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I Have Been Stitching Away

Hello blogging friends.  It’s been a bit since I last posted.  A little over 2 months.  It was summer, and now it’s fall. The last 2 days here have felt a bit like the start of winter though.  We were at 80 degrees on Tuesday and Wednesday and today it’s 46.  Wow!  I do hope that we get a Fall season though.  I love Fall.  The beautiful colored leaves, just a nip of cold in the air, great stitchy weather and a time for change and new beginnings.  This year has been a difficult year for me.  Filled with many changes.  Some good and some not so good.  This week was a hard week for me.  Today, I have decided to forget about the negative things, and move on for me.  Wish me luck.  So on to stitching.  What would I do without my stitching.  It is my friend, my therapy, my salvation.

Last night I finished the Funny Rainbow shawl I have been working on since May.  It was mostly my car traveling stitch, but this week I decided to work on it more and give it a finish.

Katia Funny Rainbow Shawl

I really enjoyed stitching this and it is so soft and bouncy and the pattern was garter stitch, so easy to take in the car.  It needs no blocking, so I am hoping to wear it soon.  The yarn is Funny Rainbow by Katia and the pattern is Funny Rainbow Shawl by Katia. I have it on my list of things to purchase more of this yarn.

Two nights ago, I finished the Sea Grass Shawl by Janina Kallio.  It also turned out beautifully, but needs blocking.  So this morning I soaked it in cold water, squeezed out the water after about 20 minutes and started putting it on my set of 9 blocking blocks which I had purchased recently.  You see, this is my first time ever blocking anything!  But my shawl was too big, so I had to run to the local yarn shop and get another package of blocks.  So here it is all blocked out.

Seagrass shawl being blockedNot much to look at right now, but in a day or two, when it is all dry, it will be beautiful!  I hope I have blocked it right.  The Blue sparkly yarn is Tardis by Mint Rain Hand Dyed Yarns and the variegated yarn is Surf’s Up from AJHC Wools.  Both were nice yarns to work with.

This week I also finished the October section of the Mystery Sampler from Linen and Threads.  First let me apologize in advance if I offend anyone with this one.

October section of Mystery SALEver since the beginning of this one, I was hoping for mermaids.  And the designer did not disappoint.  I absolutely LOVE this section and it is my favorite.  I know the mermaids are naked, but they are old world mermaids and so perfect on this SAL.  I am stitching this on a 16ct Aida One of a kind fabric from Fantasy Dyed Fabrics.  It is more of a peach color with gray throughout.  The threads are DMC 53 and DMC 310. I am looking forward to seeing what the November section brings.

Since I last posted, I also finished the August and September mermaids on the Treasures of the Deep SAL.

Mermaid SAL Aug and SeptThese mermaids are so adorable.  In a couple of days the October mermaid will be released and I can’t wait to see her.  I may even start adding some of the millions of beads this piece has.

So that is all I have for now.  I did finish the Heirloom baby blanket I was working on, but it also needs to be blocked.  So hopefully I can get that done soon and have a picture posted here next time.  For now I am back to cross stitching on a piece that I am not too happy with.  But I will keep going with it, at least until the new mermaid comes out 😉  So I hope things are well with you.  I am doing my best to get caught up on all of my blogging.  What are you stitching on these days?

27 thoughts on “I Have Been Stitching Away

  1. Your shawls are gorgeous, Ginny, and I love all your mermaids! 🙂 Your new Linen and Threads sections are just beautiful, and I feel your choice of variegated thread is perfect for this project. (I regretfully decided to not have my mermaids naked since my project will be a table runner and have more opportunities to offend people.)
    Hope the rest of the year goes well for you.


  2. Your shawls are beautiful! They look like they feel great too.
    I am sending you positive thoughts that the rest of 2018 will turn out wonderful for you!


  3. Hi there, so good to hear from you again.
    Hope the weather is not to chilly, and you get Fall in all its glory and colours.
    Well done on the knitting, both are stunning, and right in time for the cooler weather.
    Great stitching, I love the sampler, and the mermaids are beautiful. Lovely and old school, even down to their hair. Amazing.
    The colourful mermaids are very much a contrast to the sampler. How interesting. Have fun will all the beads, they do add a sparkle to any project.
    Take care, keep warm, and happy stitching.


    1. Thank you, Joey ❤ We don't get much of Fall temps here. We usually go right from summer into winter. Last week we had 80's for a couple of days and then down to 40's. Today the sun is shining and it looks beautiful outside, though it is still quite cool. I am already missing summer. I am keeping my fingers crossed that we get at least a little bit of fall this year. Stitching will keep me sane :). Hopefully you are keeping warm and enjoying your stitching as well 🙂

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      1. 🙂 Your weather sounds much like ours. We had winter. Then summer. I think Spring may have been about 2 days. It is already in the 30 C range during the days. And we had our first rain for the season. Two whole days of non stop rain. All weekend. I loved it. We need the rain, so I enjoyed it even more. Caused flooding and all, but it is to be expected after it was so dry for so long. We hope for a lot more this summer.
        Keep warm there, and enjoy the stitching. I wish I had more time to work on mine, but it is coming along slowly but certainly.
        xx Take care.

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  4. Oh wow love your stotvhing and your crochetinv pieces. You sre such a tallented person. And don’t worry about not posting enough you post more than me though I can go months sometimes without making a post. Life gets on the way. Hope everything continues to be good and as the year closes maybe the end of this bad year will be better than the start of it.


  5. What a lovely post, the drape of your first shawl in that photo is wonderful x you have certainly been very busy x ps also not offended by fabulous mermaids xxx


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