IHSW - February Conclusion

Did everyone have a good weekend hermitting? I always work the 3rd weekend of the month, so I never have as much time as I'd like. However, since the Olympics are on, I've been staying up much too late to watch things, like last night to see the final of the Ice Dancing competition. So excited for the result!! In case you haven't seen it, I won't give it away, but wow, it was a very tough competition and all 3 medalist pairs did so well. 

But this is my IHSW post, even though it involves Olympic stitching, so let's get on with the stitching. I've decided to attempt a few tasks this Olympics. One is to try and knit a sweater for DD and this is here so far:
I forget the name of the yarn, but it has her 2 current favourite colours, purple and white. It was just purple for a while, and for a long time when she was little, we were sure it was yellow, but she's decided it's purple and white currently.
This is one full ball so far. I think I have to knit maybe on…

Secret Stitching Sweethearts Blog Hop 2018

It's Valentine's Day and time again to look for our Secret Stitching Sweethearts! Once again hosted by the indefatigable Jo, check out all the madness on her page. I managed to sign up just under the wire and Jo sent me this beautiful photo:

I don't remember seeing this one, so I hope my Secret Stitching Sweetheart finds me! This is a beautiful, delicate piece and framed really nicely too. And now to find who has mine. :)

I hope everyone has fun finding their Valentine and a wonderful day. 

Happy Stitching!


WIPocalypse January 2018

I'm a little late getting this one up, but have a bit to show. Also, this month's question is about what SALs we might be signed up for and if we're going to attempt Olympic stitching of any kind. 

So far I've managed to finish 3 of my 18 in '18 projects, although the others will likely take a little more time. Some have progressed though!

Finishes are:

Covered Bridge
Here Comes Treble
Christmas Train

You've seen the first two, although I think I maybe forgot to post about the train. I'm very happy to have these finishes already and hope there will be several more crossed off the list by the end of the year. 

I finally joined the Christmas Ornament stitch a long and finished my first ornament, and even posted about it on that blog. 
January's theme was Deck the Halls, note the holly! :) This is a small from WOXS I think, one of their batches of several patterns on a theme. 

I don't think I've signed up for any other SALs at this time, unless IHSW counts,…

WIP Wednesday

I hope everyone has been having a good week. It's been busy, but also very craft-full, which is always a happy thing. I've been working more on the Hitchhiker shawl and I think I'm at least halfway now. 
Hitchhiker Shawl with Painted Desert #36 Sour Tart on 3.5mm circular needles
It builds up diagonally, so it's difficult to tell sometimes how much is left. I really like how the colours are coming out though, and I think it will go with a lot of outfits. 

I'm also doing stitching mostly every day, and I try and do at least one repetition of the shawl pattern per day, then stitch the rest of the time. You saw some updates on the IHSW post on Monday, and here's where Ballerina Dreams is at:
Ballerina Dreams Dimensions kit on 18 ct Petra by Chromatic Alchemy
One of the most interesting parts of getting back to knitting is how my cat Max is reacting. He loves the yarn of course, although he is old enough now that he won't necessarily try and steal it and run away wi…

IHSW - January 2018 Edition

That's right, IHSW is back in 2018! Check it out or check in on both blog and Facebook form. :)

I actually had a really great IHSW, with 3 finishes! 

Here Comes Treble
stitched 2 over 2 on 28ct white Monaco with WDW Caribbean, Ocean, Chesapeake and Lagoon

Covered Bridge by Mill Hill
I'm so glad to have this one finished! I like these kits, but since I'd meant to finish this for Xmas, it's nice to finally be done. 
February Glows (expurgated!) by Bent Creek
I used my own colours for this one, a Soie Cristale for the dark pink and WDW Camellia for the light pink. The white/cream is another Soie cristale silk I had hanging around. I was going to do cross stitches with the white, but I didn't quite have enough, so I picked it all out and did tent stitch instead. I also managed to lose one snap somewhere, so I'm thinking I'll put a mini S or another button where it's missing. Unless I manage to find one somewhere? I have no idea where to start looking. 
I only stitc…

WIP Wednesday and A Little Taste of Something Different

Hello everyone! I hope you've been having a good week so far. I have been stitching (yay!) and I've also been knitting. There's a local yarn shop I just discovered that has so many pretty things. It's called Must Love Yarn, and you can click on the name for the website. I have a friend that owns it, although I didn't realize until very recently. It's inspired me to knit again and I've joined their current KAL, for the Hitchhiker shawl. You can find the pattern on Ravelry if you're interested. 

I chose some beautiful Australian wool called Painted Desert:

Max modeling ;)
It's an easy pattern to remember, an 8 row block makes a "tooth". And it knits up easily. I'm going to try and one or two teeth a day. 

And back to our regularly scheduled stitching!

The only difference from my last post is Ballerina Dreams has moved along a little bit:

This area has a fair amount of confetti since it's a tree, but once I finish it there are large blocks…

Gifted Gorgeousness 2018 - January

Jo's hosting one of my favourite SALs again this year, Gifted Gorgeousness. It's always fun to look back and see what projects you've stitched on that have been gifted to you or you're giving to someone, or the numerous ways to shoe horn a project into GG. It's even more fun to check out our fellow stitchers and see what they've been up to. 

You can find all the details for 2018 here on Jo's page. Why not sign up and join us?

This month so far I've stitched on a few different things, hopefully I'm not making you all bored with seeing the same photos!

Here Comes Treble - probably MIL, maybe a future music teacher gift?

Ballerina Dreams - for my co-worker by June I hope

Covered Bridge - for my Grandma, this year's birthday?

Kiss for a Snowman - DD

McLaren Hamilton - for DH and was gifted by another stitcher

I'll be along to check out everyone else's posts soon I hope, Happy Stitching!