Wednesday, April 3, 2024

Mischievous March Wrap-Up

I managed to start 5 projects this past month, even if I didn't get that much progress on any of them. 

First up are the Sweet Annet stamps:

I chose 3 of these, so I still have 2 left to start at some point. The progress didn't change too much on these:
Dragonfly in Flowers Stamp by Sweet Annet
stitched 2 over 1 with kit threads on included wooden framework
The Little Prince stamp by Sweet Annet
stitched 2 over 1 with kit threads on included wooden framework

Fairytale Castle by Sweet Annet
stitched 2 over 1 with kit threads on included wooden framework

That last one never did get any more stitches into it. Too obsessed with finishing Ondulations!

With Ondulations, I started having a bit of an interest in more blackwork. I have a few patterns hanging around, but I checked over Urban Stitches patterns and fell in love with this one:

I have picked this up a few times to get a few more colours in and I'm still very happy with it. 
Journey by Urban Stitches
stitched 1 over 2 with charted DMC on 28ct Red Tide by Chromatic Alchemy

I don't know if you can see how the colours of the compass are somewhat close to the fabric? That was a choice on my part since I thought it fit the message. How sometimes things can be very difficult to see when you're working on your mental health. I think I'll stay with black for the words, or possibly a dark grey? Suggestions always welcome!

Lastly, this is the project I just started over this past weekend:


And I managed a decent amount of stitches:
Mr. Grinch by The Cross Stitch Studio
tent stitched 2 over 2 on 28ct opalescent parchment by BeStitchMe

It's not too complicated for a full coverage project, with only about 20 some colours and no background. This was a limited edition, so I don't think it's still available if anyone was interested. 

And here we are! Another Mischievous March in the books and I'm glad I managed to keep up with Rachel this year. I hope you're all having a good week!

Happy Stitching, 

Tiffstitch

Friday, March 29, 2024

A Recent Obsession

 I made it! Less than 2 weeks since my last post. That was what I was hoping for.  I had ideas of posting earlier, but there was a reason this post had to wait. Check it out!
Ondulations by Jardin Prive
stitched on 28ct rainbow gradient fabric by BeStitchMe

It's done!! I asked DH and friends about adding colour or not, and since the fabric itself is so colourful, I went with only DMC 310 and no colours. That made it easy to get all the way to a finish before the end of the month. 

Here are a couple close-ups if you're interested:


Because I got carried away with getting this to a finish, I don't have any progress on Do Not Meddle, and still haven't taken a photo of my 3rd Mischievous March project, but I do have a photo of my 4th Mischievous March start. It will eventually look like this:

And here's my start:
Journey by Urban Stitches
stitched 1 over 2 with charted DMC on 28ct Red Tide by Chromatic Alchemy

I did get a few more rounds on the 2nd PWHL hat, and it's moved up to here:
PWHL team hat by Sydney Gerzymisch
in Berroco Ultra Wool in a deep red, green and cream (although it looks white here)

And that's where we are after almost another 2 weeks. One more start tomorrow and that will put an end to Mischievous March! Plus soon I'll have to decide what I'm going to work on in April. That's 2/3 finishes for my focus projects and one that's pretty darn close that I'll keep working on in April. 

I hope you've all been having a good couple weeks and Happy Stitching!

Tiffstitch




Sunday, March 17, 2024

Catch-up Post and Mischievous March

Hello again, things conspired so I didn't get a chance to put a post up, but I have been stitching. I also remembered to pick up my Mischievous March projects! Rachel is working on some beautiful ones as well and I chose to start some new kits from Sweet Annet. 

The first one will eventually look like this:
    

And after a few days of work it looks like this:
    
Dragonfly in Flowers Stamp by Sweet Annet
stitched 2 over 1 with kit threads on included wooden framework

The second one is by the same artist, and will eventually look like this:
    
and I've managed a fair bit of sky:
The Little Prince stamp by Sweet Annet
stitched 2 over 1 with kit threads on included wooden framework

I'm trying to use up one colour at a time, sort of like I do with Mill Hill kits and that seems to be working fairly well so far. 

I have 3 more to go, and although I did get a few stitches in the new one today; I'm very sore after a hockey tournament yesterday and it wasn't really worth taking a photo yet. 

I've also managed to progress more on Ondulations, my March focus project and am almost at the left side. There are 2 photos since I had to move the Qsnap:

Ondulations by Jardin Prive
stitched on 28ct rainbow gradient fabric by BeStitchMe

There's a bit more to the left side, so I should get there in another couple days of stitching. 

I'm also keeping up with Do Not Meddle, in fact it might have the most progress of any of the projects I've worked on so far. Here's where it looks now!
Do Not Meddle by Dragon Dreams
stitched 1x1 on 28ct white fabric as charted

Hopefully this week will bring more stitching, but we'll have to see how tomorrow goes. It's an interesting feeling when everything in your body hurts. My quads are the worst, but ice and painkillers have helped. 

I hope you're all feeling well and had good stitchy weeks!

Happy Stitching, 

Tiffstitch





Tuesday, March 5, 2024

New Monthly Project Alert!

Here we are in March already! And like most of you said, Do Not Meddle does need to get finished, so I think I'm going to try and do a thread length in it every day before I start stitching on anything else. Here it is now!
    
Do Not Meddle by Dragon Dreams
stitched 1x1 full cross on 28ct white with recommended DMC

I think I'll try and keep up with the current trend of finishing up whatever colour needs filling in. That's been sort of a sense of accomplishment and keeping my interest, so I'll keep it up for now. 

The new project I'm going to work on for March is Ondulations by Jardin Prive. Here it is when I last worked on it back in July 2021 for the July Olympics start extravaganza I did with Rachel
Ondulations by Jardin Prive
stitched on 28ct rainbow gradient by BeStitchMe as charted

I still haven't decided if I want to add the colours that it asks for or use some of the specialty threads I've accumulated over the last several years. It might be fun to dig through what I have for something close to the charted threads. 

And Wiglaf has grown substantially, I'm maybe close to halfway done now? 
Wiglaf scarf by Lizi Lowe
knit with Fiber Me This You and the Stars 80/10/10 MCN 
and Sassy Black Yarns Connecticut Snow 100% baby alpaca

Next  week I'll update with more progress on everything hopefully. Have a good week everyone!

Happy Stitching,

Tiffstitch


Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Little Bit More of Everything

Here we are, last week of February already somehow and even with the extra day tomorrow I can't believe how quickly the year has disappeared. We're having very unseasonably warm weather for the Northeastern US as well, which might be making it seem further into the year than it really is. 

Speaking of Leap Day/Leap Year, any new starts planned for anyone? Thursdays are my very busy day, so unlikely I will get any stitching in at all, but I did help plan the Leap Day playlist for my Thursday Night hockey group. If you're interested, this is the list:
                        The Wizard - Black Sabbath ( a member was born on Feb. 29)
                        Jump Jive N Wail - Brian Setzer Orchestra
                        Jump - Van Halen
                        Jumpin' Jack Flash - Stones
                        29 Palms - Robert Plant
                        Jump - Kriss Kross 
                        Jump Around - House of Pain
                        Jump (for my love ) - Pointer Sisters
                        Waiting for the Great Leap Forward - Billy Bragg
                        Jump for Joy - Peggy Lee
                        Jump for Joy - Warrior Soul
                        Leap of Faith - Bruce Springsteen
                        Leap of Faith - The Interrupters
                        Jump Into the Fire - Harry Nilsson
                        Jump Into the Fog - The Wombats
                        Look Before you Leap - Marcia Ball
                        Give - The Suicide Machines
                        Bodies - Drowning Pool (singer born on Feb. 29)
                        The Mob Rules - Black Sabbath

And now, what you've all been waiting for, a bit of progress on Do Not Meddle! ;)
Do Not Meddle by Dragon Dreams
stitched 1x1 full cross on 28ct white with recommended DMC

And I was doing more knitting than stitching after another migraine (boo) hit me on Saturday. Not as bad as the week before, so still able to get some things done. Here's Wiglaf:
    
Wiglaf scarf by Lizi Lowe
knit with Fiber Me This You and the Stars 80/10/10 MCN 
and Sassy Black Yarns Connecticut Snow 100% baby alpaca

If you can follow the colour changes, the blue stripes were decreasing in height until they hit 4 rows, then the white rows will increase to the same height as the blue near the bottom, then it starts over again, so the middle will be mostly white with blue stripes and the 2 ends will be blue with white stripes. 

Jo asked if this was named after Wiglaf from Beowulf, and it was! Here's the designer's note:

- A note on the name: Wiglaf is my favorite character from the Old English poem Beowulf. The protagonist, Beowulf, when faced with a dragon who is terrorizing his people, is abandoned by all his chosen companions. Except Wiglaf. In Beowulf’s darkest hour, one man stands loyal by his side and will not abandon his king.

It's a very easy knit, good for beginners if anyone is interested. It's just garter stitch, but carrying the colours up the side is a nice way to not have to weave in a lot of ends, and it makes a nice edge. 

I hope everyone has a good week and enjoy your new starts if you're having one!

Happy Stitching, 

Tiffstitch

Tuesday, February 20, 2024

Halfway There?

 

Look! Look!
Do Not Meddle by Dragon Dreams
stitched 1x1 full cross on 28ct white with recommended DMC

I finished a dragon! So excited! I hope I can get the words done tonight, they're almost done, then it's one more dragon. There's a chance this will stay out a few extra days if I get close with the second dragon. I'd love to get this one finished. 

The rest is all knitting, more work on the Wiglaf scarf:
    
Wiglaf scarf by Lizi Lowe
knit with Fiber Me This You and the Stars 80/10/10 MCN 
and Sassy Black Yarns Connecticut Snow 100% baby alpaca

And I made a few hearts for Valentine's Day:
    
made with fingering weight yarn

That's all for this week, so we'll see where next week gets us. I hope you've all had a good stitching week!

Happy Stitching,

Tiffstitch

Wednesday, February 14, 2024

Secret Stitching Sweetheart

Happy Valentine's Day to all who celebrate! More importantly, it's Secret Stitching Sweetheart day!

Without further ado, who does this amazing piece of stitching belong to? 

Love the finishing on this one and the gorgeous colour and matching trim. 

Also, check out Jo's page for everyone who's found their match!

Enjoy something special for yourselves today or start something new, I give you permission! :)

Happy Stitching,

Tiffstitch

Tuesday, February 13, 2024

Mid-February Update

Another weekly update on stitching and knitting. I added a few rows to the Wiglaf scarf:
Wiglaf scarf by Lizi Lowe
knit with Fiber Me This and Sassy Black Yarns

And I finished the PWHL hat! Still not in love with how the floats show, but maybe it will block out. That's the knitters way of trying to fudge something that didn't turn out quite right. 
and I love the top!
PWHL team hat by Sydney Gerzymisch
in Berroco Ultra Wool in a deep red, green and cream (although it looks white here)

I'm going to make another one in the same colourway, but watch a few videos on how to hide floats first to see if we can lose that kind of stripey look you get in the white part of the hat in the top photo. 

Next comes stitching!

Do Not Meddle came out a few times and I'm almost done the dragon on the left:
Do Not Meddle by Dragon Dreams
stitched 1x1 full cross on 28ct white with recommended DMC

I was debating about outlining the dragon on the right as well before going back to fill it in, but I really, really want to finish the dragon on the left. I had some lighter colour left over after finishing it on the left dragon, so started a bit on the right, but went back to the left dragon with the next darker shade of light green. I think there are 7 shades of green in this one?

I'm still not sure if it will be a finish this month, but definitely the dragon on the left will get finished and maybe the saying as well. It's mostly there as it is. 

I also pulled out Winter Feast again to get one night on it:
Winter's Feast by Mill Hill
stitched as charted with kit threads and beads on perforated paper


So lots of things worked on and a little progress on everything, plus one more finish! Not a bad week. I hope you've all had a good week as well. 

Happy Stitching!

Tiffstitch





Tuesday, February 6, 2024

Start of February 2024

Here we are again, so far posting once a week is sticking, so I'll try and keep up with it. I've definitely missed it, and feel like I'm maybe in a better mental space to keep up with it and stitching now too. I did get a lot of knitting in this past week, so we'll start with that. 

I managed another knit finish, although this is a terrible photo. 

Vanilla shortie socks in Christmas Robin colourway by WYS

These are very slightly smaller than the ones for my mom. DD's feet are already a size 6ish, so she's on her way to get to 9 like me probably, if not more. 

I also finished a scarf in the Boa yarn that was from my Grandma's yarn stash and still smells like her. I forgot to take a photo though and have put it away for now. When I remember I will get it out again.

I started a new scarf:


This is the Wiglaf scarf and you can find it on Ravelry. I'm using slightly less contrasting colours than they use in their model, but these yarns spoke to me when I was stash diving. I'm trying to actively use up stash this year as much as I can. 

I also got distracted by the PWHL hat, a free pattern on Ravelry The model is in the colours of the Montreal women's hockey team, and a friend I used to play hockey with and I were discussing what colours to use. Neither of us had picked a favourite team yet, Montreal and Boston are the closest ones to me, and the Detroit Red Wings are her favourite team, but there's no Detroit team yet. So, we came up with using our old team colours from the London Devilettes. They're similar to the New Jersey Devil colours at the time, so they're red and green predominantly. Here's where I'm at so far:
PWHL team hat by Sydney Gerzymisch
in Berroco Ultra Wool in a deep red, green and cream (although it looks white here)

I did have to buy this yarn, but it's quite inexpensive and the hat is knitting up fairly quickly if you don't count the colourwork. I'm not great at it and might watch some videos about how to hide the floats better. You can sort of see the vertical lines in the white, and those are where I caught the floats behind. You have to bring along the alternate colour with the other colour, and catch it every so often. I'm maybe not doing it correctly, but this hat is my practice piece and I'll work on improving. I will definitely make more of these. Any extra support they get will hopefully keep the league going. 

Finally, on to some cross stitch. After debating about what project to start on given the disappointment with the last one, I decided to pull out a dragon to go with Chinese New Year. You may remember seeing this one on and off over the years. This is where I started:
and one night got me here:
Do Not Meddle by Dragon Dreams
stitched 1x1 full cross on 28ct white with recommended DMC

I have some hope of actually getting this one finished and sent to the recipient this year. I won't say it will happen this month since there's still a lot of the month left to get through. I enjoyed the stitching though, so I think I finally made my progressive glasses strong enough for 28ct now. ;) I believe I started it back when I didn't need the extra magnification. 

I hope you've all been having a good week!

Happy Stitching, 

Tiffstitch




Tuesday, January 30, 2024

Smalls SAL - January 2024

The smalls SAL is now hosted by Rachel over at Ten Hour Stitcher, so you can find the link-up post on her blog. I have enough smalls that I should be able to finish at least one per month, and although I've already blogged about this one, here it is again:
MH18 - 2034 Santa Cruise
stitched with kit threads and beads on perforated paper

and I think this one counts as a small? It's certainly not as large as some of my WIPs!
Halloween Freebie by Passione Ricamo
stitched 2 over 2 
on 28ct Brittney evenweave Aries by Sparklies

And I also worked on another Mill Hill kit,
Winter's Feast by Mill Hill
stitched as charted with kit threads and beads on perforated paper


I might pick this one back up again as it should be a quick finish, but I'd like to finish a couple other things first. 

I'll see if I can keep up with this every month, it's a good way to try and work on some of my smaller WIPs. :)

Happy Stitching!

Tiffstitch



Knitting Finish and Quandary

Hello all! I managed to finish those socks for my mom:
Vanilla sock pattern size 2.75mm ChiaoGoo needles
Christmas Robin colourway by West Yorkshire Spinners

Then, given my loose end again from the recent small finish, I decided to skip ahead to one of the other monthly focus pieces. We were still catching up on Star Trek Strange New Worlds and Lower Decks, so I went with a fairly simple one, Symphonic Romance. Last time you saw it, it looked like this:
Symphonic Romance by Summer House Stitche Workes
stitched 2 over 2 full cross with WDW Grape Ice
on 28ct evenweave from Jodyri

and now it looks like this:

and it's a little over a quarter complete. However, I realized that where I thought I had 4 skeins of all the same colourway, I actually have 2 skeins with the colour scheme above, and 2 with a much darker grey. I started it on the top right side, and in case it's not obvious, I also took a close-up:

So I've put this aside for now and I'll see if I can find more Grape Ice and see what colourway it has. I'm definitely not frogging all that I've done, so it's possible it will be a restart or a UFO. For now, it will be put away and I'll likely chose another monthly focus project. 

In knitting news, I'm almost done a pair of shortie socks in that same colourway above, DD wanted a pair to match Grandma. I'll show the finished pair next week. 

I hope you've all had more successful stitching weeks!

Happy Stitching, 

Tiffstitch

Monday, January 22, 2024

What? Another one?

After completing Evening in the Shire, I was at a bit of a loose end. Clare mentioned on one of her recent posts about wanting some Santas for a new Christmas tree and I checked in with her about a different kind of Santa I had in my stash. 

It was a fun little stitch and took 3 days total to stitch. 
MH18 - 2034 Santa Cruise
stitched with kit threads and beads on perforated paper

And then I was at another loose end! So I picked up Loon Lake to get a few more stitches in. 
Loon Lake by Crossed Wing Collection
stitched 2 over 2 full cross
on 40ct linen by BeStitchedMe

I had finally kitted up the threads needed, besides just using my cone of DMC 310, or at least so I thought. I realized quickly that I had actually kitted up the small chart that was included with this one, so I needed to get different threads to work on Loon Lake. Also, I've been stitching 2 over 2, which feels a bit thick now, however, since the photo includes a reflection of the loons, I'm thinking I'll continue as I am, but either do the reflection in 1 over 1 full cross or 2 over 2 tent stitch. 

On another day I picked up another small Mill Hill, Winter's Feast to get a few stitches in. Last time you saw it, it looked like this:

and now it looks a little bit more like something:
Winter's Feast by Mill Hill
stitched as charted with kit threads and beads on perforated paper

I can't remember why I put beads in so soon. That seems a little odd, but maybe it was for a challenge, back when I was participating in those? 

I'm not sure if I'll pick this up again or work on something else. The last couple of nights I've been working on finishing up some socks for my mom while we catch up on Star Trek Picard and Strange New Worlds. If you were ever a fan of Star Trek: The Next Generation, I think you'll really enjoy the last season of Picard. 

The socks are the colourway I mentioned in my December round-up. I only have about 10 more rounds of stockinette stitch until I start the toe, then I'll be done this pair. 

That's all for my week, I hope you've all had good stitchy and fibre craft weeks as well!

Happy Stitching, 

Tiffstitch



Mischievous March Wrap-Up

I managed to start 5 projects this past month, even if I didn't get that much progress on any of them.  First up are the Sweet Annet sta...