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

The February Gifted Gorgeousness SAL

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,

Sunday, February 8, 2015

A Joyfulness Finish!

Hi everyone! I wanted to first thank you all for your sweet words. My husband is recovering very well and should be back at work soon. We both really appreciate your thoughts and prayers!

Now, I'm taking a little break from the Little Sheep Virtues SAL that Lija, Anne, Kaye and I are doing together. I am very proud of myself, though - despite the chaos of hospital runs and doctor visits and work, I did manage to finish off Joyfulness:

I finished it off as a little pillow, using a lovely backing fabric and some twine around the edge, the same way I finished off Hope. Here's the back:

It's not the same fabric I used for Hope. I didn't have anything appropriate in my stash, so off I went to my LNS to rummage in their fat quarter bin. I thought this red fabric was perfect!

Here are Hope and Joyfulness together:

Again, thank you all so much for your kindness. Normal life should resume soon!

Happy xxx's,

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Giveaway Winner!

Hi everyone! It's the 3rd of February, and as promised I'm here to announce the winner of my 3rd Blogoversary Giveaway! I cannot believe it's been three years since I've started blogging. I've met some truly amazing ladies through this blog, and I hope to meet even more in the years to come.

A little reminder of what I'm giving away:

My DH is lying down on the couch recovering and kindly reached over to pick a name out of the bowl. And the winner is...

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

A big thank you to everyone who joined in! To my new followers, I promise I'll make my way over to your blogs just as soon as I have the time.

Lots of love,

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Joyfulness Sheep Update 8 - Finished!

I can't feel my eyeballs. Does anyone know this feeling? When you feel like you've been up forever and can't remember what sleep is? Yeah. My husband had to have surgery yesterday, so I was at the hospital all day (why, why, why do they require you to check in so early when they haven't scheduled the surgery until hours later?) He had to spend the night there, so I had a few hours to come home, take a shower, thrash around in bed pretending to sleep, and then head back this morning. He's been discharged now and he's comfortably tucked in at home, recovering. I think I need to be tucked in recovering too.

I do actually have a finish for you! I finally finished stitching my Joyfulness Sheep! I really couldn't put it down after last week's progress post, when I started with the fluffy Wisper thread. So here it is:

I kind of lost count at this point. It's 1500-something stitches. I attached the cute little snowflake buttons, too. Isn't it lovely? I'm so happy with it. I have a very specific idea of how to finish it off, and I'm going to start it as soon as I get a chance.

Whew! This was so much fun. I'm going to have to take a break from this SAL, though. I only bought Hope and Joyfulness, and I've now stitched them both. I need to make another 1-2-3 Stitch order, but I'm waiting for my bank account to recover a little.

Big hugs,