Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Weeks 27/28/29 - small update, knitting, and TUSAL

Well I'm behind on my blog again....
Seems since my horrible cold and the long weekend, I can't keep up with it... but probably more due to the fact I have HARDLY STITCHED!

yes... you read that right!

Here is what I have done though...

1) Started the new Dutch tile SAL from Lakeside Needlework and Peppermint Purple.  I finished part 1 on July 17th

2) I took a beginner knitting class in May.  Since then I have made a few dishcloths and then started a baby blanket using a similar pattern.  I finished it on the 13th of July

3) I attended my first yarn trunk show on the 12th of July at Yarn It.  I picked up one skein of this beautiful Killarney Sock yarn that I am using for my first shawl.
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The Blue Brick Copper Slate Killarney Sock Yarn

Close up of Copper Slate
The start of the hitchhiker shawl
On the 13th I also met up with Dani and Christin who were passing through town on their way back to Ottawa.  Dani had never been to Primitive Designs, so we met there.  Dani got a pic of me petting a baby Dino :)

It was also TUSAL last week... here is my tiny bit of orts for the month!

I included week 29 in this post even though its not Sunday yet.
I am on holidays the week of the 23rd and with no major plans, I hope to get caught up in some stitching... at least start and finish my August Year in Chalk, and an ornament... that way the month won't feel like a total write off!

I hope to post a week 30 post on the 30th and then a monthly re-cap on the 31st..... keep your fingers crossed for me!

Monday, July 2, 2018

July 2018 plans

Hope all my Canadian readers had a wonderful Canada DAY!

  • This month I am picking one of the carolers from Christmas Chorus in Cross Stitch Favourites from a while back. This is designed from Durene Jones.
  • August is up next
3) LONG DOG SAL - Long Dog Samplers Mystery - Sneek
  • Start and finish Part 5
  • This month is time to show Canada Sampler some much needed love, and I thought this was the perfect month to do that.
  • I will also try and get at least one more cactus done on the Prickly but Cute SAL
  • The new Peppermint Purple Dutch tile blackwork SAL has started.  I would like to try to actually keep up with this one.  Since it is smallish, this shouldn't be an issue!

  • Every Monday give an ink circles pattern at least a little love.
  • Use the hashtags #InkCirclesMonday in Instagram
  • For more information, see April 2018 plans post

Week 25 & 26 - The posts that never happened

Due to getting a horrible summer cold, I didn't get around to posting for week 25.  It is so annoying that a cold was the reason I didn't keep up with my weekly blog posts!!!
This week there hasn't been much stitching due to said cold. 
My monthly update will have all updated posts :)

Please return next week for our regularly scheduled posts.

Sunday, July 1, 2018

June 2018 plans update

Here is a recap of what my plans for June were, and how they went:

  • This month I decided to do a freebie from Barbara Anna Designs
Let it snow
Called for DMC, mystery 32ct fabric

  • Started June 9, finished on June 11

3) SAL - Long Dog Samplers Mystery - Sneek
  • Here is where I was at the beginning of the month

  • I finished part 4 of Sneek on June 16th

4) BLACKWORK - Free SAL from Peppermint Purple - DONE +
  • I finished the last part on June 1st
Blackwork Tangram - Peppermint Purple
(Free SAL from lakeside Needlecraft)
32ct white lugana
Recommended DMC
  • And then I added a border on June 6th


  • I decided to continue on with Tapestry for this month.  I did make some progress

  • Finished on June 3rd
    Wedding Row from Bent Creek
    32ct white lugana
    Threadworx and DMC
  • I also started the SAL from Fuzzy Fox Designs called Prickly but cute

7) INK CIRCLES MONDAY - Completed 1/4 Mondays
  • June 4th - NOPE - worked on my ornament instead
  • June 11th - NOPE - finished up Year in Chalk for July
  • June 18th - NOPE - Worked on Sneek
  • June 25th - YES - I actually worked on Tapestry

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Week 24 - a bit of everything including TUSAL

First up this week was I finished my Year in Chalk for July.  I am using the called for GAST chalk thread and either the called for accent, or something similar I had in my stash.  I am also using Steph's Slate fabric in 32ct linen.

Year in Chalk - July
Hands on Design
Wednesday night I actually attended at pottery session.  At the Girls Night Out in Cobourg, I made a little pinch pot and this was glazing it.  I will share a pic when I pick it up after it is fired again.  I am hoping to turn it into an ort pot or something else for my stitching.

Thursday I got to work on the next part of Sneek.  Here is my progress to Sunday night

I had worked on Sneek for the rest of the week except on Saturday for a bit.  While visiting my friend Kathy last weekend, I feel in love with her little SAL from Fuzy Fox designs on Etsy. I had seen it before and thought it was adorable, but seeing it in person made me break and I got the pattern parts that have been released.  I looked through my stash and found a fabric that I liked.  This one is also from Steph on 32t Linen.
Here is where the SAL was in April (last full pic I could find)

Source: Fuzzy Fox Designs
And here is my start.  The first Cactus is called Astrid

This week was also TUSAL,  Here are my monthly and year to date orts

A note about comments - For some reason we still aren't getting them emailed to us.  I have been bad at trying to reply, but I am going on blogger weekly and looking at them.  So please keep commenting, and I will get better at replying if I can!

Monday, June 11, 2018

Week 23 - ornaments, ikea, and buskers

Monday and Wednesday I worked on and finished my June ornament.
Its a freebie from Barbara Anna Designs
Let it snow - Barbara Anna Designs
Called for DMC, mystery 32ct fabric

No stitching on Tuesday, and I travelled to Whitby to the closest Ikea Pick up point.  Unfortunately, the closest store is over an hour away.
I have been wanting to get some Kallax units for the living room for a while.  I finally saved some money, and then I needed new glasses...
So I managed to do it again and jumped on it, before something else came up.
Once my stitching area is all set up again, I will share pics

Thursday I worked on my Blackwork Tangram again.  Wasn't that done you are asking?... well yes, but I decided to add a border to it
Blackwork Tangram - Peppermint Purple
Called for DMC, border made by me, from another PP design

Saturday was the annual Busker Festival in my town.  I spent a few hours taking it all in.  It was also World Wide Knit in Public Day, so I joined in while I people watched.
Saturday afternoon I went to visit a friend, Kathy.  While there I worked on my July Year in Chalk.

Sunday, after my 2nd knitting class, I continued to work on July year in Chalk.. It was a slow day, but am almost done!

Monday, June 4, 2018

Week 22 - A couple of finishes

Monday and Tuesday I worked on Ink Circles' Tapestry.
Here is where it eventually ended up for the month.  It is now back into the WIP pile, but will be at least partial focus WIP in June

Wednesday I decided it was time to bit the bullet and finally decide on colours for my aunt's wedding sampler.  I knew the pattern and work colours, but that was all.
I worked on this for the rest of the week, except for Friday night, and managed to get it finished!
I just have to iron and take it in for framing.

Bent Creek's Wedding Row
32ct white lugana, Threadworx and DMC

Friday I felt like working on something other than wedding row, so I started and finished the 6th part to the Blackwork Tangram. 
Blackwork Tangram - Peppermint Purple
32ct white lugana, recommended DMC
I really enjoyed this, and will be doing the Dutch tiles.  I also picked up a couple of patterns from her Etsy page.  I can see me starting the tea cups in the near future.
Hope you all had a great week!