Tuesday 24 September 2019

A Weekend Victory

It feels a little strange to write a blog post that is not the check in for some SAL, but I do believe I am actually caught up on all of those for the month, and there is something I really quickly need to share with you:

I didn't get much stitching done this pat IHSW, but on Sunday afternoon I sat down for about an hour to fill in the last couple stitches on the Mermaid, and now the regular cross stitch is all done! There's still a bit of work to go, but this calls for major celebrations. I have since made a little start on the over one stitching of her skin, and that is pretty easy - no blends, less different colours, not a lot of confetti. I feel like I can easily throw in a hundred stitches here and there and make decent progress. But just seeing her like this makes me really happy!

Wednesday 18 September 2019

September Gifted Gorgeousness

Whelp, that's me, being a few days late again - I could have posted on Sunday, but figured I could manage a finish by delaying by a few days. Not that I have anything to show for it, so I'm just going to post anyways :)

First up is, as usual, my Mermaid. I know I've been saying this for a while now, but I'm really closing in on finishing the regular cross stitch and it *might* just happen this week - look at how little is missing! It's really just two colours plus a couple odd stitches at this point.

I've also pulled out Lady Justice for a bit - I think I only put in 600 stitches for a challenge, but is still shows. It's nice to work on something that actually grows quickly!

 The project I've been meening to finish is a new one - there is yet another baby I have to craft for, and this time I'm making a cute bib with rabbit ears. I actually went to a crafts meeting at a local store last weekend (I've been meaning to go for ages), and while talking with the other ladies (it was a little awkward at first because I knew noone, but you know how it goes, crafters always find some common ground) I finished all of the bits, I only need to sew them together!

And just for good measure - I already showed you my Husky, but she was a gift, so here she is again:

Friday 13 September 2019

Fully Finished Gallery - September

It's the tenth of the month (shut up, I know it's actually the 13th already!) and against my usual norm, I am here and ready and have had a finish to post for a while, actually! Sadly, it's a 'boring' finish, in that it's both a new one (and not some deep-buried treasure from my box of shame) and just a simple framed one, but I like it all the same, and there's a bit of a story to it.

Felix' youngest cousin is ten years old now. She's grown up seeing me sitting and crafting at all kinds of family functions, and has always been curious about it and asking questions (she's asked me to show her how to do it on several occasions, but yet lacks the patience to sit still for more than five minutes). This summer, she asked me if I would stitch her dog for her, and I said yes. Now I knew I wasn't going to stitch a photorealistic full coverage design or anything, but I still wanted it to be HER dog, not just a generic husky, so I got a little creative. First, I looked for small husky patterns, and found one that I liked at cross-stitch-pattern.net (can't recommend that site, though - you need to sign up for $2.50 a month for unlimited access to the patterns, but once I signed up there was no option to cancel the subscription again, and the owner didn't reply to my email. I ended up grabbing just that one pattern I wanted and canceling the automatic renewal directly via Paypal. The pattern itself was really nice, though.) Then, I collected a couple of pictures of Maggie (that's the dog, not the cousin) and compared her fur markings with the pattern. Most of it was already pretty close, just the face of the pattern was super dark and serious, and Maggie is a very sweet, goofy dog - so I changed her eyes to the characteristic light blue, lightend the fur a little, and added a cute lolling tongue. Totally Maggie now! I bought a very small frame and it was just a perfect fit that I am super proud of.

Felix' cousin and her mum loved it, so I'm very happy how everything came together!

Thursday 12 September 2019

The People's Choice SAL: Bees!

It's another month, and as such it's time for Jo's beloved 'Let the People Choose!' SAL.
This month, the theme of the SAL is 'Bees', and for this, I had to dig pretty deeply. While bees seem to be a very popular theme around us stitchers - and there are some gorgeous bee-themed designs out there - I haven't really stitched any of these yet. I did discover some small bees in two of my projects, though - can you find them?

I do have some small bee-designs in my stash, though, and I've seen some other great ones around, so maybe I'll stitch some busy bees soon!

Oh, and a bonus - I've also used these cute bee buttons on one of my baby jackets:

Sunday 8 September 2019

Finish it in - September Edition

I'm just a few days late and still in the right week for this SAL, so I guess that's a win :)

I'm still working on my list of six projects that I want to finish before the end of the year:

1) The Mermaid
2) Reindeer
3) Wuffi the Dog
4) Whacky Witches in Stitches
5) March Fobs
6) Viajante

I worked on three of them, one is a finish and one is getting really close!  The very, very close one is, of course, my Mermaid. I've been stitching on her like mad all week and this is were I got (but I'm guessing that's at least ten more hours to finish the cross stitching...still, it's exciting!)

Then there are my Whacky Witches, and I am very happy to report that I managed to finish the last part and they're all done now! No idea how to finish-finish them yet (I don't really want to frame them, they're arkwardly big for a seasonal decoration), but I had so much fun stitching them.

Last up is Viajante - no new picture as the progress is really hard to see, but I weigh my yarn again - I went from 210 to 186g left, so I used up almost 25g this month!

 So now my list is down to five - I'm quite tempted to add another one of my mid-sized cross stitch projects on there to focus on, but I think I'll profit more from trying to actually finish the remaining five, so five is what it'll be:

1) The Mermaid
2) Reindeer
3) Wuffi the Dog
4) March Fobs
5) Viajante

Wednesday 4 September 2019

August Stitchy Pie

Oh boy...another month is over, and with August gone, we're heading straight for autumn. Didn't the year just start? Where has it all gone? It doesn't help that I've been extremely tired those last few days and time is just flying by. I really hope everything will stay calm now for a bit!

In any case, it's a new month, and thus time for a new stitchy pie. I did manage to get quite a bit of crafty time in again, so here we go:

That's a pretty long list, but considering I finished six of these (Summer Jacoby, Husky, Whacky Witches, the Sashiko Coasters, the BSJ and the Hippo) that's pretty okay, I guess! By the way, I totally forgot to show the Summer Jacoby, I had planned to include them in my GG update - they're a new pair of wrist warmers for my grandma, made from a more summerly yarn (45% cotton, 55% Acrylic) so could wear them at night more comfortably. It's the same yarn used for those colour-changing yarn cakes, only solid, and it was an absolute joy to knit with!

I've also made progress on the Sekamelska shawl and finally finished part 5. It's growing slowly, but I still enjoy working on it! I made a start on part 6, but that actually happend this month. Do you see the little trees? They are fun (and hopefully will be very pretty once I added the next row to hold them in shape), but they do take forever. It took me about 90 minutes to get that far, almost 5 minutes per tree, and there are almost 50 of them in this row, and than 50 and some again a few rows later!

I'm saving the Husky for the Fully Finished update (spoiler alert: it's really cute), and a few things are scheduled to come up with the Finish It In (maybe tonight, but more likely later this week), and the Pumpkin Hat wasn't a proper start yet, I only played around with the yarn a little, so between that I think you've seen everything I have to show right now :) This month, I'm planning to get a lot of time in on the Mermaid, as I'm on a bit of a sprint to get the cross stitching done...we'll see how that goes!

Monday 2 September 2019

August WIPocalypse

It's high time for another one of those WIPocalypse checkin thingies! Actually, I'm a week late, but I did want to finish my SALs for the month and I can't very well do that before the month is over. We'll get to those in a moment, but first, let's talk about this month's question, which is What do you have on your stitching bucket list? I think my answer will be really similar to lots of other people - I want to do more specialty stitches, I want to stitch a Chatelaine someday, and I really want to learn more about different techniques like Hardanger, Gold Work, or Black Work. Now if only the days had 40 hours! Oh, and I want to stitch all of the Mucha Princesses and the Disney Dream collection...so, better make that 60 hours :)

Now, I did get all of my August SALs stitched - Mamluk and the Blackwork SAL are up to date, and I'm itching to get them finished now, and I did stitch all of August on the Temperature SAL as well - it's cooling down a little, and while the last few days were still uncomfortably hot, we didn't have another heatwave, so that's good, isn't it?

I also managed to get my WIP list down by another counter to 45. I'm seriously doubting I'll manage to get to 30 before the end is out, but I'm still hoping for under 40 at the least.