February 25, 2010

Small Update

I have not been very productive on the crafting front this week but here are a few photos of the progress I've made so far.

Barbara's Oscar mittens are coming along slowly while I watch the Olympics at night. I try to do at least 5 rounds a night but the last few nights I've been too tired to do much more than sit on the couch like a zombie. I intend to have these done by the time Barbara and I get together next month. This yarn is so much prettier in person and they are so warm!
And here is my very very slow progress on C@HRH. This is a very stitch heavy block and I've resigned myself to having to complete it in March. Hopefully I won't fall too far behind on this project.

Thank goodness the Olympics are over after tomorrow because I really need to be more productive! Hope you've had a great week and enjoy your weekend. I fear it will be a soggy one as we are stuck in the middle of an incredible rain storm at the moment. Thank goodness it's been too warm for it to turn to snow or we'd be buried!

February 21, 2010

A great way to spend a Saturday!

If you've read Barbara's post already, you know we met up in Belfast yesterday. It was about the 1/2 way point for both of us, me from down south and Barbara from down east. We had fabulous weather, sunny and warm for February so it was perfect for walking around town and checking out all the neat shops. Barbara and I hadn't seen each other for at least 3 years but it didn't feel like that long. We didn't get any stitching in this time but I did get to see her new pieces for the Gift of Stitching magazine - I hope we won't have to wait for too many more issues to be able to stitch them - the two I saw are wonderful!

After meeting at the Belfast Co-op and having something to eat - I had a chocolate croissant that was still warm from the baker's tray-we toured the city. Barbara surprised me with these lovely vintage magnets that are already being put to work on the refrigerator! Blogger is acting up so you'll have to turn sideways to see them!

Along with all the shops Barbara mentions, we also visited a great shop, Coyote Moon. I ended up leaving with this book which caught my eye. Belfast is a very arty town with lots of galleries. Here is one that we visited that had some really neat items. We also stopped at The Good Table where I finally found a red dish soap dispenser which I've been hunting for.I also bought this really cute laptop skin at a very cool store we visited called Yo Mama's. They had some great gift items, jewelry and home goods; one of those places you could find something new every time you visit.

Since Barbara so comically named my new mittens "Elmo mittens", I thought it only fitting she should have a pair of her own. She picked out this gorgeous skein of mohair which will become "Oscar the Grouch mittens" shortly. I started them while watching the Olympics last night.And finally for some stitching related stuff, here is my progress on Block 2 of Christmas at Hawk Run Hollow. Now I'm off to see if I can find some updates from this weekend's cross-stitch market-I have a gift certificate that's burning a hole in my pocket! Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

February 16, 2010

C@HRH Update

Here is my progress on C@HRH to date. I had to frog a bit this morning because I miscounted the window openings on the right side but luckily it wasn't too bad. I've been watching the Olympics (at the expense of housework) so that means time to sit still and stitch as well. I love the Olympics - so inspiring. I wish they would show more and talk less but I guess that doesn't sell commercial time.

Have you seen the full Autumn at Hawk Run Hollow? A change in the layout which makes it longer and narrower than previous designs. It doesn't call to me immediately as Christmas did so I won't be rushing to order it. I think I need to study it a bit more. Is it a must have for you?

Thank you for all the offers with regards to Floss Away bags. I'm going to try the Michael's in SoPo first and then will likely order them online. It just seemed so funny not to be able to find them all of a sudden - maybe it is an inventory thing! I guess I will need to buy two bags to have one in reserve. Off to watch the men's skating and stitch some more. Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

February 15, 2010

Where have all the Flossaway Bags Gone?

So is anyone else having trouble finding Floss-away bags? I've been to two different AC Moore stores and a JoAnn's and I can't find any Floss-away bags. What's up with that? Is it only me? I'm going to try one more Michael's in S. Portland and then I will resort to ordering them on line. It just shouldn't be that hard if you ask me!

Well, on to stitching progress update. I started a new piece - a Christmas ornament from the 2008 JCS ornie issue. It is called A Christmas Song by Full Circle designs. I fell in love with the cute little birds immediately as I love cardinals. And it's fun to stitch something on a large count of fabric (32 ct) after working so much with 40ct lately. This is going quickly.
And here is my update photo of C@HRH - not coming along as quickly! I've made some more progress since taking this photo but there's a lot more to go. Not sure if I will be able to finish this by the end of the month but I will do my best.
Hope you enjoyed the long weekend - I had President's Day off today and it will be tough to go back to work tomorrow. However it will be a short work week and then I get to meet up with Barbara to welcome her back to Maine!

February 14, 2010

A Knitting Happy Dance

I now have two "elmo" mittens as Barbara dubbed the in the comments! Here are my first ever completed mittens. I finished the last one last night while watching the Olympics so it took me a week to knit the pair. This was a really basic pattern and they fit perfectly. I will most likely use these with my work coat as the mohair is not likely to stand up to dog walking. They are wonderfully warm!

Tonight I will take a break from class reading and start a new project - a Christmas ornament. I have also been working on C@HRH and will post a progress photo tomorrow. Thanks for all of your kind comments on my CHS Gilded Cage. I'm going to gingerly work on ironing out the creases so it's ready to finish once I decide on my choice.

February 13, 2010

First Finish of 2010

Yeah, I have a stitching happy dance! Last night I put the finishing stitches in on my CHS The Gilded Cage. I am thrilled to have this one done. I am trying to decide on how to finish-finish it. I could frame it but I'm also considering putting it on one of these stands from Bloom Woodworks. I received a gift last year mounted on one of these and it's so pretty. The pieces are about the same size so I know it would work. I'd mount it on a piece of foam core board and add some decorative trim I think. I will have to think about it for a while. Riona, I will get this chart out to you in the mail next week! I hope you enjoy stitching it as much as I have.

February 11, 2010

Just because it's on clearance,

doesn't mean you have to buy it. I was not going to buy any new stash this year and I've already fallen off the wagon pretty badly and it's barely the middle of February!
This is my loot from ABC Stitch Therapy's clearance sale. The lure of a bargain got a hold of me and sucked me in and this is the result. Here's what I got: The top photo shows three Erica Michaels Random Thoughts charts - Spring, Autumn and Winter. I actually bought two of the autumn in my enthusiasm so I will be adding this to a giveaway.

The photo below shows Homespun Elegance Vintage Inspired Sewing Stands I, La-d-da Love Thy Neighbor, Stacy Nash Primitives Winter Woolens Cupboard Sampler and Brittercup Designs Spring is in the Air - I absolutely love the little robins in this chart.

And the final photo shows three HIH Medley charts - Winter, Spring and Valentine Medley. I already had the Winter medley so that will be part of a give away as well. The final two charts are Waxing Moon Designs Autumn Minis which I thought would be good for exchange stitching and another Homespun Elegance, Autumn Button Sampler. All of this was under $50 so I don't feel I did that bad. Can you tell I'm trying to talk myself out of the guilts? LOL

February 9, 2010

Weekend Update

I don't have a whole lot of stitching progress to show you because I got a little obsessed with this:

I took a magic loop class in Portland on Saturday and the instructor had made a pair of mittens using this wonderful purple mohair yarn. Well, after learning the basics of magic loop knitting, I just had to try my hand at knitting a pair of mittens. This is the first one, completed at 11:00pm on Sunday evening! I am really proud of myself because I've never done one before. With a little help from the ubiquitous YouTube on how to knit the thumb, I carefully picked up stitches and pulled out my anchoring yarn and away I went to finish the thumb. I love, love, love it!!! I'm hoping to cast on for the second one tonight in the hopes of having a pair by this weekend.

But I do have some stitching updates to share. Yesterday was UFO Sunday so out came my HAED Story Keep. I put in 200 stitches and have only 100 more to finish the first page. I've kept this out in the hopes I will get the page done and move on to the 2nd page.

And here is my progress on Block 2 of C@HRH. I worked on this a bit this morning so the Quaker motif is now filled in at the top and I've moved on to a chimney to the right of the one in the photo.

And I got a few more stitches into my CHS Gilded Cage. I should probably focus solely on this right now to get it done but I'm not sure I can. I do have Monday off for President's day but I plan to work on my thesis so we shall see. Sorry for the wonky sideways photo but blogger won't load it in right. Consider it a neck stretch for those of you who have been sitting in front of your PCs too long in one place!

Thank you to all who have visited me lately. I see some new names and faces and I appreciate your taking the time to comment. I look forward to visiting your blogs if I have not already! I hope you're having a fantastic week and getting lots of stitching in.

February 3, 2010

Fluttering toward a finish!

This morning I managed to get out of bed a 1/2 hour early so I had time to stitch. Last night and this morning, my focus piece has been CHS The Gilded Cage. I am confident I'll be able to get this completed before the end of the month. In a way I will be sad to move onto something else because this has been a pleasure to stitch and I really love the colors. However there are tons of projects waiting to be stitched from my current stash and more on the way because I fell off the wagon in a big way over ABC Stitch Therapy's clearance sale. Have you checked it out? I warn you, it's dangerous!

February 1, 2010

January Progress and February Goals

Thanks everyone for your very kind comments on my finish. I'm really happy that I was able to get it done. Going forward it will be harder to stick with my goals as I'm back in school and really need to focus on my final paper which will be delivered in October.

I don't think I posted an official goals list of January but here is the one that was in my head along with my progress:

1. Finish Block 1 of CAHRH - Done!
2. Finish CHS The Gilded Cage - about 2/3 done
3. Stitch an ornament - NOT
4. Finish an item of the Acorn Sewing kit by With My Needle - NOT

Here are my goals for February:

1. Finish Block 2 of CAHRH
2. Finish CHS The Gilded Cage
3. Stitch an ornament
4. Finish an item of the Acorn Sewing kit by With My Needle

I hope you all had a successful stitching month in January. February is a short one so it's going to fly by quickly so get those fingers flying!