Yes, I have been stitching and stitching on my crocheted blanket and my Mermaid Trio and I am making great progress. First, here is my Spice of Life blanket:
It’s getting quite long and keeps me nice and warm while I am crocheting on it. I have about 20 rows to complete on section 5 and then I can start the border which was released yesterday. So I am not too far behind.
I have learned so much stitching on this blanket and have felt so close to my Step Mom who taught me to crochet when I was 12 years old. She taught me to do the basic stitches and the ripple afghan. I never really learned how to read a pattern or do complicated stitches. So I am doing this in honor of her. She passed away 4 years ago and I miss her dearly. The Spice of Life blanket reminds me of the “scrapghans” she would make from her left over yarns. If you would like to create this beautiful blanket, you can get the pattern at Sandra’s Cherry Heart Blog here. Sandra did a wonderful job.
I have also been stitching on Mermaid Trio. Hubby says if I get it finished by Friday, we can take it in to be framed on our way out of town on Saturday. I finished beading Mermaid Verde last week and she turned out so sweet!
I love how she turned out. Now I am working on beading Coral Charms and she has so many beads! I am hoping to finish her today so that I can get started on the last mermaid and get her finished by Friday night. I will keep you posted on my progress. For those that are not familiar with the patterns, they are La Petite Mermaids by Nora Corbett. I am stitching them on 16ct Aida Summer Showers by Sunny Dyes fabrics.
That is my update for today. What is on your needles today?
In my last post I mentioned working on the baby blanket that wasn’t going so well. You’ll be happy to hear that I finished it!
I am actually pretty pleased at how it turned out, even with all the mistakes. The picot stitches were new to me. I really like the way they made the border lacey. Before finishing this blanket, I decided to participate in a Crochet A Long that I found on Cherry Heart’s blog. It is called the Spice of Life blanket and I immediately fell in love with the vintage look of it and all the different stitches that I will be learning 😉
If you want more information on this amazing blanket, you can click the button above. The first pattern section was just released this past Tuesday (September 22, 2015) so there is still time to catch up. I didn’t order my yarn until Sunday, and so far I have only received a partial shipment. I am using Stylecraft Special DK yarn that I ordered from Love Knitting. A lot of people are using this yarn, hence the backorder. But the rest of the yarn did ship the day after my original shipment, so hopefully it will be in this week so that I can continue. Yes, I did start already! Here are the colors I have received so far:
I made my swatch.
Not perfect, but will be ok for a blanket. Had to go down a hook size. And here is my start:
A lot of the gals were posting their starts rolled up like this, so I thought I would, too :). I am very pleased with my start. So far my edges are straight and I have the correct amount of stitches after 6 rows. I learned about those neat little holders (you can see a little of them in my picture, the greenish things poking out of the top) and they really helped me out a lot. I placed one at every 25 stitches on my chain and into the end stitch. I did that every row and I didn’t make any mistakes! So proud of myself. My next color is supposed to be a turquoise, which I don’t have yet. So while I wait, I will be working on cross stitching Mermaid Azure. Here is how she looks after last night:
She is taking me longer than Coral, but I had a vacation and all this crocheting. But I am loving stitching on here. She will be done in no time, I am sure.
So what are you spending your time on these days?
I can’t believe it is already half way through January 2015! But so far I am doing well with my stitchy goals to work on finishing projects and keeping up with another. I just finished section 7 of the Passione Ricamo SAL #4.
I am really itching to see the mermaid appear on this one. The next section is due out on January 26, so I have some time to stitch on another project I have been working on:
Autumn Snowman! As you can see, I am getting really close to a finish here. I will pick him up tonight and work on him until he is finished. Hopefully soon.
Last weekend I visited my favorite Needlework Shop, Stitches N Things. I belong to the stitchy club there and get to have a 25% off shopping spree once during my birthday month. And since January is my birthday month, I just had to go shop. And boy did I shop. Here is what I actually brought home:
Lots of awesome goodies: Nora Corbett’s Fairie Winter Dream ,even though I have it in magazine version. The magazine pattern is a color pattern, which I am not fond of. I also picked up 2 more of the little witches, Ana and Mari. And the main reason for visiting the shop and using my birthday discount was for Mirabilia’s Christmas In London and the bead pack. This is a gorgeous, gorgeous pattern and I can’t wait to stitch it. I ordered a piece of 16ct White Aida to stitch her on. The latest edition of Stoney Creek magazine called to me because of a particular pattern that caught my eye while flipping through it.
The Snow Friends Collectors’ Series Afghan. I am a sucker for snowmen and I have been thinking about doing an afghan. I love working on an afghan during the winter months. Keeps me warm while I stitch away. So after I checked out at the LNS, and after ordering a bunch more stitchy stuffs (with birthday discout 🙂 ) I headed over to Michael’s to pick up the floss. And to my surprise, found the required afghan there also. It was about 1/2 of the cost of what the magazine wanted and I had a $5 off coupon so that made it even better. It looks like a nice, warm afghan, too. I thought that the first 2 blocks started with this issue, but when looking at the back of the magazine, I saw it actually started with the Summer issue, so I called my LNS and had them order it for me and it will be added to the bag that will be filled with goodies when all of the things they are ordering for me come in. It will be like Christmas again! I’m sure I will be starting this afghan soon, but not until I get a finish 😉
So that is my stitchy updates for now. I will be back soon with a Snowy finish, I’m sure. What new project are you itching to start on?
I learned how to crochet when I was 12. I wasn’t the best of students and had quite a time picking it up the way my sweet instructor was teaching me. But I stuck with it and one day picked the crochet hook up in a different way than she had been holding it and I was off and running! This is one of my very first afghans I crocheted up about 31 years ago.
I made this for my mother when I was 18 and in the Army in Germany. I ran a one-man post office for a time and during my down time I crocheted afghans to mail home at Christmas time. I must say that it is still in great shape. I had been wondering if any of my crocheted afghans were still around after reading this post at Not Your Average Crochet by Hannah. Amazingly, I went to over to my Mother’s house the other night and this afghan was folded up on the floor. I was ecstatic! I told my Mom I had just been wondering if any of the afghans I had made years ago were still around. It does look a bit felted, but I guess that means that the stitches are truly locked in now. The Ripple afghan was the first thing I learned and I have made several ripple afghans over the years. I’m pretty sure this afghan was made using Red Heart basic worsted weight yarn, as that was what was quite available back then. Seeing this afghan really made me feel good. Not only to know that it had stood the test of time, but that my Mom had kept it all of these years. I really need to pick up a crochet hook again.
Today I will share the only other afghan in my possession. I stitched this one up quite some time ago also.
This one was also stitched from a series of magazine patterns, but I’m sorry to say that I can’t remember which magazine. I’m afraid I don’t know the name of the afghan fabric either, but I can tell you that it was stitched entirely with DMC Flower Threads. I’m not sure why those threads were discontinued as I enjoyed working with them. I still have a bunch, if not all of the colors left over. Here is a close up of the cross stitch shop:
And here is my favorite shop:
Of course I would love to eat at this shop, but I love the colors; Pink and blue. Again, this was one of those afghans that had a different shop each month and I think I really enjoy working on projects in this way. I must take another look at the current Stoney Creek Christmas afghan that is running in their magazines right now…Thanks for stopping by.
I stitched up this afghan quite some time ago and finally took a photo so that I can share it with you.
It is Stoney Creek’s Snowmen of the month afghan. When I stitched this ( and it took me a long time) it was offered in their magazine each month or every other month. I can’t remember. But I think that you can now purchase a book of all of these adorable snowmen. The afghan started out as a piece of sparkly fabric and I had to block off and stitch in the silver thread separating each block. But it was well worth it as I love this afghan. I don’t use it much. It sits on the back of my rocking chair. Occasionally I will throw it over my lap if I get chilled. What about you? Have you stitched up any afghans and do you use them? Here is my favorite block on this afghan:
I love the witchy snowman and that penguin disguised as a tiger is too stinking cute! Here is the November block since it is reminding me that I need to get my leaves raked up. Hehe.
I think I like patterns that I get to keep adding to each month (or when I can). Like on an afghan. I have made quite a few afghans in my time, but this one and one other (I will share that one tomorrow) are the only 2 that I own now. I hope to add more afghan’s in the future. Thanks for stopping by and seeing what I have been up to.