Tuesday, May 29, 2018

End of May Update

I just browsed through my phone again and grabbed some pics for this month.  I stitched up Waiting for Christmas Night by Mani di Donna as my SAL ornament this month.  Having taken a class at Celebration with Simona Bussiglieri earlier this month, it felt like time to do this one from my list.  The chart is in the 2016 Christmas-Winter Issue of Punch Needle and Prim Stitching Magazine.  I used an unknown scrap of 36 ct Lakeside Linens fabric and subbed the floss with Crescent Colors floss... simply because I had my ring of CC floss on hand and it was easier to just use it.  😊
At some point I wanted to just do a little small project.  I decided to do Lalylala's Last Minute Easter Bunny-Egg CAL from her Instagram account.  It's very wee.  I used some Scheepjes Cotton 8 yarn I had on hand.  DH now has it sitting on his desk...lol.
I completed part 4 of Red Agape's Casual Granny CAL this month.  The two circular ones are the new addition.  There are 32 total squares made up so far, but it was easier to photograph one example of each style of square.  I am having great fun with this CAL.  I am using leftover Stylecraft DK yarn, and am enjoying selecting my colors each month.
This month I continued on with LHN's Farmhouse Christmas.  I am now through the first four parts and eagerly awaiting the arrival of the fifth.  I am stitching mine on Lakeside Linens 40 ct Reindeer linen.  It's so sweet and tiny.  Just love it.
A new start this month is Rosewood Manor's Garden Row, a design from the 2015 CS&N Keepsake Calendar.  These colors are super cheerful.  My linen is Lakeside Linens 36 ct Pecan Butter.
My second class at Celebration this month was with the incomparable Jeannette Douglas.  I greatly enjoyed sitting with an old stitching friend in this class and we enjoyed Jeannette's enigmatic style, quick wit and exceptional needlework skills...
This is the very pretty project we began stitching in the class πŸŽΆπŸ˜ŽπŸ˜‰
Also, my niece continues to become quite the devoted crocheter.  Only two months as a crocheter, and last night she texted me these adorable photos of Lalylala's ladybird complete with a pupa.  Caitlin chose pinks and yellows for her ladybird, putting her bachelor's degree in design right to work....love it! 😚
A side view...oh those wings!!
And in the pupa πŸ˜‡
Earlier in the month, Caitlin hooked up Lalylala's Snail.  Her DH chose the colors.  I cannot believe how quickly she has picked this art up.  So proud of her.
My garden has begun to show up a bit for the party now....a very late spring here, but at last there are blooms... my favorite Siberian Iris is looking good today...
Some dwarf miniature iris...
Another dwarf miniature iris....πŸ˜†
And now, with a heavy heart, I share that on May 4th we said goodbye to our beloved Anouk.  Anouk would have been 16 on June 15th.  She survived a partial mastectomy two years ago.  Sadly, cancer still grabbed her and she quickly began to fail.  I hope she found her way over the Rainbow Bridge and is reunited with her sister/littermate Lily who left us in 2016.  We miss Anouk terribly 😐   I miss her deep throaty chirps for her dinner.  I will always love you, Anouk πŸ˜™

Thursday, May 03, 2018

End of April Update

April has ended, so what pics are in my phone...  here is the ornament I made in April.  This is Love in a Manger Ornament by Brightneedle.  It is stitched one over one on Country French Linen.  I subbed the silk with various CC floss.
Near the end of the month I also found some inspiration to start yet another crochet project.  I plan to put my Attic24 SSDK Coast Colour Pack to use for a special something here....
And earlier this week.... daffodils, at long last, in my garden!!
Celebration of Needlework in Nashua, NH has kicked off now for 2018.  This morning I took a very informative class with Simona Bussiglieri of Mani di Donna. She walked us through every step to construct this beautiful class project...
Crown Basket...  this will be fun to make someday πŸ˜†  I have another class with a different instructor on Saturday moring too.
More daffodils today!!  😎
And an incredibly proud moment to share.  My niece wanted to learn crochet, and most especially wanted to make amigurumi.... and more specifically, Lalylala designs.  She jumped right in.  Her first project is shown above, took her only a couple of days.  Meet Carla, the Dutch iris bulb.  Simply perfect!!  πŸ˜™

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Some updates

I am happy to share with you my little Cupcake Ella.  So fun to make, Ella is by Lalylala and is in Inside Crochet Issue 100.  
And this photo is also in my phone.  I have done quite a bit more on this project since I took this pic earlier in the week...  this is Berries, Birds and Blooms by Blue Ribbon Designs.  Love this project.  The colors are gorgeous!
I have also continued to work on CrochetObjet's Four Seasons Chevron Blanket using my own Scheepjes Catona color conversion.   Am now past the halfway point, and also love the colors in this one.
And speaking of loving colors, I really love this one... completed the third installment of RedAgape's Casual Granny CAL.  This month I used SSDK in Lemon, not quite as pale cream as it appears here.  Looking forward to next month's surprise square.  Maybe some blue?

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Wintry weather promotes more stitching

 Brrr, outdoor plans were nixed.  Sat in and finished Horsin' Around.  Love this fun LHN holiday project.
And Mike had asked for a small colorful pillow for his chair.  Grabbed a 12" pillow from, some Scheepjes Sunkissed and Cotton 8 yarns, and Attic24's Summer Garden square pattern... and a colorful pillow was born.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

The Merry Skater

March ornament is finished.  Only one this month, but its LHN and meets my goal for both SALs ... and was a stash buster too.  This is The Merry Skater on 32 ct Dirty Belfast Linen.  What is everyone else stitching?

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Caught up on my CALs

 Am now all caught up for the Casual Granny CAL (redagape),
and the 2018 Moogly CAL.... not caught up with this month's Christmas ornament though.  Stitching done, hope to do the finishing today if I can find the perle cotton for it..  I know it is here somewhere...

Friday, March 09, 2018

In Need of Spring Break Mandala Pillow

Made up this little pillow over the snow days, it's aptly called In Need of Spring Break.  It was a CAL last year by Crochet Memories.  I used Stylecraft Special Aran in Plum, Meadow, Khaki and Parchment.  A little more color and cheer for Mike's home office.  Bring on Spring now 😎

Tuesday, March 06, 2018

February LHN Ornament Finally Finished

She is finally finished....  LHN's Christmas Angel for the FB LHN Christmas Ornament SAL.  Life got a bit in the way.  Sadly, I also got a little lazy...  I switched to sewing method while watching TV one afternoon for about a row of stitches and now my angel appears to have a wrinkle in her skirt... ah well, I knew better.  She is stitched on an unknown pieces of Lakeside Linens 40 ct linen, and used called for threads except for B5200 for her dress and subbed her skin tone to a lighter shade.  On to new things now.  Hope you are all well :-)

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Casual Granny CAL Start

And another start from my 2018 goals list.  This is Casual Granny CAL from Redagape.  Very exciuted about the pretty sample she shows, and the gorgeous colors.  I have the yarn, another stash buster.  Will take most of the year as well... One square released per month, make 8 of each, for 10 months.  I am behind, this is the February square.  On my way!

Am almost finished with my February LHN ornament.  Just waiting for some quiet time to finish it off.

Monday, February 26, 2018

Gypsy Blanket Finish

This weekend I finished a long running project, and feel so happy now.  In July 2017, I started a Gypsy Blanket as a means to clear out a whole bunch of my SSDK yarn stash.  Great plan, but I still have a ton and a half of yarn left after this finish!

I was so exctied to take a photo this morning that I did not care all that much that it was 7 AM on a winter morning, and I have a north facing house, so morning sun is at a bit of a premium.  But anyhow, here it is sitting on the love seat in Mike's home office.

This is a super warm and very colorful blanket.  There are bits and pieces of lots of my projects in this blanket, including some super bright ones from Erin's graduation blanket...lol.  Am very pleased with this super stash buster.  There is no written pattern for this.  I made 192 three round/three color squares and attached them via a super secure join as you go method from a book called Crochet (I used that pattern to make Amelia's baby blanket), added a border of two rounds of one color/one round of Midnight around those, seven rounds of granny stitch (the 7th of which is the color of the border) and added Edie Eckman's Border 93 as a finish.

(For my own records, colors used are white, aster, dark brown, cream,  bottle, midnight, cloud blue, lemon, raspberry, apricot, khaki, copper, sherbet, walnut, plum, teal, graphite, mocha, meadow, grape, turquoise, pale rose, saffron, bluebell, pomegranate, magenta, sunshine, green, claret, candyfloss, shrimp, lavender, silver, parchment, soft peach, fondant, lipstick, jaffa, bright green, citron, violet, denim, spring green, clematis, camel, aspen, wisteria, petrol, gold, stone, spice, lime, storm blue, tomato, parma violet, sage, duck egg, pistachio, cypress, lobelia, kelly green, fuchsia purple, boysenberry, empire, mushroom... 65 colors).

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Farmhouse Christmas Start

 I decided to do LHN's Farmhouse Christmas this year.  Who isn't, it seems?  I decided not to post mine on FB, there are hundreds popping up there.  I am doing mine on 40 ct Lakeside Linens Reindeer, which was a limited edition color years back when I was in Shakespeare's Peddler's LL fabric of the month group.  The fabric is a bit darker than it apears here.  I am using the called for floss and colors, along with the free complimentary border.  First installment, Little Red Barn, is completed.

And good news today... I participated in DixieSamplar's Spring Hop Exchange on FB.  My exchange arrived safely in Arkansas today.  So glad my recipient is pleased with it and the extra goodies.  Love making these, but shipping in US is almost $19... don't plan on doing this very often πŸ˜‚

Saturday, February 17, 2018

2018 Moogly CAL begins...

I decided to do the 2018 Moogly CAL this year as part of my effort to productively destash my yarn.  I liked the use of variegated yarn on the borders of the  squares on Moogly's blog. I found that I had two balls of King Cole Drifter for Baby DK in Kingfisher that looked fun.  Dug out SSDK in cream, stone, spice, aspen and teal... and we'll just see how it goes.  As I am using DK yarn rather than Aran yarn,  I shall have to make a few squares from previous years to make my throw large enough.  This will take time.  Only 2 squares released per month.

Monday, February 12, 2018

February Ornament

My February SAL ornament is all set.  I chose a square from Barbara Ana's Classic Christmas Charm in an old CS&N magazine.  Love the little Rudolph.  I used an unknown scrap of Lakeside Linens 40 ct linen and the called for DMC floss.  Another stash buster.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Primavera Pillow

Last night I finished a project I had started sometime last year.  This is a function of my quest to clear out stash space.  Man, yarn takes up serious space in the craft room.  SMH.  The lighting is terrible.  It is, after all, a winter morning here.  This is Primavera Pillow, inspired by Dada's Place.  I wanted a delicate, feminine, romantic theme.  I used James K. Brett Cotton On DK yarn in C02, C016, C024, C023, C021 and C025.  I finished off with Border 33 in Edie Eckman's Around the Corner Crochet Borders book.

Another stash busting goal met πŸ˜ƒ

Saturday, February 03, 2018

Lil Quack The Duck

This weekend I made up a new little amigurumi.  After spending several hours yesterday teaching my niece some of the crochet basics she needs to do amigurumi, I came home and started one of my own.  I finished him today.  Let me introduce you to Lil Quack The Duck by Little Muggles in Zoomigurumi.  Another stash buster, using SSDK in white, sunshine and cloud blue.  😎

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Spring Painted Roses Pillow

This morning I finished off a pillow for an exchange gift.  I am early in finishing but this one just carried me away. I used Cherry Heart Designs Painted Roses pattern, and added Edie Eckman's Border 35 for a small ruffle edge.  Very hard to take a photo in winter in my north facing house, and I propped it in a south facing window to capture the colors better. The exchange has a spring theme and these colors match the intended recipient's color wishes.

Notes to self, as I desire to make a pillow like this for my own home:  4 mm hook, backing square is 19 rounds.

This was a stash buster 100%.  SSDK in Cream, Gold, Camel, Parma Violet, Duck Egg, Soft Peach, Apricot, Lemon, Pale Rose, Wisteria, Cloud Blue, Clematis, Raspberry, Cypress, Meadow, Pistachio.

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Another January Ornament finish

I have decided to try to follow the LHN/CCN Christmas Ornament SAL on Facebook this year, as well as stitching with Andrea.  I was able to get January done.  I chose LHN's Old Colonial.  I opted to put this year's date on mine rather than 1798.  I had ordered the R&R 32ct Winter Brew linen with the chart.  My small piece was very heavily creased from folding by the LNS.  I stitched my piece way up in the corner of that and trimmed it tight for this pillow finish.  I used Willow Green belfast for the backing, for a little bit of a twist.  I am pretty satisfied with those choices.  And... used what I had on hand and meets a stash buster goal for me too.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

January Ornament Finish

 And finished!  At last, I have finished my first ornament for the Christmas Ornament SAL with Andrea.  This one was an adventure for me.  I cannot locate my DMC 169.  It must be kitted somewhere, and I subbed it with CC Blue Moon.  Am very pleased with that.  The chart is from PNPS 2017 Christmas-Winter Issue and is by Nikyscreations.  Unfortunately, the chart was poorly edited.  There are no instructions that this was to be stitched with one strand of floss (oh well...), had to guess what color to back stitch the wing, and the wing was not properly outlined on the chart.  Muddled through, and am content.  I am still quite fixed on small ornaments with beaded edgings.  I find I can always fit these on the tree no matter how loaded up my tree gets every year now 😁
I also have my first 2018 finish to share.  This is Cherry Heart Design's Granny Goes Large.  I worked this up with my Paint Box DK Rainbow Color Pack.  This huge bag of yarn simply had no place to live in my house, therefore this blanket was born.  It's big, bright, a bit dizzying and hard to photograph 😎.  This year will be a stash busting year for me.  Whenever possible, I plan to use what I have on hand (thus the floss substitution noted above) and see how much stash I can clear out.  While we all think our cross stitch stash can get large and take up space, I don't think it can ever hold a candle to how much space yarn takes up... πŸ˜‚

Monday, January 01, 2018

Beautiful Christmas gifts from my friends :-)

My tree and my home are far more beautiful thanks to my lovely friends.  Such beautiful gifts, I shall cherish them forever.  Thank you all so much πŸŽ…❤🀢
 From Andrea...
 From Christina...
 From Marie...
 From Katrina...
 From Karen...
From Margaret...  Christmas Blessings and Happy New Year 2018 to all πŸ’–