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.

We were out all day so not much stitching was done. (I only filled in Arthur’s crown  today) I took a couple nice pictures at the top of the peak though! It’s not often one gets to crochet on a tram and at 10,000+ feet above sea level.

I know it’s been awhile, but suffice to say 2017 is what I’ve been calling the Year of the Dumpster Fire. There’s been a lot of rough times this year, but it wasn’t all bad. Here’s a few pictures of some good stuff:

Pepper is very helpful with crochet projects.
A sunrise mimosa with creme brulee, amongst besties.
Took myself to lunch at Flying Star.

 

Some of my haul from the NM Mineral Symposium. I plan to facet those little yellow stones (apatite).

I have been trudging along on the happily ever after Stitch along; I only have 3 months left!

It’s almost finished! I even got the bottom left corner, and some of the right corner. Now it’s on to October (Sword in the Stone!)

I will bring this to my parents house next week, I really hope I can at least get October done and November started. I hope the border will line up…I’ve had such a good time with this project.

(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!

I’ve been here before. Best laid plans and all that. “Oh with this year long SAL I’ll just work on that and the Doctor sampler and finish both this year!” hahaha I’m so organized.

Then I saw this:

RTO The Gate In The Town Counted Cross Stitch Kit:

aaaannnd it may have ended up in my amazon cart and then on my porch. I love it!! Be still my gothic heart! The wrought iron….the vines…the spires…the trees and shadows….sigh…

Interesting side note, it came as a kit, but the thread code/list was missing. :-( I emailed them not expecting anything but I got an email the next day with the right stuff! Yess! I love when kits have the threads organized for me. It’s especially nice here because the colors are very similar. There are a lot of textural elements going one, like half stitches, 1 or 2 threads used for all stitches, and blending colors. I’m really pleased with it so far! All my stitches are even and I have a nice tension going on. I put this in my purse and surprisingly, I’ve had a lot of opportunities to work on it out-and-about, especially at after school stuff.

Anyway, here’s my progress so far:

I, Happy Kat, hereby promise I will NOT buy more patterns or kits this year. I’ll try really really hard not to start anything else until something is done and I hereby promise to frame and hang some of the finished pieces I have!

Deep breath…repeat after me….”I’ll pin this not buy it I’ll pin this not buy it”…

(wish me luck)