Having lots of hobbies is fun when I feel like doing “something else”, I can just reach for something else! I’ve been nuts for the hook again lately.
I organized and found a good way to connect some granny squares a friend gave me. They were her mother’s and she gave these to me after her mom passed away, along with a bunch of hooks and needles. It means a lot, hard to describe how much, that she gave me those. Projects, tools, yarn that have been passed on in some way mean a lot to a crafter. I can continue where she left off and add my own spin to it. I’m trying to use what I have a lot more. I found this pink yarn in da stash and it looks cute. Love that wooden rainbow hook! The purple would look very nice as a border.
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I punched out some gloves last month! They were so fun to make with the stripey stuff I found in my stash. Details here, as always.
I finally finished Trillian and the Fortune’s Shawlette too! That shawl (and Moogly) are whom I blame for getting me crazy for crochet again. ;-) I found those gloves there, too.
(no, Trillian isn’t crochet but isn’t it nice that she snuck in there and finished up?)
Remnants of sock yarn are lately going towards a sock yarn granny blanket. I’ve been using up the last bits of shawls and such into big granny squares. Eventually they might become a blanket. I’m thinking I might be the blanket mood come cold weather time.
Here’s my pile so far:

Unicorn for scale.
Unicorn for scale.

I have the Robot Overlord yarn from Fortune in the work truck. I stitch a little here and there.
I had some adventures with my Juicy Top; I got the gumption to finish it once and for all! Then I ran out of yarn. You may know where this is going. It’s the same old story: I run out, I figure I can buy more (this is an old project remember), can’t find any, none online either, it is…DISCONTINUED. noooooooo!! Luckily the interwebs thought that might happen, and I found this site for suggestions on replacements. Seriously, I love you, internet.
Knit Picks to the rescue! I got two more balls because I know better now. I get one more than I think I need anymore, because really, it’s not like it will go to waste, lol.
So here is my progress! The yarn is not exactly the same, of course, and if you were to look closely you would see that right away, but I don’t mind. I’ve come too far to give up on that shirt now! I’ll be sure to use my dressing dummy when I construct it so I’ll know it fits.

My unicorn-for-scale wandered off...
My unicorn-for-scale wandered off…

I finished a cowl for my brother too! He asked for another scarf, and I made this. The yarn is perfectly named Zombie BBQ and he loves zombies.
Finally, I started a nice long cowl for my friend. More stashbusting! I could write more but here’s the link to my project page.
Today is International Crochet Day, so off I go! Hook on!

Also, How to Add Lettering From a Different Pattern/Combine Two Patterns. ☺

Here are all the progress pics I took. I think the whole project took about 3 weeks. That’s awesome!!

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I googled “adventure quotes” and found this one from The Three Musketeers. I haven’t read it yet but it’s on my list!

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The alphabet is from Better Homes & Gardens 2001 Cross Stitch Designs. I love www.printablepaper.com for custom graphs! You can pick any size you like/need and download the pdf for free. AMAZINGLY helpful. I chose the 10 squares per inch because it’s easier for me. Most patterns are laid out in a 10×10 grid. I counted how many boxes (10×10 square=1 box) high and wide the crest pattern is, and wrote that down, to be sure I didn’t go wider than the crest and to be sure I could get close to centering it.

Then I wrote out the quote, and counted in the alphabet pattern how many stitches each letter takes. I figured about 2 stitches between the lower case letters and 3 between the upper case letters would be good spacing and added that count too. I count up the stitches in each word and wrote down the count.

Then, I looked at the crest pattern again and cotned how many boxes were on either side fo the center line. I had about 25-30 stitches on each side to work with, without going over 30 on each side. That’s a lot of stitches so I didn’t want to crowd the words and get too far to one side.

I quickly wrote out an idea of placement for the letters, like this:

Never Fear
Quarrels,
but seek
Hazardous
ADVENTURE
-Dumas

And my first try looked great just like that, so I went about drawing the center line on the graph. I added the stitch count on the first two words and halfed it, then sketched it on the graph.( Keep in mind a lot of this process is kind of hit and miss, fix as I go, fly by the seat of my pants, lol.)

“Never Fear” was off center on my first try but I liked the look of it and thought making the next couple lines go progressively to the right would look nice. I drew in the letters and approved it. I made “Harzardous” centered, then “ADVENTURE” centered beneath it. I went with all caps on that for a little drama. The loop-de-loops on the capital letters threw me for…a loop…so I added a box between in each letter to see how it would help fill it in without overcrowding it. Love it!

I decided to make the words about ten stitches below the crest. that’s just enough space to make everything look even. I rarely measure with a ruler or anything, it’s all stitch counts on the fabric and “boxes” on the pattern. Dad would say I “eyeballed it”.

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Ta-da! I wanted to finish this before a stitch-a-long starts in a couple weeks. I’ve had so much fun with it!

I found another pattern in my stash, Masquerade by Ink Circles. I ordered some more glorious fabric from Garibaldi’s Needlework for that, in a nice purple. I’m kind of hoping to have it for Halloween/Fall this year. I made the mistake discovered her website and bought three more patterns! Those should arrive in the mail this week! woohoo! I have some black fabric in the stash I’m hoping will fit one of these (dare I hope, two?).

Hooray for cross stitch wizardry and subversive stitchery!

A couple weeks ago, B suggested we clean out the office closet to make room for the linens. We have a metal shelf (from the big box store) that we have crammed with stuff, but was originally supposed to be for sheets, towels, etc. He had a great point that it was more a linen shelf lately than a linen closet, lol. So, I cleared out all of my crafty stuff except the sewing stuff (and I even went through all of that! whew!) and moved the crafty stuff to our closet, to live with the yarn. I found so many forgotten ideas, projects, supplies, you name it! I even found some cross stitch patterns I forgot I had, as well as a whole box of extra floss. Like, I have so much floss I have extras of about 30 colors.

We haven’t gotten around to organizing the linens yet, but I jumped head first into some cross stitch projects. I finished Adventure Time (wee little stitches) for a friend, and even finally finished Dreaming of Tuscany for my aunt and uncle’s 50th anniversary. My folks will take that to them this week! woohoo! I’m so relieved to have it go to it’s recipient.

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And this is the new one I started this week. It’s a pattern included with the DMC soluble fabric (DM90). I had the pink fabric in my stash, and whatever colors I didn’t have I substituted (as usual). It will be a neat crest/coat of arms. I decided not to cut the fabric but add a quote underneath, and came across this one from The Three Musketeers:

“Never fear quarrels, but seek hazardous adventures.” Cool!

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I can’t find a link to the pattern…so you’ll have to stay tuned!

Oh, and that’s a needle minder/keeper I made. :-) I found a button and glued a strong magnet to the back. I’ll probably post more on how I did it another day, I’d love to make more of them.

Penny gave me a pattern for a Doctor Who sampler and I plan on getting to that right after this post. I even ordered some gorgeous hand-dyed fabric from on etsy. Oh, man, it’s really something.

I think I fixed all the too big pictures on the site plus I added tags to all the posts. I’m getting the hang of this.

Well, off to the rest of my day. :-) More soon!

Yup. Pox seems to have left us for the time being, whew! I’ve been pretty militant about washing hands around here, after I caught pink eye from the kids a few weeks ago. Blech!!
I’ve been stitching away, as per usual. I finished an old scarf, Cruella, and Sleeves!! I love Sleeves so much. I have a lot of the yarn left though, I only needed a bit of another ball. Maybe 5 yards is all? So I happily put it in the stash, for something sometime from now. I’m trying to finish my Blue Lagoon and restarted my Hearts scarf. I’m having a lot of fun with Hearts now that I have the hang of the loops.
I got back into cross stitch lately, and am almost done with Adventure Time! woot! Can’t wait to finish it (ugh so much white in that beard) and give it to my buddy. He’ll love it!
I put some WIPs in a bag, now they’re all in one place. I’m trying to Finish Some Things to allow more time for Things I Want to Work On. :-D Penny and I are anxious to start an awesome Doctor Who sampler. I will order the custom fabric today! I found it here on etsy. (swoon)
I haven’t blocked Sleeves or Cruella yet, so pictures will come later. Until then, here is my current WIP, sooooo close to finished, and a super cute coffee cup.

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P.S. I finished while the pictures were loading! woohoo!

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