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:
I have been trudging along on the happily ever after Stitch along; I only have 3 months left!
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.
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
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.
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…
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.
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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.
We had such a great time. I can’t wait for the next one!