I forgot to show you my cool new project bag! I saw it on Moogly and realized I had everything I needed to make one. It was quick to make too. I used some extra yarn laying around, some cute spoopy buttons I’ve had forever, and some plastic canvas.

TBH, I made one side’s canvas too small, the other too big, lol. But it works! I love using it and I get lots of comments on it, especially from kiddos. It’s fun showing people what tatting is. AND that it’s not just “for grandmas”. Spooky people like tatting too!

Wait…where did I put that flamingo cup? I love that lil cup…
first page
second page, before pockets, see the canvas under there?
figuring out where those packets will go and making sure they’ll hold they’re respective items
ta-da! before construction
I laid out where everything was supposed to go, so I could reference this pic when I sewed everything on. I thought it would take awhile with all those buttons but it went quick! (btw-WIP instead of RIP, get it? Work In Progress? Very few people get it. oh well)
Finished construction! The edging looks a little messy to me, but it’s because of the uneven plastic canvas. I don’t mind it; I love the fall colors.
Isn’t it cute?? That big pocket will fit a small notebook too. (Right now it’s crammed with the pattern and remaining colors of thread.)

I can’t explain it. I feel like finishing stuff lately! Normally this time of year (and pretty much all the time) I want to start more projects…but now I’m anxious to finish some. I put Opus back in time out because those crocheted tentacles were not working out. Bleh. So I frogged them and he’s back to hibernating. I tried casting on a two-color scarf or two, but frogged those too and the yarn went back in the drawer. B got a nice project bag for me so I excited to fill it!

Anyway, I got back to my Girl’s Best Friend shawl that I started at the end of 2017. I feel like knitting something that’s more challenging than garter stitch but not too challenging. My fiber friend Dagmar bought the pattern for me. She has a beautiful shop, check it out!

I’m using the fabulous Red Heart It’s A Wrap Rainbow for this one.

I’m also working on getting my Iceburg blanket done. I’m about 1/3 of the way through it. I made a master list of all the blocks I want to make which was honestly a huge undertaking, lol. Still, I’m excited! I can usually get a block done in one sitting so I’m confident it will get done this year. You can see some of them here. I’ll make a new post about the whole thing when it’s done, I think, or as I go? Who knows.

Now it’s time for my paperback binge. I found Indiana Jones & the Philosopher’s Stone at PageOne Bookstore yesterday! Be still my heart!! I still want to be Indy when I grow up.

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Fortune and glory, kid.

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Fortune.

And.

Glory.

A baby blanket:

A BIG blanket! There will be 24 squares in all.  Just picking stitches or patterns I like. I got the idea from Moogly (bonus: it cuts through a lot of stash). I think it will be queen sized.

There are two kinds of blanket makers: people who block and people who don’t.

I don’t. Acrylic is great for long lasting snuggles but a pain to block. Meh. I think I’ll bring in another color next and I’ll use the invisible method to join them all together. 😃

I’m working on two more at the moment, more pics soon!

Unique Simple Square

Clown Car

Flower Burst

basket weave stitch

Bean stitch

The Frosted Pumpkin’s 2017 Happily Ever After SAL:

I changed a little on Sleeping Beauty: I didn’t stitch the “lamp”/whatever or the stars. I put in little fairies instead and made the cat black, after mine.

I know I babble a lot about new projects and I’m so excited blahblahpromisesblahblah. So, starting now and into 2018, I’m going to work on focusing. On everything. I don’t need to do everything all the time! It’s been tough, honestly, I’m so used to multi-tasking I get lost in things and forget to appreciate them.

I thought the best cross stitch to finish this year (2018) and focus on would be The Mighty Samurai by Dimensions Gold. I bought this kit…geez…15-20 years ago?? It was my biggest goal, my unicorn. I got this far in it on 2004 (see below) and picked it up today. It’s such a lovely pattern; the colors, blending, etc. Way back when we watched a bunch of Toshiro Mifune movies and I did the work in the pic. I named this guy Toshiro because naming things comes naturally. ;-)

Hopefully the first of many WIP pics…

I’m going to take this to the in-laws for Christmas eve/Christmas gatherings along with my kindle.

And nothing else. No knitting, crochet, two more books, my planner, etc etc etc. I need to slow my brain down and focusing should help that, plus I get to work on my most anticipated project! I’ve had this guy on my mind for so long…what a relief to concentrate on it. Speaking of, I’m trying to only read one book at a time too! Ugh so hard!! But I foudn some cool looking ones by Clive Barker, the (or “my”) master of the terrifying horror novel. I blew through Hellbound Heart this week and just started The Scarlet Gospels. Since most of his work was published in the UK, it’s hard to find copies here, especially on Kindle. So I may have to visit my friendly neighborhood bookstore for more once I finish Scarlet Gospels.

Anyway, babbles over. I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday and if nothing else, a boring one or even better, a warm and relaxing one! Remember you are loved and it’s always ok to believe in a little magic.

It’s here!! I had to wait for 12:00PT to get the pattern, so I organized everything. It’s one of my favorite parts of a project, honestly. I’m so chuffed about the stitch organizer they sent and my little Yoshi egg needle minder (from P).

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The first pattern is for January, (the Owl and the Pussycat!), plus the entire border and center motif. I found it easier to stitch the center motif first then go to the first Monty’s pattern. After watching lots of Game of Thrones episodes and a couple movies, as well as taking this with me everywhere I’m this far:

I’m working on the Dr sampler, too. I decided I’ll add the backstitch as I go as well. I’m working on a page at a time. There is a lot going on so I think if I just do one page at a time, including the backstitching, I won’t get overwhelmed or bored. I usually backstitch everything last, so we’ll see how this goes.

Everything so far!

Been working on the scarf and sonic screwdriver. I love the pizza slice needle minder.

Monthly progress pics! I take them as often as I can remember…I love the color scheme of the border and the fabric is so soft. I’m having so. much. fun.

woohoo! I think I’ll add the border as I go. I don’t have the energy or the time to do it all right now!

I think I’ll go over the stars with some rayon thread to make them pop out a little better. Onto February!

P.S. Sorry about the hiatus. You know how it is, life gets busy, and some things have to wait, like blogging. ;-) Hope you are having fun stitching something too!