Friday, April 18, 2014

April WIPocalypse 2014

I am busy cross-stitching right now. I have finished the Little House Needleworks small.

I think I want to make it into a small pillow similar to what is shown on the pattern sample. I will share again when it is completed.

I am also working on this Dimensions stamped cross-stitch kit. I mentioned before that this is one my mother started and did not enjoy working on. She gave it to me to work on eventually. I frogged what she did and have now started it again. This is how far I have gotten so far.

I am joining Measi and other bloggers for WIPocalypse today. The question of the month is: How do you keep your stash organized? Pop on over to her site find out others organize.

Now I don't have a large cross-stitch stash. I have about 5 packaged patterns that are in my craft cabinet in my basement craft room (actually a tiny room I share with the freezer). I have many craft magazines and pattern books ( I rarely discard any), that are stored on the built-in shelves in my craft room.
I began designing my own cross-stitch patterns a few years ago. I use the books for inspiration. 

My floss is stored in plastic boxes in yet another small cabinet in this room.
The boxes below are full of floss that I inherited from an aunt. Many of the colors are discontinued. They came to me in these boxes. I also inherited the tatting thread you can see in the upper right-hand box above from this same aunt.

This box contains all of my DMC floss organized by number. I am going to have to get another box soon as I can't fit any more floss in this one. I need to buy a bunch more for two of the pattern kits I have.
The card you see at top has all of the DMC colors listed. I have a dot next to each one that I have so I know what I have to buy without going through the whole floss box. 
I have very little cross-stitch cloth at the moment. It is stored rolled up on a shelf in my larger craft cabinet. 

 I need to get back to stitching now.

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Pastel Yarn Along

I thought I would share with you an afghan I made for my daughter several years ago. The pastel colors were perfect for her in her pre-teen and teen years and still complement her bedroom here at home. It is note-worthy that it did not make the move to her first apartment. She needs a more grown up afghan for there. Hmm, maybe that is a future project.

The pattern came from The Needlecraft Shop's 1992 Afghan Calendar.

I used the scraps from this afghan to make these crochet hook holders.

The pattern for these came from Hooked on Crochet Number 53. Yes, there are two of them. They are identical. The top one has what I call my everyday hooks. The bottom one holds all of the crochet hooks that I use for thread. Really skinny hooks. Awful for the hands.

I finally finished reading The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton. In general, I really liked this book. Unfortunately, I didn't like the character Dolly, which made some of the reading tedious for me. I thoroughly enjoyed those chapters that focused on other characters. I rarely have such a strong negative reaction toward a fictional character that it makes reading parts of the book difficult. I liked this book overall and was quite surprised by the ending. I do like when an author can do that. I will definitely read other books by Kate Morton.

I am now moving on to another Kate Jacobs book, Knit the Season: A Friday Night Knitting Club Novel, that is on my Kindle.

Joining Ginny's Yarn Along again this week. What are you knitting/crocheting?
What are you reading? Pop on over to her site to see what other bloggers are up to.

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Friday, April 11, 2014

Spring has finally sprung!

The weather is just now warming up in my area. This little daffodil decided to say hello. I never planted this here but it comes up every year.
These daffodils have also made their appearance. They are going to be beautiful for Easter barring any major rain storms.

This grouping is always the last to fully bloom but they are on their way. They surround a Kousa Dogwood tree that shelters our bird bath and bird feeder.

My crafting has been quite stagnant lately. I am still trying to give my "trigger finger" a good long rest, so no crocheting or knitting. I have some swelling every morning and at times throughout each day, but no pain anymore. I still can't get my wedding ring back on which really frustrates me.

As a result, my cross-stitch has been progressing fairly well. I stop and start with this also to ensure I don't hurt my left hand and I can use my right hand exclusively if necessary. I am almost done with this Little House Needleworks project.

I ordered these cross-stitch patterns recently and finally received them. I have been wanting to tackle a Prairie Schooler Santa for quite some time. Now I have two of them. The other two large patterns will be future gifts so I can't show you them completely. 

I have never completed patterns with more than two pages and these have many more. Does anyone have tips on the best way to approach these stitch-heavy patterns?

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Spring Yarn Along

As you can see from my header picture, I am starting to decorate my house for Easter. I made this little hand towel several years ago from a pattern found in a magazine.

I also set out these Easter eggs. 
There are actually six of them but I couldn't get a good pic of all six. 
They came as white plaster eggs that you painted. They were by Wee Crafts. I don't think they are available anymore. I painted them many years ago when my children were little.

It didn't look much like Spring around here on Monday. I woke up in the morning to rain, followed by sleet and then snow.
The picture was taken through the screen on my back door. I couldn't believe how quickly our deck was coated. No, my pool has not yet been opened. The weather this winter shredded our pool cover. 

My crocheting is somewhat slow. I am still working on my infinity scarf
 I have only managed to finish another 15 rows in the past week. Very frustrating because crochet has always been a quick craft for me. 

I have also been working on this Little House Needleworks cross-stitch.
I hope to finish this in the next week.

My reading is still The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton. This too is going slow because there are times when I really don't like Dolly, one of the main characters. I then put the book down and am reluctant to pick it up again. I want to finish this book, but I think it is going to take some time.

Joining Ginny's Yarn Along again this week. What are you knitting/crocheting? What are you reading? Pop on over to her site to see what others are up to.

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Saturday, March 29, 2014

LIQS Quilt Show!

 Last weekend hubby and I went to the Long Island Quilter's Society 2014 quilt show. This year's theme was Passport Around the World. I thought I would share with you some of the great quilts that we saw.

This quilt was made by several members to epitomize the theme.
 These two quilts could really make you queasy although they were quite pretty.

I thought this Ode to a Stash was amusing.
This quilt showcased thread painting. Very impressive.
 A few beautiful appliqued quilts.

 Here are some more to enjoy.

Finally an impressive graphic quilt....
 and a close-up.
I did not have any of my own quilts entered. I missed the deadline for non-members. Surprisingly, I didn't make any fabric or tool purchases at this show either. There wasn't a single fabric that begged me to buy it.

 I hope you enjoyed your trip to this quilt show.

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Crocheting Again!

I started this infinity scarf for my daughter before Christmas but I didn't like the way the yarn was chunking. Ideally the yarn was supposed to stripe and it doesn't. The funky mustard color did not really appeal to me for her either.

 I bought a different yarn for her scarf which you can see here.

 My hand is slowly getting better. I received a shot in it Monday, so now it is sore, but the doctor said I could return to my crafts within reason. I decided to pick this scarf up again just to see how it would feel. Wouldn't you know I was wearing a top that was the darker blue/teal color. As I was working, I realized I had tops in two of the other colors also, including the mustard color. I guess I subconsciously bought this yarn for myself. Who knew?
The crocheting is slow going as I am wary of doing too much but at least I now have something to work on at night as I just can't see well enough to cross-stitch then.

I finished reading Knit Two (Friday Night Knitting Club) by Kate Jacobs this week. It was the perfect airplane book. I enjoyed reconnecting with the characters from the first book now five years later. The characters grow in age, experience and self-knowledge. It was quite an upbeat book that included travel when I was traveling. Loved it.
Having a Kindle is definitely the way to go when traveling. Several books in one lightweight item. Thank you BIL.

I am now going to go back to reading The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton. I didn't want to carry the quite hefty paperback on vacation. For some reason, although I am enjoying this book, I am finding it slow going.

Joining Ginny's Yarn Along. What are you knitting/crocheting? What are you reading? Pop on over to her site to see what others are up to.

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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Stitching to California

On the plane to Arizona I broke out this little cross-stitch. I figured I could really make some good progress on that long flight.

Let's just say that the turbulence and lighting were not conducive to stitching.
Most of what you see above was accomplished after we returned home.

I thought I would show you some pictures from the second half of our trip. We flew to California to visit our son at Stanford University. While there we visited the Hoover Tower on Campus. I got some beautiful pictures from the top of the tower, but forgot to actually take a picture of the tower itself. 

This is the beautiful Stanford Memorial Church
 The brand new Bing Concert Hall.

The Hoover Tower Carillon.

We attended a concert in which our son played clarinet at the new Bing Concert Hall on campus. Beautiful music and a fantastic hall.

We visited Big Basin Redwoods Forest the following day. Talk about feeling small.
 Hubby and I took a short rest on our short hike.
Interesting pattern.
 My son inside a tree.
I walked in the same tree and looked up and this is what I saw.

 We stopped at this scenic overlook on our
way down the mountain.

All in all we had a wonderful vacation.

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