Wednesday, November 30, 2016

A Month of Blogging Finis

I wasn't sure what I was going to stitch last night that could also serve as my small for today's Small SAL report. I pawed through the stash, reviewed the three Two Hour Cross Stitch books I had, selected and discarded a few items. At last my eye alighted on the Lizzie*Kate pattern Sled Dudes. One of the women sitting next to me at the Strawberry Sampler Stitch In at the beginning of this month was stitching this very piece. She started it and then I looked over again a few minutes later and she had nearly finished it! With this memory in mind, I knew I had found the perfect piece.

I only stitched on it for an hour last night, but I was able to finish-finish it in another hour or so! Since I decided on this piece at the last minute, only two of the flosses are the called-for colors. I used WDW Grasshopper for the green and WDW Peony for the pink, as called for. But the blue is GAST Huckleberry, the white is WDW Whitewash, the black is GAST Wrought Iron and the red is DMC 321 (which is listed as an alternate to Louisiana Hot Sauce). I also used metallic gold perforated paper instead of plain brown; it was all I had. Linking up with Heather of Stitching Lotus who hosts the Smalls SAL.

This is the most fun I have ever had doing NaBloPoMo! I really went back to the roots of the blog for that one, and it worked!  I'll be back to the regular rotation tomorrow.

Wisteria Snowman
Love Bird
Christian's Stocking
Our Souls
Cinnamon Stars
Lapland Santa
Ladybug, Ladybug
Tis the Season

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

More Leaves

Last night, I pulled out Great Pumpkin Conspiracy for a tiny bit of stitching. I managed half a leaf and about a dozen stitches toward a pumpkin. Sadly, this one hasn't seen the light of day since 2014.  If someone could tell Santa that I need to win the lottery so I can stay home and stitch, all would be right in my world.

I started a small tonight for tomorrow's SAL check in. (I'm probably going to have to finish it tomorrow, but it's close!)

Until then, comrades!

Monday, November 28, 2016

Over Two on 18 Count

You are all so lenient, so permissive! To allow cheating like that. 😄

Thank you for your kind words on Mary's Stocking. I can't say it was an enjoyable or quick stitch (see Just One July) but I am pleased with how it turned out. After I finished blogging about my huge accomplishment, I did have a moment to work on Christian's Stocking. And every over one on 40 count project should be followed by two projects stitched over two on 18 count! Ha ha. I last stitched this one in September.

Unfortunately, I ran out of navy blue perle. I should be able to replace it easily. If it's not already in the "I've stitched ten of these stockings" perle cotton #5 bag. It may be hiding in there.

We're almost at the end of this blogging project, and I must say it is nice not to hear me complain about the blogging challenge! I can't believe how stress free it's been.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

I Cheated

 I'm not going to lie to you, dear reader, I cheated. I know I'm supposed to work on one project a day, and a new one every day during my NaBloPoMo challenge, but I came so close last night...all the way to just the little man with his moon balloon and the backstitching. So close! This morning when I got up, I just kept going. Working away on the stocking and not the new project that was prescribed. But I finished! And I'm not sorry I did it. I'd break the rules again and again!

I still have one stocking to go for this family of four, so they won't get them this year. But I might even be able to finish these myself instead of sending them off in October, so that everything else will get done. (Since I am confessing, I will share that I have made nary a Christmas card. Sigh.)

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Can Stitching Cause Blindness?

If I wasn't squinting after Thursday's adventure in over one stitching, I certainly was yesterday! This is Maureen Appleton's Merry and Bright, and it is stitched over one on 40 count fabric. (See the scale, and where I was last time, here.) I have nearly finished one color of the border. And yes, it's true, I had 1 1/2" left to stitch and I couldn't make myself do it. That's sixty itsy bitsy teeny tiny stitches, and I was done.

If I decide that I need an over one project in my 2017 rotation, I think I should start with this one because...40 count. Then I can work my way to the 32, and then the 28.

Today I picked up Mary's Stocking to give my eyes a break!

Friday, November 25, 2016

More Friendship

Even though we brought Thanksgiving in, I did still make a couple of veggie dishes because the store bought was light on those (mashed potatoes, creamed corn). I made a beet salad (Ina Garten, you can go wrong with her ever) and roasted squash (triamble from the farm share, and it's a beauty*). Between this and the hike we took with Stella, my stitching time was limited. Now this is over one, so no matter how much stitching you do, it doesn't look like much!

This is Brightneedle's Friendship, which I started on New Year's Day in 2014. And I don't think I've worked on it since then. (So much for begin as you mean to go on!) (Or maybe that's exactly what that means? If you have a new start, you will just keep having new starts...maybe I should finish something on New Year's Day!) It is stitched on an off-white fabric, 32 count with the called for colors, mostly DMC.

I think in next year's rotation, I'm going to have to include an over one project, because my over one days are numbered. (Although I do still have that magnifier I never use...)

*And by that I mean it has a beautiful, tasty flesh, not watery, perfect texture.

Thursday, November 24, 2016


Thankful for stitching. Thankful for you. Thankful for a sister who, when I said I didn't feel like cooking, ordered a precooked meal. Thankful for two nieces who love dinosaurs and want to be pirates. Thankful for my pooch. Thankful for the dude. Thankful.

Here's what I worked on last night, instead of preparing a huge dinner.

This is Liz Turner Diehl's 16th Century Knot Garden. It is stitched on a piece of evenweave with the kitted Madiera threads. I started in nearly ten years ago. And the last time I stitched on it was in 2012!?!? Can that be? I added the purple flowers and a bit of green (see the closeups).

Going to spend more time stitching thankfully.