Hey! I’m back. After my last post, in July, my sciatica got worse and worse and I finally took it seriously in early October and got some medical advice. Long story short- it’s severe, I have meds, I’m in PT, and I’m dealing with it. I don’t like it but I don’t let anything tell me what to do or be so screw you sciatica!

Anyway, that’s why I had a 3 month hiatus.

SO! This has been a real dumpster fire year, hasn’t it? I’m I was super anxious about the election. I saw a cool story on CBS Sunday Morning about Eleanor Roosevelt and I got all inspired. She’s one of my heroes! I started Fabulous Women in History cross stitch, and I’ll show you my progress plus a description of the bad-ass ladies I stitch. I did a lot of customization on this one! I’m proud of it already!

Here’s the progress on my Finish A Thing 2020:

And finished items!

Scooby Shawl-Engla pattern
Scoob!

Rings Cardigan

I had a hard time getting a picture of this for some reason. The bottom is a sample of a interconnected rings blanket. I decided not to make the blanket and finally made Moogly’s Cosmic Cardigan instead! I used the rings section as the base of the back. It was easy to add the ribbing later. I had enough yarn to make stripes. I made cute little varstiy-esque lines on the sleeves.

I highly recommend this pattern! It was fun and easy even with all my changes.

Poochie! I made this up. Inspired by the Nintendo game Yoshi’s Crafted World.

I’m pretty close to finishing Snooze:

…but let’s be honest, it’s slow going! There’s a lot of confetti (random small areas of lots of different colors). I love it and I even know where to hang it once framed. I need a break from it.

Stay tuned for the more WIP pics, finished pics, and the first Fantastic-Fabulous Woman post! Yeehaw!

Challenge!

My good friend Beth started a fun challenge back in 2015 called, wait for it, Finish A Thing 2015. It was a fun group on ravelry. I ended up surprisingly surpassing my goal! Now, “finishing” can mean finishing any WIP but it can also mean leaving some behind or quitting a project. If it’s stressing me out and I’d rather be working on something else, why torture myself? I was able to frog a lot of projects that just didn’t spark anymore. I was also able to let go of most of my stash so now I only have yarn I have plans for, like I see in the organizing videos out there.

I made a list in my planner for my recent WIPs that I do want to finish.

I like having a nice list to visually represent what I’m thinking about. (my thoughts fly around a lot so lists are awesome!)

I thought I’d share the idea because everyone needs something fun and colorful nowadays. FAT2020 doesn’t have to be for crafts, either. Like finally going through old clothes or cleaning out the garage or train your dogs not to bark at the doorbell.

I. Am. Pumped! Are you up for the challenge?

When I started tatting, I found pictures of this elephant online. I couldn’t (still can’t) get over it! I looked and looked over the last couple years and finally got a copy of it. I decided to treat myself this week, and bought the rest of the thread I need to make it. My LYS now carries tatting stuff! Be still, my heart! I even bought extra bobbins for my Aerlit shuttle. I’ll put the colors on those first, so it’s easier to switch back and forth.

(Edit: found this post in the depths of my Drafts. This was over a year ago, maybe 2)

I’m making so much progress on the elephant! Here are some old pics of it.

TBH this part was the hardest. Once I got done with this it went faster.
Whew!
Elephant butt!
Legs 25%
Legs 50%

I didn’t get many pictures of the head in progress but these are from last night:

The gold part of the headpiece was so fussy.

I had to switch shuttles because the Aerlit wouldn’t hold a bobbin anymore. I can gently “squish” a metal shuttle to make it tighter but not the plastic one. The Moonlit is my favorite shuttle anyway! Winding the colors on bobbins ahead of time worked out very well. I’ll do that again with my Boye shuttle sometime.

I hope to finish the trunk today, then the front and legs! All that’s left after that is the howdah (saddle)!

I’m going to get a shadow box to hold it when I finish. I’ll block it in the shadow box. I may need some shorter pins if I can find them.

More soon!

Yeah.

Shelter in place and kids won’t be going back to school this year. So we’ve all become homeschoolers! Luckily the school system is helping a lot. Love to all the teachers that keep sending me ideas and stuff.

Let’s talk about crafts shall we? Now that I know I have more time to stitch, I’m working on a sock yarn blanket made with scraps and extras from my friends! It’s easy but not boring and the different colors will look great!

Here’s what I have from the last week and a half.

The container of more sock yarn, guarded by the ever-present Pusheen.

I love it! It’s going quickly. I think I’ll have more yarn than required, but I’ll just add it to the border.

Outside is good

Spoilers. That first triangle? Came out too long? Not equal sides. Oh well. I’m winging it now to see if I can get it to work out. 😉

I’ve been coloring a lot. Mostly coloring. I bought Color Quest Cityscapes (color by number) literally a couple hours before the stay-in-place orders. I’m so glad I did! Some of these look better from afar, they’re like pixels. I’m using some nice brush pens/markers.

Chrysler Building NY, USA
Dubai skyline United Arab Emirates
Brandenburg Gate, Berlin, Germany
Rialto Bridge, Venice, Italy
Christ the Redeemer, Rio de Janero, Brazil
St Basil’s cathedral, Moscow, Russia
Tyn church, Prague, Czech Republic
Sultan Ahmed Mosque, Istanbul, Turkey

I dug out some cross stitch and even the tatted elephant! I’ll post more on those soon.

Oof. Life can hit hard, huh? But I’m back now.

I frogged a lot of projects I didn’t feel super excited about, cleaned up my stashes, and started stuff I really like. I have so many things I can do but I won’t live long enough to get them all done you know? Cross stitch is the hardest to cut down. I’m trying so hard to work on one thing at a time. I’m 49.998% done with the puppy but I’m losing my grip on it. I decided to start a bigger pattern I’ve been excited about out! I can go back and forth. The puppy is more challenging so it’s nice to have a break.

I started “Fabulous Women in History” by CloudsFactory. I changed a few (more like a third) of the people to ones that inspire me more.

First up is Eleanor Roosevelt! I don’t have much to show yet.

I wound all of my leftover sock yarn into a bunch of balls. I want to make something awesome with all of it! I chose Atlanticus because it’s pretty and I can add as much as I want to the border!

Rounds 1-20.

It’s pretty challenging for me with the different colors but I’m loving it! Hopefully soon I’ll get to the square parts.

That’s all for now. More later!