Sunday, March 18, 2018

I need some cross-stitch

With Baker Beach completed, I am currently working on my Advent Calendar and the Granny Rose Square afghan, but the other day I really wanted to cross-stitch. I didn't want to start something new so I returned to October Morning.
I added the coral colored roof that you can see. This is a stamped cross-stitch that mom started many years ago, but didn't enjoy working on. I started working on it a few years ago, but I prefer counted cross-stitch. I think I need new needles as it is very difficult to get the needle with three strands of floss through the fairly dense fabric. My hands were aching after just adding those 50+ stitches, but I did get to work on some cross-stitch and that made me happy.

Do you see that butterfly needle-minder at the top? I am very proud to have made that myself. It was a pin that my son had bought for me when he was in elementary school at one of the school's Mother's Day sales. Although I have several, I rarely wear pins any more, so I cut the pin off of the back and glued on a heavy duty magnet from ACMoore. Now I can use it all the time and remember when he gave it to me. It works like a charm!

Now to update the other projects. I have added two more pieces to the Advent Calendar. 
The tree on the left is growing nicely and I am hoping to finish it this week as the University that I work for is on Spring Break and my afternoons will be free. I still have to go to my day job.

At night while watching TV, I am adding squares to my Granny Rose Afghan. 
I have 6 of 12 rows completed and I am partway done adding the seventh on the left. Of course once the rows are all added I still have to connect the columns, but that should work up fairly quickly. I think it is looking pretty nice.

I am joining Kathy for some Slow Sunday Stitching. Pop on over to her site to see what other bloggers are stitching. 

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Sunday, March 11, 2018

Slow, slow stitching

So I think this Advent calendar is going take a while to stitch. I sat down with it yesterday afternoon. I thought that I would stitch pieces #3 and #4 onto it and then take a short break.  

Well, that top green tree piece is #3 that you see added to it. That little piece took well over an hour to embroider, bead and sequin and then stitch on to the background. Needless to say that is the only piece that was added yesterday.

I am joining Kathy for some Slow Sunday Stitching. I will be adding piece #4 with no ideas about adding piece #5. If it happens great, if not that is okay too. I just want to be able to finish it before Thanksgiving. 

I have been happily working on adding rows to my Granny Rose Square afghan. There are three+ rows added. There are 12 rows in all. It isn't twisting anymore.
There is no timeline for this project, but it gives me something to do at night while watching TV.

Finally I wanted to show you how pretty our snow looked last Wednesday.
This is the view from my front window. It is mostly all gone now except for on my north facing deck, but we are expecting another 3-5 inches Monday into Tuesday and the wind-chills are in the 20s and 30s. Didn't we just Spring ahead? The birds, bunnies and flowers are all anticipating Spring, but I think it might be some time before we see the warmer weather here.

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Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Snow Day

It is snowing here on Long Island and I received an early morning call that school was cancelled today. Yay! 
I have been working on crafts all morning. I finished zipper stitching together the first two rows of my Granny Rose Square afghan.
I am going to start adding the third row soon. These keep on twisting at the intersections and I think that adding the third row will stop that. 
I also finished the sequins and embroidery of the first piece of the Advent Calendar and moved on to add the second. 
This will be a slow process as I must work at a table because of the beads and sequins. I am going to enjoy this though because it is easy to see my progress.

My snow day is allowing me to join Ginny for Yarn Along today. She has resumed this feature of her blog on a monthly basis. What are you knitting/crocheting? What are you reading? I haven't been doing much reading myself other than math textbooks, but I did pick this book up recently and decided it is just what I need to easily pick up and put down as necessary.
I do like a light Nora Roberts' romance novel now and again.

I hope everyone experiencing Winter Storm Quinn stays warm and safe.
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Sunday, March 4, 2018

Granny Rose Square Afghan

I have bought the yarn that I need and I am working on putting the Granny Rose Square Afghan together. I am using the flat-seam zipper method that I found here. I briefly thought about a more elaborate joining, but I really just want to finish this and I think the roses need to shine.
As you can see, I haven't gotten very far. It is a start though. This is the layout that I have decided on.
Although it is difficult to see, there are five different colored roses....maroon, pink, dark purple, lavender and red.

I haven't worked on the Advent Calendar as I need to spread out on my kitchen table and I just haven't wanted to do that recently. I also find seeing the beads and sequins somewhat difficult at night when I have the time to work on it. 

My son was visiting last week in order to rest and to celebrate my and Hubby's birthdays. We are both in February. Here is what he gave me for my birthday.
 Aren't these plates adorable. I can't wait to use them this Easter. There are two of the small egg shaped ones and then the large platter.
Hubby gave me a canvas purse for Spring as I requested. I photographed it against a Tommy Hilfiger pillow in my son's old room. It is the only piece remaining of a comforter set whose red color ran the first time I washed it despite following the care instructions. 

No crafty gifts this year, but that is okay as I have plenty of stash. A recent trip to Joann's resulted in this ....
These are all of the colors of floss that I need for my next large cross-stitch project. They now need to be wound onto those bobbins and placed in this box.
You can imagine that I was somewhat disappointed to find that of the 50+ colors that I need for that project, this is all that I actually had. As you can see by #838, I was low on some of the colors also. I used a birthday coupon to get all that floss discounted. 

The Advent Calendar is my stitching plan for today. I am joining Kathy for some Slow Sunday Stitching. Pop on over to her site to see what other bloggers are stitching. 

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Sunday, February 25, 2018

Another Finish and a start

 I finished my Milanese Lace Cowl! I even blocked it already. It is amazing what you can get done with a week off.
 Can you see how light and airy it is?
 I have to admit that I am very proud of myself for mastering this pattern.
I had to leave out the last ten rows because I was running out of yarn, but is actually the perfect width even so.

I have also been working on my Granny Rose Squares. I have finished all of them...I think. Now I have to lay them out and decide how I want to connect them. I may have to buy more yarn for that. 

Here is the beginning of my new Advent Calendar project. I ironed the background piece and have added a few sequins. It is a little hard to see the blue sequins on the blue background but trust me they're there.
Right now I am working on this at my kitchen table so that I don't get sequins and beads all over the place. I may try to work on this using one of our large ottomans as a table.

I am joining Kathy for some Slow Sunday Stitching. Pop on over to her site to see what other bloggers are stitching. It is a miserable rainy day here that would be perfect for stitching, but my son is visiting and there are assignments to be graded so I don't know how much stitching I will get done today. We shall see.

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Sunday, February 18, 2018

Ta-da! Baker Beach is finished!

I sat down with Baker Beach lat Sunday morning and finished it just after noon. 
It has been washed and ironed (though it looks like I need to do more ironing) and is ready to be brought to the framer. I think I will wait until my son visits so that he can have a say in how it is framed as it is a gift for him.
This took over three years and consisted of 36,000 stitches. I made sure initial and date it although it is a little hard to see in this photo.
All in all I love how this turned out!

Next up is this felt Advent Calendar. 

In reading the directions I realized that all those mittens and stockings are actually permanently attached which is not what I really want, so I may have to adjust how this is made near the end. I would prefer that each stocking could be hung on its own button or bead. I have a long way to go before I really have to worry about that. I will be starting work on this today as my hands are itching to do some sewing. 

I am joining Kathy for some Slow Sunday Stitching. Pop on over to her site to see what other bloggers are stitching. 

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Sunday, February 11, 2018

Olympic crafting

I love the Olympics. Not only do I enjoy watching the huge variety of sporting events, but it is a great excuse to just sit and stitch all day long. I am even thinking of moving Baker Beach to the living room so that I can actually finish it today. Do you see how close I am to that finish? 
It is definitely going to happen today! 

I am wondering if I have enough yarn to complete all 80 rows of my cowl. I am really not worried about it as I will either stop at 70 or keep going to the full 80. It will be fine either way. The yarn is lace weight so there may be enough.
I am just loving this pattern and I am so glad that I tried a pattern out of my comfort zone. I am a fairly novice knitter, but I am usually willing to try anything at least once. This lacy pattern was easy once I got the hang of it. 

Hubby and I got a surprise in the mail yesterday. This little box of chocolates came from Adelphi University where we both completed our graduate studies.
The little card speculates that we met while on campus. Little do they know that Hubby and I met in High School and started dating just before I graduated. That was several years before we were at Adelphi.

My MIL gifted Hubby and I these little bottles of champagne to celebrate the end of our mortgage payments.
 Yes, we own our house free and clear after 30 years! Yay! Of course now I am thinking that it is in need of some updating. You know: carpeting, painting, ....maybe a craft room. We shall see.

I am joining Kathy for some Slow Sunday Stitching. Pop on over to her site to see what other bloggers are stitching.

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