Saturday, February 17, 2018

2018 Moogly CAL begins...

I decided to do the 2018 Moogly CAL this year as part of my effort to productively destash my yarn.  I liked the use of variegated yarn on the borders of the  squares on Moogly's blog. I found that I had two balls of King Cole Drifter for Baby DK in Kingfisher that looked fun.  Dug out SSDK in cream, stone, spice, aspen and teal... and we'll just see how it goes.  As I am using DK yarn rather than Aran yarn,  I shall have to make a few squares from previous years to make my throw large enough.  This will take time.  Only 2 squares released per month.

Monday, February 12, 2018

February Ornament

My February SAL ornament is all set.  I chose a square from Barbara Ana's Classic Christmas Charm in an old CS&N magazine.  Love the little Rudolph.  I used an unknown scrap of Lakeside Linens 40 ct linen and the called for DMC floss.  Another stash buster.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Primavera Pillow

Last night I finished a project I had started sometime last year.  This is a function of my quest to clear out stash space.  Man, yarn takes up serious space in the craft room.  SMH.  The lighting is terrible.  It is, after all, a winter morning here.  This is Primavera Pillow, inspired by Dada's Place.  I wanted a delicate, feminine, romantic theme.  I used James K. Brett Cotton On DK yarn in C02, C016, C024, C023, C021 and C025.  I finished off with Border 33 in Edie Eckman's Around the Corner Crochet Borders book.

Another stash busting goal met 😃

Saturday, February 03, 2018

Lil Quack The Duck

This weekend I made up a new little amigurumi.  After spending several hours yesterday teaching my niece some of the crochet basics she needs to do amigurumi, I came home and started one of my own.  I finished him today.  Let me introduce you to Lil Quack The Duck by Little Muggles in Zoomigurumi.  Another stash buster, using SSDK in white, sunshine and cloud blue.  😎

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Spring Painted Roses Pillow


This morning I finished off a pillow for an exchange gift.  I am early in finishing but this one just carried me away. I used Cherry Heart Designs Painted Roses pattern, and added Edie Eckman's Border 35 for a small ruffle edge.  Very hard to take a photo in winter in my north facing house, and I propped it in a south facing window to capture the colors better. The exchange has a spring theme and these colors match the intended recipient's color wishes.

Notes to self, as I desire to make a pillow like this for my own home:  4 mm hook, backing square is 19 rounds.

This was a stash buster 100%.  SSDK in Cream, Gold, Camel, Parma Violet, Duck Egg, Soft Peach, Apricot, Lemon, Pale Rose, Wisteria, Cloud Blue, Clematis, Raspberry, Cypress, Meadow, Pistachio.


Saturday, January 27, 2018

Another January Ornament finish

I have decided to try to follow the LHN/CCN Christmas Ornament SAL on Facebook this year, as well as stitching with Andrea.  I was able to get January done.  I chose LHN's Old Colonial.  I opted to put this year's date on mine rather than 1798.  I had ordered the R&R 32ct Winter Brew linen with the chart.  My small piece was very heavily creased from folding by the LNS.  I stitched my piece way up in the corner of that and trimmed it tight for this pillow finish.  I used Willow Green belfast for the backing, for a little bit of a twist.  I am pretty satisfied with those choices.  And... used what I had on hand and meets a stash buster goal for me too.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

January Ornament Finish

 And finished!  At last, I have finished my first ornament for the Christmas Ornament SAL with Andrea.  This one was an adventure for me.  I cannot locate my DMC 169.  It must be kitted somewhere, and I subbed it with CC Blue Moon.  Am very pleased with that.  The chart is from PNPS 2017 Christmas-Winter Issue and is by Nikyscreations.  Unfortunately, the chart was poorly edited.  There are no instructions that this was to be stitched with one strand of floss (oh well...), had to guess what color to back stitch the wing, and the wing was not properly outlined on the chart.  Muddled through, and am content.  I am still quite fixed on small ornaments with beaded edgings.  I find I can always fit these on the tree no matter how loaded up my tree gets every year now 😁
I also have my first 2018 finish to share.  This is Cherry Heart Design's Granny Goes Large.  I worked this up with my Paint Box DK Rainbow Color Pack.  This huge bag of yarn simply had no place to live in my house, therefore this blanket was born.  It's big, bright, a bit dizzying and hard to photograph 😎.  This year will be a stash busting year for me.  Whenever possible, I plan to use what I have on hand (thus the floss substitution noted above) and see how much stash I can clear out.  While we all think our cross stitch stash can get large and take up space, I don't think it can ever hold a candle to how much space yarn takes up... 😂

Monday, January 01, 2018

Beautiful Christmas gifts from my friends :-)

My tree and my home are far more beautiful thanks to my lovely friends.  Such beautiful gifts, I shall cherish them forever.  Thank you all so much 🎅❤🤶
 From Andrea...
 From Christina...
 From Marie...
 From Katrina...
 From Karen...
From Margaret...  Christmas Blessings and Happy New Year 2018 to all 💖

Last finishes of 2017

 My New Year's Eve project was a flower pot cozy for my amaryllis plant...
 I stitched Praiseworthy Stitches Let it Snowman during quiet breaks at the office in the fall, managed to get the finishing done before the year ended...
 I made up Cuddle Me Lion... is it a lion or a teddy dressed as a lion, though?
 For Miss Amelia, Zabbez' Sunflower Sam...
 The Red Noel Ornament by Les grilles de Maryse with DMC 115 on 40 ct lambswool for a friend...
 Prairie Schooler Old World Santa on 36 ct Sand linen, colors tweaked, for a friend...
 LHN Blue House in Winter on 36 ct Vintage Country Mocha, also for a friend...
 Did the finishing on Brookes Books Happy New Year, which was stitched to celebrate 2014... better late than never!
 123Citrouille Bonne Annee on 36 ct Sand for Andrea :-)
And another WTNT Merry Holly Berries, this time on 36 ct Vintage Country Mocha, for an FB Christmas Ornament Exchange 🎅

Saturday, November 25, 2017

And more from my phone

Frank by Lalylala
 
 Forget Me Knots Sampler by With Thy Needle and Thread
 Red Christmas ornament by The Little Stitcher
Get Scared by Shepherd's Bush

Hi Andrea...more!

 Amelia's new hoodie made with Caron
 Cakes yarn...
 Joy freebie from a blog... ???

 Balades et Broderies par Carmela freebie...
Witch from Crochet Now magazine...

More were done, cannot seem to find the pics right now 😆

Hi Andrea :-)

 Amelia wearing her new crocheted hoodie, gifted to her earlier today....
My Spicier Life CAL blanket, online group....
 Monsieur Lapin from an older issue of Mollie Makes....
 Hats off to the Holidays! By SanMan Design Studio in 2017 JCS Christmas Ornament Issue...
 Warm Hands, Warm Hearts by The Little Stitcher in 2017 JCS Christmas Ornament Issue...
 Merry Holly Berries by With Thy Needle and Thread....
 Snowdog by Birds of a Feather...
 Mummy in Crochet Now magazone...gifted to Amelia...won a yarn prize from the magazine for this one...
 LHN's Christmas Rose...
123Citrouille's Joyeux Noel...

Saturday, June 17, 2017

I am still here

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! 🤗

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Big, Snuggly, Colorful Blanket

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!!