cross stitch · Knitted Shawl · Knitting · Sampler

The Last Day of 2019


Hello my blogging friends! It is the last day of 2019 and I think I am ready for 2020.  Whether I am ready or not, it will arrive in a little less than 5 hours where I am. A few weeks ago, I was commenting on someone’s blog and I had said that I couldn’t even think of 1 thing I finished craftwise this last year.  But looking back over my blog, I see that I did actually finish quite a bit.  I finished the little mermaids SAL, a couple of shawls, the Spicier Life blanket, a Sunflower pillow and 48 Granny Squares for a blanket that I will finish in 2020.  Our basement construction was a big part of 2019, with all the packing, purging and hauling out of the basement.  Then there was the construction, painting, carpeting, unpacking and reorganizing everything.  I must say, it is the best looking room in the house.  Made me realize that the rest of the house needs new paint and carpeting, but that will have to wait as I am not ready to go through all that again.  And we live in a quad, so there isn’t room to move furniture without moving up or down.  Ugh

So, what have I been up to these last few weeks of 2019?  Well, yesterday I finished the 2019 Mystery Sampler from Linen and Threads.

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Sorry about the poor lighting.  I promise to take a better picture once I get it framed.  I am pretty happy with how this one turned out.  It’s not my style of stitching, but I rather like it.  I stitched it on 16ct Aida Grateful Grey from Wichelt.  The threads are DMC 3810 and Gloriana Rain Forest.  If you have never stitched with Gloriana threads, they are so smooth and silky!  I really enjoyed stitching with them.  The patterns for this SAL are FREE on the Linen and Threads website.  And the 2020 Mystery Sampler started this morning.  At this time, I will not be stitching the 2020 sampler.  It is a Quaker style sampler, and I am not a fan of randomly placed designs.  I do like the elements in today’s release.  I will follow it in the facebook group just to see how everyone is stitching theirs.

I knitted one Christmas present.  A winter hat for my Mom.  She liked the pink one I made for myself  so I made her one in purple, complete with fuzzy pom pom.

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It was a very fast knit with size 13 needles and a chunky yarn, Rasta,  from Malabrigo.  The pattern is Chunky Cabled Hat by Destiny Meyer and is available on Ravelry.  I gave it to Mom on Christmas and she loved it.

So now I am back to working on my Advent Shawl from AJHC Wools and loving it so much!

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This was a photo from just after Christmas.  I have started the larger skein and have about 10 rows of that in so far.  My shoulder has been bothering me the last couple of weeks, so not much knitting going on at one time.  It is feeling better today, so for the rest of the New Year’s Eve, I will be knitting on it 🙂  The pattern is now available on Ravelry.

For 2020, I have already made some New Year’s Resolutions.  Pretty much some of the same I have made in years past, but truly want to stick with them this year.  I have decided not to participate in any cross stitch or knitting SAL’s in 2020.  Instead, I want to concentrate on finishing some projects I already have started – 12 cross stitch and several knitting projects and 1 crochet blanket.  I also want to get a lot of scrapbooking done this year, and yes, scrapbook all of those page kits and mini books.  Oh, that reminds me.  I do have another finish for 2019.  A couple of days ago I finished a wedding album for my youngest and his wife.  I gave them a finished album at their rehearsal dinner last year. All they had to do was print the photos and glue them in.  They were disappointed on their first anniversary that there were no photos to look at in the album.  So they asked if I would add the photos a couple of months ago.  I finally got to it and finished it on Saturday.  I do hope that they like it.

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There is a few more things I would like to accomplish in 2020, but I won’t bore you with them right now.  So that is what I have been up to this last part of 2019.  Another year has flown by and a new one is just about to begin.  Or may have already begun depending where you are in the world.  My wish for each and every one of you is  that 2020 will be an amazing year with Health, Happiness and Love.

It has been snowing here most of the day, so my New Year will be wrapped in white 😉

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HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

 

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?

 

 

 

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?