Friday, October 05, 2018

September Update

 September brought very few finishes for me, even though I felt as if I stitched and crocheted often.  Some months are just like that, though.  I did make my monthly Christmas ornament.  I chose Noel by Nikyscreations in the JCS 2018 Christmas Ornament Issue.  I stitched mine on 40 ct Vintage Country Mocha with the called for DMC floss.  It's small and cute, and I love it.
 I also made my way through the month's installment for Redagape's Casual Granny CAL.  This is the Happy Hippy Square.  I chose colors that make the flowers look like suns.  I think they will be cheerful in my blanket.
I have been focusing a lot on Hooked on Sunshine's Atlanticus and hope to be finished very soon.  This will be a Christmas gift for someone special and am using Lion Brand Mandala yarn in Chimera.  I have learned with this design to count, count some more and then count again πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‰

Saturday, September 01, 2018

End of August Update

My ornament for August is Lizzie Kate's Rejoice on 32 ct Cobblestone Belfast with one strand of CC floss.  It was hard to believe the 1998 copyright on this free chart.  20 years.... where does time go?
Much of this month's needlework time was spent on making this Lilliana by Hooked on Sunshine.  Christmas gift making has begun, and this is for someone who loves the beach.  I made mine with slightly more than 7 cakes of Lion Brand Cupcake in Moody Blue and a 4 mm hook,  Great pattern with excellent directions.
I also made part 7 of Red Agape's Casual Granny CAL.... a very colorful addition this month.  I think there is only one month of squares left to go now.
And I started an Atlanticus by Hooked on Sunshine using Lion Brand Mandala in Chimera for yet another Christmas gift.  This needs a serious blocking,  I will do that once I come to the end of this current yarn cake.
Hubby dropped this pretty red Gerbera daisy off at my office this week.  I am a lucky lady πŸ˜™πŸ˜™

Wednesday, August 01, 2018

End of July Update

Hello.... I am still making a Christmas ornament monthly.  For July I chose Prairie Christmas Cat by Prairie Schooler.  I used 32 ct Cobblestone Belfast linen with one strand of CC floss.  I wanted the kitty to resemble my recently departed Anouk, and selected Balsam Fir, Black Coffee, Magnolia Blossom, Ribbon Red and Sassy Brass.  It really does make me think of her and was a fun stitch.
In July I also kept up with RedAgape's Casual Granny CAL.  Part 6 is the Daisy Granny Square.  I chose to pull out Wisteria, Spring Green, Pistachio, Apricot, Bluebell, Fondant, Aspen and Parma Violet from my previous squares to border my daisies.
I made up a little friend in July as well.  This is Carlos the Hummingbird in Zoomigurumi 6.  The designer is Younique Crafts.  I made him up with Stylecraft Special DK in Spring Green, Empire, Aspen, Midnight and Grey.  He has been spotted here by my honeysuckle vine 😊
Loved this new release by Polly Plum called I Heart Granny.  I used Lion Brand Mandala in Gnome...for Amelia.  πŸ˜‡
Caitlin and I finished up Hooked on Sunshine/Projectarian's Orbit CAL in July.  Here is mine, guarding DH's stack of video games.  He is made primarily with King Cole Baby Drifter in Kingfisher, with SSDK in Stone, White, Aspen, Apricot and Empire.  Apparently, he is a she... Caitlin named her Aurora.
And Caitlin's wee Orbit...  she used fingering yarn for hers.  He is so sweet!  I am so proud of her,  am still waiting to hear what she has named him...or her?  We will be making the Penelope Trixiebelle CAL together in the fall.
My mom has had her needle flying this month too.... an adorable little cloche for Amelia πŸ˜™πŸ˜™πŸ˜™
In preparation of putting our Orbit's together, I made this little Tea Party Pincushion for Caitlin.  It is made with DROPS Safran and the pattern is from Simply Crochet, Issue 72.  I left off the embroidered face...that is not her style 😎
I also worked up this Orchid Lace Baby Blanket after reading about a charity in need of handmade baby blankets.  They mentioned they were short on baby boy blankets.  I had two cakes of Lion Brand Mandala in Centaur that needed a purpose, so this blanket was born.
And here is the letter I received from Coping with LM, in case others may feel motivated to contribute as well.  The blankets are put into care packages for families whose babies struggle with breathing dosorders.
And finally, earlier in July I also made up this wee little Fruity Ami Strawberry from Inside Crochet, Issue 103.  I used Scheepjes Cotton 8 and Scheepjes Catona.

Sunday, July 01, 2018

End of June Update

June felt a little bit unproductive for me.  I did continue on with the Christmas Ornament SAL, having selected Lizzie Kate's On Dasher.  I love the colors on this one.
I also continued on with Redagape's Casual Granny CAL.  This month we did an Aztec Granny Square, and it took me some time to select my colors.  Ultimately, I opted for SSDK Apricot, Aspen and Spring Green. 
A great deal of my stitching time in June was spent right here on Briar Rose by Hooked on Sunshine.  I chose to make mine with Scheepjes Whirl in Lemon Cassis Creme.  I am coming to the end of my second cake, as seen in my yarn holder in the photo.  I splurged on a third cake to give this very delicate blanket more size.  It's getting huge, at least in terms of stitch count.  Each round takes quite a lot of time, but I really love this project.
Caitlin was busy with her amigurumi again this month.  Lalylala's Cupcake Ella was one of her adorable finishes...
...and then she made one for Uncle Mike (my DH) for his birthday, adapting it to be more masculine with candies and Sprinkles on his icing πŸ˜™
I also started the extremely popular Orbit the Dragon CAL.  This is my part 1 completed.  I finished part 2 last night, no photo yet.  So many parts to sew on this one!  Caitlin is also making one or two Orbits... looking forward to seeing hers soon.

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?