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Five in Five - and the return(?) of my blog

Some of you parents out there may be unsurprised by the fact a new baby is partly responsible for my absence from this page. I have missed it a lot, and life has settled down enough where I'd like to start up again.

Kate of The Suddenly Kate Show has nominated me for the Worth Casing Blog Award, and that and her generous giveaway has helped kick my butt in gear.

Fortunately, Kate had a great explanation of what I need to do now:

Answer our Five in Five questions via a blog post.Link back or mention the blogger that nominated you.Nominate and inform five of your favourite worth casing bloggers.GRAB the Worth Casing Blog Award for your blog post.Head to Mystery Case and link up your Five in Five posts

Five in Five Questions:
1. How long have you been blogging and why did you start?
This took some research. I didn't set up my own blog until very late December 2011 in order to join the Crazy January Challenge 2012. For some reason, that blog was hacked without mercy, so I eventually …

WIPocalypse SAL - March - update stitching spot photos!

It's that time again, another full moon, therefore it's WIPocalypse time again! When the full moon shines tonight it will definitely light up all the snow we have around here. Busy month yet again, so not a heck of a lot of stitching going on. Tribal Dragon has progressed though, so here's that update.

And this month we're supposed to show you our stitchy spot! Mine is the corner lounger of our sectional couch, and it's definitely well worn by now. I'll try and get a photo up later, and I hope to investigate everyone else's.
 Here's my usual spot, with my cat Max looking on, hoping for a chance to steal (and eat!) threads. You can see my Ott lite there as well, and a bundle of yarn on the end table, with more projects stacked towards the wall. Under the end table is a blue bag of yarn for another project. And we won't talk about what's in the end table drawer.

 And a close up of the well used lounger corner of my couch.

In other stitching, I&#…

IHSW February - the Conclusion

I was working all weekend, so there wasn't much time to stitch. I have managed to finish the AAN Mystery SAL part 1 though.

I added Kreinik for the eyes on the lower house to make them show a little more and I may go back and add some for the eyebrows as well, we'll see.

Hope everyone has had a great IHSW! And here's the other reason I get very little stitching done these days.
Happy Stitching!


WIPocalypse SAL- February

A day late for WIPocalypse again! And I didn't get a lot of stitching done over the last month, but Tribal Dragon has progressed slightly:

Because I'm out one row of stitching on the first blue section on the far left I've had to fudge everything to accommodate for it. It's been working so far, but still no big progress since I also started the AAN Mystery SAL this past month. I'm close to halfway done the first part and hope to finish it this weekend. I'm going to add some Kreinik for the eyes, I think I have the perfect metallicy orange that it calls for.

As for the question about rotations, etc., well I used to stitch on one at a time and ended up with a ton of WIPs. At this point I have over 20 I believe. I'd much prefer to finish a few of them, but I also have this odd tendency that the more urgently I need to finish a piece, the less I feel like stitching on it.

When I had to finish Angelic Melody for my MIL and it was months behind I kept starting n…

Update on Tribal Dragon - To Frog or Not to Frog

I have a couple progress pics on Tribal Dragon.
This one shows how I was almost done the light blue colour when I realized I'd forgotten a row in the very first section! It was below the 2nd section, so that piece is aligned properly with the upper part of the 1st section. BUT.. it is above the 3rd section, so I couldn't figure out why the 2nd and 3rd section didn't seem to be lining up. I finally found the mistake, but I decided to try and work around it. In that row of the pattern there are a lot of duplicate rows in other sections, so I'm hoping to just cut it out completely.

I have a feeling if I have to frog all of it or start over I won't ever finish. Anyone else ever run into this issue? What did you do?

I continued on and have started the darker blue for the wings as well.
I'm really happy with how they look together, I just hope I can remember to cut out that row when necessary!

Happy Stitching,


IHSW January - the Conclusion

I was off work Sunday, but I was also home alone with our baby, so I think I progressed well all things considered. I believe it was 2-3 hours of stitching all told. :)

Here's an update on Tribal Dragon. I'm working on the 2nd of 3 areas that will have this colour.

I'm using Soie Cristale and stitching 1 over 1 on 25 count pewter Lugana. It's going very easily, I really love stitching with silk thread. This is the first time I've used so much of it in one project.

Hope everyone else had a great IHSW!


p.s. See why I don't get much stitching done anymore?

WIPocalypse SAL - January

I finally joined the WIPocalypse SAL this year hosted by Measi. I'm already a day late, so I'll try and keep better track throughout the year if I can.

For this full moon we're supposed to introduce ourselves and discuss the projects we'd like to finish. I've listed a lot of my WIPs on one of my pages, but I'm ashamed to say there are more I haven't posted photos of yet. My goals for completing projects this year would be:

1. Homeward Trail in Winter - due November 2013
2. Tribal Dragon
3. Dog Lessons
4. Fry and Leela
5. Warbreaker

I hope to also work on the Song of the Weather SAL from 2013, which is now available as a set on Mabel's Fancies site. Since those are all small designs I think they'll be a good break from the larger projects.

As for a general intro, well how about answers to a few questions? I'm stealing this idea from Joyce at Random Ramblings :)

Favourite Fabric: Evenweave, generally 28 count
Favourite Thread: I have a new appreciat…

IHSW January - the Preview

I have no idea how much stitching I'll be able to accomplish this year. With a new baby I'm sure it won't be a lot, but I hope I can participate in IHSW every month at least. I'm working Saturday for 6 hours, but Sunday I'm off. Hopefully I'll be able to work on Tribal Dragon a lot, and maybe if I'm feeling up to it give Homeward Trail a try. The confetti is a little mind-numbing even if it's not to HAED standards.

Here's my floss toss and a bit of stitching on White Willow's Tribal Dragon. I'm going to use the variegated thread for the dragon's underbelly and the solids for different portions of the back and wings. I think it will turn out well. I'm using pewter 25 count Lugana stitching 1 over 1.

Happy IHSW stitching everyone!


Back Online

After a long absence I'm finally blogging again. The main reason I've been out of touch is our beautiful baby decided to come quite a bit early! My due date was November 30 and she arrived over 2 weeks early. It wasn't an easy delivery, but we're both healthy and I'm recovering well while she puts on a ton of weight. She's growing so fast!

I did finish the AAN ornament during my convalescence and I'm now in the process of finishing it into something. Probably a hanging of some kind.

Here's a sneak peek.

After this I need to get back to Homeward Trail in Winter since that was supposed to be for my Grandma's 90th birthday last month. Time got away from me there and I didn't feel up to concentrating on such a difficult piece until now. The latest photo is here:

  I'll update more frequently from now on, at least I'll try!

Happy Stitching,