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Sidetracked

I was doing so good, plugging along on stitching a piece for my mother-in-law’s birthday, when I got side swept into buying a new project!!!See I had been working on this piece…’May WordPlay’ by Brenda GerviasAnd coming along nicely on it too. It’s a…

Stitching Progress and New Starts

I’ve been trying to post this all week, but our internet has been horrible lately. It’s 6:00 in the morning, and it’s finally working well enough to upload the pictures. We don’t have many options for internet where we are, but that’s just part of livi…

Yarn Along — A Finish and a New Start

A quick post this morning as I am getting ready to head out the door. I really was enjoying my daughter being able to drive herself to work and her volunteer jobs, but her car needs some work, so I’m back to being ‘taxi mom’ once again:)Linking with&nb…

Yarn Along — Making Hats

Linking with Ginny of ‘Small Things’ on her Yarn Along/Read Along blog hop and with Nicole of Frontier Dreams and her ‘Keep Calm and Craft On’ blog hop. I stayed calm and tried not think of all the things I want to cast on!!! I…

I Need More Needles!!!

Like I need another hole in my head!! My resolve to finish up projects and only start new ones as I get others done has flown out the window, so to speak. I wanted something different to show off this week that was small and quick because I have been w…

Yarn Along

I’m joining in on this week’s Yarn Along hosted by Ginny from Small Things. For this KAL we post what knitting/crocheting projects we are working on as well as what books we are currently reading. Here is an over-view picture of what I’ve been up …

A Reprieve?

Not sure that’s what I’d call this, but it *might* be an improvement:)After stitching a bit more on ‘Horses in the Night’ (and complaining the whole time) dd agreed that she might be able to find a horse chart she and I could agree on. I should have gu…

Update and New Starts

Last month ended up being pretty quite on the blogging front for me. I tend to get that way this time of the year. All the busy-ness of the end of the school year/beginning of Spring, makes me what to hide away and be quite when I get the chance. But now all that busy-ness is done and we have Summer ahead of us I feel like I can come out of my shell and start having fun with the blog again. This year I will actually be spending a bit of the Summer on my own. Dd has a few activities that will have her gone for a few days here and a few days there, so there will be much less running around and (hopefully) much more stitching/knitting time for me!! That sounds like a very enjoyable Summer:)

I have manage to keep my hands busy though, so lets see what I’ve been up to and what will be new on the needles for this month…

Stitching…

Stitching has been taking a bit of a back seat to knitting/crocheting and I don’t see that changing in the near future, but I did get a bit done. First is the progress I made on my May 1st start…

Not much, but I have loved stitching this. The colors are great and the pattern is easy and fun:)

I also made some progress on my YOTA project, but didn’t update it last month. I’ve finished the big tree, both birds, a little of the alphabet and all the inside boarder for the Birds of a Feather Mystery SAL (With Thy Needle and Thread). I will be putting this away for a little while so I can work on ‘Horses in the Night’ for my dd. It’s been a long time since I’ve worked on it — and I think I only have around 100 stitches in it, because I really dislike this pattern…

This pattern is going to be so time consuming and I really hate that the background has so little definition in it, even the black horse gets a bit lost in the pattern. Dd spent a lot of time looking at horse patterns though, and this is the one she liked best and I have been putting it off for a long time, so I need to get back to it, like it or not!! 🙂

I even have a finish for May. This is A Tisket, ATasket, from Black Bird Designs…

BBD was my stitching group’s designer of the month for our exchange block project. I don’t do many of the exchanges, but this one was easy as I have lots of BBD charts:)

And for my new June project…

Heaven and Nature Sing by With Thy Needle and Thread. I love the deer and bird in this piece, but I’m not so happy with the angle, a bit too prim for my taste. So I’m going to leave her out and bring the deer/bird over a bit. Mine will turn out smaller and I think work as an Ornie pretty well.

I also have a patriotic exchange I am signed up to do, but I haven’t decided on what to stitch yet. I really need to dig through my stash and get it figured out!!

Knitting…

The last knitting update I gave I was halfway done with this bag…

and I really haven’t gotten a whole lot further. I feel like I’ve been knitting a lot, but most of my projects are in the stage where it doesn’t look much different from the last updates, so I won’t post them right now.

I do have a couple new projects though. I started this next one just because I couldn’t stop myself;) and it will work with a KAL I joined (*side note… On a previous post I noted that I’d never joined a KAL, I should have kept it that way since I’ve now joined 5!!! I did make sure that most of the projects I currently have going will work for at least a couple of them so that I don’t have to start too many new projects!!*) …

I’m having a little issue with the Strangling Vine Scarf. It should be a lacey scarf and so far you can’t see the lacey pattern in mine. I’m liking how the yarn is showing off the wavy-ness of the pattern, though I was hoping that there would be more purple in it, and so far it has only shown up on the bottom rows. I can’t decide if I should change needle sizes (do I go up a size?) or keep going and hope that when I block it things will be better.

And then there is my new June start, except that I started it a few days before June because I was really excited about it!!



This is Anne’s Imagination Cowl by The Sampler Girl. For the stitchers that read my blog, you may recognize The Sampler Girl as a cross-stitch designer, and she IS!! I didn’t know that she also designed knitting patterns too!! What a great find:) And I love this cowl, and the yarn — it is soooo soft!! This is really proving to be a quick, easy and very fun pattern, so I’m hoping it’ll knit up in no time.

Crochet…

I actually got the most done with crochet this past month. I had several projects that were so close to being done and once I get buttons on a hat I was making, I will have finished off 3 projects!! I’ll post an update on those later this week so I can show them all off at once.

For a new project I actually took apart a knitted bag I was going to make and am going to crochet it instead. I had a comment on the last post that suggested crocheting would be much faster and easier and I am sure she is right. The knitting is fun, but takes so much time and I really want some project bags done, so I will do crochet and see if I can’t get a few done. Here are the colors of the first…

I’m kind of doing my own thing with this bag. I want to do a star (or daisy) stitch with the blue yarn, so I wanted to the pattern with the gray yarn not to stand out too much. I’ve chosen to do a new stitch for me…the wattle stitch (found directions HERE) for the gray yarn. I think this will go together well, but we will see:)

That’s it for now, hoping to be back in a couples days to show of my crochet projects. Have a great day!!

One Side Down, One to Go

I have been working hard to get things off my needles and hooks this past week. Now if I can just stop casting on new projects I would feel like I’m getting somewhere!!

I have been mostly focusing on making bags lately, to hold all my projects. I have been using plastic Walmart and Hobby Lobby bags to hold everything, but I want something prettier than this…

The first bag I’m working on is my new knitting project for May. Here is a pic from the beginning…


Project from ‘The Knitter’s Year’ by Debbie Bliss

I just finished the first side (with some changes on how the handle will be) and have one side left to go…

Umm, and lots and lots of ends to tuck in!!! That part might take longer than the knitting!! I also plan to line this bag so that any knitting needles or crochet hooks I store inside won’t poke through. 

I’m super excited about the next couple of bags I have planned as well…

Some are already cast on and a couple need to wait their turn. So far all the bags I’ve started or am ready to start have been knitted, but I would like to try to crochet and maybe sew up a few others as well. Goodness knows I have enough projects going to fill them all!! 

May’s Monthly Starts

And a bit of April’s Wrap-Up too!! First for the new monthly starts…Stitching…Love Thy Neighbor from Plum Street Samplers. I bought this one quite a while back and thought I just LOVED it. Then it came in the mail and I couldn’t make myself start i…

April’s New Projects!!!

It’s a new month, so it’s time for new projects!! Here is what I plan to work on..Stitching…This is Handprint on My Heart from Heartstring Samplery and is the first project in this year’s Prim Stitcher’s Society club. I love this chart, but will have…

March New Starts

I didn’t post a monthly wrap up for February this weekend. Mostly because of my desire to stay off the computer and just have some quiet time, but also because I didn’t feel like I really got much done last month. I’m hoping for a more productive March — at least in the creative realm. 🙂

Here are some of my new starts for March…

Stitching:

The last Ladies Prim Society  piece from last year. This is Noel from Black Bird Designs. I changed one of the colors because the ‘red’ looked too pink to me. I’m going to use the hand dyed floss that I got in last year’s 12 Days of Christmas Swap.

Embroidery:

I got a bit of a start on the next Gail Pan project I’m going to work on. This is from her book ‘Patchwork Loves Embroidery’ and will be one of the four boarders to a table top quilt.
 
Crochet:

 I’m super excited to get started on this baby blanket for a friend of my hubs. I’m doing a ripple blanket in these three colors. I’ve gotten the first 3 rows done already and started on the fourth by changing to the gray yarn, but it’s not going to work. As you may be able to tell, the gray is a different brand because Hushabye Baby Bee doesn’t have a gray, and even though they are both worsted weight, the gray is much lighter of a yarn. So I’ve googled this problem and have come up with a probable solution, another brand is a 95% match to the Hushabye. I’m hoping we have it local, but if not I’ll get it ordered soon. I have until end of May for this one, but I really want to work on it:)

Knitting:

I’m still working away at the Guernsey Wrap, but it is starting to get boring, so I decided to start something new, but small. I’m just going to work on some dish clothes for myself. And yes, I had one about 1/3 of the way done in that coral/blue/brown/white yarn, but had a mistake and ended up ripping it all out:( So this will be considered a new start since I have to start over. :0)
 
I’m also participating in a Blog Hop this month. At the right side of my blog you will see a button to the Tree Bird Blog Hop hosted by Madam Samm at Sew We Quilt (or Sew We Stitch). It’s going to be lots of fun with a bit of stitching and sewing involved!!
And I’ll have a small piece for the Smalls Sal later this month — this time I it’ll be for a block exchange with some stitchy friends!!
 
So many creative projects going on this month. And lots of activities for dd too, so I better get moving if I want to get anything done!! 🙂 


New February Starts!!!

I had a lot of fun starting new projects in January, so I decided that I want to keep that fun going and see if I can make new starts each month of the year!! For stitching I chose… Snowflake Serenade by Country Cottage Needleworks and… A…