I feel like I am getting things accomplished. Yesterday I finished another block on a Round Robin.
This is Joan Elliott’s Spring Garden Fairy. She is in the March 2014 issue of Cross Stitch and Needlework magazine. She was a fun, easy stitch. I usually hate stitching the hair on JE’s fairies, but this one was super simple. I love the way she turned out. I stitched her on Johanna’s Round Robin. She is going to love getting this one back. Here it is in full:
Such a beautiful RR. Everyone did a great job on this one. So sweet and sparkly. I will be putting in the mail to Johanna soon..well, maybe..yeah I will return it 🙂
I also finished this pidge scarf for a sweet stitchy friend.
She received it in the mail yesterday and loves it. I knitted it using Deborah Norville’s Serenity Chunky weight yarn. When I first started knitting it, I thought it may be a bit too bulky. But once finished, I think it turned out nice and will definitely be warm during this cold winter. I need to knit myself one in reds to match my coat. The buttons took me a bit to find, but once I saw these, I knew they would be perfect.
So, 2 more projects off of my list. Now on to the next Round Robin piece. What are you trying to finish up?
I finished another Pidge scarf for Sue last night.
This one was made with a worsted weight yarn by Berroco called Flicker. While this pattern calls for a Bulky weight yarn, I think it turned out very nice. I enjoyed working with this yarn. It had some elasticity to it and feels quite soft and spongy. It also has flecks of gold glitter in it which you probably can’t see in this photo. The antique, gold buttons that Sue chose, look perfect on this piece. I am working on finishing things before the holidays. Now on to the next project that needs to get done. What are you trying to finish before the holidays?
I finished the Pidge Scarf last night and added the buttons this morning:
Other than it being a little loose, it turned out great! I love the buttons that Sue chose for it. They match perfectly. I think this scarf would look great with the perfect outfit as well as being a winter scarf to keep warm with. I just had to try it on 🙂
I am definitely going to have to make myself some of these. It feels nice around my neck. I’ll bet it would keep me warm on a cold winter day here in Michigan. Thanks for stopping by to see what I have been up to. What are you stitching?
I was able to get quite a bit of stitching in this holiday weekend. Here is my progress on Julie’s RR:
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.
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?
I’ve been pretty busy lately with all sorts of things. Let me show you what I have been up to.
Up first is a pidge scarf I finished for Sue. I used Bamboo yarn for the first time and I have to say that I LOVE this yarn! It is so soft and silky and I think this scarf will be really warm. I had a little trouble keeping a consistent tension with the yarn being so slippery, but I think it turned out well. And Sue loves it.
Next up is Emmy. I picked her up from the framer yesterday and she is just so pretty and sparkly.
I had her framed just about identical to Mediterranean. My plan is to hang them on each side of Enchanted mermaid. I will be sure to post pictures when they are hung.
I also picked up my Fairy Round Robin from the framer. In case you don’t know, I had it framed at a frame shop a couple of months ago and the framer did a horrible job. I sent it back only to get it back just as bad if not worse. So I took it in to Juanita, my awesome framer for the last 18 years or so, and she fixed it beautifully. No wrinkles, no wavy lines and my beads are not pressed against the glass. It looks marvelous! You can see the bad frame job here. Quite a difference between someone who basically used sticky tape and someone who knows what they are doing. I will never stray from Juanita again.
Thank you, thank you, Juanita. You are amazing! Now to find the perfect place to hang this beauty. While at Stitches N Things picking up my framings yesterday, I had a “bag in the back”. Things that I have ordered or were back-ordered and came in. I always seem to have “a bag” there and it’s always fun to see what I have collected. Here is what was in my bag today:
The new note cards with Nora Corbett’s drawings. The pack on the left is for Johanna. Stitches N Things was giving away an autographed card with purchase. I am so geeked to get one. On the bottom left is the Cauldron fabric for my Halloween project and the button pack is below it. In the middle is Persephone with the last pack of beads that I need for her and one of the waterlilies. I can’t wait to start her some day. She is gorgeous! And on the right is the next Santa’s village with JABCO button and specialty thread for it. That is another project that I need to start one of these days.
As promised, here is a picture of the bottom portion of the Under The Sea Fabric from Sunny Dyes which I am stitching Siren and the Shipwreck on:
It’s hand painted and to me, looks like seaweed or plants on the bottom of the ocean floor. When I first saw it, I knew that Siren just had to be stitched on it. I will post a progress of Siren in my next post. That is all of my stitchy news for now. May your needles glide smoothly and be without frogs 🙂
I had never heard of one before a few weeks ago. A co-worker of my husbands asked if I would be able to make her a pidge scarf??? This is the picture she sent me:
I guess you could say it is more like a collar scarf. So I told her if she found a pattern and picked up the yarn, I would see what I could do about making her one. I’ve had the yarn for a couple of weeks and am just getting around to working on it. Here is my progress on the pidge:
It has taken me days to get this far. Why?? I hate ribbing! Ribbing of any kind is just so monotonous and boring. So much wasted time pulling that yarn from front to back every other stitch! It’s not a hard pattern:
Cast on 28 sts knit through the back loop, yo, slip stitch as if to pearl. Repeat across. I worked that for 8 rows, then did my buttonholes on next 2 rows then continue in the pattern stitch for 25 inches. Yep…25 inches and the longest 25 inches at that. This pattern does make a nice thick ribbing, so it will be nice and warm. I bound it off the needles last night and not too bad. There is a row in there that I wasn’t paying attention and pearled the stitch instead of slipping it. When I back tracked, I couldn’t get the stitches into the right twist, so there is a partial row with about 10 twisted sts. And twice I split the yarn and is quite noticeable. But I just couldn’t get the hang of “un-knitting” this pattern. So…there are a few mess ups. They will be on the inside. I will sew on the buttons tonight and post a finish tomorrow. She also included a light pinkish yarn in Bamboo that I think I will try again. I’m itching to stitch with that Bamboo yarn. It feels so silky. She sent along another pattern also, but it seems worse than this pattern. Thanks for stopping by to see what I have been up to 🙂