Tuesday, July 9, 2019

April 2019 update

My update continues.  As you will see, April wasn't a productive month!

APRIL 2019


Magic Mini Monsters
Trying to get out of my lack of stitching, I started yet another project.

I saw people posting this online, and thought it looked fun!
I managed to get the title part done.

Since I wasn't working in an accounting firm this tax season, Blair and decided to go to the ROM for my birthday.  Since its as the end of the month, I RARELY do anything for my birthday.  It was a great day out, and very lucky to have him in my life.

I did get a chance to drop off 2 pieces to the framers in April.  I will be sharing these with you in my May and June updates!

I had worked on my blue socks this month.  Not much to show, but the colour on these is amazing

Yarn Crawl
My friend Trista and I did get to start the yarn crawl this month... another yay to not working Saturdays in April this year.  No real pictures to show but I enjoyed our day out!

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

March 2019 update

The first part of 2019 hasn't been the best for me.
Things have started to turn around, and hopefully I can update you all soon!

In the meantime, I will try and an update on what I have (and haven't) been doing.

I did manage to stitch on an ornament in March, thanks to Christin for kitting and bringing to retreat!

Ink Circles - Sherbert Flake
The Red and the Black
I worked on the Prairie Moon pattern during the March retreat.

Death by Cross Stitch
Death by cross stitch from Long dog got a tiny bit of progress

Feather SAL
I also got the outlines on the feathers done on the Peppermint Purple SAL done this month

Zen Garden
While at retreat, I say many people working on full coverage pieces.  It reminded me I was gifted a beautiful Heaven and Earth from my amazing friend Emily.  When I came home, I had to start it!  Thankfully I had a piece of 40ct of fabric that was the correct size.
Zen Garden - HAED
Here is my progress during March


I finished my Red Harbour Socks

Sunday, March 3, 2019

February 2019 update

This was another slow month due to many things, but mostly busy work schedule.

Stitching is up first, Knitting will be at the end.


I managed to get my ornament done early this month.  I picked JOY from Rovaris in the 2018 Just Cross Stitch ornament issue

This came out to play for a bit... but not much progress.  I really want this one done!

The Red and The Black
I did make a bit of progress on this one from Prairie Moon.  I am still enjoying this one and plan to pick it up again soon!

Feather SAL
I finally got my fabric and was able to start.  I got the first feather done, and a large part of the outline.  I am not horribly behind yet, and will hopefully catch up soon with most of the outlines done.


Grotine Shawl
I spotted this shawl when Song Bird Fibres shared it on Instagram stories.  The proceeds from the sale of this pattern go directly to True North Aid which does practical support for Northern First Nations Communities.  Caroline Dick (ElectricTree on IG) is the designer.  Song Bird is also donating  an extra bit if you use their yarn, which I AM!!

During the long weekend in February I attended a knitting retreat just outside of Meaford Ontario.  it was an AMAZING weekend with no stress.  I worked on my red socks most of the time while there.
There were also a lot of finishes that weekend... including a knitting puzzle!

I will go with these  ladies again in a heartbeat!!

Red Harbour Socks
I got a lot of progress done on my socks at retreat, and managed to get them done on the 22nd.  I used my usual vanilla sock pattern, but added the Petty Harbour pattern for texture.  i was also VERY happy with how the heel went!

Sockhead hat
After getting my sockhead cowl done, I started on my matching hat.. I am doing both in Beach Glass from Lizzie Ann Yarns.  There will also be matching socks at some point :)
Here is my cowl for reference:
Here is where i have gotten to on the hat:

Sunday, February 3, 2019

January 2019 update

January is finally over, and hopefully that means the miserable cold goes away too!

  • January 1 - Started Shakespeare's fairies with Christin, Becca, Dani, and Dale.

  • January 16 - Finished Dark Shards - my first finish of 2019!

  • January 27 - Finished my January ornament.  This is Dashing through the snow from JCS 2018 xmas edition

  • January 10(ish) - Re-started my next pair of socks, which I have named Red Harbour (for the pattern i'm using, Petty Harbour)

  • January 24 - Finished my Sockhead cowl, which I LOVED doing.  I used Lizzie Anne Yarns in Beach Glass for this.

Saturday, February 2, 2019

2019 WIPS and general plans

Like many of us, I carried some WIPs into this year.
Here is what I have going into 2019 with their start dates

  • Pre ‘17 - Buen Appetito (Charting Creations)
  • Jan 1’17 - Canada Sampler (Stitchrovia)
  • Feb 20’17 - Tapestry (Ink Circles)
  • May 1’17 - Fantasy Triptych (TW)
  • Jan 1’18 - Dragons of Sumatra (Ink Circles)
  • Mar 6’18 - Sneek SAL (Long Dog Samplers)
  • Mar 15’18 - Death by Cross Stitch (Long Dog Samplers)
  • June 16’18 - Prickly but cute (Fuzzy Fox)
  • Nov 10’18 - The Red and The Black I (Prairie Moon)
  • Dec 26’18 - Dark Shards (Ink Circles)

General Plans

  • BLOG - Since starting a new job in January, I find I have less time to do the small things.  This includes keeping up with my blog.  I would like to continue though, but don't know a schedule yet.  I will try to at least update monthly... but would LOVE to get back to weekly posts.  Maybe I will find a happy medium?
  • STARTS - This year I am not limiting myself to new starts.  If I want to start, I'm going to start.  Doesn't mean I am going to start all the things, but since stitching is my joy, I don't want to limit myself.
  • SALS 
    • I did do a January 1st new start with friends Christin, Becca, Dani, and Dale.  This will be in my January update
    • I am also going to take part in the peppermint purple SAL from Lakeside needlework.  I can't wait to start it in early February
  • Monthly ornament - I would like to still try and do an ornament a month

Friday, February 1, 2019

2018 Summary

Since I did a re-cap for Oct-Dec 2018, I thought I could list all my finishes for 2018

2018 Finishes

  1. Jan 20 - Merry Christmas (Lizzie Kate - TT.XXII)
  2. Jan 28 - Merry HoHo (Lizzie Kate - Yearly Santa’s)
  3. Jan 28 - A Year in Chalk - Feb (Hands on design)
  4. Feb 11 - Coffee Quaker (Heartstring Samplery)
  5. Feb 17 - Busy Elves (Lizzie Kate - TT.XXII)
  6. Feb 18 - A Year in Chalk - Mar (Hands on design)
  7. Mar 4 -  Cirque des Coeur (Ink Circles)
  8. Mar 5 - A Year in Chalk - Apr (Hands on design)
  9. Mar 14 - Mr & Mrs Santa (Lizzie Kate - TT.XXII)
  10. Apr 1 - Fairy Alighting (X’s and O’s)
  11. Apr 4 - A Year in Chalk - May (Hands on design)
  12. Apr 21 - Two Houses (Lizzie Kate - TT.XXII)
  13. May 4 - A Year in Chalk - June (Hands on design)
  14. May 5 - Valentina (Ink Circles)
  15. May 9 - Snowy House (Lizzie Kate - TT.XXII)
  16. May 12 - Merry Christmas V2 (Lizzie Kate - TT.XXII)
  17. June 2 - Blackwork Tangram (Peppermint Purple)
  18. June 3 - Wedding Row V3 (Bent Creek)
  19. June 6 - Let it snow ornament (Barbara Ana)
  20. June 11 - A Year in Chalk - July (Hands on design)
  21. July 22 - A Year in Chalk - August (Hands on design)
  22. Aug 11 - Hearts A Flutter (1867 schoolhouse)
  23. Aug 15 - A Year in Chalk - September (Hands on design)
  24. Sept 2 - A Year in Chalk - October (Hands on design)
  25. Sept 30 - Polar Bear Ornament (Durene Jones)
  26. Oct 7 - Dutch Tile Blackwork SAL (Peppermint Purple)
  27. Oct 14 - A Year in Chalk - November (Hands on design)
  28. Oct 20 - Cat on pumpkin (Durene Jones)
  29. Nov 2 - A Year in Chalk - December (Hands on design)
  30. Nov 2 - Whatever Unicorn V2

Thursday, January 31, 2019

2018 Catch up

Where did the last 3 months of 2018 go?  I swear I still can't figure it out!

So I have finally managed to get around to getting a 2018 catch up post done.  I hope I don't miss anything

  • Oct 7'18 - Finished the Dutch Tile SAL.  I REALLY enjoyed this! and can't wait to do another SAL with Peppermint Purple.

  • Oct 14'18 - Finished November Year in Chalk

  • Oct 20'18 - Finished the Durene Jones cat freebie which at the retreat in Michigan (which was awesome, and I have already signed up for next year)

  • Nov 2'18 - Finished December Year in Chalk

  • Nov 3'18 - While at retreat, I stitched up the Whatever Bitch Unicorn for myself.  I had an extra piece of fabric with me, so Christin stole it and did one for herself.

  • Nov 11'18 - FINALLY got around to starting my "Unicorn" pattern, The Red and The Black from Prairie Moon.  I will be doing this on white with a teal accent to hopefully match my stash room some day.

  • Dec 26'18 - For the past few years, my friend Becca and I have done a SAL together that starts on the 26 (cause we couldn't wait to do a new start on the 1st of January).  Last year we talked our friend Trista into joining us with Coffee Quaker.  This year, we were talking about it at retreat, and it turned into a bigger SAL.  Dani, Christin, Rebecca, Trista, and Kathy to name a few joined in.

  • I also kept my ORTS all year and made into my yearly ornament.  This year I found some cute shaped ornaments to stuff the little bits into.

  • Oct 3'18 - Finished first pair of socks (I called them Orange Vanilla)

  • Nov 10'18 - Finished 2nd pair of socks and hitchhicker beyond shawl

  • Dec 16'18 - Finished first hat, the volcan hat (named for the yarn)

  • Dec 23'18 - Finished 3rd pair of socks, my fairy lights socks