Thursday, November 30, 2006

Christmas SAL Part 1

I started my Valerie Pfieffer Christmas chickadee today. I'm stitching this as part of the ornie SAL on the Robin's Nest board. I didn't get a lot done, but nice to get it started. I'm hoping to have this done to put on the tree by the 15th. Other than this, not a lot of stitching going on. Have less then two weeks of class to go, so that's been taking a lot of time lately. Not sure it will all be stitching, but hope to get lots of Christmas crafts done this weekend.

Sunday, November 12, 2006

Sampler Update

Here is my latest progress on my weather sampler. I'm not sure why I thought this would go relatively quickly. The blocks are only 30x30 but they're taking me hours for each one. I'm enjoying it so far, so that's the most important. I'll try to do a few blocks each week (there are 52 total) and alternate with other stitching so I get to use colour. Unfortunately, I stitched instead of working on my term project which is due tomorrow, so definitely no stitching til that's done.

Saturday, November 11, 2006

Another busy day

I had another finish today, but I don't think I'm even going to post a picture - I was this close to throwing it out. In the end I couldn't throw my little squirrel out, so managed to finish it. While there isn't much I like about it anymore, at least I can start something new with a clear conscience.

I also did the finishing for my Christmas duck ornament. This is now on its way to Africa along with the card I also made today. I have one more ornament to make this year and have signed up for the SAL on the Robin's Nest to help me along. It will be Valerie Pfeiffer's Christmas Chickadee from the last WOCS. I have everything I need for it, but won't start it quite yet, as I had something else I wanted to start first and have a gift to finish up too.

I forgot to post about the lovely fabric I got in the mail this week too. 32 count lugana in Silver Mist (Silkweaver) for my next start, along with 5 pieces from the odds and ends assortment. I also got a fat quarter of cashel linen in Baby Lotion with my SEP from Traditional Stitches. The rest of the package didn't inspire me a lot, although I did like the chart freebies that came with it. I'll give it a few more months before deciding whether I continue with it.

And finally, here's my new start. Being that the sampler started in January, I'm quite late, but oh well. First of 52 blocks from the Temps qu'il fait sampler. Stitched on the Silver Mist with DMC 3838. Since most of the blocks are out, I can stitch in groups rather than the mystery order they came out it, so lots less gridding for me!

I've loosened up my rotation a bit. I have things that are inspiring me more and things with deadlines. So I've decided that I can stitch anything on my 5-item list whenever I want, but can't add anything new until one is finished. Hopefully this will help - I still havent' been able to find my missing fabric so couldn't keep it strictly anyways.

Off to stitch some more

Wednesday, November 08, 2006


It's been a busy day. I was home again today and managed to get a lot of stitching done. First up, finished my zebra. This is another one of my UFOs that I wanted to get out of the way. I don't even like it anymore, but having so many UFOs around was just dragging me down and making me feel bad about the fun stuff. So trying gradually to get them out of the way, especially the ones I have no interest for. I could just throw them out, but with my habit of buying/starting everything that catches my eye, I think it would be a slippery slope to start on. Of course, some of them are so old I may have lost the patterns and stuff, so we'll see. But I feel better, 1 more down.
Once I got that done, I started and finished a Christmas ornament for my SIL. Obviously a very quick stitch, but lots of fun nonetheless.

Next on the list is to revive my Kissy Cross mystery sampler. At least I hope, right now I can't find my fabric - oops!

Thursday, November 02, 2006

October Wrap-Up

I didn't have much planned for October, so wasn't disappointed. During the month I:
  • stitched an RR square
  • finished Tew Cottage
  • organized my stash
  • worked on my Lighthouse WIP.

I'll try to keep my expectations moderate for November; I don't want to get overwhelmed now that I'm just getting going again. Plus with my last class on the way and the holidays to prepare for, better to be safe. So lets aim for:

  • Finish zebra for my mom
  • Make Christmas ornament for SIL in time to send overseas
  • Stitch next RR square if it gets here in time (we're running a bit behind schedule)

I had nice mail today! I found a good deal on the Valerie Pfieffer Chick Chats on ebay, so ordered all four. I was especially glad to find them as chart only -they seem to have a lot of fractionals and squashed stitches so I don't think they'd be particularly easy on Aida. I won't be stitching them right away, but nice to take them out and look at them and plan.