Freitag, 22. Oktober 2021

Fans of the Far East - 10th Rotation

In between working on more pressing gifts (ones that need to be done by Christmas and not by March), I'm still finding time to work on Fans of the Far East. This is a project that keeps on giving, because just when I thought I might start to lose interest, first I get excited about almost finishing the border (see my last post on this), and then I start working on the last of the fans which has a whole new colour scheme, and I fell in love all over again.

Just look at these soft cream colours of the flowers (not quite sure what they are yet - almonds, maybe?), contrasted with the rich, dark blue, and then the branches and leaves...can't wait to get back to this!

Donnerstag, 21. Oktober 2021

October Gifted Gorgeousness

It's that time of the month when we all gather around Jo to share our gifty projects, but sadly, it's also that time of the year when I work on almost nothing but gifts, but can't show them all as I can never be sure how does or does not follow my blog! So, apart from Fans of the Far East, that I am regularly posting about anyways, I only have two projects to show you today.

First, there is Bruinen, the shawl I'm making for my grandma. It's grown quite a bit since last month, as you can see!

I'm on the 4th shade of the cake now, so if I'm counting right, I've used a bit more than a third of the yarn now, and should make if comfortably past the halfway point next month. I do believe I can get this done by Christmas, and I really like how it's turning out, as well!

Next we have Ubuntu, the blanket that was a gift to me (or rather, the yarn for it was). Just this last week, I finished the last of the half diamonds - of course I then noticed a mistake I had made on ALL the half diamonds, but there was no way I'd unravel them all, and I believe it will be just a minor visual 'uniqueness', so everything should be okay. Of course I couldn't resist putting all the parts together for a picture:

Next time, all the parts will be attached (which should sort out the crooked edges on some of them) and then I will make a start on the border. I'm very excited about both! No more making six of everything now, just eeeendless rounds of border around the whole thing.

Freitag, 15. Oktober 2021

Fans of the Far East - 9th Rotation

 I have a hard time putting this one done recently, so I got some more to show already! Last time, I finished the fan on the left side, now it was back to working on the border. My main goal was to finish the upper edge, and that I did:

Having already made a start on the right edge too, I think finishing the border within the next rotation is a given now! And I know I keep saying I need to replace the tape at the bottom, but honestly, at this point I'm not sure I will. It has lasted for 90 hours, I'm sure it will for 30, 40, 50 more? 

For now, it's back to the fans itself, starting the one on the right. A whole new colour scheme, so very exciting, that!

Dienstag, 12. Oktober 2021

October Fully Finished Gallery

 Remember back in September, when I had to whip out an emergency project because Felix didn't have time to frame something from my box of shame? Well, it took another month, but last weekend I finally got him to do it (he might have had forgotten, so a lot of prodding and remembering was involved)! So my box of shame is down one piece, and my wall is up one (or will be - I have a couple of pictures to find places for, but that's another story altogether...):

This is an early, pre-internet finish, but I don't mind the way it looks - it was a kit by Vervaco, and I really enjoyed stitching it "back then". And I'm excited to finally do something with it!

Montag, 11. Oktober 2021

Hufflepuff Pride Socks - 30 Hours

I am still in this weird mood of lots of crafting, but little blogging, so excuse my short updates lately, but I still want to show you (and tell you about) everything! Late September/early October I gave some more love to my Hufflepuff socks, and while I ran into a couple issues (had to frog about 10 rows once, half a round multiple times, and I'm still off a bit but that can be fudged I hope!) I still made some good progress. I had hoped to finish the leg part, though, but that didn't quite work out. Very close, though!

As you can see, I'm working on the second-two-last letter of "Hufflepuff", so just another F after this and I'm done with the leg - next time for sure!

Freitag, 8. Oktober 2021

September Temperature SAL

 I really can't call these posts 'SALs' anymore since I am only working on the one right now - but at least I am keeping up with this one! As I finished the border last month, stitching up the temperatures themselves goes pretty quickly now.

 The beginning of the month was nice and sunny, and then it cooled down pretty quickly. I think October will be even greener, I am tempted to turn on the heat some days!

Sonntag, 3. Oktober 2021

The People Chose: Leaves

 We are once more heading into a new month, so it is - once again - time for Jo's wonderful multipurpose SAL! As is befitting the season, the topic for the month is 'Leaves'. I didn't have a lot of pretty coloured autumn leaves to show, but I went through and grabbed a few of the 'leafy-est' projects I could find. I mostly went for distinct leaves over 'There's a tree', so here we go - three finishes and on WIP with a LOT of leaves!

Fans of the Far East - 8th Rotation

 I've been really busy working on Fans, filling in that left fan, and, well, here we go! Last time, I was around here:

And I wasn't quite sure if ten hours would be enough to full in all that white space...but there was only one iris and a couple leaves to go and then a whole lot of pink background that worked up really fast, so here we are!

I even had half an hour left over to start the outline of the rightmost fan, but that's something for the next round! For now, it's back to the border, hopefully reaching the upper right corner and starting to move down the right side of the design. It's really starting to come together!

Sonntag, 26. September 2021

September WIPocalypse

With September almost out, the weather is turning noticeably towards autumn and I feel more and more like hermiting and hibernating. Does that mean there will be more crafting for the remainder of the year? Who knows, but it's certainly a possibility! For now, it's time for the September WIPocalypse, so let's get started!

The question of the month is List five projects you have unstarted in your stash that you’d like to start something in the (relatively) near future. and that's a tough one! I have sooo many pretty unstarted things in my stash. So this is very much an incomplete list of pretty things I'd like to start soon.

1) Bellatrix by Bella Filipina

Have you stitched anything by Bella Filipina yet? She's relatively new, but there are so many of her patterns I am absolutely in love with. A couple friends had planned to start Bellatrix this year for Halloween (in different conversions and colour schemes, it's going to be very fun!) but non of us were quite ready, so we moved her up to next year. I still need to get some fabric, with all the beads it's highly recommended to stitch her on 28ct and I only have a matching colour in 32ct.

2) This Pirate Lady by PinkyThePink

This is a custom chart I had made a couple of years ago and, to my great shame, still not started! And I have all supplies and the PERFECT fabric too. What a shame. I really hope I can get around to her some time soon!

3) Endangered Young'Uns by Gloria & Pat:

I've owned the pdf with all of these patterns for at least five years and I think there are more than 30 of them. If I want to get them all done in my lifetime, I really should get started, shouldn't I?!

4) The Enchanter by Teresa Wentzler:

Another one I've had kitted up since about 2015. I think I already talked about how it came to be I never started it, but I still love this pattern and I'm really looking forward to stitching it!

5) Japanese Garden by Dimensions

I have more of these Dimensions Gold Kits than is probably good for me, but I just love them! This one was a birthday present a couple years ago, and I'd really like to put it up on my wall.

So, that's five - five rather big ones, I have to admit! I hope to get at least one or two started within the next year. 

Now to my current progress on my WIPocalypse project - that's The Loneliness of Autumn, which I am SALing with Rachel, who is currently catching up after a couple crazy month. I have, so far, managed to keep on top of this, which for me means stitching one length of thread every day (or frantically stitching ten a day at the end of the month to get this post up in time!). Anyways, last month I was at 46,609 stitches or 39.23% done and working on 815, my 8th colour:

That colour was finished around the 20th:

Colour #9 is not quite as exciting - 780 is a nice golden brown, but it's spread out a LOT so it doesn't show up very well so far. 2422 stitches in total, of which I have 1835 left to go (it's going slowly because I have to jump around so much). So my new total is 48,568 stitches or 40.88% done:

 I will probably manage to finish the 780 in October, but with how spread out it is, I'm not sure it will be early enough to see any noticeable amount of colour#10 after that!

October is also the last One-a-Month challenge of 2021, so I will be taken the Puppeteer out again and hope to make a dent into the remaining black stitches. A bit over 7k to go right now and while I probably won't manage to get them all done this year, but maybe get down to 5k?

Freitag, 24. September 2021

September Gifted Gorgeousness

 Apologies to Jo for shamelessly abusing her kindness of keeping this link-up open for me until the end of the month - I did better for a while, but she and I both know that never lasts! I do have a lot of gifts going on though, and getting closer to Christmas, they are only multiplying. So without further ado, let's get started!

The first gift you've already seen as I'm going a little anti-chronological her, but it's a double match so I had to post it again - it's the little Christmas Owl I posted in my FFG post. Last year, I made Christmas ornaments for my husband's mother, sister, and grandma, and they were a huge hit, so I'm doing it again this year - only this year, I was determined to start early, so that's why the first one is already done and dusted! It's a little freebie pattern by Holly's Hobbies that I had probably saved for a few years, and now was it's time to shine! Not sure if I will give this to my MiL or SiL yet, depends on what else I find.

It's not easy to make out in the pictures as it's really subtle, but that fabric is not white - it's one of the Fabric Flair samples Rachel sent me when I won her blogaversary competition earlier this year. If I am not mistaken, it's called Shades of Winter and it's a really nice green, just a light touch of colour. Perfect for Christmas stitching! I really enjoyed the type of fabric too. 

Next up we have Ubuntu, my big birthday gift blanket this year that I am working on every month. I'm still making my way through the half diamonds - last month I had one finished and another one half done, now we have three completed and one almost done. So hopefully next month I'll be done with these, I've started to memorize the pattern and looking forward to getting to the next fun part of this blanket!

There were two more new starts that are still on the go. One was early this month, another baby gift, another fox, but this time it's one of the ragdolls I've been making a lot of lately. Since I had a lot of other stuff come up then, I only finished the head, one ear, and a bit of the body so far:

And then just this week, I started a Christmas present for my grandma - I wanted to make her a shawl that is soft enough to snuggle in, and after some deliberation I had the perfect yarn in my stash - it's called Aurora Borealis, and the colours really show - and a suitable pattern too (it's called Bruinen and is a free design by Morben Designs)! I just made a little start so far, but with plenty of time until Christmas, a little here and there should see this done well in time.

So that's it for this month - of course I've also been working more on Fans of the Far East, but I think you see that one often enough already! I also started a wedding sampler, but that is semi-secret for now, and I'll show you at a later date. Until the next checkin, I plan to continue working on Ubuntu, Bruinen, and the wedding sampler, and also start another ornament or two. Lots going on here, as you can see!

Montag, 20. September 2021

Fans of the Far East - 7th Rotation

 I don't know what it is about this piece - not only do I never seem to tire of it, but also, every time I try to make a prediction on how much I can get done within a ten hour slot, I'm totally off in either direction! This time, I got a lot more done than I though, but let's take a step back first. Not the last rotation, but the last time I worked on the border, got me to here:

My plan was to continue working along the lower border, but I predicted I wouldn't quite make it to the corner. Well.

By the time I made it to the corner, I still had an hour left on my rotation, so I worked a little on the top border, as well!

 Now, logically, the next ten hours on the border should bring me to the top right corner, maybe make a little start on the right side border. But who knows?! For now I am back to working on the left fan, let's see where that'll get me!

Sonntag, 19. September 2021

September Fully Finished Gallery

Well, back to my usual ways of slipping in at the very last minute - and it's only half my fault! I asked Felix to frame something for me a while ago, but he's been very busy otherwise, so instead, I had to emergency start, stitch, and finish my first Christmas ornament this week. Phew! I'm actually kind of proud that I managed. I picked out this cute Christmas Owl, a freebie that I saved ages ago, and finished it with Rachel's very own ornament tutorial!

This will have to make another entrance for the Gifted Gorgeousness in a couple of days, so I don't have a lot more to say about it right now, but for something I had to quickly throw together, I'm quite happy with how it came out!

Donnerstag, 16. September 2021

The August SALs

I can't believe I almost forgot this one, after I was frantically stitching on the Temperature SAL just two weeks ago! But you know how it is, never enough time for all the things we want to do! 

So, Temperature SAL. August was a little less hot than July, but still plenty of warm days. The way September is behaving so far, that's about to change! In more exciting news, I finished the border (except for the parts I can only fill in once I have all the temperatures), so from now on I only have the monthly parts to stitch! I wonder if that will mean I have more time for other things?

This month at least, I did not have a lot of time for the Jacquie SAL. I started off strong with part 2 (the cross stitch in this section) and mad a valiant start on part 3 (the first half of the back stitch - there's still some more to come in part 4), but then I put it aside to catch up on my other projects and...well, haven't picked it up since. I'll get there, though, I'm really enjoying this one. The most current part brings some stumpwork and other specialty stitches I am really excited to try my hand on!

Sonntag, 12. September 2021

The People Chose: Sewing

Well, well, well - I knew me being on time for all my SALs for a month or two had to have been a fluke, because here I go again, slinking in a week late! I don't even have a good excuse, I had a week off work to relax but decided to only do what I feel like, and I didn't feel much like blogging. I'm sure I'll get everything up to date eventually though, I always do.

So today I want to sign in with Jo's wonderful all-purpose SAL, and this month's topic is 'Sewing'. I don't have a lot of sewing themed projects except for this traveling SAL by the sorely missed G. French from Stitcher's Anon:

Some actual sewing I did is a shirt from a couple years back, a wall hanging I finished last year, and my first attempt at paper piecing, this lovely pin cushion/paper weight! As I was telling Pamela earlier, I need more sewing in my life, but how to find the time?!

Montag, 6. September 2021

Fans of the Far East - 6th Rotation

 After a couple of busy days and weeks, I finally managed to sit down for a good stitching session or three this weekend, and finished off the next ten hours on Fans of the Far East! Last time I showed this project, it was here:

This time, I went back to working on the left fan. Last time, it felt like progress on these flowers was quite slow, but this time I ploughed right through. Comparing the pictures, it's actually pretty amazing how much progress I made, wouldn't you agree?

For the next rotation, it's back to the border, seeing if I can hit that lower right corner. My current bet is I'll get close, but not quite make it - we'll see about that! There's some crochet on the agenda first, though.

Freitag, 3. September 2021

Hufflepuff Pride Socks - 20 Hours

Since I have managed to work the Hufflepuff socks into my rotation, they are getting more regular attention, and that means I made some good progress in August! Lots of it was made in a car, though, and that wasn't quite as fast as I usually would knit.

 I'm a little over a hundred rounds in total, so I've finished three sets of badgers, the word 'Huzzah', and started on 'Hufflepuff'. I think I'll finish the leg part this month, or get very close to it at least.

Montag, 30. August 2021

August WIPocalypse

 I know I say this every month, but can you believe summer is almost over?! Looking out of the window, I certainly can, it has been cool and rainy for a couple days now, and while the trees are still green, the whole atmosphere gives off a very 'autumny' vibe. Be that as it may, another month has passed, and it's time to talk about WIPocalypse again! The question of the month is Which of your project finishes made you the most proud? The most relieved? Two projects come to mind with this question. One is Fire and Ember, my red dragon, my first big-ish full coverage finish, but I feel like I've shown him off a lot lately, so I will go with the other one:

The Mermaid by Teresa Wentzler! This one took well over 300 hours and at some point I wasn't sure if I'd ever manage to finish it, yet alone in time for dad's birthday. There's blends, there's over one stitching, there's metallics and beads and specialty stitches (although not a lot of those last three) and of course all that back stitching! Still, I was both relieved and VERY proud to see her done.

Now on to more current stitching, I am still working on TLoA every month, and I am happy to announce that my SAL-partner-in-crime, Rachel, has started working on hers again and will soon be caught up, hopefully.

As for my progress, I started the month at 44465/118800 stitches and 37,43% done. Mid August, I finished my 7th colour, a nice, dark, autumn-y orange, 919:

Colour #8 was equally exciting - 815, a darker red, but compared to the other colours in this design, it really looks nice and bright! There are a total of 2,624 stitches to do in this colour, and I managed almost half of that, all in the upper two rows:

So at just over 1.3k stitches left I am quite confident I'll get to start yet another colour in September, which will be another gold tone. New total is 46,609 stitches done at 39.23%. I think it's fairly certain now I won't be quite reach 50% by the end of the year, as I had hoped, so finishing time is leaning more towards a total of 5 years now, but as long as it's this much fun to stitch, I don't mind much!

Montag, 23. August 2021

Fans of the Far East - 5th Rotation

We had a couple busy days with friends visiting and celebrating Felix' grandma's birthday, so getting another 10 hours into Fans of the Far East took me a little longer than usual. Still, with more or less 'mindless' border stitching, it went quickly and smoothly - I caught the lower border up the the upper one, and even a little beyond that:

That means I got more than half of the border done now and, optimistically, I think I will need about three more border-rotations to finish it - four tops. Given I can finish the left fan by then, I will then move on to back stitching, but that is still a couple of months in the future!

Sonntag, 15. August 2021

August Gifted Gorgeousness

 Middle of the month means time for still-my-favourite SAL (if only because I have so much to show for it all the time!), Gifted Gorgeousness hosted by the lovely Jo. This month, it's all about crochet for me, because I'm pretty much up to date with showing my stitching and knitting gifts! So that means I have two projects to show, one that is a gift, and one that's made from gifted yarn.

First up is my newest baby gift - this is Fibi Fox, as designed by lalylala on Etsy. She was a lot more work than my usual ragdolls, but I think she was work it - isn't she just so cute?! She's a gift for Felix new great cousin/cousin once removed/family member, whom I hope to meet this coming week!

The other one is, of course, my Ubuntu blanket. Last time I had finished the full diamonds, six of them, so now it was time to start working on six half diamonds. There are a lot more colourful, and especially the first couple rows have a LOT of colour changes, so to avoid being stuck with weaving in loose ends all the time, I decided to finish one half diamond (which covers parts 4-6 of the CAL) before moving on to the next one. I had a LOT of frogging to do and it feels like I made that first half diamond twice, but I'm confident the future ones will go more smoothly now that I have a model and know what I am doing! So I fell short of my goal of two half diamonds this month, and finished about one and a half.

Samstag, 14. August 2021

The July SALs

Another month has come and gone and I've been working on my SALs - I really should be saying SAL, because of the ones I meant to keep up with/catch up on, I have only stitched on one, the Temperature SAL. I added the July temperatures (very uniformly yellow!) and also stitched a lot of the border. The bottom is almost done and I think I'll finish it (except for the initials and year, which will be added at the end of the year) this month!

So why do I still keep the 's' in the title of the post if I've only been working on one SAL? Well...I might have caved and started a new SAL, and I *might* have already fallen behind on it again! Faby Reilly released a new Mystery SAL in June, and after how much fun I had with Zoe (and the size of this one seemed really reasonable too!) I just couldn't resist. It took me a while to get all the supplies together (mostly because I messed up and forgot to order things over and over - I'm still missing some but hope I'll only need them in later parts), but I finally got stitching and managed to finish part 0 (which was the outlines of the different parts that will be assembled in them creative way I haven't wrapped my head around yet) and part 1 (which included two small stitched sections and adding felt to four others):

So far, the SAL has released up to part 4 - parts 2-4 are all in the first of the rectangles you see outlined up there, and that's my goal for August! There is another part releasing on the 23rd, and once that drops I'll decide if I want to stitch it up in August too or wait until September.

Dienstag, 10. August 2021

August Fully Finished Gallery

Linking up with Rachel, TheTenHourStitcher. 

If you lead a busy life like I do (well, doesn't that make me sound way more interesting then I am!) and your crafting can get a little chaotic like mine (there we go, that sounds more like me), then you know how important these SALs are that keep us a little accountable for our progress - in this case, for having at least one fully finished object every month! Or making my husband finish one object for me every month, but what's the difference! 

This month, we were both involved, though! Do you remember that grandchildren sampler I made for Felix' grandma five years ago? This year in May, her first great-grandchild was born, and she asked if I could add her to the sampler. I thought about it and because there isn't that much more room (and who knows how many children we, Felix' siblings and cousins will have in the end!) decided to stitch a tiny extra birth sampler instead.

I bought a 'Flowers of the Month' pattern by Kooler Design Studios, the same designers who did the grandchildren sampler, and picked the right birth flower. I also added the name and date of birth in the same font used on the other sampler, and got a whole bunch of these little white frames so they can all be framed in matching frames! Now I just hope any additional great-grandchildren won't all be born in the same month!

Sonntag, 8. August 2021

Summer Blog Hop 2021: Stitching Friends are Friends Who Count

 Each year, Jo holds a fun blog hop during the summer time, and since last year's theme proved to be very popular, we are bringing it back this year! Stitching Friends are Friends Who Count - in these uncertain times more than ever, we rely on our online stitching friends for comfort and companionship, and with this blog hop, we try to get to know our friends a little better - or see how good we know them already!

My stitching friend lives in Maryland, USA, with her husband and sons, and has been stitching for many, many years. The oldest project she shows on her blog - which she has been keeping for over ten years now! - date back to the late eighties. Wow, I wasn't even born back then! She stitches a variety of themes, but I think dragons are one of her favourite thing for sure. She also enjoys reading, knitting, a bunch of other crafts and traveling, and lately, her blog has been all about photo scavenger hunts.

Now we are supposed to find some projects we think our mystery stitching friend would enjoy - and funny thing, I ended up picking the same as I did last year. It's not the same stitching friend though, but I just had to go with dragons again!

Think you know who my secret friend is yet? You can click here to find out if you're right.