September 22, 2012

Seasonal Start

The weather here has been so fall-ish that I decided to start something seasonally appropriate after finishing up Winter Wonderland. So I dug through my stash and pulled out the October Word Play chart from With Thy Needle and Thread. 

This is stitched on 35ct. Abcedarian, which I am really liking, with GAST threads.  This is my progress after a few days work.  It would be great to get this finished in time to hang up for October so I've been working exclusively on this although I did pull out another WIPocolypse piece that happens to be seasonally appropriate as well. 

I decided my next WIP focus piece will be Nora Corbett's Halloween Fairy.  The regular stitching is pretty much complete but it's the specialty fibers and the beads that are left and not my most favorite of things to stitch.  I hope to give that piece some time tomorrow.

September 19, 2012

Double TUSAL Update

I took a picture of my August TUSAL but just never got around to writing up a post and uploading the picture so I thought I'd post both my August and September updates.  As you can see from the September photo, most of the month was dedicated to stitching on BBDs Winter Wonderland.
 August 2012 TUSAL Update

September 2012 TUSAL

Speaking of that finished piece, I took it to Michael's yesterday (thinking it was AC Moore complete with AC Moore 60% off coupon in hand) and picked a frame.  Did you know that Michael's accepts competitor coupons?  I had no idea they did but was very happy to learn that they had no issue with my AC Moore coupon.  What would have cost me $221 ended up costing me $83 with archive quality glass.  Thank goodness for a coupon!

September 17, 2012

Vacation Knitting Start

 Thanks for the kind stitches on my BBD finish.  I am going to try and make it to AC Moore tomorrow to pick out a frame and I will be sure to share the final finish. For me, picking the frame is the hardest part of the whole process.

After tackling my first baby sweater, I decided to make something for myself that would be fairly challenging so I could stretch my knitting skills.  I think I saw this pattern somewhere on the whirlpool that is Ravelry and loved the color contrast and that fact that this pattern was multi-functional so I went ahead and bought the pattern and some yarn.

For my Cosette, I chose Madeline Tosh DK in Golden Hickory and Bark for the contrasting picot trim.  Since it's primarily stockinette, I thought it would be a perfect vacation project because there weren't a lot of tricky details to keep track of while chatting with family and friends at the beach. The shaping is done with short rows and wrapping stitches and that is why there are so many stitch markers - they've started to chime musically as I move the piece around the needles. 

I'm sorry the photos are so bad but I just couldn't seem to get a good one that truly shows the colors.  They are really gorgeous and remind me of all the gorgeous fall foliage we get in these parts.  And that change has started thanks to cold nights and warm days - it was 34 when I got up this morning!  I'm so not ready for that yet but it's on its way.

September 16, 2012

Computer Avoidance

I'm not quite sure why I have found it so hard to sit down in front of my computer and create a post but the good thing about my lack of computer time means that I devoted more time to stitching and as a result, I finished my BBD Winter Wonderland on Saturday.  Thank goodness for college football season - I've been watching a lot of it.  And it means that I've completed one of the projects on my WIPocolypse list which I'm very happy about.

And even better news is that there was a 60% off framing coupon in my email from AC Moore today so I hope to get this up to be framed this week.  It will be ready for Christmas viewing finally!