Sunday, December 5, 2010

Getting Back in the Groove

Thank you to all my readers for your supporting comments on my last post. I appreciate each and every one of you and I cannot even begin to tell you how much your support means to me.

I've not been stitching much since I got back from vacation but I have managed to make a bit of progress on Jenny Bean's Halloween Sampler. I am finding that I like stitching letters as they seem like quick little finishes. Looking at this photo, I realize I have forgotten to go back and add those two single crossed stitches that are on either side of the moon.
Progress on Jean Bean's Halloween Sampler
In the last month, I've won two giveaways! I was thrilled and surprised to win both. This beautiful pair of scissors and the fob came from Averyclaire. She is a very talented quilter and stitcher. I've already put both of these to good use! Please visit her blog and say hello!
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Then I won a skein of Wollmeise 100% from Lina at Photo.Knit.Dog. She is a wonderful knitter and photographer. Her handknits always fit her beautifully. The color of this yarn is very saturated - I could use some serious photography lessons from Lina! Visit her blog and you'll see what I mean. I've been thinking of this skein of yarn and need to find the perfect shawl pattern for it that makes the best use of it's 574 yards.
Wollmeise 100%
I did get a little sewing in this weekend after not laying a hand on my sewing machine for well over a month. I did a little of this and a little of that and didn't get a whole lot accomplished but it still felt good! We also got our tree up - it doesn't look much different than last year - and we wrapped and packaged up four big boxes of gifts to be mailed out tomorrow for our 3 nieces and nephew. Now to shop for the adults, bake cookies, and get Christmas cards out! Loads to do but I'm feeling pretty good with where I am so far. Hopefully I won't see any "X Days to Christmas" widgets anywhere!

30 comments:

Faye said...

Glad to hear things are improving and I agree totally when you say our stitcher friends seem to lift our spirits~~~ I hope things continue on a better path for you... Now I must go check out the link you posted b/c that fob is too cute!~~ I recognize it and think it is a perfect scissor fob~~

Take care of yourself, Faye

valerie said...

Great progress on Jenny Bean! Don't you hate when you realize you forgot stitches somewhere. I finally pulled my Mary Wigham out and found four missing stitches in a motif. At least I noticed! lol

Congrats on your wins. That purple yarn is such a luscious color!

Good luck christmas shopping!

Dee said...

What a beautiful purple yarn! Wow!

Catherine said...

Jenny Bean is looking good!

Congrats on your wins - lovely goodies!

Susan said...

I'm generally not a "purple person", but that yarn is gorgeous! Congratulations on your wins!

Annie said...

You are definitely getting your groove back. Pretty stitching on Jenny Bean. Love your winnings. That yarn looks so yummy!

Pat said...

I'm stuck looking for the missing stitches by the moon? LOL That color of purple is really pretty. Nice wins you have gotten lately!!! I'm happy for you!

Daffycat said...

The Halloween Sampler looks great! I just love these colors.

You've got the groove on, it sounds like! I'm wishing I could find my holiday spirit...it's missing so far.

yarnjourney said...

Congratulations on winning two great contests. I love the fob and the purple color is yummy. Lovely stitching on your sampler too.

Carol said...

Looks like you're on a lucky streak, Jackie--hope it continues! I really love the fob and scissors you won--just beautiful.

And your Jenny Bean is looking so sweet--I do love that piece so much!

Hope your week ahead is a good one :)

Deborah said...

What a wonderful scissor fob. Jenny Bean is coming along beautifully.

Linda said...

It's good to see you're stitching again, and hear that you're back at your sewing machine. I'm sure that Bernina missed you!

Congrats on your lucky wins. That yarn is beautiful. I visited Photo.Knit.Dog and agree that her pictures are great. Have you asked what kind of camera she uses?

Don't worry about your to-do list. I dropped sending Christmas cards three years ago, and haven't suffered a bit because of it. I still stay in touch with the people who are important in my life. I'm sure you and your family and friends would do the same if you don't send cards. Enjoy the season!

Simone de Klerk said...

Some lovely piece of cross stitching! Love the colors you are using.
Mmm and wonderful wins! Congratulations.
We won't have our tree up probably by next weekend, mostly later, just before Christmas, when trees are nog longer for sale (that happened to us once ;o)

Shari said...

visiting some of my favorite blogs this am & I have seen comments from you on several of them, so I thought I would pay you a visit!!!
I love the Jenny Bean piece you are working on & oh my!!! That purple thread you won is gorgeous!!!!!
Have a super day!!!

Brenda said...

You have a skein of Wollemeise...I'm so jealous! So the scissors and fob...is the fob used for a pin cushion? Or just so you can keep track of your scissors? Good idea in either case. My next step is mailing packages, hopefully on Friday. Last year my kids put up a "counter" to Christmas on the computer...it was like a time bomb for me! Have fun baking!

Margaret said...

Love your Jenny Bean! Congrats on the two wins too. That yarn is gorgeous!!!

Angela P said...

Love the Jenny Bean start (maybe one day I will get to this too) and I love stitching letters (samplers) too. How wonderful to win two giveaways, lucky for you :) Take care!

Ranae said...

JB looks great, I love it!
Super nice wins

Melanie said...

*pets the Wollmeise*
So pretty.

And kudos to you if you use it - I only tend to hoard my Wollmeise. lol

Sally said...

Congratulations on your wins Jackie!

Your Jenny Bean is looking brilliant :)

Brigitte said...

So good to read that you feel somewhat better. You are so right, looking around often bribgs us a different perspective but nevertheless we have to try and cope with out problems. But a different perspective can help.
The Jenny Bean sampler looks great, I particularly love the fabric colour.
Enjoy your wins!

Isadarena said...

Hi Jackie, I am very glod to hear better news from you :-)
congratulations on your both wins and on your stitching progress.
Have a quiet day,
Isabelle

Robin (rsislandcrafts) said...

Your stitching looks amazing. I feel the same way about letters.

Congrats on the wins.

Julie said...

Jenny Bean looks great - I like that design more and more each time I see it. Congratulations on your wins. They are great!

photoknitdog said...

Love that Jenny Bean sampler!

And you're welcome on the yarn (and congrats on the scissors!). :)

Vinniey said...

Beautiful progress on your Jenny Bean! I love stitching alphabets too, but borders making me fell bored. Congrats on your wins! Beautiful scissor fob and threads.

Happy shopping and enjoy the season, Jackie. :)

Micki said...

Your sampler is really coming along beautifully! Congrats on the wins! The yarn is out of this world.
Micki

Lois said...

This Jenny Bean will definitely be added to my stash at some point. I am enjoying watching your progress. Two lovely giveaway wins - congratulations! Take care.

Siobhan said...

Jenny Bean is coming along great! I love the fob, too. :)

Pointed Stitcher said...

I love the Halloween Sampler you are working on :)