Sunday, February 28, 2010

Ancient oldie finished

In August 1995 I purchased the tiny kitted design and Sudberry House ring box for it to go into. It is of a Violet Wreath and is in bright purples and greens. I've always liked it and found it again recently. Fifteen years waiting in my stash pile to be stitched is not actually as long as some (alright, quite a few) other pieces, but is certainly a respectable time.

I think what made this the right time to stitch is the premium I have now on wall space. This little box will be a breeze to finish, meaning no additional cost and no wall space required when done. :)

I received an email that one of my Nashville purchases was shipped yesterday! WAHOO!! I'm looking forward to seeing which pieces I ordered from this shop. ;)

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Nashville is over let the shopping begin!

I pre-ordered two or three things from Nashville. I remember a pumpkin in 3-D and a Lizzie Kate fob. The others?? I'll remember when the package arrives! LOL LOL

Oooo! Another email has arrived with more Nashville finds. This one is from The Attic. They always find the most interesting things. I want to read what Elegant Stitch has to say, too.

The link worked!!!!!! WAHOOOO!!! Now how did that happen?? LOL

Sunday, February 21, 2010

The 12 Meowy Days of Christmas

I almost forgot I signed up for this automatic! It arrived on Friday, but I didn't open it or start it until Saturday. Had to call the shop twice because of missing threads. They were aware and will get in touch with everyone about the solution.

Here's a link to them all.

I hope this works. It never does. sigh. Here's the URL:

The selling point for this to me other than the cat theme is the fish shape of the ornaments. How clever is that?!

More finishes

I was looking through a box of cross stitch and found a freebie pattern from The MonkeyWorks for Miniature Egg. Attached to it was the pre-finished aida oval. I got this as a freebie from Nordic Needle goodness knows how long ago. But it was at least since the year 2000 based on the copyright date of the design. LOL

I chose a bunch of spring colors and just stitched. Here it is (even if spring is still a dream away). I started it last night and finished it an hour later (or less!).

MonkeyWorks freebie Miniature Egg finished Feb 20 2010

This morning, inspired by last night's finish, I picked up the Sweetheart Sampler stocking by Blackbird Designs. And finished it while watching The CBS Sunday Morning Show. Here it is:

Blackbird Feb Sweetheart Sampler Feb 21 2010

Next up is the Spring Wreath stocking, using GASTs Avocado and Clover. Very spring-y, indeed.

Sunday, February 14, 2010


I finished the stitching yesterday. Just in time for Valentine's Day! Yippee! I plan to finish it as a needleroll.

Columbine Designs Valentine Needleroll Feb 13 2010

I'm telling you though, the instructions were AWFUL!! I still have 3 or 4 more needlerolls by this designer (Columbine Designs) left to stitch. Hopefully, they all have the same directions so I'll have a heads up on that. I'm almost afraid to look! But worth it. The designs are lovely.

Gotta love the penny and the dime charms!! So realistic! And the lips for the borders.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Infinity Scarf

A friend went to DC Stitch and bought yarn to make their Infinity Scarf. She bought a couple of skeins of Alp Light in beautiful autumn shades. She used about 1-1/2 skeins for her scarf and it's lovely. Using the verbal instructions she got from the shop, I used a heavier yarn and made one for myself. It was huge!!! It was literally double the length it should've been. (Note to self: Gauge is important!)

Although I hate the idea of ripping out, a few days later I bit the bullet and ripped out the entire scarf. Yesterday I cast on half the amount of stitches and hoped for the best. This morning I stitched the last 1-1/2" and bound it off. Drum roll, please! It worked! It was the perfect length. It's supposed to be a circle and go around your next twice. YEA!!!! Cue the Happy Dance!

On size 10-1/2, 29" circular needles I cast on 150 stitches and knit in the round for 8". Bind off. Wrap around neck twice and enjoy! By the way: my gauge was 2-1/2 stitches per inch. :)

The Stitch DC website has an Infinity Scarf pattern that's a bit different and uses a much lighter weight yarn. It's gorgeous!

MORE SNOW!!!!!!!

Blizzard conditions. At least another 10" of snow on top of the 30" from the other day. Gusting winds up to 50 mph. SIGH. The snow is so deep the birds can practically stand on the snow drift and eat out of the feeder!!!

I'm guessing they're going to close work again tomorrow. Thank goodness Monday is the President's Day holiday. We'll need it to get dug out!

Sunday, February 7, 2010

More stockings finished

I finished these in January 2010. They go fairly quickly.

Blackbird March Quaker Fragments finish Jan 2010 Quaker Fragments

Blackbird May Lily of the Valley Jan 2010 Lily of the Valley

Blackbird Oct Colorful Cosmos Jan 2010 Colorful Cosmos

This is my commemorative for the 24" of snow we got on December 19, 2009. It's a freebie from Lizzie Kate.

LK Let it Snow  Dec 2009

The snow has stopped. The sun is out.

The dig out has begun! We got appoximately 30" of snow over the last 2 days. We like to remove snow from the car window so the sun can shine in and melt the snow with the greenhouse effect. That leaves us free to shovel everything else!

Here is my finish commemorating the blizzard. It'll be finished as a needleroll...eventually!

Blizzard needleroll Feb 7 2010

Friday, February 5, 2010

The snowpocalypse has begun!!!!

It's beautiful outside now with 2" of snow on the ground. Tomorrow morning it could be as deep as 24" and by tomorrow evening we could easily get 30"+!! I went to Michaels this morning to get the floss for 3 projects. (Like running low of projects to stitch will be a problem for me this decade!) But I like to be prepared. :)

I've started Generosity by Drawn Thread. This has been on my to-do list since it was released. I hope to have this (and a couple of other things) finished by the time the roads are clear enough to move around -- or by St. Patrick's Day, whichever comes first. ;)

I'm thinking of starting The 12 Days of Christmas by Just Nan. At 2" x 2" they should be quick to stitch. Maybe I should do all the snowman designs I have by Lizzie Kate and Shepherd's Bush!

Stay safe and may your Super Bowl team win!