minor substitutions
36 count Lakeside Linen in Vintage Light Examplar

I've been knitting too but don't have anything to show.  I'm actually contemplating ripping out half of an almost finished project.  Still pondering that one.

I hope you all are having a good week!  

Sunday, May 31, 2015


I picked up two framed pieces last weekend that I wanted to share with you.  Hard to take photos of glassed pieces but you get the idea.

What drew me to Sarah Elizabeth Brooke by The Scarlet House was the verse and the border.  Really enjoyed stitching this one.  The variety in the motifs really kept my interest. 
Sarah Elizabeth Brooke 1842
Reproduction by The Scarlet House
40 count Lakeside Linen Vintage Light Examplar
Belle Soie (substituted the color Mer for the urns - thank you Mel for the suggestion!)

Close up of the frame
Sarah Seifer is a much smaller piece and I chose a bit of a chunkier frame for it.  I love the tree and snake on this one along with the angels.
Sarah Seifer
The Goode Huswife
36 Count Lakeside Linen Vintage Light Examplar
Conversion to NPI
Mods - Left the trombone's off the Angels

A close up of the frame
Both of these were started in January of 2014 and finished up in 2014.  I don't stitch anything fast so I was especially pleased to have these framed and on the wall.  

I have a couple of new knitting projects in the works and I've picked up Anniversaries of the Heart again.  I hope to have a little something to show you soon!

We also have been on vacation since my last post - we made a quick stop at Eat. Sleep, Knit along the way.  Great yarn shop and a great vacation!  It's always great to get away and re-charge. 

Hope you've all had a great weekend!  See you next time!

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Finished Finish

I have what I call a "finished finish" for you today!  My first ornament of the several I hope to finish in 2015.  This is one I've stitched mostly on my lunch hour at work.  I wanted to try finishing this one myself and I also wanted to try a beaded edge.  I used the instructions from a Jane Timmers/Fancy Work class project instruction set but this tutorial from Staci at Snippets and Stash is a good one too.
Snowy Pines by Little House Needleworks
Stitching, Cording and Finishing by Me
30 Count Natural Linen with DMC
Mill Hill Glass Beads # 02010

The beaded edging has flaws but I am very happy with this attempt.  It took longer than I thought and at times I'm sure my eyes crossed.  I'll definitely be doing this again!  Next time I need to work on getting the corners more firmly stuffed.  I did use fusible interfacing on both the front and the back and I like that it adds stability to the ornament.  I forgot to get a picture of the back but it has the year stitched and I added one of those "made with love" charms to the back as well.
One last closeup!
I also found my 2nd attempt at a patchwork zippered pouch.  I'm happier with my results.
The corners are more square.  More to learn but there is progress!
I hope you all are having a good week and that all your stitches are happy ones!

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Little Bit of This, a Little Bit of That

My attention hasn't seem to be focused on any one thing these days - my mind is flitting from one thing to the next.  That has been reflective in how I've been spending my free time.  This past week, I've stitched on three different projects and did some frogging on a 4th.  Not typical for me!

Zippered Pouches:
I've had another attempt - two actually - at getting my zipper corners more squared on pouches.  This is most most recent attempt.  Much improved!  But guess what?  I forgot to do the topstitching!  Oh well, I'll either still use this one (knitting notions) or pass it along to my sister who is a teacher to put in her "treasure chest".  I also went back to the drawing board on my pieced zippered pouch, but I can't find it to take pictures of it.  It must be some place "safe".   It came out better too but not tremendously.  Need to figure out what to do with the bulk since that project had batting in it instead of fusible interfacing.
I finally weaved in the ends of this project.  This is an inexpensive wrap for the couch for those days it's too cold on my shoulders in the living room.  Obviously, since it's already hot, hot, hot here, it's going to be a while before I can use it.   When I bought the yarn, I was on vacation and hadn't been knitting for a while.  So I bought cheap yarn.  I've learned my lesson because I really do wish this was  less rustic.  I didn't think I'd like the ruffles but turns out I love them! 
Marble Chunky Yarn Color MC15
Size 9 Needles
Do you use 1.5" and 2" inch scraps - mostly traditional fabrics?  If so, leave your name and they are yours!  If more than 1 of you would like them, I'll draw a name.  They're too small for me and have been sitting on my cutting table for far too long!
A Favor:
If you're a stitcher and on Facebook, can you "Like" our EGA guilds page?  We are trying to get to 100 likes!  There is a ton of pictures of beautiful stitching to look at too!  Thank you!

I hope you all have had a great weekend!  I've been busy today with things that need to be done about the house so no needle time so far today. Hopefully tonight.  I hope all your stitches are happy ones!