(just in time for August ;) )

It was Wind in the Willows and it flew off the needle! I had to take out most of June’s so that took awhile. Today is the day August’s pattern releases!! It comes out at 1:00pm here, can’t wait! I got some more border done. My border was off by one vertically somewhere around May, but I made it work, no biggie. It’s usually pretty easy to just go with it instead of frogging (= taking out stitches) but I really messed up that wagon in June. Ugh. So I took out all but the cabin and redid it. Thankfully I had Burn Notice to re-watch and it went pretty quickly. :)

I just can’t get over how much I like this project. I love the colors, the pattern, everything. xoxo

Halfway done!

I’m also in the Steochalong 5 this year and it’s been a total blast! If you love cross stitch and snark and just plain weirdness these are your peeps. They are definitely my peeps! The group is 1000+ strong this year! What a ride. It’s hard to describe, so here’s their website.

I decided to buckle down and work on Snooze to see if I can finish it before Thanksgiving. My brother and his wife are coming to visit for thanksgivingchristmas and it would be cool to (finally) give it to them! I bought this years ago after searching for it in every craft store for more years. Yes, I am aware of the internet and it’s shopping capabilities, but the search was part of the fun for that kit! I haven’t done stamped cross stitch before and kind of made a mess of it when I started it but I picked it up earlier this year and got the hang of it. The right hoop totally helps! Well worth it. I bought the Clover 7″ Turnable Hoop last month and it’s fantastic, especially for linen/linen like fabrics. I love the size too, it’s easy to hold. Stamped cross stich definitely takes some getting used to after 20+ years of counted cross stitch, lol.

I love looking at cross stitch pics online and my mind wanders everywhere wanting to work on this WIP or that, so I like deciding on one to finish, with one or two smaller projects in between. I get a lot more done that way. I’m doing the same with yarn too! I’m 60% done with a very cool crochet shawl and I picked up an old WIP to finish. More on those later.

    So cute!! I really wanted to be him when I grew up. Or a pirate. I guess he’s a wilderness pirate.
Halfway there!
Fun day.
Whew!
It just keeps getting cuter!
July has been much quicker so far, just like May.

(from a couple weeks ago)

This weekend is the biennial NM Fiber Arts Fiesta!! I look forward to this every two years! It’s at the fairgrounds and it’s a big deal. This year I even printed out the layout and marked all the booths I especially want to see. There will be sashiko, embroidery, beads, felting, spinning, yarnyarnyarn, and I’m getting light headed…

So excited

And the special guest this year is one of my favorite indie dyers, Anne Podlesak of Wooly Wonka! Swoon!

Speaking of favors indie dyers, I met up with Lorna Miser last week! The Lorna Miser of Lorna’s Laces fame! I remember buying LL in a yarn store in Houston, it was my first “fancy” yarn. It’s affordable and the colorway are amazing. Lorna has since sold LL, and this year got into dying again and started Zombie Yarns. (Get it? “Lorna’s dying again”?) She had a trunk show at The Yarn Store in Nob Hill and was a super nice person. Her new line is fantastic! I called it “happy goth” because the colorway were all the way from deep shadows to neons. Be still my happy Gothic heart! I found a speckled cotton DK weight and am making her Gutsy Shrug with it. It’s been a long time since a color way and pattern had me this thrilled. It’s so soft and the colors pop and sizzle.

Some have accused me of being easy to please, like it’s a bad thing. I see it as I found my niche, brought a blanket and a book, and made a nice warm drink to settle in. Find your bliss, then revel in it.

*? hours later ?*

My score!!

Four! gorgeous colors from Wooly Wonka on the left, a bunch of small skiens and a bag from Zia Woolz (full pic of all the skiens below), colorful sashiko thread and a dragon kit, a cute row counter, and a shawl kit from Spruce Dragon.

Pretty things:

I already started a Boneyard Shawl with all the leftover sock yarn and new samples, I love it! This project has been so fun throughout the whole process.

Mmm mini skiens

We had such a great time. I can’t wait for the next one!

Randomness for a Wednesday:

I have accumulated a lot of skulls, of all shapes and sizes. They all have names of course! Introducing…

My little haunted house has a lot of Tennant’s, including little Roger (he glows in the dark!) And his buddy Roderick. That’s Joey Tribbiani Trilobite swooshing around the garden.

 

I see a lot of skulls every morning. On the left is Rosa, the little guy is Rudy, and the handsome fella holding my jewelry is Rodrigo, resting on a skull doily, naturally.
This is Catalina, she traveled here from Scentsyland.
This is Roberto (ro-boy-tow) guarding the front porch. He’s my joker.

I painted Rosa at the local pottery place (totes planning another one). I made the skull doily too, and little Roger back in high school.

I give in. I like skulls. I don’t know why they mostly have R names but they fit, so who cares? :)

NOW I’m ready for March! I went ahead with the grey again and I really like it. I bought this pearl cotton at Taos Wool Festival last year (in a punch needle tent) and I love the stormy color of it. I forgot part of her hair too, so I added that.

Next up, The Three Billy Goats Gruff!

P.S. The thread is labeled like this:

100m=/-4%, Valdani, 12, color, JP10, Made in Romania, Pearl Cotton