Freitag, 16. September 2022

September Fully Finished Gallery

Welcome to the September edition of Rachel's wonderful SAL which helps us stay accountable for all the projects that get stuffed into the box of shame! If I'm a little late this month (who am I kidding, check in was on the 10th) it's not really my fault; I've been asking Felix to frame this for months, and he actually did start on the 8th, but it was giving him some more trouble than expected! He finally got it all done yesterday night though, and I think it was really worth all the hassle.

So, what am I talking about, you're asking? I don't think I've ever showed this project on her before due to its somewhat secretive nature. My brother in law married his girlfriend in a very small ceremony last year, and we were some of the only people who even knew about it beforehand. Despite not being invited, I still wanted to stitch them a wedding sampler. Now I don't know her all that well (they met shortly before the Pandemic hit and we just haven't really had an opportunity to spend much time together yet), but he's a *huge* Lord of the Rings nerd, so I went after that, and did a little frankensteining, as my friend Carla would call it. 

I bought two patterns - "The White Tree" and "Evenstar" from Ilutien Cross Stitch - that are the white tree of Gondor and Arwen's Evenstar amulet, surrounded by the script from the one ring, respectively. I rearranged the elements a little, added some text (it's the German version of Arwen's speech, 'I would rather spend one lifetime with you than face all the ages of this world alone') as well as their names and the date (blurred out for privacy reasons). Honestly, I am quite happy with how this turned out, and in October we will finally get to see them again and deliver this in person!

Sonntag, 11. September 2022

Guardian of Wayfarers - 70 Hours

I am happy to report that this time, it didn't take me quite as long to get back to Guardian of Wayfarers! And that I still enjoy working on this one very much. At sixty hours, you last saw it here, with me dutifully working through the blue background:

Now, 70 hours in, I am done with these vast amounts of blue background...for now. Instead, I will now be working on vast amounts of foliage! It's not all blue though, I got to introduce a couple oranges and brown today with more to come, so that's kind of an exciting change, isn't it?

I've also reached 32% done, so almost 1/3rd of the design, and that is including the numbers for backstitch! Hopefully, I will get to 50% by the end of the year, and see this finished not too late 2023.

Freitag, 9. September 2022

The August SALs

This month, I got to add another set of towers to the Magical Kingdom SALs. This time it's Hercules, Pegasus and Phil! This part stitched up pretty quickly too, as these towers are so lean there aren't a lot of stitched in them. I really like how this is shaping up now that we are adding some structure.

Temperaturewise, August looked pretty similar to July, although it felt less hot over all. Maybe I'm just getting used to it? However, I got to use the same colours over and over again instead of changing every other leaf, which was a nice change! We'll probably be seeing greens cropping up in September again, which would make the tree pretty much symmetrical.

Donnerstag, 8. September 2022

The People Chose: Sea Creatures

This month for Jo's wonderful all-purpose SAL, we are looking at sea creatures. But after excluding any mermaids (as our wonderful host suggested) and any water-but-not-really-sea-creatures (like ducks, crocodiles, and otters), I ended up with a measly two!

The first was this cute little finish I made for an exchange a while back. The frame (with the little fish) was one of the first patterns my friend Magical/Galdra released for her NFSAL (Neglected Floss Stitch Along) years ago, and I combined it with the appropriate needle minder and saying to make a little gift!

The other object is this sea horse I test-crocheted for a friend of a friend. Isn't he cute?

I'm a little sad I have made this few sea creature so far! I think I'll need to rectify that some day.

Sonntag, 4. September 2022

August WIPocalypse

Almost a week late, and boy, but a week it's been! Life has been a little hectic lately, but I finally managed to get my monthly due on TLoA done, so I am ready to write this post. 

First though, the question of the month, which is Have you been participating in gatherings via online chats (Zoom, Google Meet, etc) during the COVID pandemic? If so, what have been the best formats in your opinion? and strangely, the answer is no, I haven't! Almost all my stitching friends are online, and I used to have a somwhat-monthly IHSW hangout with a group of them, but lately, we've been finding ourselves having other plans all the time. Maybe we can get back to it soon!

Now, as to my progress on TLoA, which I SAL with Rachel, who hasn't checked in for some time due to personal circumstances. I try to share my progress on this every month, though -and  I made great progress again, adding 2,444 stitches in August (and 538 so far in September to get caught up after a weekend away). I finished the 720, did all of the 1,567 stitches of 762 - which isn't very exciting for you, since it hardly shows up on the white fabric, but is exciting for me because I finally got to work in some of the as-of-last-month unstitched areas instead of always going around the edges of what was there already!

Currently I am working on 644, with only about 200 stitches left. The beige-gray doesn't show up that much better, but a little, and follows about the same path as the 762. Once that's done, I will move on the 3820, a nice golden yellow, and also the first colour with less than 1,500 stitches!

Currently, I am at 70437/118800 stitches, which marks 59.29% of the design. I also did a good job catching up on the stitching I was missing from earlier this year - only about a week's worth left now, and I'm sure I'll be able to get that done by the end of the year!

Donnerstag, 25. August 2022

Possibilities - 20 Hours

Lately, I've been a little indecisive about what project to work on next. Not because I don't know what I want to work on, but because I want to work on *all* of them! So I used a random generator to pick and up came Possibilities by HAED. You might not remember this one because I've only worked on it once, almost two years ago.

Back then,  I worked on it for ten hours, 3745 (tent) stitches - all black - and almost 1% (0.96%) and it looked like this - nothing yet like the rainbow of colours it is supposed to become!

So this time, I dove head on into the colours, and used what feels like all the greens in the DMC colour palette. I about doubled my progress to 1.95% and look how pretty it is now!

As you can see I am not working strictly by page, but enjoying this way very much. Maybe next time we will see a page finish, though, now wouldn't that be exciting! Promise it won't take another two years!

Sonntag, 21. August 2022

Guardian of Wayfarers - 60 Hours

For supposedly being my focus project, it's been a long time since I posted about the Guardian of Wayfarers, but I'm still really enjoying working on this, despite all the fun I'm having with lots of different projects! 

Last time I was just over 22%, merrily working along on the dark blue background:

10 hours later, I'm still doing this - I think I used a grand total of 4 different shades during that time! It IS filling in nicely though, and I think there's not that much more of pure background left to go.

This is at 27.4% now, a little over 1/4th (and considering there is also a fair amount of backstitch, probably almost 1/3rd of the cross stitch). Still very much in love with the colours, and the use of shading.

Samstag, 20. August 2022

August Gifted Gorgeousness

This wonderful SAL, brainchild of the equally wonderful Jo, is a great opportunity to show of all the projects made from things that were gifted to us, made to be gifts, or otherwise connected to gifts or gifting. For me, they are usually a way to display my yarn work, and today I have two projects to share.

First up is my Snuggle Up blanket. The yarn for this was a birthday present by some dear friends, and I am attempting to complete one part of the 12 part SAL every month to have it done by my next birthday. So far, so good, and I just completed part 6, which also saw the start of the 3rd yarn cake (I estimate that I will need 6 in total). It's getting hard to photograph in its entirety, so this time, here is just one corner to show off the new pattern:

This pattern was pretty fun - not too complicated, not too boring - but it was the same every row, and there is another section of it coming up in a bit, so I hope I'll still enjoy it then! Each round takes me over two hours at this point.

My other project is a gift *from* me, another baby jacket for a little girl in my life. She was born a couple months ago so I better hurry up so she'll get to wear this in the upcoming autumn! Thankfully, these jackets knit up fast, and this is more than half way done already:

 So by next month, I hope to finish this, and also add a shawl for her big sister!

Montag, 15. August 2022

The July SALs

 August has been a busy month so far, but here I finally am with my July SALs!

The Magical Kingdom was a little different this month - I was stitching the August section and while all the previous sections where somewhat rectangular blocks prominently featuring characters from the respective movie, part 8 was the first of the towers, imitating a nighttime scene from Peter Pan with some tiny characters flying across the moon! Very fun and very cute.

The Temperature Tree of course showed a very hot month...still haven't touched that last hot colour (and hopefully won't have to this year as well) but lots of reds overall. At least it's very pretty!

And there we go. I'm currently busy stitching the next section of Magical Kingdom, and I have another couple of things to post about soon, so stay tuned!

Freitag, 12. August 2022

August Fully Finished Gallery

Last month for FFG (the wonderful SAL hosted by the equally wonderful Rachel that forces us all to brave the depths of our boxes of shame) I told you about this folder of old finishes that I discovered and had to add to my objects to be finished, and Jo requested a picture. So today, we start with that:

The mouse (it's from a popular German children's show) and the horses are two of my very first stitching projects, so not as neat as I would like them to be. Not quire sure what I will do with them! The Christmas Tree doesn't have enough margin for conventional framing. Maybe I'll make it into a wall hanging? One day!

Not this day, however, so this month I had to whip up something else. I didn't really have any plan either, but we were away last weekend and I brought this Mill Hill kit as an emergency new start, and not only did I start it, I also finished it, and since my return, finish finished it (with a beaded hanger and some felt glued to the back):

It's a small project and a simple finish, but I really do like it!

Mittwoch, 10. August 2022

The People Chose: Outer Space

Being away last weekend, I missed Jo's wonderful all-purpose SAL (but who am I kidding, I wouldn't have posted on time anyways!), so here we go. This month the theme was Outer Space, and I believe that's not really a 'classic' stitching least not for me! I went through my pictures and found just three, including one WIP and one knitting project.

First, this is Dark Forces, which is of course from Star Wars and set in a galaxy far, far away - this is the cover picture as I only got about 24% of the actual stitching done:

This is the Hitchhiker, inspired by the famous book by Douglas Adams (and because it has a total of 42 'spikes' on the one side):

And last but not least, there is Blood Moon from Unconvential XStitch:

So not a lot to show all in all, and I don't even think I got a lot of outer space patterns, even on my wish lists, either! So I'm very curious to see what everyone else might have pulled out for the occasion.

Montag, 8. August 2022

2022 Summer Blog Hop

Welcome to the 2022 summer blog hop! I'm scheduling this post in advance, as I will be traveling home from a weekend away on the day off, so hopefully, this post should appear on Monday, the 8th. I will add a link to the blog hop itself so you can check out other participants as soon as I can. Update: Link!

For this blog hop, Jo has assigned each of us a secret stitching friend. We are to post a short description of said friend without mentioning their name, and show some stitching we think they might like. So here we go...

My stitching friend is actually a bit of a celebrity as she co-hosts a long-running stitching show on Youtube. She herself practices many different kind of embroidery, from cross stitch over crazy quilting on to proper needle point. Lately, she seems to have been drawn to big sampler style projects, and one can often spot chocolaty snacks in her stitchy pictures! Who could I be talking about?

As she has stitched a couple Mill Hill designs herself, I hope she will enjoy seeing Sophie the Sheep which I stitched and framed several years ago. Still haven't figures out who I've been talking about? Click here and find out!

Donnerstag, 4. August 2022

Hufflepuff Pride Socks - Finished!

So you already know about my happy dance on The Puppeteer, where I finished all the black - the other mayor happy dance moment I had towards the end of July was finishing my badger socks!

Last time you saw them, they were here, I had just finished the leg and was getting ready to dive into the foot:

So anyone who's knitted socks knows that the foot comes in several small sections. At least it comes in this pattern, and it's kind of fun to work through one after the other (and very rewarding to throw out each corresponding page of the pattern, as this is the second sock and I don't need them anymore! - don't worry, it's a digital pattern, so I still have it if ever required...). And suddenly things went very, very quickly, and just over 81 hours the seemingly endless socks were all done, and with plenty of time to travel to Norway before it gets cold!

In fact, it took me some self-conquest to actually put on the socks in the heat, but you deserve to seen them on actual feet!

I'm very proud of my accomplishment and want to do more colourwork knitting in the future, but I'm also happy to not knit another badger again soon, thank you very much :D

Sonntag, 31. Juli 2022

July WIPocalypse

The second half of July went by in a flash, and now it's time for WIPocalypse again - and in a rare occurrence the last day of the month falls on the last Sunday of the month, so I get to post on time, woo! Did you have a good stitching month? I'm actually pretty pleased with myself, and one of the reasons I will get to show off today. First, though, there is the question of the month - What five patterns do you really want to purchase (or start) right now? I think we've had this question before, but I tried to find five all new patterns that I haven't showed before. I didn't quite check, but I think these will do the trick! A good mix of want to start and want to buy, I think.

1) Circular Logic by Ink Circles - top of my list because I picked up some super pretty Silk4U fibres I want to try out! However, I'm reserving purchasing & starting this pattern for a special occasion, so not quite yet.

2) Encanto by Cloudfactory - just picked this one up in their Christmas in July sale. I love their whole Disney series and eventually want to purchase and stitch all of them, but Encanto is my new favourite Disney movie so it only seemed appropriate to start with this one.

3) Moonlight by SmartyOwl - I recently discovered this on Etsy and I'm kind of obsessed with both the way this designer uses specialty stitches and the soft colours and....kind of everything! I think I'll soon cave and buy this one.

4) Piggy in the Middle by Bothy Threads - This one was a gift from my grandma recently, I believe it was last Christmas. It's high up on my list of 'wanna' start because I just adore all the Wrendale designs, and this on is especially cute!

 5) This pillow from Vervaco was another gift, a birthday gift from a dear friend. After finish-finishing my first pillow not too long ago I wouldn't mind having a second one, and these two bunnies are just so cute, aren't they?

Maybe next time this prompt comes up, I will remember to look back here and see how many of them I started in the meantime! But now, moving on from theoretical to actual stitching. Every month I share my progress on The Loneliness of Autumn, which I am SALing with Rachel. She hasn't touched hers in a while but has plans to get back into it in August, so fingers crossed for her! I, on the other hand, had a very productive month with this in June, adding a total of 2922 stitches! That included the entirety of 1663 stitches of 78, and a good deal of the 1599 stitches of gorgeous 720! A lovely, rich orange that was so much fun to stitch (and will for the 300 something stitches I still got to do).

My new total is 67240/118800 stitches, or 56.60%. After the 720 we're moving on 762 which doesn't sound all that exciting on its own (especially not to us used to the TW colour palette!) but will fill in some of the as of yet blank spaces, so that's kind of nice too!

But wait, there's more - July was another one of WIPocalypse's challenge focus months, and for the last two years I've used these to finish the black on The Puppeteer. And this month, after putting in another 1668 stitches, I finally did!

Tadaa! So proud I managed to finish this colour, more than 60,000 stitches of black! But I'm not continuing this one in extreme cross country style. I'm really looking forward to filling in the blanks with all the missing colours. In fact, I already did so for the first page, which was missing just under 600 stitches:

The purple photographs a little weirdly, but I'm sure is one of those 'looks great from a distance' things. Not sure how I'll continue with this now, focus wise, but think I'd like to try to finish the first row of pages this year, which all don't need too much more stitches. We'll see. For now, let's head into August with a lot of stitchy goals, and see what we can accomplish!

Sonntag, 17. Juli 2022

July Gifted Gorgeousness

This month, I wasn't quite as productive on my gift projects - no new baby gifts started or finished - but I did work on my big project that was a gift TO me, and that is the Snuggle Up blanket. Every part takes a little longer than the last one, so it's taking up more and more of my crochet time, but I still hope to finish an other gift or two in for next month! For now, here is Snuggle Up up to part 5 - it's getting hard to get a picture of the complete blanket, at least without getting my toes in there!

Another really fun pattern - it made the edge a little wavy because there was a lot of increasing and decreasing, but I think it'll even out after the next pattern or two. 

The next three parts will form the next pattern together, so the next two months might not look like much on their own...we'll see. Hopefully, they will still be fun to crochet, though!

Freitag, 15. Juli 2022

Bellatrix - 30 Hours

This month, I gave myself another ten hours to play with Bellatrix - one of these days I'm going to have to make her more of a focus, she's so fun to work on! I think I got all the beads and Kreinik together now as well, although of course it'll be a long time before I'm going to get to use the beads.

Last time I worked on her, I stitched up her hair, and made a small start on the big arch in the background:

This time, I was having a lot of fun - stitching up her face first, including wonderful metallic green eye shadow, then I did about 500 stitches on the arch (because it's big and slightly boring, so I'm trying to split it up) and then worked on her dress for a bit more:

Next time, I'll probably put a couple more stitches into the arch, then get started on her shawl (which introduces a new set of colours, yay!) working towards her right arm (our left).

Donnerstag, 14. Juli 2022

July Fully Finished Gallery

This month for fully finished gallery, I have some good new and some bad news...lately, I've been rearranging my crafting/office corner, to finally organize some stuff in a way that has me NOT looking for things I need for extensive amounts of time, and also to get a better work-from-home space than my current arrangement on the couch. In any case, I stumbled across a box full of finished, but not fully finished stitchings! So that's good new, because I had been wondering where some of these had gotten to, but also bad because now my pile of shame has almost doubled in size. Guess I won't be running out of stuff to finish for this SAL any time soon!

I also have an actual finish to share, although a new one, not from the pile/box of shame. I finished the NYE SAL I stitched earlier this month into a biscornu! 

I used my usual technique, whip stitch with two different beads, and also added dark blue crystals to the center - I bought a bunch in different colours when I needed one to finish the Zoe box, so it's nice to be able to use them for other things as well!

Montag, 11. Juli 2022

The June SALs

So turns out, even stitching the Magical Kingdom SAL ahead of time doesn't prevent my from posting a week late when there is too much stuff to get caught up on - but I'm sure none of you care as long as you get to see pretty stitching now, right?

The part I stitched in June - which was originally the 7ths part released - was another not-so-classic Disney movie (after Princes and the Frog back in May). Can you guess which one?

Yes, it's Kuzco and Pacha from The Emperor's New Groove! How fun to see that movie in a pattern like this. It's a fun one that doesn't get a lot of attention!

On the subject of the temperature tree, I've reached the half way point (a little more than that in number of stitches, as all the trunk is already in), and have now used most of the colours! June was quite hot at times, so all but the very hottest colour got used.

Still loving this one! We are due another heat wave this week, so I'm not sure if I should hope for that last colour to make an appearance, or not...

Dienstag, 5. Juli 2022

Hufflepuff Pride Socks - 70 Hours

I really want these socks finished before it gets cold enough to wear them again, so working on them a little bit here and there and it's gone a long way! Last time, I was here, halfway done with the third badger:

Now, after ten hours (that went surprisingly frog-free) and two badgers later...

I finished the leg! Yesss. The pattern is fun, but the leg is seemingly endless, so I am really looking forward to working on the heel again now.

Montag, 4. Juli 2022

The People Chose: Pets

This month for Jo's wonderful all purpose SAL, our subject is pets. I don't currently have any, but if we had the space, we'd love a pair of bunnies. That, or a group of guinea pigs! Felix had bunnies as a kid, I had three piggies, so either would be fine. 

I think my pet stitching shows my preference pretty well, although there are also some cats and dogs in there! I think that all animals are cute.