Montag, 19. Juli 2021

Fans of the Far East - 3rd Rotation

 Soooo maybe I am slightly addicted to working on Fans of the Far East. I worked on it for over 20 hours already this month and just had to drag myself away from it to get my monthly stitching done on TLOA! But all this stitching makes for great progress, and it's kind of useful to be addicted to a project you are on a deadline with, you know?

Anyways, these past ten hours I was focusing on the leaf-y border part again. My goal was to finish the left side border, and that took me all of five hours to get done! So I moved on to the bottom, stitched up on of the ribbon/tassel things so I didn't have to leave that as negative space in the border, and stitched another four leaves wide worth of border:

Once I am caught up with TLOA, I'll be back to working on the pink fan - I'm really looking forward to that as the flowers are so pretty, but first I need to finish the 'spokes' part of the fan, and the white pattern in the dark blue.

Donnerstag, 15. Juli 2021

July Gifted Gorgeousness

 It's time to link up with my favourite SAL again, and since I seem to be going crazy with the gifts lately, I have a lot to show! 

First, there is the little critter I started shortly before the last GG checkin - noone guessed quite right what it was going to be, so here is the solution:

Its a little baby penguin, hiding out in my fridge because it was really hot back in June (but has been raining nonstop for three weeks or so now). I think he's one of my favourites out of all the ragdolls I've made so far! This one is a gift for the son of one of Felix' friends who was born last year.

Knowing me, of course, I already started a new one - using a bit of a different pattern this time for a change, though:

This is a pattern from lalylala on Etsy, she has a lot of really cute animals (or actually, I think they are supposed to be children dressed like animals - hence the white-ish face with a hood on) and I wanted to make one of them for ages. This one will be for Felix first...great-cousin? One of his cousins had a daughter, is what I want to say!

Since we'll be visiting for Felix' grandma's birthday in August, I've been focusing on getting this done, but I've also worked a little (or a lot?) on Ubuntu, and managed to finish part 3! That means the diamonds are all done now, and I even wove in all of the loose ends.

For the next three parts, I'll be making six half-diamonds to fill in the gaps around the edge. The half-diamonds are VERY colourful, so a lot of loose ends are going to be involved, which is a little intimidating, but I'll get to them some time soon I think!

And then there is, of course, Fans of the Far East:

I don't know why, but I am SO enjoying this right now, and have a hard time putting it down! Which is why I have made a decision regarding the additional SALs this month (that is, the Christmas in July and Olympic Stitching ones)...this might sound strange to most of you, but I don't really 'feel' the new starts I had planned right now! I'm having so much fun with Fans of the Far East, so I wanna keep up the momentum, plus I also have my other SALs so work on (haven't touched TLOA this month yet) and one new start I need to tell you'm out of those two. Sorry! Might catch up on the planned starts some time later this year, but right now I'm really happy with the WIPs I already have :)

Samstag, 10. Juli 2021

July Fully Finished Gallery

 Another month is over, and I actually come prepared with a finish-finish I've been saving for this for several weeks! I feel so responsible and mature. Not a feeling I'm used to! Anyways, if you've been following my blog, you probably know what's coming now - my friend helped me pick out a frame, and I had Felix frame 'Age is Irrelephant'!

I really like how it turned out with the simple frame. At this minute, it's actually sitting at my friend's house already, and she'll give it to her mum from me early next week - I am very excited!

Fans of the Far East - 2nd Rotation

 Since I am really hopping to finish Fans of the Far East for my grandma's birthday, I've been keeping working on it all month so far. My current plan is to do 200 stitches everyday before I am allowed to touch any other stitching, and that has been working well. I might get tired of it sooner or later, but might as well get a good chunk done before I do, and so far, I am thoroughly enjoying myself. Here was the last picture I took, having just reached the left end of the upper border:



So this time around, I worked on the 'base' of the leftmost fan. I stitched the black frame and the dark blue pattern on the lower part of the fan, then outlined it with the flower pattern so I could see where the white needs to be filled in. I still need to finish the white, add the 'spokes' inside the black frame, and add the ribbon and tassels around the handle, so that's the plan for the next time I work on the fan.


For now, though, I am going back to working on the border, hoping to finish the left 'panel' - I'll try alternating ten hours on the border with ten hours on the actual fans to make sure I keep up with my border stitching!

Sonntag, 4. Juli 2021

The People Chose: Houses

 The first Saturday of the month is the (already traditional) date of Jo's all-purpose SAL, and the months topic is Houses! I'm not big on stitching architecture, but quite a few of my projects finish houses. Some are spooky, some are cute, some a big and some are small:

Samstag, 3. Juli 2021

New Focus Project - Fans of the Far East

 So after Age is Irrelephant was finished, of course I had to pick a new focus project, and because you know me, you also know it had to be another gift with a crazy deadline! At least not as crazy as the last one, though. I first started Fans of The Far East as a New Year's Start in 2017, intending to finish it as a present for my grandma's 85th birthday in March of that year. To say the least, that was *very* ambitious, and I never managed to even finish the first of three fans before than. This is the last time you've seen it on my blog, and that's a couple years ago too!

Since then, I've picked it up a couple of times, but never enough to actually post about it. But now I did the math grandma's 90th birthday is coming up next March, and now, with a couple months more than last time, maybe I can actually finish it this time! I've been working on it a bit over the last week or two, and this is where I got to:

 I mostly worked on the border - the leftmost six columns of leaves are new - and started the outline of the pink fan. (You can also see that I messed up centering a little here...the lower edge frayed really bad, which is why I put the tape on there. It's not perfect, but I don't trust my sewing to properly secure it! If it doesn't fray any further, I'll just barely have two inches of a border, so it'll work, I just need to be very careful.

So, some basic info on this, as it's been a while - this design is by Joan Elliott, from her 'Oriental Odyssey' book. It's about 320 stitches wide and 130 stitches high. There are three pretty fans side by side, plus the leafy border that goes all the way around - I'll have to figure out a way to alternate stitching on the fans and the border, so I don't have to do all those leaves in the end! I'm stitching this with DMC on 32ct white evenweave, and really enjoy working on it, so I'm excited to be back!

This is one of the projects I started before using timers, so my total time here is quite inaccurate. It currently shows about 20 hours, but that only covers the difference between the two pictures above. I think I have quite some work cut out for me, but I want to see if I can make it, because my grandma does love this design and it would make a great gift for her.

Freitag, 2. Juli 2021

The June SALs

 Another month down, and my temperature SAL is more than halfway done now...I still think it's scary, don't you? I stitched all of June, of course, and, no surprises, it was quite a hot month after the cool May! It even went up to the second hottest number on my chart for two days. It was fun playing with some new colours after all the greens! I also finished the brown outlines on the border, so over the next couple months I'm going to fill in all the green leaves.

I also worked a little bit on my NYE SAL - was quite busy in June with a couple of other projects, but I did manage another 4 parts - 21-24 - so a little over 300 stitches. It's going slowly, but progress is progress!

Donnerstag, 1. Juli 2021

June WIPocalypse

 The check-in for WIPocalypse was last Sunday, but since it was a one-a-day focus month, I wanted to wait until the month was properly over to show my whole progress! This month, we're going to hold the stitching olympics, and I still haven't finalized my plans for those...I keep bouncing about ideas for the original challenges, or maybe thinking to make up my own. I have three more weeks to decide before the Olympics start, so you'll see what I settled on by the next check in, I guess!

The question of the month is Half-year recap:  How are you doing with your goals so far this year? and I have to say, I am fairly content. I've been keeping up with my monthly stitching on TLOA, I've kept up with the temperature SAL and made some progress on older SALs. The Sampler SAL is on hiatus because Magical is taking a break. There was some good progress on other projects too, I finished two big-ish gifts (Zoe and the Elephants) and even picked up my oldest WIP again! So yeah, not bad so far. Although realizing half the year is over is a bit of a shock, isn't it?!

Now for my June progress - last month on TLOA I was at 33.73%, and had just started with the 336, my 6th colour, with about 2.5k stitches to go:

 In June, I made great progress, but didn't quite manage to finish the colour. Only 364 stitches to go though, so I should finish that in a couple day and then it's onto colour number 7 - 2.7k stitches of 919.

New total is 42,270/118800 stitches at 35,58%! 

My second length-a-day project for June was the Puppeteer, where I am still aiming to finish the black this year.  At the beginning of the month I was at 53,123/112,000 stitches (or 47.43%) done and 8,828 stitches of black left to go.

 I put in one length of black (that's a little over 50 stitches) in there every day and nicely filled out the lower left corner:

New total is 54,792 stitches done (48,92%) and just 7,159 stitches of black left to go, which is still a good deal to go, but it's going done nicely!

Dienstag, 15. Juni 2021

June Gifted Gorgeousness

 Another month has passed, and it's time for my favourite SAL, Jo's Gifted Gorgeousness! Of course, this is my favourite partly because so many things I'm working on anyways fit in there, as I love making gifts. This months, I have three to show you, and one you have already seen - of course I am talking about my elephants, a birthday present for my best friend's mum, and finished in plenty of time, too:

Next up is my Ubuntu blanket. I was gifted the yarn to make this blanket for my birthday, and I'm on a mission to finish it by my next birthday! So far, I am a little behind schedule, but I did manage to finish part 2 - that is 13 rows on all of these diamonds:

 They are each about 50cm long at this point. But of course, I couldn't then resist to pick up one of them and add the four rows that make up part 3 (and also introduce the last colour, the main colour of the blanket that hasn't made an appearance so far): 

 That's the final size of the diamonds, and at 67cm in length perfect to gauge! Now let's see if I can repeat that five more times by the next checkin.

Now if you know me, you know I'm always working on some baby present too. The last couple times, I showed you a yellow blanket I was making, but alas, there has been a change in plans. The yellow blanket, while very sweet, is a rather small one, and the child it was intended for is almost a year old now - so I decided to make them another ragdoll instead, and finish the blanket later for a younger baby. So I got to start another animal - can you guess what it's going to be? Of course you could just check the name of the picture, but that would be cheating, wouldn't it? ;)

Sonntag, 13. Juni 2021

Age is Irrelephant - Finished!

 The legs of the second elephant went a lot quicker than I thought, so after finishing the next ten hours, I was so close to the bottom that I just pulled through, and had a full finish at 61 hours and 57 minutes - that includes just 26 minutes of backstitch, by the way, and was considerably shorter than the 70 hours I had estimated for this project, so I am quite happy!

Here they are, already washed and pressed:

(the blue is actually my ironing board shining through, the fabric is white with speckles - but they'd have looked nice an sky blue as well, wouldn't they?). The frame has been picked out and arrived a couple days ago, so whenever Felix has an hour or so, this will be finish-finished and shipped off to my friend :) 

I really loved this project - thought it'd be kind of boring with all the grays, but I enjoyed it start to finish. I don't have any more Wrendale designs in my stash right now but I think that will have to change soon, there are a couple more I got my eyes on!

Donnerstag, 10. Juni 2021

June Fully Finished Gallery

 It's the tenth of the month, so that means it's time for the Fully Finished Gallery as hosted by the wonderful Rachel - and this time, I actually come prepared! Last weekend, I dug deep into my box of shame and pulled out this pillow top that was finished in 2013 - yes, that's 8 (EIGHT) years ago! I actually owned the pillow back for finishing it for just about the same amount of time, all I needed was a little push to finally sit down and attach one to the other! It took me almost 2 hours to get it right, but still, now that it's done, I really don't know why I let it sit for so long.

Isn't it pretty? All bright and colourful on our couch. I might just want to make another pillow one day (as I got one more of the premade pillow backs, too!).

Samstag, 5. Juni 2021

The People Chose: Butterflies

 It's the first Saturday of June, and thus time for Jo's wonderfully versatile all-purpose People's Choice SAL! This month the subject is butterflies, and to my surprise I found I never really stitched any of those. I finished several projects that have butterflies, but always just as a small piece of a bigger design:

One of my current projects also has some tiny butterflies - this is Nan's Garden, a (not quite current) SAL at the Just Nan Junkies facebook group. I *should* have finished this in May, but still need to finish the last three bands + beads, so I'm a little bit behind! I've been distracted by lots of elephant stitching but hope to catch up soon.

Freitag, 4. Juni 2021

The May SALs

With all the quest-stitching going on in May, I didn't have a lot of extra time to put into older SALs. The NYE one got pulled once and I added two parts - 19 and 20, about 160 stitches:

I tried to make up for it by putting some extra work into the Temperature SAL, though. Almost finished the brown in the border, so I think the whole outline will be done long before the end of the year! The past four days I spent adding the flowers for May; we had a pretty cold May but still firmly in the greens. And the way June is starting off, I think there will be lots of yellows and maybe even some oranges!

Mittwoch, 2. Juni 2021

Age is Irrelephant - 50 Hours

 Since the deadline is looming ever closer, I've been pretty focused on Age is Irrelevant lately. I'm still greatly enjoying working on these gentle giants and making good progress too!

So today, I reached 50 hours working on this project. The head of the second elephants (it's the male in my head) is pretty much done, eyes, ears and tusks. There still is some trunk left to do, and then it's pretty much all legs!

I had to move the hoop after taking this picture, so I tried to take a full shot too, but it turned out a little blurry and by the time I noticed, I had already started working on it again - sorry! Still, to give you an overall idea where this is going:

As he is much slimmer around the legs then around the ears, I think the next ten hours should get me pretty far. Probably not finished, but hopefully close!

Dienstag, 1. Juni 2021

May Crafty Pies

 Wow, can you believe it's June already? It's certainly starting to look and feel like summer out, but gosh, were has the year gone?! May was a pretty exciting mont for me personally - not only did we travel for the first time in almost a year (visiting with Felix' family for a couple of days), but I also had some time off work apart from that and got a lot of crafting done! Mostly stitching, but also a fair bit of crochet and some knitting:

I wasn't quite as...focused as I had trying to be all year. You know I am part of the Stitchy Quest group on facebook, and we get stitching quests - usually every other week. Every quest has some tasks, like 'stitch 200 stitches on a project that has a tree', and then if you don't have a project that fits or just don't want to, you can do twice the amount of stitches on whatever you want. That's usually the option I go with, because I want to focus on my regular rotation! But in May, we had a special anniversary quest, that has us visiting all the previous quests - we randomly pick 65 tasks to do 100 stitches on - and you can only stitch 'penalty' if you actually don't have a project that fits. At first I was annoyed at how much jumping between projects that was causing for me, but after a couple iterations I really enjoyed it and decided to embrace it for my own kind of Maynia madness. So you'll see quite a few projects showing up for just an hour or two. I'm not done with the quest yet (I just finished 35/65 tasks) so I'll continue doing it, and show you progress on each project in the end...expect for one, but we'll get to that in a moment:

So if you scan this list carefully, you'll see some old acquaintances...and then there is 'Tablecloth with Houses'. Wait a minute, long time readers of this blog might think, wasn't that...? Did you really...? Yes it was, and yes I did - I finally went and picked up my very oldest WIP/UFO! This is a tablecloth that has four sets of one house and two trees along it's ages. The kicker (one of them) was that I lose the pattern. I had one house done, so I could copy from that, but less than half of a tree, so I needed to chart that almost from scratch. But I'm so proud of myself for doing just that, and look!

What do you think of my little tree? I quite like it. The second tree on this side is also almost finished, and all that in under five hours. I'll have to frog and restitch the parts that were done before, because this was a time before I realized simple rules like 'don't use knots' or even 'start and finish all your stitches in the same direction', but even though, I could easily finish this within the year I think...maybe if I just stitch one motif every month, or two? It sure would be exciting to finally get this off the list!

Sonntag, 30. Mai 2021

May WIPocalypse

 Sorry for being a little quiet - I've done a lot of crafting, just flitting around from project to project and nothing is quite ready to show. Also dealing with some health issues, so not quite ready to interact with people a lot right now. Don't worry, I'm okay, just might be more quiet for a little while. 

I did, however, get my WIPocalypse stitching ready early this month (we spent a couple days at my inlaws, and TLOA was the only project I brought, just to make sure I could get caught up), so here we go! First, there is the question of the month: What was the first project you ever stitched? (whether you finished or not). Sadly, I don't have a picture of my first project, but I remember it quite well - it was a breadcloth, printed with some (I think floral?) pattern, and it had a light-pink edge so I picked up a matching perle thread and stitched it. I gave it to my dad, I'll have to ask him if he still has it, but this was about 25 years ago!

Now for more recent WIPocalypse project is still The Loneliness of Autumn, which I am SALing on with Rachel. Here update for the month isn't online yet, or I'd link to it here. 

Last month, I was here, halfway through 814, my 5th colour:

I had about 1.7k stitched left to go, and they were so spread out that surprisingly, it took me the better part of the month to get them done!

That left me with just 6 days to start my 6th colour - 336. Normally I'd still call that a dark blue, but it's much lighter than the 939 that is already in there, and it's standing out a lot more than I expected! Maybe not on the big picture yet, because, still, just 6 days, but I imagine it'll show up much better in next month's picture. 

This colour is much less spread around than the last two, but I still don't think I'll be able to finish the remaining 2,560 stitches in June. I might get close, though, so July should introduce a new colour for sure! 

The new totals are: 40,074/118,800 stitches done (so I passed 40k, kind of exciting!) and that equals 33.73%. 

In terms of WIPocalypse, June will be another one-a-day month, and I'll be pulling out The Puppeteer for that to make some serious progress on the black. I worked on it a couple of times this month to finish the lower left corner (again, kind of exciting!):

Total numbers here are 53,123/112,000 stitches (or 47.43%) done and 8,828 stitches of black left to go. Here's hoping I'll make a good dent into that!

Samstag, 22. Mai 2021

Age is Irrelephant - 40 Hours

 There's a new quest going on in the Stitchy Quest facebook group that has me jumping around projects like crazy, so it took me some time to get another ten hours into Age is Irrelephant, but I finally did! I finished the first elephant earlier in the month and made a good start on the second. I'm still predicting about two more rotations to finish this one, maybe a couple of hours into a third. You won't get a full shot of them yet, though! Gotta keep a little suspense in there ;) 

I know it's just grays, but I love how the shades are coming together on these. I never knew I loved elelphants this much, but I really love these guys! Sorry for the short post, I really don't know what else to say about them, but I had to share the progress shot :) 

Samstag, 15. Mai 2021

May Gifted Gorgeousness

 It's time for Jo's famous Gifted Gorgeousness SAL, the SAL for everything gift and gifted! As usual, I have a couple of project that match this category perfectly, so this is my change to show them to you. This time, however, I have only one finished gift, two that are a work in progress, and one project gifted to me.

And the finish is tiny - I already showed you this fluffy scarf I made for a friend, and since I have figured out how to secure the loose ends with this fancy faux fur 'yarn', so it's now read to send to her soon!

Currently, I am also working on Age is Irrelephant, a gift for my best friend's (yes, fluffy scarf friend) mum. Since the last time you saw them, I finished the first elephant's feet, and started on the second one's ear:

You haven't seen it in a while since I paused last month to work on other stuff, but I continued working on the yellow baby blanket. I had some hiccups on this project I can't really explain- there was one row that I crocheted, frogged, and recrocheted at least three times, even though all rows are the same and there really is no reason why this one especially should give me this much trouble! But I finally made it past that row, and now I'm making good progress into the darker, real pretty yellows!

I've also worked on Ubuntu some more, the yarn for which was a gift for my birthday. I only managed to finish half of part 2 so far, but you can already see how big this is getting!

The Part 2 diamonds used almost two balls of yarn each. No wonder I have so many of every colour!