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Lot’s of Stitching Going On


Hello my friends!  Can you believe that today is the first day of August?  Where did June and July go?  Oh yeah, I was recovering from knee surgery.  Still am, but it is getting better.  Today it is 10 weeks since my surgery.  Doc says full recovery in 3 months.  So in just a few more weeks, we will see where I am.  In the meantime, I have been stitching…alot.  So grab your favorite beverage, this may be a long one.

First up is the Linen and Threads Mystery Sampler.  I finished the June/July section in June and I must say that I am pretty pleased with it.

Mystery Sampler June July sections

My fabric is more peach than the photo shows.  Just can’t seem to get the color to show.  Anyway, the August section came out yesterday and I started it last night.  I will update when I get it finished.  Next up is the mermaid SAL.

Treasures of the Deep SAL

I have finished the June mermaid and the July mermaid as well as all the gold outlines for the future mermaids.  This is the Treasures of the Deep SAL by Shannon Christine and can be purchased through Fiberlicious.  All of the mermaids and all of the gold sections are minus the beads, which will make them so beautiful and sparkly.  I will add them all when I am finished the stitching, probably in January after the last mermaid-my birthday mermaid 😉

Next up is lots of yummy knitting!  First we have the Funny Rainbow Cowl that I have been working on since April.  It is my car travel project since it is straight knitting with an increase at the end and beginning on the one side.

Funny Rainbow Cowl This cowl is so beautiful and the yarn is so soft.  I hope to do more with this yarn in the future.  The ball is getting smaller, so hopefully soon I will have a finish.  I started this with 3 stitches (I think) and am now over 215.  I definitely recommend this yarn if you haven’t tried it.  Beware, it does split, but worth the work 😉

Next up is a beautiful shawl-my first.  My local yarn shop decided to do a Make A Long and meet once a week through the summer.  I have only attended the first week, but am hoping to make it tonight.

Sea Grass Shawl

The pattern is Sea Grass Shawl by Woolenberry.  I am just past the first section of lace pattern, so I can breathe a bit while I do some straight knitting with a some increases. I am enjoying this one and can see more Woolenberry patterns in my future 😉

And the last knitting project is an heirloom baby blanket:

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I am taking a class at my local yarn shop for this one that started last week.  Not that I need a class, but that was the only way to get the pattern that was created by the teacher.  It is beautiful!  The yarn I chose is nice to work with, but a bit pricey.  This will be an expensive blanket.  I will tuck it away for a future granddaughter???  Or keep it as a lapghan for myself 🙂  After all, it is pink and matches my craft room 😉

I have one more project to show…I started another cross stitch.  Come on, did you really think I could resist starting another project?  Well, I couldn’t, LOL

Lady Mirabila

Sorry about the crooked picture, but I was trying to capture the sparkle of the silver DMC E168 thread.  So pretty.  She is Mirabilia’s 25th anniversary piece and I just couldn’t resist starting her as soon as I received her.  I am stitching her on 16ct Aida Custom piece from Hand Dyed by Stephanie.  I received this fabric a few years ago and Stephanie called it Banshee Brown.  I thought it perfect for Lady Mirabilia.

That is all of my stitching for now.  Last weekend hubby and I took a trip to Indiana to the Ft. Wayne Museum of Art to see my favorite photographer’s work.  We took a trip to Wisconsin last year to see her show and when I found out it was even closer, I just had to go back.

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The photographer is Kirsty Mitchell and her Wonderland series is amazing.  If you get the chance to see her work, do it.  She also has 5 of her amazing photos on display in Italy.  Too far for me to go, but I am so geeked to have gotten to see her show again in Indiana.

So, that is what I have been up to.  What are you up to these days?  I will leave you with a beautiful sunset hubby and I saw at the beach this last weekend.

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Forced Finishes


Hello Friends!  11 days ago I tore the meniscus in my knee, so I have not been able to do much.  I see a orthopedic surgeon on May 1, so fingers crossed he can fix it.  So, while sitting, I have been able to do a few finishes.  First, I finished my Diamond Painting.

Diamond Painting finish

Sorry about the fuzzy photo.  I was trying to stand on my one leg and capture the sparkly of the tiles.  This was a wonderful, thoughtful gift from a dear friend.  It is a photo I took right outside my front door a few years ago.  It is a favorite of mine.   I love how it sparkles and can’t wait to frame it.  I have recently started a Diamond Dotz, which is the same concept, but the dots are circles rather than the square tiles in the Diamond Painting.  I definitely think that the Painting gives a better coverage than the Dotz, but both are beautiful and sparkly.  I am addicted 🙂

Next up is a scarf I knitted on the way to and from a mini vacation hubby and I took before I hurt my knee.

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I love knitting this type of scarf in the car.  It’s a no brainer.  One more to add to my stash for gift giving 🙂 And one more skein of yarn out of my stash.

I also finished knitting this cowl:

Aspen Cowl

I LOVE this one!  The pattern was a bit tricky to follow as far as what rows to do, so I had to be careful where I was.  In fact, in the beginning, I do think I left out a full 4 rows of a pattern, but it is not really noticeable.  And when I wear it doubled up around my neck, no one will no for sure.  It is knit with one ball of Ella Rae Season.  Very soft and squishy and very easy to knit.

And lastly, I finally started the 2018 Mystery Sampler from Linen and Threads.

2018 Mystery Sampler

My fabric is a OOAK from Fantasy Dyed Fabrics and is more of a peach color with hints of gray.  I am stitching with DMC 53 and Black and I absolutely love how the stitching looks on this fabric.  It is weird how the lighter rows appear to be lines.  I am not too sure about the black border yet, but that design really didn’t look well with the variegated thread.  I tried it several different ways, but it just didn’t look right, so I decided to go with black.  I probably should have went with a dark gray, but I am not ripping out now.  I will add more black sections and hope to balance it out.

I have a couple of other projects I had worked on, but it is too difficult to get to them right now for photographing.  So they will have to wait until they come back out.  So, what are you stitching on today?

 

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First Finishes of the Month


Hello blogging friends!  We are a few weeks into January and already I have a few finishes.  Earlier in the month I finished the 1 ball cowl I had started over the summer and I just love how it turned out.

One ball shawl

The yarn is “Shawl in a Ball” from Lion Brand.  The color is Community Coral. It was pretty mindless knitting in stockinette stitch and so it became my take along project for knitting on car rides that were 1/2 an hour or more.  After the new year, I decided to bite the bullet and knit on it until I finished the skein.  I have already worn it once and it is nice and warm.

Next up I have my first 2 scrapbook pages for the year.  They were part of a kit from my Local Scrapbook store.  January pages of the Calendar Club.

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I have done the calendar club at this shop for the past 4 or 5 years, but this year is going to be my favorite as she will be using products from Blue Fern.  I Love their products and I enjoyed creating these pages.  Hopefully I can get more pictures on them and keep up with it all year.  Photos will hide those finger prints on the 2nd page from me putting lotion on my hands.  Ugh.

Next up is my first book finish.

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I finished this book on Wednesday.  It is the 2nd in The Guardian Trilogy from Nora Roberts.  With all of my hobbies, reading takes a back seat, reading usually only at lunch time or when I am at a hair appointment or take my car in for an oil change.  One of my goals this year is to read more.  I am happy to have my first book finished in January.  This series is pretty good.  I am anxious to start the 3rd book and see how it finishes up.

I finished this sweet little thing last night:

White Angel Trumpet finish

She was a pretty quick stitch.  Binge watching the old X-Files has certainly helped me move right along with her.  She is White Angel Trumpet, a Poison Pixie from Nora Corbet.  I stitched her on a OOAK 16ct Aida from Fantasy Dyed Fabrics.  The fabric looks like it has poisonous gasses in greens and grays.  I think it is perfect for her.

So I dug this WIP out to work on for now.

PR 20th anniversary SAL

This one is Passione Ricamo’s 20th Anniversary SAL.  It is quite a large piece and I would love to finish this one this year.  There are many blocks on this one each containing a portion of different PR  patterns from over the years.  I am stitching on 16ct Aida Nantucket Sky from Hand Dyed Fabrics by Stephanie.  It is truly going to be an amazing piece.  Not sure how long I will stitch on it, but every stitch will put me closer to a finish, right?

So that is it for my finishes so far this month.  I have a long list of goals for 2018 and I am still trying to put them into a “18 in 2018” order.  I hope to have that list nailed down for my next post.  So what are your goals for 2018?  What are you currently working on? I’d love to hear all about it 🙂

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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?