Sunday, May 24, 2015

SAL Update 3, a Finish, and an Offer

Happy Sunday, everyone! Well, the moving is slowly forging ahead. The past week has been so busy: I've gotten the telecommunications company to come hook up the telephone, TV, and Internet. I had the furniture store guys screw in the curtain rods above the windows and put together the guest bed, the dining room table, and the chairs. That's all the furniture there so far. And then I had to get maintenance to come fix the water heaters (no hot water at all) and the air conditioning (please try to live in Dubai with no AC - it's only May and the temperatures are already in the 40s Celsius).

Since my job is really just to show up at the new apartment to let all these people in, and then wait around for them to finish, I actually have had quite a bit of time on my hands. First off, here's some progress on the Little Sheep Virtues SAL:


This is Faith at 600 stitches. Slowly stitching up the little house. I've finished the flower bed, put in the door and most of the windows, and stitched the rest of the brown.


I also have a finish to share with you. I finally made it down to my LNS and picked up some stuffing, so I can now show you the finished product:


This is Simplicity, which I finished stitching a couple of weeks ago. I finished it off the same way I did Hope and Joyfulness, as a little pillow with twine all around its edge. Since Simplicity is the 6th sheep in the series, which technically means it's the month of June (not that I'm paying attention to the order), I wanted to make it light and summery, so I chose this lovely backing fabric:


Here are my three sheep (so far!) all together:


Whew! This is turning out to be a long post, isn't it? As a reward, I wanted to offer you guys something. Someone gave me these recently, not knowing that I don't crochet. I've been clearing out some things in preparation for the move, and I found these and thought, I'm never going to use them.


These are two balls of Bernat Handicrafter, and the color is called Surprise. If anyone is interested in them, please let me know. I'd love to do an exchange for them.

Lots of love,

Sunday, May 17, 2015

SAL Update 2

We're finally moving, folks! We have been apartment-shopping for almost a year, and sometime in December we saw one place that I absolutely loved. Months later, we finally got the bank approval for the mortgage, pulled the money together for the down payment, signed all the papers...and we were handed the keys two weeks ago! We've still got a long road ahead of us - in the past week we've turned on the water & electricity, got a cleaning crew in to scrub the place, and ordered some furniture. We're moving from a one-bedroom to a three-bedroom, so we've got quite a bit of room to fill. They still need to come deliver and assemble it all, but I'm so excited to see the place start to come together!

Anyways, I managed to find a little time to make some progress on our Little Sheep Virtues SAL. This is my Faith:


This is at 400 stitches now. I've finished the grass and have started stitching the little house. Aren't those flower bushes pretty?


Hope you're all having a wonderful weekend!

Big hugs,

Friday, May 15, 2015

Gifted Gorgeousness SAL - May

It's May 15th, folks! It's 11:40 pm here, so I kind of left this to the last minute, didn't I? I've still got 20 minutes, let's see how fast I can put this post together!

All right, it's time for the Gifted Gorgeousness SAL May edition! This is Jo from Serendipitous Stitching's baby - we stitch on something that's been gifted to us through exchanges or giveaways, whether a pattern, kit, fabric, floss, whatever, and post on the 15th of the month (because it's 2015).

A couple of months ago I chose to start Prairie Schooler's Two By Two, gifted to me last year in an exchange with Emma from Emma's Bloglet (you can see my last update here). Here's where I am now:


This is 1200 stitches already - I've been trying to get 400 stitches done a month, to make some decent progress. Super exciting progress! I've finished the bulk of the middle and have moved on to the roof, adding some incredibly cool brown to the beige and green. I'm kidding, I know it's not that exciting. Most of this pattern is just large blocks of the same dull colors, but it'll look really good when it's done!


I think I've made it! It's now 11:54. Six minutes left! Woohoo!

Happy xxx's,

Sunday, May 10, 2015

SAL Update 1

Time for a new sheep! Lija and I have decided we're going to start Faith next (yeah, we're not doing these in any kind of order whatsoever). If, however, you're intrigued by this long-running Little House Needleworks Little Sheep Virtues SAL we're doing, feel free to do whichever sheep you want to! Do them all! The more sheepsies the better!

All right, so, yes, we've started Faith. Here's my first 200 stitches:


I've stitched the little tree and started on the grass. As always, I'm stitching this on 28 count Coffee Jobelan, which is a fantastic fabric to work with. Not too stiff, not too limp.


I finished stitching Simplicity last week and I was halfway through sewing it up into a nice little pillow when I completely ran out of stuffing. So that's going to be on hold until I can run to the LNS and get some more.

Lots of love,

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Trying Something New. And Not Liking It

So! I splurged a couple of months ago and bought the supplies for needle punching. I've been admiring the finishes on various blogs for a while, and I thought it was high time that I tried it for myself. And here it is:


This is "Grey House" from Notforgotten Farm. I used some natural brown weaver's cloth and the recommended DMC colors. The pattern comes with instruction to finish it off into a needlebook, which I might do one day when I'm feeling brave.


I'm not super happy at how it turned out. I followed all the instructions very carefully, but it still looks different than the cover picture. The lines aren't as defined, and the color list was a little off too. The stem of the plant was supposed to be DMC 712, which is a beige color. I thought that was weird, so I just used brown. The process wasn't that fun either - I thought I would enjoy the actual needle punching part, but it got a little boring.

This is the "wrong" side of the project, the side facing you when you're working on it

What's really funny is that I had to buy a lip-lock hoop to work on this project, which I've never had to do. I've always cross stitched in-hand. Anyways, I'm glad I tried it and got it out of my system, but I don't think I'll do it again.

Big hugs,

Sunday, May 3, 2015

SAL Update 7

Simplicity is finished! Well, not finished-finished, but I'm done with the stitching. For those who don't know, I've been stitching the Little House Needleworks Little Sheep Virtues as part of an SAL a few of us are doing. If you'd like to see the last update post I made about Simplicity, click here.


There we go! This is a little more than 1400 stitches, though I don't know how many exactly, as I lost count in all the excitement of finishing. I stitched the sheep using Wisper thread, which I still have to fluff up. I attached the sweet little bee buttons too.


Lija and I need to huddle up and decide which sheep to stitch next. And, as always, if anyone else would like to join the SAL, please feel free! These little sheep are adorable.

Happy xxx's,

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

My Gingham Blanket is Done!

Whew! That took a while! I've been knitting this particular WIP since January, and I actually hadn't touched it in more than a month (you can see my last progress post here). I've been distracted by our Tokyo trip, finishing up my original design, working on some SALs...etc. But it's all done now, and I get to do my little finishing dance. Here it is:


I just added the fifth strip to the end. This is 50 inches long and 40 inches wide. Not huge, but a great size for a lap blanket or a couch throw. The three strips are knitted with Red Heart's Super Saver in Burgundy and their Super Saver in Cherry Chip. The two strips in between are knitted with their Super Saver in Buff and their Cherry Chip again. I was inspired by a Martha Stewart design you can see here, but I've adapted it a lot to suit the colors I wanted, the yarn, and the size.


Well, there it is! I'm actually going to miss working on this. It was so soothing to just watch TV and let your fingers do exactly the same motion again and again and again... I guess I'll have to find a new knitting project!

Lots of love,