Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Just a Little Stashing...

Yep, I've stashed! I haven't gone on a stashing spree in a while - I've been trying to behave myself - but I finally caved. I've been telling myself that I had to, that these things were necessary. Whatever helps us sleep at night, right?

First up, some sheep goodness! I've taken a nice long break from the Little House Needleworks Little Sheep Virtues SAL I'm part of. It's been nearly a month since I finished Joyfulness. And now, thanks to 1-2-3 Stitch, I have Simplicity and Faith, along with the buttons and fabric I need. PLUS, because I simply could not resist, I bought the cutest sheep needle minder from Kelmscott Designs. Isn't it perfect? I'm going to put it to work immediately!

Next, I've decided to try a new craft, one that I've been admiring for a while: punch needle. I went on Etsy to a shop called Fiddlestix Designs (awesome shop, by the way) and found these two designs, Notforgotten Farm's Grey House Needlebook and With Thy Needle & Thread's Silent Night. One already came with fabric, so I only needed to buy some for the second one. Can't wait to try these! I need to finish up a WIP or two first, so I don't feel like I'm losing my mind, and then I'll get cracking.

There we go! Not so much, right? Honestly, it's the international shipping costs that kill me. I have to do my splurging in batches just to keep the shipping costs down. Urgh!

Happy xxx's,

Sunday, March 1, 2015

What I've Been Stitching (3rd edition)...

Hi everyone! Hope you're all staying warm/cool, wherever you are in the world. I'm enjoying the weather here in Dubai - the sandstorm is long gone and it's been lovely and windy. I'm praying for a little bit of rain, but other than that, no complaints.

So this is a fast update, considering I posted on my progress on this piece barely two weeks ago, but when inspiration hits you go with it, right? This is a sampler I've been designing as I go, and if you'd like to see my last post on it you can go here. And this is what it looks like now:

I've added the tree at the top and two little people on either side of it, who are of course Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth. I'm going to be completely honest, the tree is not my own design. It started out life as a Little House Needleworks tree. I was squeezing my brain trying to design a tree, and then I remembered this one and thought, why mess with perfection, right? It had so many elements that are echoed throughout the piece, so it fits really well, although I did have to nip and tuck to fit it into this space. I also added E + D into the bark of the tree, as though they've carved their initials. Couldn't resist!

The people are my design, and they drove me nuts. I never really considered adding people at all, but it was like an itch in the corner of my mind. Here's a close-up of Mr. Darcy, standing with his hands behind his back. He's complete with boots, trousers, shirt, jacket, and top hat. I even added French knot buttons, because I'm a crazy person.

And here's a close-up of Elizabeth. She's holding a basket full of French knot flowers, showing off the backstitch detailing on her dress and the backstitch blue ribbon in her hair.

There's still that big empty space to fill on top of the sheep. No idea what to do yet. Just going to have to wait for inspiration to hit again!

Until next time,

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Third Strip Done...

I've been knitting like a man woman all week long, and I've finally got something to show for it! A couple of weeks ago I posted an update on my little gingham lap blanket (which you can see here). I had two strips done on the blanket, and I just finished attaching the third. Here's the third strip:

This is identical to the first one, knitted with Red Heart's Burgundy and Cherry Chip. Here it is attached to the first two strips:

It's not perfect by any means. I've made a lot of boo-boos that I'm hoping no one will ever notice. And I can't decide how big I want this to be, four strips long or five strips long. I think I'll do one more strip and see how I feel about the length.

Happy knitting!

Sunday, February 22, 2015

A Little Finish-Finish

I know a lot of you around the world have been completely snowed in lately. Well, this weekend, we were sanded in. MASSIVE sandstorm. I didn't take pictures, as I was hiding out at home, but here's a video I found online that made me laugh:

It's been crazy, with winds up to 60 km/h, and they're saying it's likely to last a couple more days. Urgh! We woke up Saturday morning, and even though all the doors and windows were shut, there was a layer of sand - SAND - on everything we owned. Really looking forward to this being over!

Anyway, on to happier thoughts. Last week I showed you my finish for the Gifted Gorgeousness SAL (which you can see here). Since I spent the weekend hibernating from the storm, I thought I'd be productive and finish-finish.

Sorry about the bad quality picture, the sun is hiding behind a wall of sand. I finished this off as a cushion with some lovely white-and-blue fabric I had in my stash and a bit of lace. I'm really happy with how it turned out. Here it is with last year's Bent Creek finish, Land of Liberty (also a gift from Shirlee!):

Off to dust off my possessions,

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

What I've Been Stitching (2nd edition)...

About a month ago I revealed that I'd been working on a sampler of my own design (you can check it out here). I've been chugging away at it, stitching a little, frogging a lot. Here's a little update:

Yep, I added a house! This gave me so much trouble, I can't even begin to tell you. I originally wanted a red house, and I knew I wanted it to be two-toned, so the side of the house was lighter than the front. But the red just did not work. So I frogged the whole thing and started again, focusing instead on the color palette of the whole piece. And I went with a pink house. I'm not a huge fan of pink, but I think it looks okay. I used DMC 223, 224, Ecru, and 838.

Then I added the lawn, because the house looked sort of lonely sitting there by itself. The lawn kept growing and growing until it reached the other side. And then the lawn looked sort of empty. So I plopped a little fence on it, and on the other side of the fence...two little sheep!

Yes, I know, I'm sheep-crazy. I had to add the sheep! They're just too cute, with their little sheep faces. The lawn is DMC 501, the fence is 838, the little sheep faces are 310, and the little sheep bodies are fluffy white Wisper thread. Oh, and I realized I'd forgotten to put Mr. Darcy's name at the end of the quote, so I added it too. And here's what the whole piece looks like now:

Still a few holes to fill. What am I going to fill them with? Not a clue. I'm taking this super easy and just slowly adding things as I feel like it, which is soooo unlike me. I'm usually a stick-to-the-plan, paint-inside-the-lines kind of person, but I think that's why this is so lovely to do. No worries, no stress, no wrong answers. Just going where it leads me!

Until next time,

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Gifted Gorgeousness SAL - February

All right, it's the 15th of February, which means it's time for the Gifted Gorgeousness SAL Feburary 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).

In the January edition I had started a sweet little kit given to me by Shirlee from The Easily Influenced Stitcher, Bent Creek's Free Betsy. And now I've finished it!

I was really happy with this kit. The last Bent Creek kit I stitched didn't have enough of one of the floss colors, so I had to make a substitution. This one had plenty! And it was a beautiful combination of DMC, WDW, and GAST. The fabric is 25 ct. Dublin Flax linen.

This was an absolute pleasure to stitch. I have the perfect fabric to finish it off, too, I just need to find the time. And I'll have to pick my next project for the Gifted Gorgeousness SAL!

Lots of love,

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Second Strip Done...

A couple of weeks ago I showed you all a new blanket I've been knitting up (you can see my start here). I had to put it aside for a little bit because the color I'd intended to use for the second strip was way too white and clashed with the colors. I placed the order for another color, it arrived, it was perfect, and we were back in business!

So here's the second strip all knitted up:

For this second strip, I used Red Heart's Super Saver in Cherry Chip (the mixed-color yarn) and Buff (a lovely beige that matched the Cherry Chip much better than the White did). And here are the two strips so far attached:

I'm doing this gingham-style, as you can see, so the third strip will be identical to the first, and the fourth identical to the second, and so on until I'm satisfied with the length. What do you guys think?

On a completely different note, I've started yoga! Yay! Very proud of myself. I've never had any real weight issues, but I've recently found out that I do have a health issue that's messing with my reproductive system, so I've been consciously trying to be healthier. I found this amazing 30-day yoga challenge video series on YouTube. Today is day 2 for me, and I can already feel it in my abs. Very motivated and can't wait to keep going with this! Motivation has always been the problem for me, as I tend to get bored and lazy very easily. Hopefully that doesn't happen this time!

Big healthy hugs,