May 14, 2014

Oh Happy Day!

Yesterday, I put the last stitches into Block 12 of my Christmas at Hawk Run Hollow.  Block 10 had been finished on Easter Sunday but I never took a picture until today.

I decided not to stitch Block 12 exactly as charted as after all of the hard work of stitching I wanted to include my own name and not  Mary Crow's.  Plus the angel holding the tree was kind of freaky looking so I took the tree motif and stitched it alone, trying to balance out the medallion on the left.

Then I used the space between for stitching my name.  I did not chart my name out prior to starting to stitch, just put in the letters as I went along.  As you can see, there was not enough room for the last k in my name so I took a page from some of the school girl samplers of old and fit it in.

I could have ripped out the tree or my last name and started over but I like the imperfection of it, so it's going to stay as is.

Here is block 10 completed as well.  I will work to get better pictures with a regular camera over the next few days.  These were taken quickly with my iPhone and I'm too tired to fuss to get them better.

I can't tell you how happy I am to be able to move on to something else!  Wahoooo.....

April 15, 2014

I can't put my needle down!

After finishing Block 11, I was afraid to lose momentum so I immediately started Block 10 and have been cruising along.  Here is where it was before Saturday stitching commenced.
And here's where it is after stitching most of the weekend away.  I did accomplish a few things and devoted some time to knitting but I really hate to put this down as I'm so close to being done!

This was the first block I saw when Kathy began posting photos and it is the one that made me fall in love with and purchase the piece.  Cardinals are my favorite bird and I love hearing them all year round here in New England.

Gotta run!  This piece is calling my name.....

April 6, 2014

Finally docked!

Today at 8:05am, my ship reached harbor and has been officially docked! 
Two more blocks to go and this project is history!  I can't wait for that day!

April 3, 2014

Continuing to catch the wind!

I was able to make some more progress on C@HRH over my long weekend and here is where the block stands as of this afternoon.  If I have the energy, I'm going to try and get the green fill done on the last sail but I'm leaning towards just vegging so we'll see.

I also started a new pair of socks to keep my momentum going.  These are called Escher Socks and they are found in the book "Knitting Socks with Handpainted Yarn".  There is a cable row every 6th repeat that changes directions and I'm finding it a bit fiddly. 

I think part of my issue is that the needles are not 5" dpns and the extra length makes it hard to maneuver the stitches without losing the stitch/dropping the cable needle/getting the yarn in the right position.  But it's a really gorgeous yarn and I think they will be pretty once they are done.

March 31, 2014

Thank you for your encouragement!

I am so appreciative of your encouragement as I work to complete my Christmas@HRH.  It's a wonder you keep coming back to see what I'm up to considering it's been about the only thing I've been posting about for what seems like forever.  I am really yearning to be done with this one folks!

That said, I have a progress photo to show from Friday.  I took Friday and today off because I needed to get some personal errands done like registering the car, inspection and some medical appointments so I've had extra time this weekend to spend working on this in between other things.

I've completed about 2/3rds of the last sail and hope to get a photo of that tomorrow when they are forecasting some sunshine.  It's been quite blustery the last few days so I spent a lot of time indoors.

I also managed to finish the pair of socks I started in January.  They will be the start of what I hope is a pile for Christmas.  I cast on for a new pair that I think will be quite pretty so I will get a photo of those tomorrow too.  I could not get the photo anywhere close to the true colors unfortunately.

I hope your March came to a "lamb-y" ending and that April brings all of us longing for spring like weather some relief.  Our March didn't go out like a lamb at all in my opinion!

March 23, 2014

Setting Sail....

I was able to fit in a little bit of stitching this weekend and am close to being done with the first sail on the boat.  I'm hoping to get some more done over this coming weekend.  If all goes well, I'm hoping to get this block completed by the end of the month.

March 15, 2014

Slow Motion Fireworks

I meant to post these photos all week but just never made it to opening Blogger.  Last Saturday morning, the time change hadn't yet made it dark again in the mornings and I was up early. 

I poured a cup of Morning Joe and sat down in my office/craft room to stitch with the early morning sun streaming over my shoulder.  As of 7:30, I had finished all of the black background-YEAH!

By 9:30 I had filled in the gold part of the fireworks display and put it down to get some chores started.

Between errands I was able to complete the fireworks on my current C@HRH block and move onto filling in the rest of the piece.  Here is the progress at 2:00pm.

The Happy New Year words are done and I hope to get more time with this piece over the weekend.
I'm off to answer phones for our local Waban Projects Telethon which is always held the Saturday before St. Patti's day. 

This is my third year being involved as a volunteer and it's so much fun to help out an amazing organization in addition to making a donation.  Happy Saturday!