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Sunday, December 04, 2016

Doodle-head Stitches Episode 45

November Wrap-Up


Show Notes

Announcement: Due to some schedule changes at work, I am going to try a once-a-month schedule of podcasting.

Knitting
Quilting
  • Dad's t-shirt quilt - top is pieced
  • Started the Bonnie Hunter En Provence mystery quilt
  • Made a little progress on my Smith Mountain Morning quilt as a leader & ender project
  • Blocks from the Past - Virginia Reel appliqué finished, also pieced Anvil and Clay's Choice blocks

Cross Stitch & Embroidery
  • Pumpkin Patch pillow - another leaf finished
  • Wild Pink Cat - border cross-stitch finished, added some beads in the face
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Happy crafting all!

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Doodle-head Stitches Episode 44

Some knitting issues


Show Notes
Knitting
  • Breathing Space sweater - issue #1, knit a 3-row repeat of the light brown instead of 2 rows, didn't notice it for several more rounds, and I had to rip back and re-knit to correct
  • Antarktis scarf - issue #2, dropped a couple of stitches in the mesh section when I was distracted and had to put my knitting down, and I have no idea how to fix it, and ripping back to the garter stitch section doesn't seem like an option at this point either, so I'm setting this one aside until I figure out what I'm going to do
Quilting
  • Carousel lap quilts - both are finished and gifted
  • Blocks from the Past - Virginia Reel appliqué half-blanket-stitched down

Cross Stitch & Embroidery
  • Pumpkin Patch pillow - one full leaf started and finished, started another leaf
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Happy crafting all!

Sunday, November 06, 2016

Doodle-head Stitches Episode 43

My needles are smokin'


Show Notes
Knitting
  • Nyan cat socks - finished!/li>
  • CC's Fingerless gloves - finished!


  • Breathing Space sweater - short rows are done, back to knitting in the round


  • Smocked Guernsey socks - both heels finished, working on the foot of each


Quilting
  • Carousel lap quilts - both are quilted, Warm Earth version is bound, finished!
  • Dad's T-shirt quilt - middle panel of blocks is pieced
  • Over the Rainbow - Green Hexie block 5 of 7 pieced
  • Blocks from the Past - Churn Dash pieced, Virginia Reel appliqué block ready to stitch down
Crochet
  • Sock scraps granny square blanket - added 2 of the blocks from my Exploration Station yarns
Cross Stitch & Embroidery
  • Wild Pink Cat (Mill Hill) - face is stitched, working on the border stitching
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Happy crafting all!

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Doodle-head Stitches Episode 42

One finish is justification for stash enhancement binge, right?


Show Notes
Knitting
  • Exploration Station shawl - Finished, washed, blocked, wearing!
  • Nyan cat socks - working on the foot, shouldn't be long before another happy dance
  • CC's Fingerless gloves - finally started the second one
Quilting
  • Dad's T-shirt quilt - all blocks are bordered
  • Tula Pink City Sampler - blocks 23-26 are complete
Crochet
  • V-neck tunic - sleeve increases complete
  • Sock scraps granny square blanket - crocheted 3 more blocks from my Exploration Station yarns
Cross Stitch & Embroidery
  • Spooky House - backstitched the steps, started filling in the background for the lattice work beneath the window and porch
Stash enhancement
  • Too much to list! But it's all yummy, and starts at about 16:30 in the video.

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Happy crafting all!

Sunday, October 09, 2016

Doodle-head Stitches Episode 41

The case of the missing sock

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Show Notes
Knitting
  • Exploration Station shawl - Parts 4 and 5 complete, started the bind-off
  • Nyan cat socks - finished the second sock, started the second second sock
Quilting
  • Dad's T-shirt quilt - fusing and trimming blocks nearly complete
Crochet
  • V-neck tunic - more sleeve work in progress
Cross Stitch & Embroidery
  • Spooky House - finished stitching in a window, started lattice work beneath the window and porch
Stash enhancement

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Happy crafting all!

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Doodle-head Stitches Episode 40

More exploration

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Show Notes
Knitting
  • Exploration Station shawl - Part 3 complete, started part 4, nearly 400 stitches on the needles at this point
  • Nyan cat socks - finished heel of second sock
Quilting
  • The cool, "Aurora Borealis" version of the Carousel Lap Quilt top is pieced, and both have been sent to my long-arm quilter
  • A new project started - the first of two T-shirt quilts for my father
Crochet
  • Sock Scraps granny square afghan - one new granny square completed and added to the blanket (108 of 300 now).
Cross Stitch & Embroidery
  • Spooky House - finished the cobblestones stitching, backstitching, and longstitchgng of the grass around the left front

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Happy crafting all!

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Doodle-head Stitches Episode 39

Brioche!

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Show Notes
Knitting
  • Josephine shawl - officially halfway, just added the second ball of yarn
  • Exploration Station shawl - Part 1 complete, started part 2, the brioche!
Quilting
  • A third Fold n Stitch Wreath (patriotic) is complete.
  • The warm / earthy version of the Carousel Lap Quilt top is pieced, and the cool version is about 30% pieced.
Crochet
  • Sock Scraps granny square afghan - one new granny square completed and added to the blanket (Nyan cat color way).
Cross Stitch & Embroidery
  • Wild Pink Cat - has some more wild pink stitched.
  • Spooky House - stitched some on the front steps and the cobblestones around the left front. About ready to backstitch those sections so they can come to life.

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Happy crafting all!

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Doodle-head Stitches Episode 38

Super Short, but with Two Finishes

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Show Notes
Knitting
  • Benton cowl - finished!
  • Breathing Space sweater - started the short rows of striping
Quilting
  • I've finally gotten back to stitching down the binding on Eldon, and it is now about 3/4 complete.
  • Two versions of Carousel Lap Quilt have been started.
Crochet
  • V-neck Tunic #2852 - working concurrently on both sleeves; one pattern repeat complete on one, two pattern repeats complete on the other.
Cross Stitch & Embroidery
  • Jack and the Silver Spider by The Sweetheart Tree is finished!

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Happy crafting all!

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Doodle-head Stitches Episode 37

Hobby juggling

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Show Notes
Knitting
  • Josephine Shawl #2 - almost through the first ball (of 2)
  • Breathing Space sweater - started the short rows of striping
  • Nyan cat sock-along - first sock complete, just started a few rows of ribbing on the second sock
Quilting/Sewing
Cross Stitch & Embroidery
Miscellany
  • More gaming! Which is why I don't have more progress on projects - Pokemon Go was my gateway drug to other Pokemon Games and several other RPGs (role-playing games). I picked up Pokemon Diamond and Pokemon X, as well as Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate and Fire Emblem Awakening, and I've downloaded a demo of Bravely Default. CC and I are still thoroughly enjoying Borderlands 2.
  • I attended a Yoga 'sampler' class last week, and it has spurred me to trying out some other yoga classes. With my sedentary day job, and hobbies that are mostly sedentary, I think it will be very good for me to go to a structured class and then perhaps reinforce that with home practice.

The nails are really short, but wearing Orly April Rain today.

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Happy crafting all!

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Doodle-head Stitches Episode 36

Good intentions

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Show Notes
Quilting
Cross Stitch & Embroidery
Crochet
Knitting
  • Benton - is over halfway done
  • Smocked Guernsey Socks - from the free Craftsy class, "Knit-Along 2016: Socks" - Both socks are knit past the heel flap
  • Antarktis - completed another section and am working on some garter stitch
  • Intro to Brioche knitting class at SSK - learned the technique with a single color, now to practice before diving in to 2-color brioche (which I really want to do)
  • Breathing Space - separated for the sleeves, fun with stripes

The nails are naked again today!

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Happy crafting all!

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Doodle-head Stitches Episode 35

Distracted

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Show Notes
Knitting
Quilting
Crochet
Cross Stitch & Embroidery

I also shared some beaded stitch markers I am making for a stitch marker swap.

The nails are naked today!

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Happy crafting all!

Sunday, July 03, 2016

Doodle-head Stitches episode 34

Something old, something new

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Show Notes
Knitting
Quilting
Crochet
Cross Stitch & Embroidery
  • Wild Pink Cat - stitched some more of his face, finished backstitching his eyes
  • Plum Pudding by Glendon Place - started a new project - several stitching friends are doing or have recently completed this design, and I've decided to join in the fun
  • Chateau Hexagon - block 5 is prepped to start

I also shared some beaded stitch markers I am making for a stitch marker swap.

For those who are interested, today's nail polish is Zoya in Areetha.

Come join us in the Doodle-head Stitches Ravelry group for the podcast for more conversation about crafty things!

Happy crafting all!

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Doodle-head Stitches episode 33

So close

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Show Notes
Knitting
Quilting
Crochet
Cross Stitch & Embroidery
For those who are interested, today's nail polish is LA Girl 3D Effects in Brilliant Blue.

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Happy crafting all!

Sunday, June 05, 2016

Doodle-head Stitches episode 32

Quilting retreat

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Show Notes
Knitting
Quilting
  • Chocolate and Creme Table Runner - finished!
  • Butterflies - all appliqué is stitched down for each of the butterflies
  • Bali Wedding Star - one set each of A and B units for one of the color gradients is pieced
  • Smith Mountain Morning - all of the chimneys and cornerstones blocks are completed, and I have pieced the units for the alternate star blocks
Crochet
Cross Stitch
  • Wild Pink Cat - ears backstitched, one eye backstitched, stitched a little around the cheeks
For those who are interested, today's nail polish is LA Girl 3D Effects in Electric Coral.

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Happy crafting all!

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Doodle-head Stitches episode 31

Plugging Along

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Show Notes
Knitting
Quilting
  • Chocolate and Creme Table Runner - all of the half-square triangles are put together into the center panel
  • Fall Frolic - worked on a little hand quilting
Crochet
Cross Stitch
  • Wild Pink Cat - ears finished, started adding beads around eyes
For those who are interested, today's nail polish is Zoya in the color Crystal.

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Happy crafting all!

Sunday, May 08, 2016

Doodle-head Stitches Episode 30

Hoes and Teels

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Show Notes
Knitting
Quilting
  • Over the Rainbow - third green block is finished
  • Chocolate and Creme Table Runner - working on piecing all of the half-square triangle rows together
  • City Sampler - 3 more blocks pieced
Crochet
Cross Stitch
  • Wild Pink Cat - has gotten a little love and attention, mostly around the ears and upper face
  • Bug Collector by Jeannette Douglas - stitched through row 4
For those who are interested, today's nail polish is Zoya in the color Hudson.

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Happy crafting all!

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Doodle-head Stitches Episode 29

Little Bit of Everything

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Show Notes

Knitting
  • Geek socks - using Knit Knot Studios Half Hitch sock yarn in the Once Upon a Time colorway, with contrasting heels and toes in Seven Sisters Arts Meridian yarn, Huggin colorway; first sock is finished, and the second sock is just started
  • Portulaca Cardigan - first sleeve is finished, and the second sleeve is just started
  • Benton by Veronica Parsons - using Miss Babs Sojourn yarn in the Berlin colorway, a couple of pattern repeats complete, yarn is a delight to knit, so soft
  • Cladonia by Kirsten Kapur - using Dragonfly Fibers Pixie yarn in the Titania and District 12 colorways, a little over halfway through the number of stripe repeats, but that doesn't mean I'm halfway through this shawl, a very easy and relaxing pattern to knit so far
Quilting
  • Over the Rainbow -added a few more hexies to third green block
  • Pet Bowl Placemats - finished quilting and binding, and they are ready to be used
Crochet
Cross Stitch
Stash enhancement

For those who are interested, today's nail polish is Zoya in the color Dillon.

Come join us in the Doodle-head Stitches Ravelry group for the podcast for more conversation about crafty things!

Happy crafting all!

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Doodle-head Stitches Episode 28

Cast-on free-for-all

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Show Notes

Knitting
Quilting
  • Chocolate and Creme Coffee Table Runner - half-square triangles are sewn, now I'm trimming them with a Bloc-Loc ruler I borrowed from my mom. Watch the Bloc-Loc Half-Square Triangles video on YouTube (not mine, but informative)
  • Butterfly quilt -
For those who are interested, today's nail polish is Orly in the color Ingenue.

Come join us in the Doodle-head Stitches Ravelry group for the podcast for more conversation about crafty things!

Happy crafting all!

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Doodle-head Stitches Episode 27

Happy Podcastiversary

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Show Notes

Knitting
Quilting
  • Grandmother's Flower Garden - working on row 4.
  • Over the Rainbow - Working on green block 3 of 7
  • Chocolate and Creme Coffee Table Runner - half-square triangles are sewn, now I'm trimming them with a Bloc-Loc ruler I borrowed from my mom. Watch the Bloc-Loc Half-Square Triangles video on YouTube (not mine, but informative)
  • Brown Hexie placemats - I've started making hexies from some of the strips I cut
  • Eldon is back from the quilter and I am working on sewing on the binding now
Miscellany
  • Caterpillar Green's Self Striping Shawl yarn. I am thinking of making the Playground Shawl, but there are a lot of different projects that people make with this yarn. I've been stalking some for about a year now...
  • Sarah Watts' Cat Lady fabric collection - I'm planning to use some of these to make some new cat bowl placemats in our kitchen - I just have to decide which ones and what sort of pattern
  • Next week is Stitches South in Nashville, and I have the privilege of helping out in the Seven Sisters Arts Yarn booth some! Karen is a really sweet and talented person, and I'm so excited to get to spend so much time with her (and her lovely yarn) - my Sea Dragon Shawl and my Be With You MKAL shawl were both knit with her yarn. The colors are so rich and beautiful.
For those who are interested, today's nail polish is Nyx Girls in the color Sea of Cortez.

Come join us in the Doodle-head Stitches Ravelry group for the podcast for more conversation about crafty things!

Happy crafting all!

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Doodle-head Stitches Episode 26

Spring is springing

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Show Notes

Knitting
Quilting
  • City Sampler Quilt (Tula Pink) - Blocks 8-11 pieced
  • Grandmother's Flower Garden - working on row 3.
  • Two new small projects in the works - Chocolate and Creme Coffee Table Runner and Brown Hexie placemats.
Crochet
Stash Enhancement
  • Gale's Art sock blank "Groovy"
  • Tula Pink's "Chipper" collection
For those who are interested, today's nail polish is Zoya in the color Raven.

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Happy crafting all!

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Doodle-head Stitches episode 25

Grandmother's Flower Garden-Obsessed

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Show Notes

Knitting
Quilting
  • City Sampler Quilt (Tula Pink) - Blocks 5-7 pieced
  • Grandmother's Flower Garden - second half started and I'm obsessed with working on this project again.
  • Butterflies Quilt - butterfly bodies are all blanket-stitched and I am working on blanket-stitching the wings now.

For those who are interested, today's nail polish is Sinful Colors in the color Dazzle.

Come join us in the Doodle-head Stitches Ravelry group for the podcast for more conversation about crafty things!

Happy crafting all!

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Doodle-head Stitches Episode 24

Winging It

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Show Notes

Knitting
Quilting
  • City Sampler Quilt (Tula Pink) - Blocks 3 and 4 pieced
  • Grandmother's Flower Garden - making new hexagons for the start of the second half.
  • Smith Mountain Morning - 4 more modified courthouse steps blocks finished, still working on units for blocks.
Cross Stitch
  • Round in Circles - February installment completed
  • Started Jeannette Douglas Designs' Bug Collector.
  • Stash enhancement: Plum Pudding by Glendon Place

I've started a Ravelry group for the podcast, so come join us there too for more conversation about crafty things!

Happy crafting all!

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Doodle-head Stitches Episode 23

More to share than I thought I'd have

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Show Notes

Knitting
Quilting
  • Fall Frolic - quilting some of the trangle units
  • Grandmother's Flower Garden - worked on adding some hexagons down the current row of piecing
  • City Sampler Quilt (Tula Pink) - Block 2 pieced
  • Butterflies - Slowly working on machine appliquéing the bodies down
Crochet
Cross Stitch
  • Chinese Dragon Gate - working on the roof
  • Thinking of starting Jeannette Douglas Designs' Bug Collector for my niece so I purchased some fabric for it
Happy crafting all!

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Doodle-head Stitches Episode 22

I need color!

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Show Notes

Knitting

  • Sidekick Boot Socks - first sock finished, second sock halfway done
  • Portulaca Cardigan - cabled cardigan, knit through the waist decreased and up to the bust increases so far. This is a Craftsy class, but the pattern is also available for purchase on Ravelry.
Quilting
  • Eldon - quilt top finished!
  • Butterflies - I have decided to machine appliqué the pieces down, starting with the brown bodies of the butterflies
  • Blocks from the Past - 1 block pieced, 1 block appliquéd
  • City Sampler Quilt (Tula Pink) - new start! Block 1 pieced
Crochet
Cross Stitch
Happy crafting all!

Sunday, January 03, 2016

Doodle-head Stitches Episode 21

A Butterfly in my Bonnet

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Show Notes

Knitting
Quilting
Crochet
Cross Stitch
The needlebook tutorial is available on the Sew She Sews blog. It is officially called a Quilted Needle Case. Here is a photo of the ones I made back in 2013.
needlebooks I made from the tutorial
Happy crafting all!