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Gifted Gorgeousness - July Edition

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Well, it's a little embarrassing how long it's been since I've posted, but I'd like to thank everyone again for your lovely comments on everything. Keith loved his personalized gift, my Mom loved the shawl and DD loves her socks too, which are now a complete pair.

Again, I've been doing more knitting than stitching this past month. Part of that is the heat had really set in and it was too hot to stitch because I'm always worried about sweaty hands, but knitting is a little more forgivable that way. I had also signed up for a couple KALs (knit-a-longs), so used the time to work on things for that.

However, I did get out one stitching project last month!

AAN Spider Banner

The top post is a little more true to the fabric colour, not sure why the front legs look darker though, same thread, WDW Okeefeenokee, is the same throughout. I think it was a new skein though, so maybe different dyelot. 

I was doing well until the heat and humidity stuck around for a week, I c…

Gifted Gorgeousness - June Edition

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It's time again for Gifted Gorgeousness and time to show off our latest stitches we plan to give as gifts, or have received as gifts, or any other way we can shoe horn into the theme.

This is, as always, hosted by the hostess with the mostest, Jo! Please check out her blog to see where everyone has signed up and sign up yourself if you'd like.

Let's see what was stitched on since last time, I don't think there were any more Stitch Maynia projects in the last half of May, but I haven't been posting lately and there's at least one finish to show off. :)

4th set of socks, will be for DD
 Finished 50th bday gift! The glasses were changed from the original chart to match similar ones in our office.

 Found this finished, not FFO while cleaning and finally made it into a card
 3rd pair of socks, I read the pattern incorrectly and used tiny needles, therefore ended up with tiny socks that fit DD's doll

 2nd pair of socks, on hold while I worked on DD's and the …

Zodiac SAL - Gemini

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I have 2 family members under the Gemini sign, my mother and sister. My mother's mother was also a Gemini, although she died in 2001. 

Gemini People - What they are like: Gemini people can come across as clever and quick-witted, eager to dish out the juiciest pieces of news and happenings to their friends via text message and social media. And in case that’s not enough, they’ll probably send you a Snapchat story for good measure. Geminis love fast cars, trendy clothes and any wacky gadgets or games they can tinker around with. Part of the fun (and curse) of Gemini people is that you’re never quite sure which personality you’re going to experience. Will it be the vivacious, pun-dishing jokester, or the snarky, mean-spirited critic? But if you’re willing to see Fifty Shades of Gemini, they’ll color your life in thrilling ways!

This mostly fits my sister, as she's a social media fiend, but she'll have sides of the others as well. She's a lot like my mother, although she does…

WIPocalypse May 2018

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It's WIPocalypse time again and check out everyone's progress over at Measi's blog! This month's question is:
Where do you love to shop for stash?
When I can, I order either by email or in person from my LNS, The Wooden Needle in Stowe, VT. It's not very close, so I don't get there as often as I'd like. For gifts lately I've been asking for GC to 123stitch and I've come across a new-to-me site called Half Moon Stitchery
Also, please check out how Jo is doing with her 18 in '18 and how a few of us are joining her this year. :)
I posted about my 18 in '18 last month and what has been finished, in progress and what I hadn't touched yet. For part of May I did a WIP Maynia and pulled out a lot of the projects that hadn't been out of their expandable file yet this year. There are quite a few and I think there are progress photos in my other posts, so in this post I'll try and find a photo of what the finished object will look like ev…

IHSW - May Conclusion and WIP Maynia

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This past weekend was the third weekend in May, so that was IHSW. I hope you all had some time to hermit and stitch. We had a pretty fantastic rain storm on Saturday afternoon, so that gave me some time while DD was "resting". She doesn't exactly nap any more, but she definitely needs some time to wind down for a while. 

Let me get WIP Maynia out of the way first since it's chronologically in order and the last piece I worked on had a lot more added during IHSW. 

Satsuma Street Happy Halloween
on 18 ct oatmeal aida?
Warbreaker (book cover charted by skitzzzzz)
on 14 ct black aida  Blue Fractal by skitzzzzz
 1 over 1 on 28 ct monaco
Spider Banner by AAN
 2 over 1 on 32 ct opalescent gift fabric Lakeside Needlecraft UTS SAL  2 over 2 on 28 ct Eilat from Chromatic Alchemy The Optician - NEW START! 2 over 2 on 28 ct fabric from Chromatic Alchemy (I'll look up the name) 
To celebrate keeping up with WIP Maynia for 14 days, I decided to start on something new on May 15. I…

Gifted Gorgeousness: May Edition

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It's mid-May and that means it's time to talk about all our stitching with gifted materials or for gifts, or for however you can fit the category. Check out Jo's blog for all the details and to see who else is participating this month. 

I've been participating in Stitch Maynia, which I made a WIP Maynia, so I have pulled out several projects since last month. Let's see where we're at with everything:

Fishing - for my uncle
with charted DMC 2 over 2 on 28ct Tempest by Chromatic Alchemy
Letters From Nora - L - for a friend
Land of the Dinosaurs - for DD
 with charted DMC 2 over 2 on 28ct Nimbus (?) by Chromatic Alchemy Mini Winter Magic - for DD  Dragon Under Glass - for DH
 Bailey Basset - for DH
 Spider Banner - for DD

I was so excited to get this one out again. Again, I think a solid week should finish this one off. So I could add this to the pile with Fishing and Tribal Dragon and get 3 finishes within the next month or so. We'll see how it goes. 
I also decid…

Zodiac : Taurus

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It's time again to talk about another astrological sign. One member of my immediate family is a Taurus, my younger brother. Check out Jo's post for more info on Tauri? Tauruses? and here's a little blurb:

The Bull represents a strong-willed character with great perseverance and determination.  In India Taurus is known by its Sanskrit name Vṛṣabha, which is occasionally given as a name for Shiva and his vehicle Nandi as well as the first of twenty-four Jain Tirthankara, Rishabhanatha.  In Egypt, Taurus was seen as the cow goddess Hathor.  Hathor was the goddess of beauty, love, and happiness, and she represented all of the riches seen in cattle as the providers of nourishment.  Roman astrologers considered Taurus ruled by Venus, the goddess of beauty, and Earth, the goddess of the earth and nature.
I'm going for some nature/earth type shoe horns this time, so let's see what I've stitched since last month that I can squeeze into this theme. :)
Full Moon got a little…