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Sunday, December 20, 2015

Doodle-head Stitches Episode 20

Finishing Frenzy

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Show Notes

Knitting
Quilting
Miscellany
Happy crafting all!

Sunday, December 06, 2015

Doodle-head Stitches episode 19

2015 Countdown and 2016 Planning

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Show Notes

Knitting
Quilting
Crochet
Cross Stitch
  • Magnificent Wizard - I pulled this existing WIP back out and stitched a little on the wizard and backstitched some of the dragon.
Miscellany

Happy crafting all!

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Doodle-head stitches Episode 18

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Show Notes

Knitting
  • Josephine shawl - finished! This is a project I kept at work mostly to knit at lunch, or took to waiting rooms for doctors' appointments or car services, etc.
  • Hiro sweater - the first sleeve is making progress.
  • Be With You shawl - Clue 4 was finished, working on Clue 5.
  • Maize Mitts - finished!
  • I started a new pair of mitts for another recipient, this time the pattern is Vancouver Fog, and I'm knitting them with yarn from Australia indie dyer Toomuc Valley Yarns.
Quilting
  • Eldon gets a little love, still quite a lot of inset seams to do to finish this quilt top.
  • Jungle Baby quilt - 7 blocks left to quilt. One block to re-quilt a portion.
  • Chateau Hexagon - working on block 4.
Crochet

Cross Stitch

Update on the Prairie Schooler ABC Charts giveaway: Since I never heard from the original winner and had no way to get in touch with her, a new winner has been chosen. Random Number Generator selected #10, Margaret! Please contact me with your address so I can get your charts out to you - congratulations!

Happy crafting all!

Sunday, November 15, 2015

A Feathered Friend Finish!

I just put the finishing stitches in my first Mill Hill Laurel Burch kitty tonight! Here is Feathered Friend, hooray!

Feathered Friend finished

Happy dancing with my first cross stitch finish of 2015. :)

Sunday, November 08, 2015

Doodle-head Stitches Episode 17

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Show Notes

Knitting:
Quilting:
Crochet: I started making more squares for my Sock Scraps Granny Square blanket. I got some sparkle rainbow mini skeins from Canon Hand Dyes to sprinkle in among the other squares.

Cross Stitch: I finished the bottom left corner of Spooky House. I also worked some more on Feathered Friend and may have a happy dance there by the end of the year.

Happy crafting!

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Doodle-head Stitches Episode 16

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Show Notes

Knitting:
Quilting:
  • Jungle Baby quilt - All of the interior blocks are quilted. Next I will start on the exterior blocks.
  • A Rainbow Garden - block 10 of 13 is complete.
  • Eldon - the bottom left blocks are pieced together.
After Eldon is pieced, I plan to get back to Smith Mountain Morning by Bonnie Hunter, and after I finish A Rainbow Garden, I would like to either start Wind in the Whiskers by McKenna Ryan (link may expire) or re-start Hop To It by Edyta Sitar.

Crochet: I added 5 squares to my Sock Scraps Granny Square blanket, bringing the total to 80 attached.

Cross Stitch: I stitched more of the greenery at the bottom left area of Spooky House.

Happy crafting!

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Doodle-head Stitches Episode 15

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Show Notes

Knitting: I've worked on 6 different knitting projects since the last time I updated - a little bit of each.
  • Monkey socks - the legs are finished, and I'm working on the heel flaps
  • Be With You shawl - I've worked a little more on clue 2, a different color of lace, with more beads
  • Voodoo MKAL - finished Clue 1
  • Hitchhiker shawl - 37 of 42 teeth now, so I met my goal again of 1 pattern repeat per week.
  • Hiro sweater - I've made it through the first body increase.
  • Cupcake Mittlets - finished one mitt except for the thumb, and started the second mitt
Quilting: My first green hexie block of the Over the Rainbow Quilt is finished.

I'm also working a little each week on quilting the Jungle Baby quilt. I've included a photo for a closeup view, since the video camera not showing it very well.

closeup of quilting of the Jungle Baby quilt

Crochet: I added 3 squares to my Sock Scraps Granny Square blanket, bringing the total to 75 attached. I also continue to crochet new granny squares.

Cross Stitch: I finished-finished (with the small exception of sewing closed the little hole I used to stuff it) my Pumpkin Patch pincushion.

I filled out more of the far right pumpkin on my DVG Pumpkin Patch Pillow.

I also started stitching the greenery at the bottom left area of Spooky House.

I shared another older WIP that I want to get back to, Around the World in 80 Stitches.

The Autumn Mosaic pillow I showed was from an issue of Cross Stitch and Needlework magazine, not Stitcher's World as I mentioned.

My favorite tapestry needles are Bohin needles. They carry them at 1-2-3 Stitch if you can't find them at your local needlework shop.

Giveaway: The winner was announced at the end of the podcast. Congratulations, and thanks to all who entered!!

Audiobook: I'm currently listening to the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas and highly recommend it if you're into that sort of story.

Happy crafting!

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Prairie Schooler ABC charts giveaway (updated)

You read that right! I am no longer stitching the Prairie Schooler ABC designs, and I know that they are out of print. So here is your chance to win all of the charts!


What do you have to do? Simply comment on this blog post and leave your name in your comment. I will announce the winner during my next podcast.


**Updated - winner announced on the podcast (Episode 15) and in the comments below.

Doodle-head Stitches Episode 14

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Show Notes

Knitting:I've started working on clue 2 of the Be With You shawl and there are beads!.

My Hitchhiker shawl has 35 of 42 teeth now, so I met my goal again of 1 pattern repeat per week.

My Hiro sweater has a little more progress - I've made it through the waist decreases and am working my way up the body towards the increases section.

I am planning to participate in the Voodoo MKAL with BooKnits that starts October 1.These are the yarn and beads I'm planning to use.

Quilting: My first green hexie block has 4 of 6 rows now for my Over the Rainbow Quilt. It was the only project which saw even a small bit of progress this time.

I mention a blog post by Leah Day in which she suggests more frequent, but shorter practice sessions.

Crochet: I added 4 squares to my Sock Scraps Granny Square blanket, bringing the total to 72 attached.

Cross Stitch: My kitty's head is fully backstitched, as is the bird in Feathered Friends.

I also worked on Mirabilia's Bluebeard's Princess, my DVG Pumpkin Patch Pillow, and the crewel project Textured Floral. I use finger cots such as these to grip the needle when pulling it through the fabric.

Apparently I forgot to talk about starting multiple similar projects in cross stitch, but I was referring to my project start frenzy of 2001 with all of the TW projects I mentioned in an earlier blog post. I just don't want to go crazy and do that again.

Giveaway: Enter the Prairie Schooler ABC Charts Giveaway here! The winner will be announced in my next podcast.

Happy crafting!

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Cross stitch projects - two lists

So, after much consideration, I've divided my cross stitch projects into two lists. I've decided to call the projects that I'm no longer interested in stitching "Retired projects." As I mentioned in the last post, they have served their purposes, and it is time to let them go.

Retired Projects

Aurora
Avatar
Celestial Dragon
Deco Spirits
Dragon Ride
Enchanter
Magical Night
Pageant Kings
PS ABC Quilt
Use It Up Sampler

The other projects I am planning to continue at this point (and at least one of these may be reevaluated in the future) are as follows.

Current Working Projects

Around the World in 80 Stitches
Bluebeard's Princess
Chinese Dragon Gate
Desert Landscapes Mandala
Egyptian Sampler
Feathered Friend
In the Garden
Kitty Litter
Magnificent Wizard
Pumpkins Pillow
Spooky House
Textured Floral (crewel)

That still leaves me with a lot of WIPs, some of them quite large, but it also frees my spirit to ensure that they are ones I enjoy stitching. I have learned the things the retired projects needed to teach me, and it is time to move forward and learn and enjoy new things.

I have also decided to de-kit most of the projects. Some have fabric which can be used in small items, and of course, a lot of DMC floss and some beads and metallics that will go back into the main collection, waiting for their day with a new project. I'm already feeling lighter, and looking forward to sharing with you my progress on 3 WIPS on the next podcast! :)

Monday, September 21, 2015

Cross Stitch WIPS musings

Lately I've been doing a lot of thinking about my cross stitch projects -- about the projects I currently have in progress, and about the projects I'd like to do some day (sooner rather than later). This has led to some serious re-evaluation of those current projects, many of which are large and for which finishes are far in the future, based on the amount of time I currently spend working on cross stitch in relation to all my other hobbies.

I have kept a little table on a page in the cross stitch section of my web site, and it is very easy to pop that over into an Excel spreadsheet and sort by one column or another. Today, I sorted by Date Started. This was my result:

Date Started Project Name
5/12/2001 Celestial Dragon
6/11/2001 Enchanter
7/29/2001 Magical Night
8/6/2001 Dragon Ride
1/13/2002 Pageant Kings
11/10/2002 Magnificent Wizard
1/7/2003 Egyptian Sampler
6/8/2003 Aurora
6/8/2003 Avatar
11/22/2009 PS ABC Quilt
1/17/2010 Kitty Litter
2/27/2010 Spooky House
9/15/2010 Textured Floral (crewel)
10/9/2010 In the Garden
1/16/2011 Deco Spirits
4/25/2011 Desert Landscapes Mandala
8/4/2011 Chinese Dragon Gate
12/5/2011 Use It Up Sampler
5/11/2012 Around the World in 80 Stitches
8/8/2012 Pumpkins Pillow
8/1/2013 Bluebeard's Princess
6/26/2015 Feathered Friend

Of course, I know what happened back in 2001. I've probably even blogged about it before. I found a wonderful online community of stitchers, and my whole world opened up. The Teresa Wentzler Bulletin Board was a wonderful hangout, and with it came lots of enabling. I had stitched Teresa's design, "The Castle" and then found so many other designs that I wanted to have. Of course, to have those designs, I had to stitch them. But instead of starting one, and working on it singly before starting another one of her designs, I felt the need to start four (and then another one in 2003).

Fast forward a little bit, and I have completed several Black Swan Designs patterns which I absolutely adored, Cymberleah, Dragon Heart, Merrick, and Lucien. Then I found a couple of their other designs which I liked okay, but not as much as those four. So, I decided to go ahead and do those too. I was like, "start and stitch ALL the things!" Unfortunately, I still haven't come to love those two designs, Aurora and Avatar, as much as I love the other ones. In fact, I've completely fallen out of like with Aurora, even through she is probably the closest to being finished of my large projects.

So, I'm taking a look at my list of Cross Stitch WIPs with a critical eye, and I'm going to be paring them down. A lot. I'm going to pull each project out and decide whether I really want to continue it to the end, or if I would be happier to just say it has done its duty. Perhaps someone else would like to finish it for themselves? I'm thinking I'll put up a list here within a few days of all of the projects I plan to abandon. We'll see where it goes from there. I may offer them up for the taking, or I may just de-kit them (or a combination of the two). I know this: I will not feel guilty about them, whatever my decisions. I'm looking forward to working on some of the other lovely designs I've had in stash for years that I've been unable to start because of the piles and piles of unfinished WIPs taking up space on the shelves.

Edited to add one project which I'd forgotten, and which wasn't in my table

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Doodle-head Stitches Episode 13

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Show Notes

Knitting: I finished the Vineyard Lace Mitts. One holiday gift down, several more to go!

I'm still working on clue 1 of the Be With You shawl.

My Hitchhiker shawl has 33 of 42 teeth now, so I met my goal again of 1 pattern repeat per week.

My Hiro sweater has a little more progress - I've made it to the second waist decrease.

Quilting: I added 3 new hexagons to my first green block of the Over the Rainbow Quilt. I'd like to finish this block before the next podcast.

The Jungle Baby quilt is sandwiched, ready to be machine quilted. Now to practice some machine quilting and figure out how I want to quilt it.

I finally finished hand-quilting the center block of Fall Frolic. Hand-quilting takes a while to do, so I'm not sure when we'll see this quilt on the podcast again, but I plan to work on it again soon.

I finished piecing in the background diamonds for the final block of Eldon. Piecing the quilt top together has commenced.

I started and finished a new set of Cotton Theory reversible placemats - Fall colors on one side and Christmas colors / fabrics on the other.

Crochet: I added 5 squares to my Sock Scraps Granny Square blanket, bringing the total to 68 attached.

Cross Stitch: My kitty has a feathered friend-in-progress in Feathered Friends.

Happy crafting!

Thursday, September 03, 2015

Eldon blocks are all pieced

Eldon blocks on design wall waiting assembly

Yes! All 16 are now pieced and ready for me to begin piecing them all together. It will take a while to do that, since the seams are all set-in (as in the blocks), but I'm so close now!

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Doodle-head Stitches Episode 12

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Show Notes

Knitting: I finished weaving in the ends on my Sea Dragon Shawl and I love, love, love it!

I also finished Zuzu's Petals.

My Hitchhiker shawl has 31 of 42 teeth now, so I met my goal of 1 pattern repeat per week.

My Hiro sweater has some progress - I've made it to the first waist decrease.

I started two more new knitting projects! Some Vineyard Lace Mitts that will be a holiday gift, and a Be With You shawl for me (with beads! yes!).

Quilting: The Jungle Baby quilt backing is pieced. Now to sandwich it together with batting and the top and get it ready to quilt.

I also finished piecing in the background diamonds for block 15 of 16 of Eldon. So close to piecing the top together now!

Crochet: I found my crochet hook that I had misplaced! I also added 3 squares to my Sock Scraps Granny Square blanket.

Cross Stitch: My kitty has a face in Feathered Friends. It was in its project bag where I found my lost crochet hook too - absolutely no idea why I put it in there.

Miscellany: My favorite coffee ever comes from Bean Central coffee roasters. My favorite flavors (I get the decaf) are Vanilla Nut and Pumpkin Spice.

Happy crafting!

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Picking up a hitchhiker (shawl)

I counted up the number of "teeth" on my Hitchhiker shawl and I now have 30 (so I had 29 at the time of my latest podcast). Here is a shot of the progress so far - I last took a progress photo in February when I had 20 teeth.


As I mentioned, I do not like working with the yarn (Plymouth Diversity), but I do want the finished progress. So it's not going as quickly as I'd like, but I will finish it one of these days. :)

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Jungle Baby quilt top

Here is the finished quilt top, and I'm currently working on figuring out the backing that I'll be piecing together before sandwiching the layers for piecing.

Jungle Baby quilt top pieced

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Doodle-head Stitches Episode 11

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Show Notes

Knitting: I finished my Sea Dragon Shawl except for weaving in the ends. Ends are my nemesis it seems... I have to force myself to weave them in so that I can actually wear my beautiful shawl!

I also shared my progress on my Hitchhiker shawl and Monkey socks.

I started not just one, but two new knitting projects! A new sweater called Hiro, and Zuzu's Petals, which is a cowl / shawlette hybrid and uses a pretty gradient sport weight yarn.

Quilting: The Jungle Baby quilt top is pieced. Now to figure out what I'm going to do for the backing.

The borders of the blue Over the Rainbow hexagon blocks are finished, and I'm on to piecing the first green hexie block.

I also finished piecing in the background diamonds for block 14 of 16 of Eldon.

Crochet: No crochet progress this week.

Cross Stitch: I'm still working on Part 4 of Chatelaine's Desert Landscapes Mandala. I stitched some of the beaded snake and I love how it looks.

Miscellany: We are slowly introducing into the household a new kitty, Pepé - she's an indoor / outdoor cat, and she belongs to a neighbor but spends a lot of time at our house. It's a challenge with the existing girls, but I'm hoping we can work it out. :) And CC and I are spending time playing a new-to-us game called Borderlands. It's one that we can play local co-op, and I'm getting used to the first-person-shooter gameplay. It's another good stress-reliever.

Happy crafting!

Tuesday, August 04, 2015

Over the Rainbow: blue hexies

7 blue hexie blocks finished

My hexie blocks are now approximately 42% complete as I've finished 3 of the 7 colors (blue, purple, and pink). I'm now just starting to piece green hexies together into their first block, and it's so exciting!

Sunday, August 02, 2015

Doodle-head Stitches Episode 10, Two Happy Dances

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Show Notes

Knitting: I finished my Stella shawl! I also started and finished a beaded knit Pioneer Cuff.

I have knit over half of the final of six colors in the gradient Seven Sisters Yarns used in my Sea Dragon Shawl by Ambah. I'm hoping to finish it before the next podcast episode.

Quilting: The Jungle Baby quilt blocks are pieced, and now I just need to lay them out and start sewing them together.

I also finished piecing all of the blue hexagons for the 7th block, and have trimmed all blue blocks square. I'm now adding borders before I move on to the green hexies.

I broke down and purchased a new appliqué die - I want to make a Butterflies quilt. I also got some Batik layer cakes which might be used to make the butterfly quilt. Edyta also shows in a video how to use the die to make a butterfly block.

Crochet: My Scrappy Sock Yarn Granny Square Blanket now has 58 attached blocks, with many more ready to be attached.

If you're interested in the Susan Bates crochet hook changes, there is some interesting information at Ultimate Crochet Hook Review: Susan Bates controversy. Ambassador Crochet has a good write-up of the differences on the Change in Susan Bates Hook Design blog post. Susan Bates silvalume crochet hooks have been my favorite, and I am definitely not happy to learn that they have changed them. I will be much more careful with the ones I have (not to lose them).

Cross Stitch: I'm working on Part 4 of Chatelaine's Desert Landscapes Mandala. I really want to finish this section before moving on to a different cross stitch project.

Miscellany: Mom and Dad stopped by the Fiestaware outlet (Homer Laughlin China Company) on a recent trip they took, and they brought us some souvenirs - this is perfect!

Spooky House mug with Spooky House project

Happy crafting everyone!

Sunday, July 19, 2015

SSK 2015 stash indulgence

I was so pleased to go to the SSK (Super Summer Knit-together) 2015 Market during the time it was open to the public, and I might have gone just a little crazy.

I wanted something from every vendor, but limited myself to these, since I would like to retire one day and probably shouldn't spend every cent of my earnings now...

Left, a project bag in Star Trek: The Next Generation fabric from Tangerine Designs, and right, a project bag in some Tula Pink fabric from Fat Squirrel Fibers, score!!!

Top row, left to right:
  • Leading Men Fiber Arts, Show Stopper base - Venetian Sunset
  • Leading Men Fiber Arts, Spotlight base - Avery
  • Leading Men Fiber Arts, Show Stopper base - You Never Know
  • Must Stash Yarn, Perfect Sock (OCD Skein) - Theory
  • Must Stash Yarn, Perfect Sock (OCD Skein) -  Kama Sutra
  • Knittyandcolor, Dubstep DK base - Sleepy Hollow

Bottom row, left to right:
  • Miss Babs, Yummy base, Pewter
  • Miss Babs, Sojourn base, Berlin
  • Miss Babs, Sojourn base, Favorite Boots
  • Sheep Dreamery, Patapsco base, Ginger and Wasabi
  • Gynx Yarn, Strong Sport base, Pyreflies
  • Highland Handmades, Green Ash Worsted base, Black Cap

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Doodle-head Stitches, Episode 9

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Show Notes

Knitting: I started the Stella shawl! It became an official knit-along just after the last podcast, and the knit-along started in July. It is also a knit-along on the designer's Ravelry group. Both end around the first of August, so the needles are flying fast and furious to knit it within the time frame. I'm 65% complete, and I'm using two colors of Malabrigo Mechita, Ninfas and Impressionist Sky.

I have started on the final of six colors in the gradient Seven Sisters Yarns used in my Sea Dragon Shawl by Ambah. This sixth color is a deep blue with just a hint of green, and is my probably my second favorite color.

Quilting: I figured out the block design and cutting measurements for the quilt I plan to make as a baby quilt for my grand-nephew. It will have 35 blocks total - 18 blocks with a green "border" and 17 alternate blocks with a patterned "border". I've pieced 9 of the blocks together so far, and have the rest of the blocks ready to piece.

Crochet: My Scrappy Sock Yarn Granny Square Blanket now has 51 attached blocks, with many more ready to be attached.

Cross Stitch: The Feathered Friends by Mill Hill (Laurel Burch collection) project saw a little un-stitching, then a little re-stitching, then a little bit more progress.

Miscellany: I'm heading out to the SSK Market session that is open to the public, and I'm looking forward to seeing some of my favorite indie dyers, perhaps buying some more yarn?

I also talk about my fondness for listening to audiobooks while crafting. Many libraries carry them, which is where I discovered them myself. Unabridged audiobooks are my favorite.

Happy crafting everyone!

Friday, July 03, 2015

Doodle-head Stitches Episode 8

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Show Notes

Knitting: I have started on the fifth of six colors in the gradient Seven Sisters Yarns used in my Sea Dragon Shawl by Ambah. This fifth color is a deep teal, and is my new favorite.

My Monkey Socks, saw a little bit of love, and they now have three repeats of the pattern each.

I am going to be starting the Stella shawl as an unofficial knit-along in August with several other stitchers from my LYS, the Haus of Yarn. I'm using two colors of Malabrigo Mechita, Ninfas and Impressionist Sky.

Quilting: I am nearly finished with block 7 of 7 pieced for my Over the Rainbow quilt by Tacha Bruecher and I am still making my green hexies for the next set of blocks. I will crop the blue hexie blocks to square and add the borders before starting the green hexie blocks.

I picked up some more Tula Pink fabrics and some fabrics that I plan to use to make a baby quilt for my grand-nephew. I'm using EQ7 (Electric Quilt) to design my blocks based on a quilt I saw in an email, not sure if it was from a quilt shop or where, but when I searched online, I found a reference to it on Made by Rae. You can see the fabrics I picked up in this post on weekend shopping.

Crochet: My Scrappy Sock Yarn Granny Square Blanket now has 42 attached blocks.

Cross Stitch: Mirabilia's Deco Spirits received a little more attention. I worked on some of the shaded areas of the body (grays), before moving on and starting...

Yes, I started Feathered Friends by Mill Hill (Laurel Burch collection). I couldn't resist.

I also worked on Chatelaine's Desert Landscapes Mandala. I re-charted the section I was having trouble with (the symbols were too similar), and now I'm able to stitch the feathers without frustration.

Miscellany: I also picked up some size 6 beads from my local bead shop and plan to use them for a shawl or cuff (or both), probably for the Laura Nelkin Craftsy class, Knitting with Beads. And my favorite tapestry needles are the Bohin ones - I've even converted several friends to using them. :) And here is a picture of the bags I made for our little get-together. I think everyone was pleased.


Edited to add: I forgot to add the link for the Tula Pink quilt I am planning to make with all of the Tula Pink fabrics I've been collecting. It is her City Sampler quilt. I saw May Chappell's City Sampled on point, and fell in love.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Weekend shopping

I got together with some friends this weekend and we did a little visiting, catching up, stitching, and shopping.

Yes, I said shopping. Surprise, surprise. :)

We visited a yarn shop, a quilt shop, a bead shop, and a couple of needlework shops. This is what elected to come home with me.


Left, a cute owl fat quarter; top right, a few fabrics from Tula Pink's Saltwater line; and bottom right, a complete fat quarters collection of Tula Pink's Elizabeth line.



Two different views of the collection of fat quarters (right) that I got to make a baby quilt, along with a fabric I'm going to use to tie it all together (the solid green) and the fabric I plan to use to bind it (blue with white lines, and white, green, and black dashes)


Left, several packages of my favorite tapestry needles, Bohin, and right, (continuing my apparent obsession with Malabrigo yarn), Malabrigo Sock in Ivy and Natural


5 different colors of size 6 glass beads for possible beaded knitting projects. Does it matter that I haven't yet started or completed even one beaded knitting project? No, because I love beads, and I love knitting, and I just imagine I will love putting them together. :) And if I don't? I can always make necklaces, bracelets, or find some other use for them.

I also worked on three (yes, I said three!) cross stitch projects. I took another stab at Chatelaine's Desert Landscapes Mandala and finished a feather. I'll talk about that in the next podcast, along with what I did to overcome some of the difficulties I was having with it.

Have a great rest of the weekend everyone!

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Doodle-head Stitches Episode 7

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Show Notes

Knitting: I started and finished a second pair Rip Current Mitts by Melissa Tuttle Sibley (these are for my Mom). They are knit with KnittyandColor's Indie Rock Worsted yarn in the Constellation Colorway.

I am halfway through knitting the sections of my Sea Dragon Shawl by Ambah using Seven Sisters Yarn - I've finished the increases and now I'm working on the decreases, into the fourth of six colors.

And I started a new pair of socks! They are the Monkey Socks by Cookie A., and the Monkey Socks pattern is still currently free on Knitty.com. I'm using my newly-acquired Tweedy Toes Sock Yarn from 2 Guys Yarn in the Across the Bay colorway, along with my new favorite double-pointed needles, Knitter's Pride Karbonz.

Quilting: I have started block 7 of 7 pieced for my Over the Rainbow quilt by Tacha Bruecher and I am still making my green hexies for the next set of blocks. I used my Sizzix Big Shot Pro die cutter to cut the black strips I'll be using in the borders around all of the rest of my blocks. It definitely made the cutting faster and easier with strip dies. The helpful book, The Big Little Book of Fabric Die Cutting Tips, was by Ebony Love. Unfortunately, it may be out of print now. But Ebony has lots of die-cutting video tips on her Love Bug Studios YouTube Channel.

I've also finished block 13 of 16 for Eldon by Edyta Sitar.

Crochet: My Scrappy Sock Yarn Granny Square Blanket now has 36 attached blocks.

Cross Stitch: I pulled out Mirabilia's Deco Spirits for some attention. Will I continue working on her, or will I start a new small Mill Hill project next weekend when I get together with friends? Tune in next time to find out!

Miscellany: I finished the lined drawstring bags I was working on last episode. I also shared a bit of yarn and fabric stash enhancement, and mused about upcoming projects.

Friday, June 05, 2015

Doodle-head Stitches Episode 6

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Show Notes

Knitting: I finished the ninth Age of Brass and Steam kerchief, my Enchanted Isle Socks, and I'm still working in the second color on my Sea Dragon Shawl.

Quilting: I finished block 6 of 7 pieced for my Over the Rainbow quilt by Tacha Bruecher and I am still making my green hexies for the next set of blocks. Her interview with Alex Anderson is on YouTube. I also started and finished block 9 of 13 for my A Rainbow Garden wool felt and flannel quilt by Heart to Hand that was a block of the month by Primitive Gatherings Quilt Shop.

Crochet: My Scrappy Sock Yarn Granny Square Blanket now has 30 attached blocks, which is 10% if I am going to do 300. I am still loving this project!

Cross Stitch: Spooky House by Sandra Parlow for X's and Oh's saw a bit of backstitching this time around. I finished backstitching all of the tree branches and the fangs around the front door.

Miscellany: The tutorial I used for the lined drawstring bags is by In Color Order. I love her blog, and she has quite a few useful (free!) tutorials. I found my new colored pencils on Amazon, but I'm sure you could find them elsewhere as well. I splurged and got the set of 72 Prismacolor Colored Pencils since I had some points built up.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Doodle-head Stitches Episode 5

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Show Notes

Knitting: I've been working some more on my ninth Age of Brass and Steam kerchief, and I've gotten to the second color on my Sea Dragon Shawl.

Quilting: I finished block 12 on Eldon by Edyta Sitar. I have about 2/3 of block 6 of 7 pieced for my Over the Rainbow quilt by Tacha Bruecher and I am steadily making my green hexies for the next set of blocks. I also finally finished block 8 of 13 for my A Rainbow Garden wool felt and flannel quilt by Heart to Hand that was a block of the month by Primitive Gatherings Quilt Shop.

Crochet: My Scrappy Sock Yarn Granny Square Blanket saw no progress, but I did do a little bit of crochet this week. I finished 2 new coasters using the book 101 Small Doilies book by American School of Needlework. I mistakenly gave credit for the book in the video to Leisure Arts.

Cross Stitch: I'm still working on Spooky House by Sandra Parlow for X's and Oh's. I've finished the cross stitch on the front door and will be backstitching that section next.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Doodle-head Stitches Episode 4

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Show Notes

Knitting: My classes were wonderful at Stitches South, and I learned a LOT! In my last post, I showed off my Stitches South 2015 purchases, and it was quite a haul. I also worked on my Enchanted Isle socks while I was at there, in between classes. After the convention, was over I finished my High Plains Poncho! And I started two new projects, a ninth Age of Brass and Steam kerchief, and a Sea Dragon Shawl. The Sea Dragon Shawl pattern can be seen on Ravelry. You can also see the multitude of Sea Dragon Shawls that have been stitched in all different colors and yarns. I love Ravelry for putting all of this information (and more!) in one place so you don't have to go looking all over the web to get ideas and information.

Crochet: I've connected 22 squares on my Scrappy Sock Yarn Granny Square Blanket. I got some more mini-skeins from one of the vendors at Stitches South The Amy Lee Show (Canon Hand Dyes), who is also on Etsy.

Quilting: Eldon by Edyta Sitar didn't see any progress this week because I had my sewing machine in for service, but I have the next block picked out, ready now that I have my machine back. I have about half of block 6 of 7 pieced for my Over the Rainbow quilt by Tacha Bruecher.

Cross Stitch: I'm still working on Spooky House by Sandra Parlow for X's and Oh's. I've worked a little more on the front of the house where the flames are and the windows / front porch.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Stitches South 2015 Haul

Also includes a couple of things I received in the mail during Stitches South week. :)

Left to right: 3 packages of mini skeins from Canon Hand Dyes (self striping, variegated, and tonal rainbow), 2 packages of mini skeins from MermaidKnitting on Etsy, and one package of mini skeins from Knitty and Color on Etsy.

Top row, left to right: (1) Indie Rock Worsted, Constellation colorway, from Knitty and Color on Etsy, (2) 3 skeins of Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light, Geode colorway, (3) Super Sheep DK from Holiday Yarns in the Aerial View and Irish Red colorways, (4) Tweedy Toes by 2 Guys Yarn Company in the Across the Bay colorway.

Bottom row, left to right: (1) Argentum by Fleur de Fiber in the Puppet Bike at Night colorway, (2) Pixie by Dragonfly Fibers in the Titanium and District 13 colorways, (3) Superwash Sock by HPKY in the Forest colorway, (4) Sock Donegal by HPKY in the Carmen colorway, and (5) Fred Sock by Rains Obsessive Stitchery in the Shuteyetown colorway.

Top row, left to right: (1) Peppino by Rhichard Devrieze in the Nashville Collection colorway Honky Tonk, (2) Meridian by Seven Sisters Arts Yarn in the Huggin and One Off colorways, (3) a YarnIt, to hold my yarn as I knit, and (4) an Ablet Knitting Abacaus bracelet.

Bottom row, left to right: (1) Fred Sock by Rains Obsessive Stitchery in the Grand Banks colorway, (2) Zaftig by The Verdant Gryphon in the Queen Alexandra's Birdwing colorway, (3) Meridian by Seven Sisters Arts Yarn in the Curry colorway and the Seaweed colorshift mini skeins pack, (4) a Lo-Lo Bar in the Bergamot scent, and (5) a small (2-8) set of Hiya Hiya interchangeable needles.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Doodle-head Stitches Episode 3

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Show Notes

Knitting: My Joyful Joyful hat is finished! I've also finished the back panel, seamed the two panels together, and started the edging on my High Plains Poncho. One of the videos I used to help me figure out the seaming was How to Graft Live Stitches to a Cast On Edge. The other was Vertical to Horizontal Seam.

Crochet: I've connected 12 squares on my Scrappy Sock Yarn Granny Square Blanket. Some of the mini skeins I am using were purchased from Mermaid Knitting on Etsy.

Quilting: I've finished piecing another block (11 of 16) on Eldon by Edyta Sitar on the machine. I also finished blue hexie block 5 of 7 and started #6 for my Over the Rainbow quilt by Tacha Bruecher.

All of my Eldon blocks so far

Cross Stitch: I'm now working on Spooky House by Sandra Parlow for X's and Oh's. I've finished the moon, I've been filling in the backstitching for the tree, and I've worked a little on the front of the house where the flames are and the windows / front porch.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Blue hexie block 5

Block 5 (of 7) is finished, and I've just put together the first two hexies for block 6. Here is block 5!


This also gives an idea of just how little the sock scrap granny squares are. And yes, this one is almost neon in its colors. :)


I'm diligently working away on my knitted poncho, I've finished my Joyful Joyful hat, and I've picked up a different cross stitch WIP to work on this week. More to come!

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Doodle-head Stitches Episode 2

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Show Notes
I'm wearing my knitted Age of Brass and Steam kerchief.

Knitting: I've finished the front panel and started the back panel of my High Plains Poncho and I share my progress on my Joyful Joyful hat, which is getting close to being finished.

Crochet: I've connected a few more squares on my Scrappy Sock Yarn Granny Square Blanket. Some of the mini skeins I purchased were from Mermaid Knitting on Etsy.

Quilting: I've finished piecing two more blocks on Eldon by Edyta Sitar on the machine and I'm working on blue hexie block 5 of 7 for my Over the Rainbow quilt by Tacha Bruecher. I also started making some green hexies. And I shared my happy dance - the Waterlily Pond Quilt (Chatelaine Designs) is finished!


Cross Stitch: I'm still working on Pumpkin Patch Pillow by Donna Vermillion Giampa, and I've finished the top right corner.

Stash Enhancement: My final shipment in the Vampire Romance Club came in from Voolenvine Yarns. The shipment contained a cute fangs stitch marker from One Geek To Craft Them All. And I received 4 skeins of self-striping sock yarn that I had ordered from Desert Vista Dyeworks. I also got one of each of the Laurel Burch cats Mill Hill kits (the evenweave versions).

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Two Eldon blocks done

In the time since my first podcast, I have finished putting the background diamonds into two blocks, yay! Here are those two blocks. This leaves me with 6 left to do before I can begin putting them all together.



I've been working on some other stuff in the meantime, and look forward to sharing those things with you soon!

Sunday, April 05, 2015

Sneak peek of what I'm working on

I have a wall in my sewing room which has been waiting for a wallhanging. I intentionally left this wall blank so that I can hang one of my quilts in the space. It has now been over a year since we moved, and that wall is still blank, so I made up my mind last week to pull my Waterlily Pond quilt top out of storage and quilt it! I had to wait until today to get started, but I basted it together with the backing and some batting, and I have finally begun quilting it. I took tomorrow off as a vacation day so I could devote more time to it, since I knew I wouldn't be able to finish it today (obviously). I hope I can really make some progress tomorrow, even if I don't finish it by the end of the day (but one can dream, right?).

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Putting it all out there

I made my first video podcast today and posted it to YouTube. I hope you enjoy!

Edited to add some show notes!



Show Notes
I'm wearing my most recently finished object, a knitted Ombré Infinity Cowl

Knitting: I'm currently working on the High Plains Poncho and my Enchanted Isle socks.

Project bags: I made the ones shown on this episode using the Open Wide Zippered Pouch tutorial by Noodle-head. I extrapolated her measurements a bit to get the bigger bag.

Crochet: I've started a Scrappy Sock Yarn Granny Square Blanket, and I'm using the tutorial that Kay Jones of the Bakery Bears podcast demonstrated at the end of their podcast, episode 17.

Quilting: I'm currently piecing Eldon by Edyta Sitar on the machine and Over the Rainbow by Tacha Bruecher by hand.

The craft boxes I use to store my hexies are Darice Bead Organizers. I got mine at either Wal-mart or Michaels.

Cross Stitch: I'm currently working on Pumpkin Patch Pillow by Donna Vermillion Giampa.

Stash Enhancement: I bought a skein of Dream in Color Jilly in the color Brilliant from my local yarn store. I plan to make Antarktis by Janina Kallio.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Project updates and a finish

What I've been working on lately:

I finished my Ombre Infinity Cowl! I love it - the colors are just wonderful.


And I've started some new projects. I have been watching a lot of knitters beginning crochet granny square blankets with sock yarn scraps. Yay for crochet! The ones I've been seeing are so beautiful, and I've been trying to hold off, but finally gave in. I got some mini skeins and started. They are small, just under 3 inches square. And I will have to figure out what color I will use to edge / join them.


Stilts immediately claimed the blanket as hers, even though it has only just begun.


I am still working on my Emerald Isle socks. I have gotten a little further than this photo - I started on the heel flap of one, and I'm doing my first eye of partridge heel.


I started the Joyful Joyful hat that I got as a kit from Infinite Twist - it's a hand-dyed gradient - and the proceeds of the pattern purchase go to a good cause.


And the last thing I started this weekend, actually today, is the High Plains Poncho. This is another knit-along with Haus of Yarn. I decided it would be perfect for work, since I'm always cold in the office. It will be a lot nicer looking than the cheap blanket I bought from a big-box store. :)


I will probably be focused on the poncho, socks, and hat, with some of the little granny squares thrown in over the next few weeks. I'm also gearing up for Stitches South in April, where I'll be taking 5 classes (yes, 5!). I am really looking forward to Spring!

Saturday, February 28, 2015

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A little of this, a little of that

First off, I started and finished putting together the blue hexies for that color's fourth block of my Over the Rainbow quilt this week.


So at least one quilt saw a bit of attention last week. I have Eldon's next block ready to sew in the background diamonds, but just haven't gotten to that yet. I've been too consumed by - you guessed it - knitting.

I made a little bit of progress on the Hitchhiker shawl, but not as much as I would have if I hadn't had to rip out about 5-6 rows and re-knit them. Putting an afterthought lifeline in garter stitch (fingering weight yarn) is not easy, let me tell you. But I managed to get it done and by the end of the evening, I had re-knit everything I had ripped out.


Another project in slow progress passed a milestone recently - it is officially halfway finished, because it is knit with two 100-gram balls of fingering weight yarn, and I finally finished one ball and joined in the second ball.


I started a couple of new knitting projects while I was at it this week. First up is the Ombre Infinity cowl. I've actually made a little more progress than this today (I've added the third color in now), but here was the progress I had made recently.


And I wanted a new pair of socks on the needles, so I picked one of my lovely new hand-dyed sock yarns and cast on both socks.


Finally, today, while I caught up on some knitting video podcasts, I pulled out my crochet V-Neck Tunic, which I haven't been able to work on for about a year because it just caused too much shoulder / arm irritation every time I tried. Basically, that has been the case for any crochet - I'm guessing it's because of how I hold the needle and the movement of my arm as I crochet.

But I was able to make some pretty good progress today, and my arm / shoulder still feel fine, which makes me very happy, because I've been wanting to work on some crochet WIPs for some time now.


I just joined in the third ball on this panel (either the front or the back, they are the same until at least 16 inches), so I'll go work on the other panel until it's about the same length before working on this panel again. That way my gauge / tension should be about the same on both of them. I still have to remind myself to pull up on the first leg of the double crochet so my stitches are tall enough and I make the height gauge. It's unnatural to me, but I'm determined to make this sweater right. :)

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Happy dancing all over the place

I finished my Beck sweater, and it is so pretty and warm and fits very well! I still need to wash it and clip the ends that are woven in, but here is another rare selfie of me showing it off.


I then started some fingerless mitts for myself, using a skein of the indie-hand-dyed yarn I got recently. This is the Monet's Garden colorway (worsted) from Cyborg's Craft Room on Etsy. The pattern is Rip Current Mitts, a paid-for pattern I got through Ravelry. I finished the first one last night. I love the colors!


Yesterday I took advantage of the new snaps Mom had gotten for us. I made some new DPN project cases, since I use dpns for socks, hats, mitts, anything small in-the-round.


And yesterday we got a lot of freezing rain and then some snow. With the temperatures here never getting close to above freezing, we both stayed home again today since the roads were really treacherous. So I spent some more time in the sewing room and made some more zippered project bags.

Or at least, the last two were zippered. The first one - well, I forgot to put the zipper in. Oops! I really didn't feel like ripping out all the stitching, so I improvised. I put in snaps!


Then I got to looking at it, and decided I would add some detachable straps. Snaps are awesome!



I just love those little raccoons from Tula Pink's Acacia line. I had to dive deep into stash, but I managed to find some nicely coordinating fabrics for this bag.

And then I finished two smaller - zippered - bags. Left is the other paint-by-number fabric that I got a while back, and left is - more raccoons!



Going to work on my second mitt tonight, hope to finish it in the next few days so I'll have something to warm my hands as I work (it's freezing in the office!).