Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Peace Sheep Update 16, and More Starry Skies

Hi everyone! Just a quick little update today while the babe is napping. A bit more on Mary's Sampler:

I've finished the border along the top and stitched a couple more stars.

And I have a finish!

This is Peace, stitched as part of the Little Sheep Virtues SAL, at a little more than 1600 stitches. I just finished stitching the sheep and sewed on the little bird button at the top. This one really felt like it took forever to finish!

I need to take the Bunka brush to it and then finish it off so it can join my flock. Seven down, five to go!

Hope you're all staying cool/warm (depending on which part of the world you're in)! It's gross and dusty and humid all at the same time here. Sometimes I think I should work for the tourism board of Dubai :D

Big hugs,

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Peace Sheep Update 15, and Some Twinkling Stars

Hi folks! Hope you're all doing well. It's officially the start of summer, but it feels like it's been summer here forever already. There is no end to this heat and humidity, and to top it off they just issued a sand storm warning! Just taking groceries out of my car and into the building makes me feel like I'm being baked alive.

Needless to say, I've been spending a lot of time indoors with the baby. He's six months old today! I can't believe it. He's growing up so quickly. He can already stay sitting by himself without toppling over, and you can just see how impatient he is that he can't walk or run or jump around. This is an active baby!

I've got some stitching progress to show for myself. First, Mary's Sampler:

I've put in a few more stars and extended the border down the left. I'm really enjoying this piece. I don't know why my pictures keep coming out so bright, though! It doesn't look this bright in real life.

And I'm so, so, so close to a finish with the Little Sheep Virtues SAL!

This is Peace at 1500 stitches. I'm about halfway through the sheep now. I'm stitching him with Wisper thread as I've done with all the sheep, but I decided to make this one tan, just to make it interesting. Too many white sheep in this series!

Happy xxx's,

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Peace Sheep Update 14, and the June Gifted Gorgeousness SAL

Wow, we've made it halfway through the year already! 2016 is just flying by in a whirl of diapers and long sleepless nights. Somehow it's the 15th of June, which means it's time for the Gifted Gorgeousness SAL, 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.

For most of last year and this year, I was stitching on Prairie Schooler's Two By Two (you can see my last update post here). But I needed a new project, so I went digging through my stash. I've had to take out my shoehorn a bit! Last year my father saved himself a headache: he gave me money on my birthday and told me to buy whatever I wanted for myself. So I went on a stashing mission and bought a few things, including Plum Street Sampler's Party Tarts. This was technically a gift, so technically it fits right in with GG!

I'm stitching these with the recommended GAST colors. I think this project is appropriate, considering the elections coming up later this year. I'm hoping to get both tarts done by then - wish me luck!

I've also got my usual snail's-pace update on the Little Sheep Virtues SAL:

This is Peace at 1400 stitches. All I've done is work on the border. There's only a tiny bit left, plus the body of the sheep, and then I'm done! Hopefully this will be a finish next week.

The first picture is more true to the color of the fabric. This keeps happening with my camera - it washes out all the colors. Oh well!

Lots of love,

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Peace Sheep Update 13, and a New, Long-Overdue Start

I don't get a lot of time on my hands these days, but there are pockets of time when the baby is napping and I can take a few minutes to breathe, relax, maybe watch a little TV...and I need something to keep my hands busy! So I went digging around for something to start, and I found a little folder on my laptop of a bunch of freebies I've accumulated. One of them was Plum Street Sampler's Christmas freebie from two years ago, Mary's Sampler.

I love the way this piece looks, and I especially love the way it looks on dark fabric:

So I had a rummage through my stash, found this mystery piece of dark blue evenweave, and got going. I'm doing the smaller version, Mary's Sampler I. Here's my progress so far:

I think I frogged that first star on top 10,000 times. I started with the charted colors, but I didn't like the way it looked, so I tried to use my own choices, but then I started doubting myself, so I went back to charted, but I REALLY didn't like it, so I gave myself a stern talking-to, sat down, and got more serious about picking a nice palette. Looooonnnnnnggggggg story short, this is what it looks like now.

I'm using DMC for this, and so far the grass is 730 (as charted), the flowers are alternating between 3721 and 3722, the first star is 712, 676, and 783 (out to in), and the other two stars are 676, 783, and 780 (out to in).

I've also got a bit of progress on the Little Sheep Virtues SAL:

This is Peace at 1300 stitches. So close to a finish now! The border is slowly creeping to an end, and I've stitched the sheep's legs and the butterflies at the top (I think they're butterflies? I don't know why their heads are green...)

Big hugs,

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Peace Sheep Update 12, and Some Serious, Unnecessary Stashing

Hello from the land of no sleep! Sleep training is still under way, and some days I feel like we're making real progress, and other days I feel like I'm just torturing the poor baby. Last night was definitely the latter. I need to remind myself what the big picture is, but it's really hard at 4 am when none of us have had any sleep...

On to happier topics! My husband finally got around to buying me the second half of my birthday gift (my birthday's in December, but we were just a tad busy with the new baby!) Here it is:

This is the Brother Innovis 55P! Now, I wasn't exactly in a hurry to get this, so there was zero nagging. It's not like I have a lot of time on my hands! In fact, this beauty has been sitting on my desk for a week now, and all I've done is taken it out of the box.

And then I placed an order on 123 Stitch. I've got three different projects in my stash that I'd like to start sometime this year (ha ha! We'll see if that happens!) and I needed the floss and fabric for them:

One of the projects is going to be my new start for Gifted Gorgeousness, so stay tuned!

Finally, some stitching. I've got a little more done on the Little Sheep Virtues SAL:

This is Peace at 1200 stitches. Stitching this at a snail's pace! Tiny bit more on the border (I hate stitching borders, so I'm doing this a little at a time) and I've finished the word "Peace" along the top.

Happy xxx's!

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Peace Sheep Update 11, and the Baby Blanket is Ready!

Well, it's officially hotter than hell here, and it's still only May. It's 36 degrees C today, which is 97 degrees F for all my non-metric friends. NINETY SEVEN. That really shouldn't be legal this early in the year. It's promising to be a long, hot, disgusting summer.

I've been trying to keep busy at home as much as possible, so I don't have to leave the apartment. It helps that the baby is still trying to figure out if he hates cars or loves them - every day is a roll of the dice, and I get either happy, giggling baby or wailing, miserable baby. I have a feeling he starts crying in the car because he's slightly traumatized: we had to take him to the doctor on Saturday for another round of vaccines. Does he think I'm taking him back to get stuck with a needle again?

The doctor also told me I need to start controlled crying at night. Joy oh joy! It's for my own good, I know, because lately the baby's been waking up every single hour to eat, which means I'm basically a zombie 24/7. But it just breaks my heart to let him cry, even if it's just for a few minutes.

Anyway, part of keeping busy has been knitting away at my sister's baby blanket. It's done!

I'm so, so, so happy with it! I hope she likes it. She's not due until August, so I have to wait in suspense until I see her.

This definitely has my baby's approval. Every time I took it out to work on it his eyes would light up. Bright colors! And then he would try to put it in his mouth.

The technical stuff: This was knitted in stockinette stitch with Loops & Threads Charisma Baby, two balls of Coral (five stripes) and one and a half of Cotton Candy (four stripes). It measures 30" by 30".

I've also gotten a little more done on the Little Sheep Virtues SAL:

This is Peace at 1100 stitches. A bit more on the border, and I've started the word "Peace" along the top.

Lots of love,

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Peace Sheep Update 10, and the May Gifted Gorgeousness SAL

The Gifted Gorgeousness SAL 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.

For most of last year I was working on Prairie Schooler's Two By Two, gifted to me in an exchange with Emma from Emma's Bloglet a couple of years ago (you can see my last update here). I'm a couple of days late, but I was absolutely determined to finish this month's installment. Here it is!

This is the second elephant in the set.

And here's everything I've done so far:

I don't think I've got enough fabric to stitch the giraffes, so I may have to put this project on the back-burner for now. Good news is, I can start a new one now! I need to have a rummage through my stash and see what I've got.

A minuscule amount of progress on the Little Sheep Virtues SAL:

This is Peace at 1000 stitches, believe it or not! More on the border, and I've finished the water and the fish and the little wreath around the sheep's neck.

Big hugs,