Still here! Still stitchin’.

It’s been  long road, but I’m becoming an experienced traveler. I’m working hard at focusing on one or two projects at a time and not doing too much all the time. When I started that, it was a couple years ago, and I had over 27 knitting WIPs alone! I broke those down within a year or so, then got going with crochet and tatting. Last year I got back into reading again! Like finding an old friend. I got back into the stories I enjoy, and back into my Read-At-Least-50-Pages-or-3-Chapters-Before-Moving-On method.

I left cross stitch for last, because that (other than reading) is my longest hobby. I go through my supplies every couple months, and I have started being honest with myself about what I really want to make vs what’s pretty cool. So I gave away a bunch of kits and patterns, and now I feel like a weight has been lifted (or a schedule cleared?) so I can get into what I want to do! I blew through a lot of my Doctor Who sampler. My simple, reachable, goal is to finish it this year. If I finish other stuff? Bonus! No pressure.

This is where I left off sometime in the last 2 years:

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And where I am now:

Past the half-way mark!

I’m finally close to the bottom half!!

I had to put both my samurai and the fan girls in hibernation. I hate the starchy Aida they came with, so I’ll order some nice hand-dyed fabric later. Plus….I messed up at some point in the last 15 years with the Samurai so I need to start over anyway.

We had a wonderful 4th! The BFFs came over with watermelon, steaks, and good company. The fireworks were great; only a few were loud (like whistles and pops). The ones I can remember best are Jade Fountain and Resolution. Both were fountains and pretty quiet. (none of us really like the loud ones, my youngest especially) Dinner was delicious and we watched Jurassic World until it was dark enough to set off the sparks.

It was really nice to sit and stitch and talk with P. Found out she had never seen The Witches, so I obliged! SO much fun; that movie always has a surprise. P knows more about sewing garments than me, so she noticed a lot of fun things about the dresses. She told me about the Mouse and the Motorcycle movie that came out around the same time, that I somehow missed in my childhood…I’ll have to find that!

I’ll be honest, I still start projects, but the difference is I usually frog them and get back to my WIPs. It’s not perfect, but it’s progress in the right direction.

Bah, off the computer now! I want/need to do some thing around the house, then I can stitch away. It’s been so nice outside I can’t wait to sit under the tree and relax with this WIP.

The samurai is on hold for now. I got into a good rhythm and was having fun, but I noticed that sometime all those years ago I made a counting mistake and just noticed it. It’s big enough that it would take more time to fix it than to just start over. I didn’t want to start over on New Year’s Eve, so I grabbed another old kit I’ve had for years. Penny gave it to me years ago…and I’m having a blast! The colors are bright and perfect. I already got quite a bit done considering I don’t have a lot of craft time, even on our winter break. I’ll get to work on it during gymnastics practice tonight. Whee!

Jewels of the Orient 03898 by Dimensions Gold (kit)

SO I spent the first part of 2018 cross stitching, drinking tea, and watching Top Gear. I’d say that’s a fine start to the year!

I forgot to post this, but I finished it last Wednesday! One more left!!

Pride and Prejudice
I can’t believe it’s almost done!

This has been such a fun project, I already bought another pattern (from CloudsFactory) to do next year, a little at a time. CF released this as a SAL for 2017, but since it’s December the whole pattern is available. Score! I also bought Maya Angelou and plan to add her to the piece and replace a couple others with Sally Ride and Margaret Hamilton. I’ll have to design those myself but that’s totally part of the fun!

I’m actually almost done with December (Sleeping Beauty) for this SAL, I’m hoping to finish it tonight! Then I can sign it and iron it. I think I’ll splurge and wait for a coupon, then get it professionally framed. I want to hang it next to our wedding pictures.

To be honest, I cleared out some old patterns and a kit or two, hoping to clear up some mental space and get to projects I really want to do! I’m excited I finished some things this year and I’m hopeful/excited to finish MORE next year. I want cross stitches all over my walls. ;)

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.