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A Stitchy Weekend


I was able to get quite a bit of stitching in this holiday weekend.  Here is my progress on Julie’s RR:

Progress on Eastern Promise

Sorry about the bad photo.  Maybe I get too close to the design when taking  a picture.  I will make a note of that for when I take my final photo.  As you can see, I am almost done.  The colors are gorgeous!  Her face is a little off as she doesn’t have a nose or lips, but that will come when I do the outlining.  I love her and can’t wait to finish her.  Maybe tonight.

I also added a few stitches to the Passione Ricamo Stitch A Long, but not enough to take a picture.  Only about 35-40 sts.  Section 5 just came out on the 1st and I need to catch up as I haven’t done sections 3 or 4.  Section 3 should go pretty fast, but 4 and 5 will take me a bit.  I hope I can get caught back up before section 6 comes out.

I did get a little knitting done this weekend also.  Working on my next pidge scarf for Sue.

multicolor pidge

I LOVE this yarn!  It is Kudo by Plymouth Yarns.  I love how the stripes form as I knit along.  This is a worsted weight yarn and the pattern is for a chunky yarn.  I tried adding some stitches to make it wider, but for some reason, I could not get it to work out.  There really isn’t a pattern  that would need to have a certain amount of stitches added to make it come out properly, but for some reason I had to keep pulling it out and starting over-many, many times.  When I casted on the required amount of stitches and continued knitting, I had no problem.  I should have gone down a size or 2 in needles, but I knew that would make it too narrow.  So I have continued on and will see how Sue likes it when I am finished.  I did pick up a pattern for a pidge scarf when I was on vacation last month.  It requires worsted weight, so I will try it out and see how it turns out.

So that was my stitchy weekend.  I had fun just stitching (and laundry) all weekend.  How was your weekend?

Fabric · Geisha · Joan Elliott Round Robin · Storage

Hand Dyed Obsession and RR progress


I think the title speaks for the photos.

My fabric storageThis is an under the bed storage box that I have all of my hand dyed fabrics in. I remember when I didn’t have any hand dyes, and now I am obsessed with buying them.  And I have plans for every one 😉  Well, most of them.  Some may be just too pretty to stitch on right now.  But I have them on hand when I need.  I am not a patient person, so waiting for hand dyed fabric to come in the mail is very hard for me.  So now I have a pretty good stash.

some of stephanies fabricsJust some of my  Hand Dyed Fabrics by Stephanie.

Silkweaver fabrics

Some from Silkweaver.  Just can’t seem to stay away from their auctions 🙂

PTP fabricsA few from Picture This Plus from last years sale.

Liberty and CalypsoThese are my 2 latest fabrics from Stephanie. On the left is her limited edition Liberty and on the right is Calypso.  Both are 16ct Aida and both are gorgeous!!  Not sure what I am going to put on Liberty, but Calypso is perfect for a mermaid 😉

And here is what I am currently working on.  When I can stay awake that is.  I have been getting up at 5:00 am 4-5 days a week to walk with a friend and it has been really kicking my butt.  Can’t seem to stay awake at night to stitch.  Hence the very little progress.

Geisha on Julies RRThis is going to be Joan Elliott’s Eastern Promise on Julie’s Asian RR. Sorry for the bad photo, but the colors are truly bright and beautiful and Julie’s fabric is a blue sky with a touch of tan here and there.  It’s gorgeous!

That is my update for now.  Thank you for visiting and have a safe and wonderful Labor Day weekend.

Fairies · Joan Elliott Round Robin

Another Round Robin Finish


It’s been a crazy, busy with a whole lot of nothing the last couple of weeks.  But somehow I managed to finish stitching on Kaye’s Round Robin:

JE Spring Fairy on Kayes RRThis is Joan Elliott’s Spring Fairy.  She turned out to be a sweet stitch.  She does have quite a bit of confetti stitching in her hair, but it was not so bad.  I usually don’t like to stitch on anything but Aida, and especially linen.  But Kaye’s fabric was such a breeze to stitch on.  It’s coming along nicely and will be a lovely fairy piece when finished.  Here is what the entire project looks like so far.

Kay's JE RRJust lovely.  Can’t wait to see it finished. Thanks for stopping by 🙂

Fairies · Joan Elliott Round Robin · Knitting · New stash! · Storage

A Finish, A Start and some this and that


I finished Lavender Fairy on Karen’s RR last night and I think she turned out very pretty.

Lavender on Karens RRKarens full RRKaren’s RR is going to be so gorgeous when it gets finished.  She did an awesome job on her layout.  And just look at the sparkles in that fabric!  I still have to add my name,and then she will be ready to mail on in July.  I’m not sure I like Joan Elliott patterns.  Lots of fractionals.  But hubby does like this fairy and he did buy me a special purple hand dyed fabric to stitch her on.  So I suppose I will have to stitch her in full some day.

I also put my Passione Ricamo Mystery SAL on the LARGE scroll frame.  The masking tape hubby bought was really tacky and messy leaving a residue all over the roll when I pulled tape up and on my hands.  So I didn’t really want to put that on my fabric.  So I ended up hand basting it to the piece of fabric on the rods.  It was a chore, but I’m glad it’s done.

SAL on the scroll frameMy fabric didn’t seem to get tight, so I added the rubber bands and binder clips.  Do you see that tiny little spot where the yellow is on the left?  That is my start on this SAL. I hope to add some more this weekend.  I’ve already had a sneak peek at block #2 to be released on July 1, so I want to make sure I get block 1 done and keep up.  For those that were asking about the scroll frame,  it’s a K’s Creations.  You can click on the link to find out more.  Like I said in my last post, I haven’t used this frame in a really long time and not sure I will like it but I am going to give it another try.

Over the weekend, hubby was near a yarn shop and he stopped in.  This is what he picked up for me:

New knitting stuffA cute little case for my circular needles and some fun festy yarn.  There is enough to make 2 scarves.  The shop was out of the pattern, so I called to see how to use this yarn.  Cast on however many sts I want on to size 15 needles and knit in garter stitch for however long I want.  It’s double stranded and it will be interesting to see how this yarn knits up.  It’s called Fantasty Fest by The Sassy Skein and the color is Lobster.  The shop owner told me the yarn strands were put together by kids that were no longer in the Foster Care system.  I thought that was neat. So thank you Skeins On Main for helping hubby pick out some really nice things for me since I couldn’t be there.  I hope to get a scarf knitted up before fall rolls around.  And when I get to organizing my circular needles, I will post a pic of the inside of that cute little case.  That’s it for today.  Thanks for stopping by to see what I have been up to.

Joan Elliott Round Robin · New stash! · Uncategorized · WIP

Trip to my LNS


Hello stitchy friends.  It’s been a couple of weeks since I last posted and thought I would share what I have been up to.  The awesome designers out there keep coming up with awesome new patterns, so I have so many projects floating around in my head.  But let me show you what I have been working on:

LavenderYou get just a peek as I am not finished her yet.  She is Joan Elliott’s Lavender and I am stitching her on Karen’s Round Robin. I am currently doing the backstitching (hate it) and then on to the beautiful beads that will really complete it.  I will post a full pic when I finish-hopefully in the next couple of days.

Last night I finally started Passione Ricamo’s Mystery Stitch A Long.  The first block was released on Friday, but I didn’t get my email until late Sunday.  So I sat down last night and measured and counted on my fabric for just the right placement for the start.  Here is what I stitched:

Start of SAL

I know it’s not a lot, but I wanted to get it started.  I always start all of my stitchings in the center.  With the SAL, the first block is in the upper left of the fabric.  So it drove me crazy trying to decide if I wanted 3″ all the way around for framing or 4″.  Or did I want to start in the center and count stitches over to the left side…NO!  So I measured 4″  from the top, and counted stitches from the top center to the left.  I hope I placed the start of my fish in the right spot.  I needed to get some stitches on here so that I can put it on my scroll frame.  My fabric is 26″ wide and I don’t  have a split dowel scroll frame big enough to put it on.  So out to the garage I went to dig out this:

Table Top scroll frameMy table top scroll frame.  I haven’t used this frame in 19 years! And it’s huge!  To give you an idea of how big it is, each of those white tiles are about 8″. The dowels on this frame have a piece of fabric attached that I am supposed to baste my cross stitch fabric to.  That sounds too time consuming, so I am going to tape my fabric to the rods.  I got the idea from Tracy’s blog.      I hope to get it on the frame today and work on it this weekend.  There is not much in the first block of the SAL, so it shouldn’t take me too long.  I hear it’s a mermaid 🙂

And last but not least, I went to my local needlework shop and this is what I picked up:

shopping trip

Yep, all kinds of fun stitchy stuff!  the Rainbow gallery threads and beads for my SAL, Just Nan’s Sirens of the Sea sampler, some threads for the Santa Village piece, a new Halloween project from Lizzie Kate that looks pretty cool.  My friend that went with me wants me to stitch up the Wine piece on the Mushroom 14ct Aida and lastly, the latest issue of Just Cross Stitch magazine.  See that tea pot in the corner?

close up of magazineMy BSF (Best Stitchy Friend) stitched that for the magazine.  She did a great job and I’m so happy she got the cover.  You can see more of her beautiful stitchings and read more about this piece at Elegant Stitches.    That tea pot is on my to do list.  It’s a tea pot (love them) and it’s patriotic.  Oh and you can also see my mermaid scissor fob.  This is my first scissor fob and guess what?  It doesn’t fit on my scissors 😦  I guess I will have to dig up another pair of scissors.  Or better yet, LouAnn at Stitches N Things   showed me a pair of Dovo scissors and OMG they feel like they will cut like buttta!  I’ll have to save up for a pair of those.  I guess they are way better than ginghers.

Wisher, over at Pretty Little Things in a Box, has nominated me for a couple of blog awards that I haven’t gotten around to passing along.  She nominated me for the (online) next door neighbor award.  Isn’t that sweet!  You’ll have to pay her a visit and see what neat stuff she is up to.  So,  I nominate Wisher and everyone else who has visited my blog,  with  the  on-line  next door neighbor award.  Bloggy friends are so wonderful!

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Well, that’s what I have been up.  Hubby bought me some stitchy stuff of  a different kind this past weekend and I will post those next time as well as an update on my cross stitch progress.  Happy stitching!

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Some Stitching, a Framing and Some Goodies


It’s been a while since I posted.  So I have lots to share.  First, some stitching.

chicadee on right side

I finally finished the chickadee and cherry blossoms on the right side of my Geisha Round Robin just in time for mailing last week.  The title will have to wait until it returns home next year.  Here is how the whole thing looked before mailing it off to Johanna:

Geisha RR ready for mailing

I’m pretty happy with how it turned out, except that the fabric is 28ct Jobelan.  Too stretchy for me. Since I like my fabric taught when I stitch and I tend to stitch a little too tight,  the piece seems to be a little out of shape now.  Maybe it will go back into place after everyone does their stitching on it.  I’ll deal with that once it comes back home.  It’s going to be so bright and colorful when it’s finished.  I know that the 7 gals that will be stitching on it will do a great job.  And I am looking forward to stitching on theirs.

While we are on the subject of Round Robins, this is the Round Robin I did last year.  I finally put it in to be framed a few weeks ago and picked it up today.  I tried a new framer, and not sure if I am 100% happy with it yet or not.  There seems to be some puckering at the bottom, but I will leave it for a few days to see if the hot, humid weather has anything to do with it.

Fairy RR framed

Sorry about the poor photo.  Seems I may have to enlist a friend with her awesome photo taking abilities to come and take blog photos for me.  My camera is just not doing the trick these days.  Anyway, I love all the fairies that were stitched for me on this piece.  So beautiful and sparkly in person.

Now for some goodies.  A few months back I won this from  Pretty Little Things in a Box  blog giveaway.

Copy of 100_5131She made some really cute vintage rings and I won this adorable one.  She folded the back down so it almost lays flat.  I may use it that way.  Not sure yet.  If you want to make your own, you can visit her blog for directions on how she creates them.

Next up is a piece of fabric I won over at My Stitchy Ramblings blog.

Goodies from KarenOMG!  I totally fell in love with this piece of fabric!  It has nice light colors, it’s 16 ct Aida and it’s SPARKLY!!  So, so beautiful.  I love it, Karen.  And she was so sweet and made me some awesome scroll covers for my scroll frames.  Isn’t she just the sweetest?  I will post a pic soon with the monkey ones on my scroll frame.

So, I think I am caught up now…I am currently stitching on Karen’s Round Robin, but don’t want to post until I am finished.  I have some things on order, some things kitted up to start and just last week I signed up for Passione Ricamao’s Mystery SAL.  This will be a first for me-SAL and Mystery SAL.  The enablers out there  seem to think it’s a mermaid (thanks Julie 🙂 ) And you all know that I can’t resist a mermaid.  Hopefully I won’t be away for quite so long next time.  I have missed you 🙂

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Sweet little Bird and some stash


Over the weekend I finished the little bird in the cherry blossoms on the left side of my Round Robin.

Bird and cherry blossoms left side

Isn’t he just the sweetest? I had a heck of a time trying to get a good photo.  Even in today’s beautiful sunlight, so I apologize for the bad photo.  I wasn’t going to stitch the right side as I have been dying to start Mirabilia’s Siren and the Shipwreck, but seeing a friend’s RR piece has inspired me to continue.  So I have started on the little birdie on the right side and will post when I am finished.  This piece has to be mailed out on the 22nd, so I hope to get it done.  I want to add a title, but that may have to wait until its return.

I also have to share my last 2 fabric of the months from Stephanie. The first is April Showers, of course, April’s FOTM:

April Showers fabric

This is so beautiful in person.  I just love the pinks and turquoise in this one.  The one that I received on Saturday for May’s FOTM  is Pollywog Princess:

Pollywog Princess fabric

This one is loaded with purples and greens.  Very cool.  Both fabrics are 16 ct Aida.  One of these days I am actually going to stitch on one of these beauties.  For now, I am collecting 🙂

I have also started my next pidge scarf using the bamboo yarn and I have to tell you I LOVE, LOVE knitting with that yarn!  So soft and silky.  I will post a pic as soon as I get a little more done.  Thank you for visiting today to see what I have been up to.