Monday 12 April 2021

Ten Things for Jo's Tenth Bloggoversary

 The lovely Jo has celebrated her 10th Bloggoversary a couple days ago, and gave us a list of ten prompts to participate! This will likely have me dive deep into my stash of old picture, so get on for the ride.

1. The tenth project you completed:

That's already starting off on a tricky one. As I stitched for some years before starting to blog, it's hard to accurately track back what I finished when. I just wrote down from memory what I think I finished before starting to blog, and this is the last one - and the tenth in my count is Elsa William's Suncatchers, which I stitched for my grandma for Christmas 2013. This took me two and a half months - I was a one at a time stitcher back then, can you believe that?

2. The tenth blog post you made

That was in January 2014, my first full year of blogging. I was working on the Peacock Tapestry - what a shame that I still haven't finished that border! Turns out I was experimenting with rotations even back then. If I remember correctly, this one lasted for about two weeks.

3. The tenth blog in your blog roll (or your reader or however you follow blogs)

The tenth blog from the top in my (alphabetically sorted) reading list is Brownie's Chair. Alyssa was one of the first bloggers I started to follow, and she used to post about a wide array of cute little stitches. She hasn't posted in almost two years, though, so I hope she's all okay.

4. A designer you have stitched more than ten designs

I really think the only designer who fits that bill for me is my friend Magical525. I stitched a lot more than ten of hers! Here are the twelve bookmarks I stitched in 2020:

5. A project that took/is taking more than ten years to complete

This is my oldest project - I don't know when exactly I started it, but it's been way more than ten years! Doesn't help I lost the chart. I'll need to draw the chart for the house from what I already stitched, and need to improvise on the tree. Then all the stitching I already have needs to go because it's horribly uneven, and I'll redo it. It's not that much stitching, I just can't get off my butt to do the charting!

6.  A design on the theme of "ten"

I had to dig pretty deep for this one, and finally settled on these two ornaments - they are birth stone ornaments for October, the tenth month, that I stitched a couple of years ago:

7. The tenth colour on your current project. Do you use this colour a lot?

My current project is Nan's Garden, the next one of the Just Nan band samplers I'm SALing with Jo and the Just Nan Junkies group. I only started this a week ago and I'm pulling the colours for my floss card as they turn up, and I haven't even pulled 647, the 10th colour in numerical order, yet! Scanning the pattern, I think it's only used in the central band, but not a lot in total.

8. Your tenth WIP for WIPocalypse, WIPGO or whatever list you make

I don't have a list of yearly goals, but I do have a running list of all my WIPs and #10 are my Blackwork Water Lilies. It's been a while since I worked on them, this picture is from 2019!

9. Your tenth finish this year (or last year if you haven't finished ten so far this year)

I was going to say there is no way I had ten finishes this year already, but I did! More than ten actually. #10 was this blanket that I absolutely adored and that was such a joy to work on!

10. How has your stitching style changed in the last ten years?

Well, let's see...ten years ago I was only stitching the couple of kits I could get my hands on. My 'big break' was in 2014 when I started to discover stitching communities on the internet and the joys of international stitchy shopping, so I'd say I pretty much did a 180° in the last then years! Ever since then, I think I'm stitching pretty much everything, so that's fine ;) 

Thank you Jo for this fun prompts, and on to the next ten years!


Pamela said...

Great post!

Clare-Aimetu said...

Great 'tens' it's always lovely to look back

jocondine said...

Hallo ! Nice idea this bloganiversary post, nice way to share memories with other bloggers. Your blanket is amazing. Amitiés. xxx

A Patchwork of Crafts said...

Glad I am not the only one that is not a major pre blog record keeper, although I do think you did a better job with the ten questions than I did

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

Thanks for joining in! It's so much fun to read everyone else's memories and stories.
I like seeing so many of the Magical finishes in one photo too.
I think blogs are a great way of keeping track of your stitching, I'd never have been able to answer the questions without mine!

Carol said...

Very interesting post for Jo's 10th! Yes, finding the international stitching community was certainly an eye opener for me, too :)

Tiffstitch said...

So fun to read about everything. It sounds like we branched out around the same time and haven't looked back. I love that blanket! I've done almost no knitting this year.

Annie said...

Beautiful stitching, and the crochet blanket is gorgeous!

Sheryl said...

A lot of stitching done over the last ten years. I love the pretty bookmarks and my favourite of course is the blackwork lily design.