Sunday, April 17, 2016

Peace Sheep Update 8, and the April Gifted Gorgeousness SAL

I know I'm a couple of days late with this, but it's been pretty busy around here. My mother-in-law's still staying with us, and we're leaving to Japan next Friday, and I haven't even started getting ready for our trip! Anyway, better late than never, as they say...

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've finished the ark and the camels. Here's my latest installment on the project:


I've finished one of the elephants! This little guy took me a longer to stitch, but that's really because of the chaos in my house right now. There's a companion elephant I still need to stitch (there has to be two of each animal, after all!).


Here's all four pieces together:


I'm also a week late on my Little Sheep Virtues SAL, but I'm trying to catch up. Hopefully I can get another update in before our trip. Here's where I am now:


This is now 800 stitches on Peace. More on the border, and I've finished the grass and started on the water. Unfortunately, I've run out of a few colors now, so I need to find time to pass by my LNS. Maybe I'll convince my MIL to take a trip out there with me...


Lots of love,

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Peace Sheep Update 7, and a Knitting Roadblock

Whew! My mother-in-law's in town, and while it's always nice to have help with the baby, it's definitely been keeping me busy. And my husband has decided that he wants us to go back with her to Japan to see his dad, who couldn't come here and still hasn't seen the baby. It's a lovely sentiment, but it means we'll be traveling in less that two weeks and I'm not at all ready!!!

So you can see why I missed my update post last week. Here's what I've been up to:

More knitting!


I put in a couple more stripes into the baby blanket I'm making for my sister. And I've officially run out of yarn. I don't know what happened with my calculations, but I totally overestimated the amount I had. The yarn has been discontinued (just my luck!) but I found someone on Ravelry who has some, so I'm just waiting for it to get here...


Also, a bit more progress on the Little Sheep Virtues SAL:


This is now 700 stitches on Peace. More stitching on the border, and I'm nearly done with the grass!


That's all I've got today!

Big hugs,


Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Peace Sheep Update 6, and Some Baby Knitting

Hi everyone! Hope you're all doing well. We have a few days of calm here - my mother has gone back home, and my mother-in-law's due to arrive next Saturday. So it's a bit of quiet now, but it won't last long!

I can't remember if I've mentioned this, but one of my sisters is pregnant. She's due in August and she's having a girl, so my little one is going to have a cousin! He's the first grandbaby for both families, but my parents are going to get their second grandbaby really soon.

As soon as I found out she was having a girl, I got out my knitting needles and went rummaging through my yarn stash. I found a couple of skeins of this lovely yarn from Loops & Threads called Charisma Baby and off I went:


I'm doing a simple stockinette stitch in stripes, using Coral and Cotton Candy. It's coming along really well, and it's nice to be knitting again!


I also got a little stitching done on the Little Sheep Virtues SAL:


This is now 600 stitches on Peace. I've done more on the border (borders are the most boring part for me, so I'm doing it a bit at a time), finished the tree, and I've started on the grass.


Happy xxx's,

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Peace Sheep Update 5, and Some Wishful Thinking!

Hey everyone! I hope you're all having a wonderful week. My mother's still visiting for another couple of days. It's been so wonderful having her here. She gets to bond with the baby, and I get to learn a bunch of new tips and tricks.

I was a little naughty recently and bought a few stash items. God only knows why. I barely have time to shower, let alone start new projects! A person can dream, can't they?


So first I bought these gorgeous Tilda doll-making kits off eBay. I've never made a doll in my life, but these are so cute, and the instructions seem straight-forward enough!


And then I went and bought a Moda Jelly Roll set in Joyeux Noel, which I think is so pretty. I have a vague idea of what I want to do with them, but I don't anticipate it happening any time soon.

I just barely managed to get 100 stitches done on the Little Sheep Virtues SAL:


This is Peace at 500 stitches now. I made a little progress on the border and on the tree.


Lots of love,

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Peace Sheep Update 4, and the March Gifted Gorgeousness SAL

It's March 15th already (what?!) which means it's time for the Gifted Gorgeousness SAL. 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.

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've finished the ark and the camels. Here's my latest installment on the project:


The zebras are done! This piece, like the camels, is super tiny and it still somehow took me all month to stitch.


Here are all three pieces together:


The Little One also cooperated enough this week for me to knock out another 100 stitches on Peace:


This is part of the Little Sheep Virtues SAL. I've mainly focused on the border this time and made a bit more progress on the tree.


My mother's in town! She just traveled all the way from North Carolina to Dubai to spend a couple of weeks with us - okay, mostly to spend time with her grandson, but I get to reap the benefits too. I just love having her around, it's so helpful and reassuring!

Big hugs,

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Peace Sheep Update 3, and Some Framing!

I don't have much time to blog today, but I did want to share a piece that I just got framed:


This is my baby's sampler, which I finished a couple of months ago (you can see my finish here). I'm so happy with it! I think they did a wonderful job - the frame matches the fabric color, and the blue is perfect for the little one's nursery! Now I just need to get my husband to hang it up...


I've also managed to get another 100 stitches on Peace:


This is for the Little Sheep Virtues SAL I've been a part of for more than a year now. Since last week, I've stitched the rest of the red flowers, some more of the tree, and the start of the border.


It's literally taken me hours, on and off, to put this post together. Whew!

Happy xxx's,

Monday, February 29, 2016

Peace Sheep Update 2, and the Giveaway Winner!

Hello hello! I hope you all had a lovely weekend. We, unfortunately, had a doctor's appointment for the Little One, and he had to get his two-month vaccinations. I can't believe he's already two months old! He absolutely broke my heart getting those shots, but he seems to be doing well - just a little fussiness, but no serious reactions, thank goodness.

So first off, I have the weekly update on the Little Sheep Virtues SAL:


This is Peace with 200 stitches done so far. I finished stitching the head of the sheep, then I moved on to the tree branch, then I started on some flowers. It's ADD stitching, basically!


All right, now onto the part everyone is here to find out: the winner of my 4th Blogoversary Giveaway. Here's a little reminder of what I'm giving away:


And the winner of all these goodies is...


Congratulations, Kerry! If you send me your address, I'll pop this into the post as soon as I can.

Lots of love,