Friday, December 31, 2021

2021 Wrap-Up, Man I Have A Lot of WIPs!

This year I went off the rails a bit on starts. There were a few reasons for this, one the end of Stitch Maynia by the people who started it off, Olympics and Paralympics and Mischievous March and Naughty November. I'm sure I snuck in a few other starts just for fun as well. The #nonewstarts group is never going to be one I'm up for, I enjoy starting things too much. 

Let's have a look at all the projects I started this year and please check out the WIPs or Completions page if you're interested in seeing any progress or finishes. 

1. Amazing Animal Kingdom by Aimee Stewart/HAED - 35802/374500 (9.56%)
2. Love by Durene Jones - completed
3. Canadian Hero by Stitching Jules Designs - 401/53850 (0.74%)
4. Mouse Trilogy Mill Hill 19-2013 - completed
5. Mouse Trilogy Mill Hill 19-2011 - completed
6. Blackwork Easter freebie - completed
7. Flower Pattern #1 - completed
8. Flower Pattern #2 - completed
9. Flower Pattern #3 - completed
10. Flower Pattern #4 - completed
11. Soccer Player by Handblessings
12. Christmas Assisi Sampler by Kincavel Krosses - completed
13. Shamrock by Erica Michaels - completed
14. Irish at Heart by Jennifer Akon - completed
15. Spring Hare by Erica Michaels - completed
16. Kathleen and Summer by Hannah Lynn/HAED - 550/200000 
17. Halloween Freebie by Passione Ricamo
18. Universal Monsters B&W by Witchy Stitcher
19. Easter Bunny and Moon by Chatelaine - completed
20. Stocking #1 by Jane Henderson
21. Stocking #2 by Jane Henderson - completed
22. Stocking #3 by Jane Henderson
23. Snowball Fight by Gitta
24. Oo-de-lally by Circus Stitches - completed
25. Deck the Halls Christmas Sampler by Kincavel Krosses - completed
26. Noel Tree by Kincavel Krosses - completed (and FFO!)
27. Samurai by Fire Wing Designs
28. Bibliophile Bookmark by Kincavel Krosses
29. Bibliophile Bookmark by Kincavel Krosses - completed
30. Joyeux Noel by Jardin Privé
31. Believe in the Magic of Christmas by Durene Jones
32. Assisi Tree (unknown designer)
33. Simply Christmas by Whispered by the Wind
34. Patch Christmas Tree by Angie Designer - completed
35. Christmas Birdhouse #1 by Durene Jones
36. Christmas Birdhouse #2 by Durene Jones
37. Stormlight Archive Quotes by Taylor and Cromwell - 6745/13532 (49.84%)
38. Holiday Quaker by Lila's Studio
39. Noel by Bent Creek
40. Ondulations by Jardin Privé
41. It's a Wonderful Life Mill Hill 14-2035
42. Symphonie Romana by Summer House Stitche Workes
43. Normal is Just a Setting on the Washer by Lizzie Kate
44. Pumpkin Patch by Lois Winston
45. Joyeux Noel #1 by Hands on Design
46. Joyeux Noel #2 by Hands on Design
47. Joyeux Noel #3 by Hands on Design
48. Winter Feast by Mill Hill
49. Zelda Cross Stitch 
50. Warm Winter Wishes by Waxing Moon Designs
51. Thistle Stop by Crossed Wing Collection
52. Hummingbird Garden by Crossed Wing Collection
53. Happy Christmas by Prairie Schooler
54. Motherhood by Selena French/HAED - 1955/58013 (3.37%)
55. Jim Shore Nordic Santa by Mill Hill 20-1911
56-67 - Dragons 1-12 by StitchItPicasso
68. Skating Snowman by Mill Hill 16-2133
69. Trick or Treat by Anne Stokes/Paine Free Crafts - 4531/126400 (3.58%)
70. Spring Snapperland by Bent Creek - completed
71. Cryptid SAL by Witchy Stitcher
72. Moonrise Ornament #1 by WBTW - completed
73. Moonrise Ornament #2 by WBTW - completed
74. Moonrise Ornament #3 by WBTW - completed
75. Moonrise Ornament #4 by WBTW - completed
76. Vermont Zentangle by crossstitch4everyone - 3109/23502 (13.23%)

WIPS carried forward and completed this year with the year they were started, if I could find it:
1. Dragon in the Round by point-de-croix (2015?)
2. Winter by Bent Creek (2019)
3. Full Moon by Cute Patterns by Maria (3/2018)
4. Princess and the Dragon by Charting Creations (8/2015)
5. Kiss for a Snowman by Dimensions(1/2016)
6. Blackwork Poppy by Jodyri (2019)
7. Loved You Yesterday by Cherry Hill Stitchery (2020)
8. Twilight Lemans by Heritage Stitchcraft (2/2016)
9. In the Gloaming by WBTW (2020)
10. Spooky Halloween by Durene Jones (2017)

There are also 43 other WIPs that were not completed this year, some weren't even worked on and some may never leave UFO status. So, let's do some math!

I have 49 WIPs left from 2021 from all the projects I started, plus the 43 I have listed in my WIPs page. There may be more somewhere that I've forgotten, but why don't we leave it at that since that's a grand total of 92!! Not quite triple digits either, just like Rachel. :)

That's actually less than I thought. I really thought I was over 100, but maybe finishing those last few before the end of the year helped get my numbers a bit lower. Perhaps that's why I had a bit of a frenzy to get those few finished. 

The New Year will bring at least one new start. Probably not tonight since I'm pretty tired after working, but I'll give you a little clue on what the fabric will look like. 

Any guesses? It's a companion piece to something I finished this past year. 

I hope you all have a very Happy New Year and may 2022 bring us some relief from the pandemic. 

Until then, at least there is cross stitch. Happy Stitching!


End of 2021

Here it is, the last post of 2021! And onto a New Year with lots of new stitching and some plans? First, I managed 2 other finishes and one is almost done, so we'll pretend it's a finish for the end of the year. I will get it completed before the end of the year EST. 

The 4th Moonrise ornament was finished earlier, but I forgot to post about it:
Moonrise Ornament #4 by WBTW
stitched 2 over 1 on 14ct Illusion Aida by Silkweavers
with DMC 167, 738, 3823, 3865 as well as RG blending filament in the moon

It's so nice to have all four ornaments complete! I also managed one more smallish finish from my myriad of starts this year:
Irish at Heart by Jennifer Akon? (have to check spelling)
stitched 1 over 1 with WDW Okefenokee and Cactus, unknown Soie Cristals and Waterlilies Plum
on 16 or 18ct light blue Aida

My parents went on a bus tour of Ireland a few years ago, well pre-COVID, and loved it so much! I think I'll try and manage to make this into a St. Patrick's Day card for them. My dad has become somewhat obsessed with Irish music, which isn't a bad thing. I surprised him this year though when DD and I were talking about the song Miss Fogarty's Christmas Cake and he hadn't heard of it. I sent him the link to watch it, since it's another great holiday one like Christmas in Kilarney. 

And the last one which is almost a finish, and would have been if I didn't have to get up to get to work early this morning, this is another Rainbow Gallery freebie when they had a bunch back in 2015(?). 
Easter Freebie by Erica Michaels through Rainbow Gallery's website
stitched 2 over 1 with Carrie's Creations Jellyfish for the border and unknown Dinky Dyes for the bunny, Glinda the Good by Jodyri for the ears, WDW Purple Haze for the eyes, 
WDW Camellia for the nose, and an unknown for the blue/green background 
on 16ct or 18ct light blue aida

So close!! But it was 12:30am by the time I took this photo and I need to be up by 6:45am at the latest to get to work on time. I have at least a 30 minute commute on a good day to get to work on time. 

My best friend from undergrad got a quarantine pet bunny over a year ago and he's just about this colour, so I might send this as a birthday card next year when I get it finished. Or maybe Easter?

I definitely won't have any more finishes than this before the end of the year, and I'll try and update my finishes page to show all of these. 

New Year's plans can wait for another post. Happy New Year!


Sunday, December 26, 2021

Finishing Frenzy?

I hope everyone that celebrates Christmas had a nice, relaxing day. We had lots of fun at our house. 

I've been somewhat distracted by finishing off some smaller projects these last few weeks, and it's been nice to whittle down the WIP list a bit. I started on finishing off the Hands on Design ornaments that are in French because we were supposed to see some of DH's family. It ended up being canceled because of the increased COVID-19 cases, but I continued on to finish all of them. Here they are:

Hands on Design Joyeux Noel
stitched 2 over 2 on 28ct grey/blue fabric, unknown designer
with DMC 310, WDW Okeefenokee on the top one and Etoile C321

These were fun little stitches and I recharted the top 2 red ornaments to have words in French as well. They're originally charted in English and I'm not really sure why when the large words are charted in French, including all the accents. I couldn't think of a good word for the bottom ornament, so just decorated it. 

Next I decided to try and keep finishing off the ones that are cluttering up my stitching stand, so that was one version of Bibliophile:
Bibliophile Blackwork Bookmark by Kincavel Krosses
stitched 1 over 1 on 28ct white Monaco
with Jodyri HunniBee

And I've started working on a couple other of the smaller ornaments I started for the various new start frenzies I had this year. I might pick up the Vermont one and try and get a few more thread lengths in before the end of the month as well. I didn't meet all the goals I had originally set at the start of this year, but a lot of them morphed into new ones, and that's okay too. 

Hope you're all having an enjoyable Boxing Day!

Happy stitching and stay well!


Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Advent Calendar Blog Hop 2021

Here it is again, time for Jo's annual Advent Blog Hop! I hope a lot of you have joined in with Jo's wonderful idea again this year and let's cheer on everyone's holiday-themed stitching. Click on her name to visit her page and start the blog hop. 

This year I managed a few Christmas and winter related finishes, and of course started several so there are still a lot of WIPs to work on. 

Jo's theme this year is our Christmas tree, and here's ours this year:

We always have an artificial tree. I always did as a child as well, except one year we had a real tree. I forget why we never did again. This is the first year we've put lights in the windows, and I've had the big blue Santa for the last two Christmases. It was one I gave to my Grandma over a decade ago and she always had it out in her room at her nursing home until she died. 

You can also see a small green 3D printed tree to the left of the large tree, that was a new addition last year when DH became obsessed with 3D printing. He also made a pink one for DD. Rudolph and Clarice were gifts from my Dad. 

We usually have our tree up some time in November, we love having it up and tend to leave it up till March as a "winter tree" :D You can just see Santa on top. That's a family thing, my Dad grew up with a light up Santa on top of the tree and we used to use a similar one, but it was a little damaged through age, so now we use this Santa. 

Some special ornaments are Scarlett O'Hara from Gone with the Wind, which was my Grandma's and we've all gained a few ornaments since she passed, so we hang those in her memory. You can see 2 basset hounds there, one stuffed and one ceramic. They're special because of the basset hound we had for 13 1/2 years. DH loves to add the stuffed bassets to peek out at you. 

Here are a couple stitched ornaments, one a gift and the other I stitched, plus another hidden basset!

And now that DD is more capable of making ornaments, the penguin was from last year and the flower was painted in school, and you can order the ornament with the art from a school-related website. She was also very helpful decorating the tree this year. 

On to the stitching, keeping in the tree theme, here's my alternate Christmas colours tree:
Patch Christmas Tree 1 by Angie Designer
stitched 1 over 1 on 28ct white Monaco with stash threads
 unknown Dinky Dyes, Caron Waterlilies parrot, Dinky Dyes Down Under Blues and Jodyri Oz the Great and Powerful, another unknown Dinky Dyes, DMC 3799 and Kreinik gold start, Etoile 699 for the lines

I hope you all have a wonderful holiday season however you choose to celebrate it! Stay safe out there and Happy Stitching!


Tuesday, December 7, 2021

December Update 2021

You might think today will be a post about finishing up the last November start. And that's not exactly correct. I will post an update, but I've been a little distracted by the latest new shiny thing. And that is this zentangle design by crossstitch4everyone

It will eventually look like this:

The reason I wanted to start this one was I managed to find this gorgeous fabric from BeStitchMe, called Autumn. And with a nice DMC 904, This is where I'm at so far on this project:
Vermont Zentangle by crossstitch4everyone
stitched 1 over 1 full cross on 28ct Autumn by BeStitchMe

There's a challenge to stitch 30 minutes on this every day during December, so I've been doing a thread length a day. It's led to some decent progress and fortunately the chart shows up on Pattern Keeper, so that makes it easier as well. 

And here's where I'm at on ornament #4!
Moonrise #4 by Whispered by the Wind
stitched 2 over 1 on 14ct Illusion by Silkweavers
with DMC 310, 3799, 168, 735, 3865 and some RG blending filament on the moon

I need to get this one finished, but keep going back to the other project as well. I do need more DMC 904 since I only had one skein and I'll run out soon. 

Stay well and happy stitching!


Halfway Through May

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