Thursday, December 19, 2013

It's All Okay

Lots of pictures today!  I'm glad to report A Treasured Time made it through it's ordeal relatively unscathed.  Unfortunately, I never took a picture of the piece after the first wash.  99.9% of the bleeding washed out. Yay!  Basically, I just soaked it overnight in clear, cold water with a dye catcher.

A Treasured Time
completed 2008

I only have a tiny bit of progress on the 15 sided biscornu.

My new piece is Autumn Romance by The Victoria Sampler.  I've had this one in the stash for about 5 years.

This is the first two bands.  I still have to obtain the pearls that go on the first band.  The next band is a cut work band and I thought I would try to show the steps.  This is not meant as a tutorial, but just to show how easy it really is with the hope of enticing some of you over to the dark side if you haven't tried it.  :D 

Step 1:  cut the 8 horizontal threads at the center.  (Take a deep breath, it's all okay!)  I cut every thread individually so I make sure I don't accidentally snip a vertical thread.  You need sharp, pointy scissors for this!

Step 2:  withdraw every second thread past the margin of the sampler.

Step 3:  Unweave the threads that are left to the margins of the sampler.

Step 4:  thread the needle with the remaining fabric threads and reweave into the fabic at the sides, replacing the withdrawn threads.  Here, the top two threads have been done.

Here, all threads have been rewoven and it's ready for the hemstitching.

And here it is complete.

It's really more tedious than hard.  You do have to be gentle unweaving and weaving.  This particular fabric did not like the process much and ended up a bit fuzzy at the edges.  This will be mostly hidden by a mat, so no problem there.  It would be more troublesome if the fabric theads break, though.  So, give it a try!  I dare you!

I hope everyone has a very happy holiday season! 

May you have Peace and Goodwill along with your stitching!

Thursday, December 12, 2013

A Finish and a Potential Disaster

Heart Collector is finished as of this morning.

Heart Collector
Jeannette Douglas

Back in 2008 I completed Dimension's A Treasured Time.  Having done a few Dimensions kits before, I knew there is always a danger of the red threads running when washed, so I had been very hesitant to wash the piece to get it framed.  So, I finally bit the bullet, held my breath and threw it in the sink.  All seemed well.  I blocked it out to dry and the next day ran the iron over it and didn't notice any problems.  Then the sun finally came out and I went to admire it and noticed several areas where the red and brown threads had run!  Grrrrrrr....  It wasn't horrible and considered throwing it back in the sink to soak to see if it would improve the situation, but was too chicken because I was worried it would go from bad to worse.  I've just decided I can't live with it after all and it's now soaking in the sink with a dye catcher.  I'll keep you updated on the result.  I guess if I make it worse, I'll be stitching it again one DMC.

Happy Stitching!

Sunday, December 8, 2013

What's in the Box

So, if you were thinking I finally got around to buying a needlework stand, you'd be right.  I was comtemplating stands last year and couldn't decide so put it on the back burner.  My stitching mojo waned and the issue seemed moot.  But when my stitching itch came back recently, I craved band samplers and Chatelaines and the only good way to tackle some of them is with a stand and scroll frame.  Now, I am a die hard hoop girl and my fleeting experience with scroll frames turned me off them completely, so I have not been excited to revisit the experience. 

I received the Needlework System 4 with the frame clamp and medium scroll frame last week. 

Set up was quick and easy.  Basting the fabric on the rods was not too terribly bad.

It fits well between the coffee table and sofa with a little maneuvering.

Since last Wednesday after setting it up, I have already finished the first quarter of Jeannette Douglas' Heart Collector.  (I've converted the threads to DMC and one Caron).

I purchased the stand from Threadneedle Street in Washington State and received excellent service.  I like that I can easily get to the back of my work by rotating the scroll or hoop (in the frame clamp) without having to loosen knobs or such.  I am curious as to how much rotating (and I do a lot!) the frames will take before the bolts loosen, but it looks like if it is ever a problem, a little tighten with a wrench on the bolts will probably do the trick to fix it.  I am dealing with the scroll frame much better than I anticipated and am actually enjoying stitching on it!  I guess I'm not quite as set in my ways as I thought.  Two handed stitching, however, is agonizingly slow and my tension not as good, so I still tend to use just my right hand with my left in the back to feel for knots in the thread. 

In other news, I have a Christmas finish.

Ho Ho Ho in a Row
Lizzie Kate

And I finally tackled the last monster row on my Morticia shawl and started the monster bind off.  Maybe before the end of the year I will have that finished. 

Happy Stitching!

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

On A Roll

So, I did find the gumption to sew the buttons on Dressed to Kill last night.  Looks pretty much the same as the previous picture except now the buttons don't fall off when you pick it up.

Some progress on Ho Ho Ho in a Row:

I started on a 15-sided Christmas biscornu.  This is the free pattern from Kathrin's blog.

And I wonder what this might be?

Stay tuned!

Happy Stitching!

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

A Finish, Practically Speaking

Dressed to Kill is finished, just have to attach the buttons when it's good and dry and I get the gumption.

Becky Boo's Dressed to Kill
A Stitcher's Hands

Up next is Lizzie Kate's Ho Ho Ho in a Row WIP. 

The stitching bug has bitten bad here!  I've been going through my stash and rearranging my to do pile.  I will have lots to talk about in the next week or two!  I'm also drooling over all the old and new charts I don't yet have, so I see a stash surge in the coming year.  I love my HAED's, but I really am liking this getting stuff finished phase, too. 

The weather here is nasty today, we're now getting hit by the big storm that has moved it way across the country this week.  Lots of rain and a bit windy.  The temps are dropping rapidly this afternoon and I plan on snuggling up on the couch with my stitching.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

What I've Been Doing

Although I have been lax about blogging these last few months, I have been somewhat productive.  I just don't turn on the computer much anymore if I don't absolutely have to.  And, like today, it gets very frustrating working with blogger sometimes.  Here's a big update for you.

My Vulcan Socks are done:

String Theory Colorworks
Entanglement in the Vulcan Colorway

I've started the next pair, a gift pair for my Dad; intended for Christmas, but I don't think I'm going to get them done in time.

I've been stash diving in my cross stitch stash and finished a little ornament.

Jeannette Douglas
2010 Stamp Ornament
2010 Just CrossStitch ornament issue

I'm not happy with my finishing on this one, so I will probably do it again and see if I can get it to look a little less wonky.  My sewing machine and I are not good friends, lol.

My current WIP, almost finished now, is Becky Boo's Dressed to Kill.  (I think this might be OOP).

And last, but not least, my Boo Knit's MKAL Morticia.  Only one monster row left and an endless bind off and it will be done.  Still trying to gird my loins for the finish.

I haven't been working much on my HAED's.  I feel I need a break from them for awhile again.  I have started stashing again this last week or two and I'm hoping to get some smaller (relative to HAED anyway) pieces completed in the coming year.  I'm feeling the urge for speciality stitches and band samplers again, so expect to see some Victoria Sampler, Just Nan, The Sweetheart Tree and The Drawn Thread.  I think I will try to get back to that knot garden I started ages ago, too. 

I'm off to hopefully enjoy an afternoon of stitching!  Hope everyone has a Happy Thanksgiving next week (eek!  it's the holidays already!).

Happy Stitching!

Thursday, October 31, 2013

While I Pondered, Weak and Weary...

Could someone out there slow down the clock a little so I could maybe, just maybe, make some headway on all the things I want to accomplish?  Pretty please? 

Sorry for the delay from the last post.  Over a month?  Really?  Seems like just last week.  So here is the full picture of the Sweet Dreams Shawl.

Sweet Dreams
Boo Knits
Madeline Tosh Prairie

As of today, I have a little cross stitch finish. 

Happy Haunting
By the Bay Needlearts

With any luck, I will have another shawl and a pair of socks off the needles in a couple/few more weeks.  I'm trying to do a few small cross stitch things to stash-bust a little and just to feel like I have accomplished something.  I am also hoping on having a page finish on one of my HAED's by the end of November the year. 

Happy Halloween!

Thursday, September 12, 2013

NLH Page Finish

So, although I have been AWOL from here lately, I have been somewhat productive with the needlework.  Proof:

Nature's Little Helper
HAED/Jim Warren
16/28 pages complete

I also finished my Wicked socks.  It's supposed to cool off a bit this weekend, so maybe I can start wearing all my new socks soon.


And a little preview for things to come next update (hopefully next week, but I'm not making any promises :D)

Happy Stitching!

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Another Step Forward

Hi, all.  Guess what I have????  Updates!

I have a small amount of progress to show on Nature's Little Helper:

I finished the Proton Socks:

These are String Theory Colorworks Continuum in Proton.  I still have lots of self striping yarn in the bin and I see many more stripey pairs in the next months. 
Up next is my first encounter with simple colorwork.  I'm loosely using the Wicked pattern by Glenna C.  It is the called for yarn in the pattern, but the purple isn't as blue-purple as it shows in the model, more red in my skein.  The yarn is from The Sweet Sheep who I just found out last night is closing her online store and has everything 30% off currently if you are looking for a yarny deal.

The house renovations have begun and one bathroom is completely gutted except for the tub, now we're slowly getting it back together.  Painting and waiting for the flooring to come in.  We replaced all the doorknobs yesterday.  It's amazing what a big difference such a small change can make.  Of course, now the door hinges (antique brass) don't match the doorknobs (brushed chrome).  Oops. 
I'm off to see if I can manage a few more stitches in something before my day off comes to an end.
Happy Stitching!

Thursday, July 18, 2013

I'm Mmmmellllllttttttinnggg

Boy, summer finally decided to arrive with a vengence this week.  Temps in the 90's (F) with approximately 10000% humidity. Ick. 

I'm getting the urge to stitch more lately.  Unfortunately, I haven't been able to carve out any time to actually sit and stitch.  I had planned to do so yesterday and today, but things have come up and ended up not having the time after all.  So I'll shoot for next week.  Just to show that I have been putting a couple of stitches in each week, I will post an update picture.  I should make it a "Spot the Difference" between this one and the last photo as the progress is more hopeful than actual, lol.

I finished the first sock of the next pair:

I seem to be on a Halloween theme today without intending to.  My next pair of socks will also fall into this category. 

Happy stitching and stay cool!


Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Drive By Post

Hello, all.  Hope everyone had a safe and happy 4th of July. 

Finished another pair of socks.

These were made with String Theory Colorworks Oxidane in Continuum.  So soft and yummy!  Now it just needs to get cold, lol. 

I have another shawl on the needles and now a new pair of socks.  I expect the socks will be done first.  I'm really liking the (somewhat) instant gratification of the socks.  And I'm in a stripey mood.  Which is good since I tend to buy a lot of stripey yarn and I need to knit up some stash.  It's getting a little out of control. 

I have had an urge now and then to stitch, but I just can't seem to sit still long enough to put needle to fabric.  Although, I did dig out my knot garden and put in a few (really, like 20) stitches.  I was thinking of digging out that Mill Hill I started.....can't remember when....and make that my August project.  Maybe I could squeak out one measly stitching finish this year.

I'm hoping to get some home improvement projects done this year, too.  I actually finally (!) painted a door to get it ready to hang a blind.  It's been waiting for me to get around to for at least 5 (yes, FIVE) years.  Did I ever mention I was the Queen of Procrastination?  I needed to paint an area of the ceiling, too, and nearly had a major paint disaster.  Managed clean-up with only a tiny dribble of paint on the carpet which cleaned up fine.  (And yes, I had a drop cloth down, but moved over to get a small spot and was literally an inch off the drop cloth).  And therein lies the reason I procrastinated for so long because I am a catastrophe waiting to happen on the best of days, lol.  But time for knitting and stitching may be even more limited once I get started, but it will be so nice to finally get some stuff done around here!

Happy Stitching,


Thursday, June 20, 2013

Big Update

And apparently, it goes from bad to worse, lol.  I'm even farther behind reading blogs and I see I have a few new followers.  Welcome!  I haven't been so slack about posting in the past.  There seems to be so much less free time lately for some reason.  I am really missing those long, lazy summer days when I was a kid.  Now, I get up in the morning and before I know it I'm climbing back in bed to do it all over again. And the to-do pile doesn't seem to shrink appreciably at the end of the day or week or month, for that matter.  Vacation?  What's that?? 

I do have some projects to share, however, so all is not lost.

First up, I haven't been stitching much over the last several months, but there are finally enough new stitches in Nature's Little Helper I can finally post an update.  I'd really like my stitching mojo to revisit for awhile again.  I officially have three corners done.

Next, a new shawl.  This is Fragile Heart by Boo Knits.  The yarn is actually a hot fuscia pink, not so much red as the picture looks.  The yarn is Dragonfly Fibers Pixie in Walking on the Sun.

And new socks.  These are Jamaican Me Crazy in String Theory Coloworks Entanglement in Binary System.

Two new projects are on the needles.  Not much to show on those, yet, so I'll keep you in suspense.  Hopefully, not for so long this time, but I'm not making any promises, lol.

Happy Stitching!

Tuesday, May 14, 2013


I know, I know.  I've been bad about visiting.  And I'm really, really behind on reading blogs, too.  Ah, well, such is life sometimes.  I've been stitching very little, so no real incentive to blog about nothing.  I did finish a pair of socks in the past week or two and have started a new pair.

Helen Socks
Lorna's Laces Solemate

Helen Socks by verybusymonkey.  (Well, I was going to link it, but Blogger doesn't want to cooperate).  These were done in Lorna's Laces Solemate in Magnificent Mile. 

And I have started Jamaican Me Crazy by Adrienne Fong. 

I've been spending more time getting back to my genealogy after about a six month hiatus.  I'm currently contemplating doing a separate blog on that, but do I really need another thing to keep up with??  No, but I feel it would help me organize my thoughts.  I'm also struggling with questions of privacy (I would not put living people on the blog, but still...).  I may start a private blog and then decide whether to delete it or make it public at a later date.  Just like with this blog, I so enjoy reading about other's projects and far away places and I'd like to think I can contribute and inspire and encourge others as I have been.  Or we're all just show-offs and braggarts and this is how we do it?  Or maybe that's just me. 

Happy Stitching or whatever it is you're doing,

Sunday, March 31, 2013

At Last...

And the Pomatomuses (Pomatomi?) are finished!

Cookie A

Pattern:  Pomatomus by Cookie A
Yarn:  Knit Picks Stroll Tonal in Deep Waters
Needles:  Size US 1 DPN's
Modifications:  substituted M1's for the yarnovers.

Here are the next two pair of socks:

And here is the first pair started:

These are Helen Socks by verybusymonkey in Lorna's Laces Solemate Magnificent Mile.

Happy Easter and Happy Stitching!

Wednesday, February 27, 2013


Well, we all know life gets in the way of fun sometimes.  Work is doing it's level best to turn me into a raving lunatic and other bits and pieces are adding to the stress.  Haven't been doing much stitching, but I did manage to finally finish page 15 (or is it 16 now?  I've lost count again) on Nature's Little Helper. 

I finished the Nine to Five socks.

And I've started the infamous Pomatomus socks which I have been coveting since before I started knitting socks.  (I'm substituting M1's for the YO's). 

Good news is, spring is springing around these parts.  We're supposed to see the sun again soon, which there has been precious little of this year it seems.  I still have a bajillion things to get done, so I guess I'd better get cracking. 

Happy Stitching!