cross stitch · knitted scarves · Sampler · vacation · yarn

Stitchy Updates


Wow! It’s September 5 and I don’t even know where Summer went.  It’s been exactly 2 months since I last posted and I am sorry about that.  Obviously life took over, LOL.  But I have been stitching and doing I don’t even know what else.  I took a little vacation, but other than that, I can’t remember everything else I did the last couple of months.  Good thing I have a planner 😉  So, what have I been up to? Well, grab your favorite beverage and pull up a chair.  I have a feeling this will be a long post.

I have been stitching mostly on the Mystery Sampler by Linen and Threads.  I have been trying my best to get caught up and last night I started the second row of the August section.  I am quite pleased with myself for actually having started the August section in the month of August.  I am still loving this piece so much.  Here is a picture of my entire piece so far:

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For those of you seeing this for the first time, it is a FREE SAL from Linen and Threads.  They release a section the first of each month.  It started in January 2017 and runs through December 2017.  If you are interested in doing this sampler, you can go to their website and print off the sections, pick your own fabric and threads and get started.  They also have a facebook page you can join and see all the different ways people are stitching this one.  I am stitching mine on 16ct Aida Castleview from Silkweaver. I am using Sullivan thread London Fog and DMC 3888.  I am hoping to be caught up with this piece sometime this month.

I also took a little vacation with my husband, to Wisconsin.  He took me there so I could visit the Paine Art Center and Gardens.  A couple of years ago, I fell in love with photos from a wonderful photographer, Kirsty Mitchell.  She is from the UK and created a wonderful series of photos for her Wonderland series that are just amazing.  When I found out that she was having a showing in Wisconsin, I knew that I had to go.  So I mentioned it to my husband and he set the plan in motion.  But first, he surprised me with a wonderful gift in July.  Her beautiful Wonderland book.

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He bought me flowers and gave me the invoice showing he ordered the book for me.  I balled my eyes out!  I couldn’t believe he ordered the book for me.  A week later, it arrived in the mail and it is as amazing as I knew it would be.

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One of my favorite photos.  And seeing the photos, life-sized, at the Paine Art Center, did not disappoint either.

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I was so, so happy to be there, at the Paine, standing in front of this amazing banner that I had only seen on facebook up to this point.  We arrived before the Center opened, so we were able to walk around the mansion a little before the doors opened.  The Art Center is actually a Mansion that was built by Mr. & Mrs. Paine in 1927.  The history about the mansion is interesting and the mansion itself is gorgeous.   The different gardens are so lovely, too.  I am so glad we visited in the summer while most of the flowers were still in bloom.  When we walked into the first room where Kirsty’s exhibit is, it literally took my breath away.  It was so emotional.  The photos, the video, the music, the lighting, everything was so perfect!  Yes, I cried.  Her photos do that to me.  If you love photography, and Kirsty’s work, you have to see her show.  It will be at the Paine until October 15, 2017.  I am Not sure where it will go next, but I could not risk it being too far away to drive, and Wisconsin was a day drive for us and one that I would do again in a heartbeat.  So we visited the 2 rooms where Kirsty’s photos were on display. We sat and watched the video’s and  then we walked around and looked at the entire mansion.  I  then went back to see Kirsty’s photos.  I couldn’t resist a second look.  And then we visited the gardens.  It was a wonderful day.  One that I will remember always.  I can’t wait to scrapbook my photos. Here is a layout I did when I received my beautiful book.

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We also visited some lighthouses on this trip.  Here is the St. Joseph Lighthouse.

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And, we visited the Hackley and Hume houses in Muskegon.

IMG_0917 (2)I first heard about these houses when I saw cross stitch patterns of them.  When I found out that they were real houses in Muskegon, Michigan, I decided if I ever got near Muskegon, I would have to stop and visit them.  And so we did and they were amazing.  And now of course I want to cross stitch them 😉

Since the drive was a long one, I decided to do some knitting while in the car.  On the trip to Wisconsin, I knitted this scarf:

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One more ball of scarf yarn out of my stash 🙂  Love the beautiful fall colors.  For the trip home, I visited a craft store and purchased a ball of Lion Brand Shawl in a Ball and started this pretty:

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At 1/2 off, I couldn’t resist.  I even used the hotel computer center to print off a pattern from Lion Brand.  I thought it was a shawl pattern, but when it actually came up and I printed it, it is a cowl.  It is straight stockinette stitch, so it was perfect for the car ride.  I didn’t have much done when we arrived back home.  I have been adding a few rows here and there.  My needles are 10″ long so I maybe have about 20″ done now.  I am looking forward to seeing all the color changes in this yarn. I have a couple of skeins of this yarn in my stash that I hope to knit a shawl with someday.  So far I like knitting with it.  The yarn is an uneven yarn and has some white fibers throughout.  I like the look of it and hopefully I can get it done so that I can wear it this winter.

So, that is what I have been up to.  I told you it was going to be a long post. If you are still here, I thank you for reading all about my vacation and what I have been up to.   I have also collected more things to cross stitch in the last couple of months and I have to admit that I am anxious to start something new, but I have been a good girl…so far, sticking mainly with the sampler 😉   So, what are you stitching at the moment and because it is September, do you feel like starting a new project?

 

 

 

Crochet · cross stitch · Mirabilia · Sampler · temperature blanket

PROGRESS ON MY WIP’S


As promised, I am here to update you on the projects I am working on.  First up; The Linen and Threads Mystery Sampler:

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I have finished the January section on this Sampler and am loving how it turned out!  My threads finally arrived, so I will be able to continue on when I am ready.  I am not sure how I want to stitch the February and March borders.  I am even thinking of adding another color.  This is a FREE SAL, so if you are interested in doing it check out the Linen and Threads website for all the details.   Until I decide, I have set it aside and have continued on with Ella.

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I finally finished that gap in the bottom of Ella’s dress!  Yay!  I actually finished a bit more, too and here is how she looks today:

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I am actually enjoying working on her.  All the colors of the flowers are breaking up the yellow, so I will continue on with her for now.  If you are seeing this for the first time, it is Mirabilia’s Ella, the Frog Princess.  I am stitching her on 16ct Aida Pandora from Hand Dyed Fabrics by Stephanie.

And lastly, my temperature blanket.  I ran out of teal yarn about a week ago, so this is how I left this project:

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I’m not completely thrilled with the colors so far.  But it is still winter.  I think I finished with the temp’s on March 17.  I have more yarn on order, so as soon as it arrives, I will get back to it.

So that is what I have been up to.  I have a few projects that I am kitting up to get started, but that is for another day.  What have you been up to?  What is the longest project that you have had in your WIP pile?

Elegant Ladies · Mirabilia · Sampler

I HAVE RUN OUT OF THREAD!


Well, that one skein of London Fog variegated thread didn’t take long to use up.  I finished page 1 of the first section and now have to put this project aside and wait for the other 28 skeins that I ordered, to come in.  Here is where I left off:

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I am really loving this project and I am not happy that I have to put it aside for now.  Here is a close up so you can see what the colors are in the London Fog by Sullivans floss:

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So while I wait for my LNS to call me and tell me my threads are in, I have picked up Ella, The Frog Princess and will stitch on her until I get my threads.

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 I stitched on her a little bit last night, but looking at all that yellow makes me feel I will never get it done.  But today I am thinking that every stitch I put into her is one stitch closer to a finish, right?  So tonight I am hoping to put many stitches into her.

Is there a particular color of thread or yarn that you hate stitching?

Pixie · Sampler

Iris Framed and a New Sampler Start


This last weekend I picked up Iris from the framer.  The frame is darker than what I ordered, so we will see if it grows on my.

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I ordered a brown frame, but this is more black.  It is the correct number, perhaps they used a different color stain than the corner I chose.  I will see how I like it after some time.  There are also a couple of large beads in her hair that are turned sideways.  That may bother me more than the frame.  We shall see.  In case you are seeing her for the first time, she is Iris from Nora Corbett, stitched on 16ct Aida from Fantasy Dyed Fabrics.

In my last post I told you I started the Mystery Sampler from Linens and Thread.  I was stitching it in DMC 310 – black, but was not liking how I could see the fabric through the stitches.  So after looking at (and buying) many different variegated threads, I found one that I liked with my fabric. So here is my new start on the sampler.

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I could not get a good picture of the colors, but I am using Sullivans London Fog.  Which is a gray/blue/purple thread.  I have decided to add some solid accents, such as the dragon which I stitched in DMC 3888. The fabric is 16ct Aida Castleview from Silkweaver.   I am really liking how this is working up.  If you are interested in stitching this design, it is a Stitch A Long from Linens and Thread and it is FREE.  The January and February parts are out now and a new section will be introduced the first of each month until the end of the year.  Here is a closer picture:

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I have also ordered yarn to start a temperature blanket and I am excited to get crocheting on that when the yarn arrives.  More on that when I get it started.  So what new project have you recently picked up or are dying to start?