Helloooooo, I am still here. I have been a busy needlewoman and have some things to share....
I feel quite accomplished to have finished, at long last, Block 3 of Christmas at Hawk Run Hollow. I still have nine big old blocks to go, several are very dense stitching..., but this beauty sure is worth it 😉
I also crocheted another big blanket since I last visited my blog. This bright beauty was inspired by Cherry Heart (Sandra Paul). It incorporates many squares from Jan Eaton's 200 Crochet Blocks book, and uses Sandra's pretty join and border (which finishes with Edie Eckman's Border 93). I used Stylecraft Special DK in very bright colors to suit my niece Erin's palette... this is a gift for her... Jaffa, Tomato, Spice, Bright Green, Green, Kelly Green, Citron, Sunshine, Magenta, Aspen, Petrol and Teal with Graphite for the join and border.
I hope that all of my blogging pals are well. Come visit on Facebook, am always over there. Miss Amelia is popping in to tell you it is Sum, Sum, Summertime and she LOVES it! 🤗
Helloooooo, how are you, my friends?? Life is so busy here. We are seeking to put our house on the market due to some difficulties with a huge landscaping company that moved in behind the house. I hate to leave my lovely home, and gosh, new housing is so expensive. Scary times, we are in our 50's, don't want a big mortgage now :-(
But on some brighter notes, I shall be attending Celebration of Needlework this week. A great friend is taking Niky Farruto's class with me, and we will enjoy the shopping, food and fun with another great friend as well.
Also, I stitched up this big, snuggly, colorful blanket in late winter. The weather was beautiful yesterday, and I managed to bring it outside for some quick photos. I used DROPS Designs free Seaside Blues pattern. I decided to grab my big box of Stylecraft Special DK yarn and a few balls of white for this project. I interspersed the flower squares with traditional grannies. I copied this idea from a stitcher on Ravelry.... sadly, her name escapes me....maryfairy, maybe?? I finished off with the border from Cypress Textiles Vibrant Vintage CAL... ta da! Super colorful, and I love it!!
I really thought my next post would be about cross stitch. Life is fluid, things change. Am still stitching, but have crochet aplenty to share now, so please forgive me.
Last night I finished Hopeful Honey's Sunflower Hat and Booties for a certain special someone. This was a special request from her mom. Quick and fun! Hope we can coordinate to deliver it soon.
And, of course, this does lead to a gratuitous pic of Miss Amelia herself, a recent pic texted to me by her mom. Getting big!!
In other projects, my niece Erin is graduating from college in May. I think this is the start of a gift for her. This will be a good sized afghan, using Drops Designs Seaside Blues free pattern. I am following the example of another stitcher on Ravelry and am alternating flower squares with traditional grannies. It does break it up a bit.
I recently finished Emma Varnam's Garden Route Blanket (free on Ravelry). I love, love, love this. I have renamed it "My Girlie Blanket" due to its colors of Aspen, Fondant, Apricot, Lavender, Spring Green, Sherbet and Empire in Parchment, all in Stylecraft Special DK yarn.
And, at last, I finished my Make-For-Anyone Blanket in an older issue of Mollie Makes magazine. This was put aside for some time now, and the recent (very) snowy weather has given me a chance to finish. It is super snuggly, uses several shades of Sirdar Crofter yarn - Greenock, Flora, Seagrass, Jessamy, Orkney, Glen and Fairisle. The join is Cypress Textiles Junior Celtic Lace Join in James C. Brett Top Value DK in Black. The border is from Edie Eckman's Around the Corner Crochet Borders book in King Cole Big Value DK in Mid Grey.
Seems to be impossible for me to get a good pic of this blanket. This is a close look of the solid grannies in the various Sirdar Crofter variegated yarns... hope it is better...
As two storms dumped two feet of snow here in three days, I hunkered down and finished my Eve's Journey pillow, soon to be a gift for someone special. This was a CAL, from late last year, I believe. I had downloaded the pattern and did it up all at once. I used my usual Stylecraft Special DK in silver, gold, violet, pistachio, pale rose, petrol and wisteria. I added border #8 from Edie Eckman's brand new release, Every Which Way Crochet Borders. I love the results.
I hope my friends are all well. I will post some cross stitch soon!!
And also.... an update on my Temperature Blanket.... it's very Cloud Blue, typical for near freezing temps in January in NH, though the January Thaw we had Jan 11-12 (sis's bday) is forever recorded in cream and soft peach...ha!!
And from my phone, was messing about in boredom at the office last Friday... sitting on the patient love seat across from the window and snapped a pic of the snow... pretty dark...lol. I can see my car through the tree. I do like how the clematis on the windowsill looks, though.
My goodness, I found this in my post folder as a draft! In the summer of 2016, I finished a very, very enjoyable CAL by Cypress Textiles. This is my Vibrant Vintage Blanket. I used her suggested colors of Stylecraft Special DK yarn, subbing Teal for her one other color that I could not get. I used King Cole Top Value DK in a gray shade for the join and part of border. I went lacy and used the Celtic Lace Join for mine.
Hello!! I am happy to be here and committed to better blogging habits. I hope all are well, as I share with you some recent cross stitch and crochet.
Last night I finished Evergreen Lane on my Anniversaries of the Heart Sampler. I am really excited that this sampler is nearing it's conclusion. It has been a very fun stitch, but I am anxious to frame and hang it soon. This block is dedicated to my parents' wedding, Sadly, there was more frogging of over one stitches than I had expected :-(
I finished crocheting a blanket earlier this week. This is The Garden Route Blanket, a free hexagon pattern on Ravelry. I call it "my girlie blanket." I used Stylecraft Special DK in Fondant, Sherbet, Spring Green, Apricot, Aspen, Lavender and Empire. The hexagons are bordered and joined with Parchment. Now for the tedious part... I still have to block it.
I broke down and joined the FB craze, and am making a Temperature Blanket for 2017. I decided to use Geometric Lace by Cypress Textiles. I found a pastel palette on Pinterest using Stylecraft Special DK. My temp ranges are a little bit broad, as I did not want to get as fiddly and precise as I see some crocheters are being. From coldest temps to warmest my blanket uses White, Parma Violet, Cloud Blue, Duck Egg, Cream, Soft Peach, Apricot and Pale Rose. I have King Cole Top Value DK in a gray for additional corner blocks and the border/edging. Each hexagon takes mere minutes each day. I think I can get this done...Am up to date so far! Every day involves asking Alexa for the temps :-)
I was blessed once again this past Christmas to receive some truly beautiful ornaments from dear friends. Katrina, Andrea, Karen and Marie sent these lovelies that were so gorgeous on the tree. My fave time of year! Thank you so much my friends, I will cherish these forever.
I also have one last ornament to share. This is Snowflake Reindeer by Daffycat. I stitched this for sweet Andrea on R&R Reproductions 30 ct French Vanilla linen with CC and DMC floss. I love Daffycat's delicate reindeer designs.
And more of our little Amelia!! Here is my very perky, expressive and interactive little girl at 5 weeks!!
And at six weeks, just out of her first tubby! Her grandma helped and is cuddling her here. I have been told that she loved it :-)
I spent the past few days making pretty flower sofa cushions for my mother and mother in law...
I used Painted Roses by Cherry Heart Designs, and made a nine patch that fits a 14" firm pillow form. I added borders to each from Edie Eckman's Around the Corner Crochet Borders book. The pillow on the left uses border 69, while the pillow on the right uses border 33.
Both pillows are made with Stylecraft Special DK yarn. On the left I used Parchment as the main/background color. On the right I used Stone.
Between the two pillows I used scaps of White, Turquoise, Denim, Shrimp, Pomegranate, Lipstick, Saffron, Cloud Blue, Bluebell, Gold, Fuschia Purple, Apricot, Pale Rose, Raspberry, Spice, Claret, Burgundy, Silver, Clematis, Magenta, Sherbet, Boysenberry, Lobelia, Wisteria, Violet, Lavender, Duck Egg, Storm Blue, Petrol and Parma Violet.
For the Parchment pillow, I used Pistachio and Cypress for the leaves, while I used Pistachio and Meadow for the leaves on the Stone pillow. I used Mocha for the square joining for both pillows.
The back of each pillow is a colorful granny incorporating colors used in the flower motifs. I added one round of half double crochet granny stitch on each side before joining the back to front. This helped me easily reach the required 14" and not distort my work. As a happy coincidence, I think it looks very delicate too.
Now to make one for myself after all holiday crafting is finished ;-)
Welcome Miss Amelia!! We had an early arrival on December 1st. My beautiful niece and her sweetie are the proud parents of little Amelia. I could not be prouder! Amelia is the recipient of the baby blanket in my last post.
Ho Ho Ho!!
I recently stitched this ornament for a friend who loves samplers, especially reproduction samplers. I thought the deer on this one suited the theme, so it was an easy choice. The chart is in a relatively recent issue of Cross Stitch & Needlework, which I tucked away when my work was complete. Now I have no idea where I put it. No idea who the designer is.
This cutie is for a dear friend. I know she likes The Little Stitcher. Choosing Blue Snowman in the 2016 JCS Christmas Ornament Issue was easy.
It was very fun to stitch Lizzie Kate's Dash Away for another friend... complete with table centerpiece from my office waiting room as the photo backdrop ;-)
This little holiday robin is a freebie I found on Pinterest. I think the designer's name may be Alioka?? She is in Itay, I may recall. Her blog is having issues and finding the chart link has been difficult to date....
And lastly, a good friend just celebrated a birthday... for her I crocheted Corner Hearts Cushion in Crochet Now, Issue 9. The reverse of the pillow is all in cream. I chose to use leftover yarns from my Vibrant Vintage Blanket, along with one other color in my stash. The cream hearts are James C. Brett Top Value DK (almost a full ball, not a leftover yarn), while the colors are Stylecraft Special DK in Raspberry, Turquoise, Cypress (not used in the VV blanket), Denim, Wisteria, Aster, Fondant, Aspen, Clematis, Bluebell, Teal, Spring Green, Plum, Pomegranate and Magenta. Hope she enjoys using it in her stitching chair ;-)