Wednesday, April 30, 2014

TUSAL and Progress Pics - April 2014

I have some progress to show on 2 projects. First, the Winter mandala. I have completed the black outline and started some of the colors.

Winter Mandala by Ink Circles
16ct. white AIDA
DMC floss as called for

I also started a new knitting project. I am using the seed stitch scarf pattern found here. The picture below shows the first color sitting on a scrap piece of tan colored linen. The color is vandyke brown and is Venezia Yarn from Cascade yarns.

Seed Stitch Scarf
Cascade Yarns Venezia
Size 10 needles

I remembered to take a picture of the ORTs from my sewing endeavors. These scraps are the ones that I throw away and do not put in my scrap bins. They are mainly coming from the placemats I made and the patriotic table runner. I need to remember to take a picture of my cross stitching ORTs.

Happy Stitching Everyone!

Monday, April 28, 2014

Completed Placemats!

I realized I remembered to take one picture this weekend of the placemat set I completed for my brother and Sister-in-law.

They both love Ohio State University and the placemats and Matching coaster set will go well in there entertainment area in the basement. The best part…all fabric came from my stash

Happy Stitching everyone!

Stitch from my Stash - April 2014 Report

This month saw more leaving my stash than coming in again via the Stitch from my Stash:

Carryover: $38.22
April budget: $25.00
April spend: $2.33 - 1 spool of thread
April budget left over: $22.67
Total Carryover to May: $60.89

The Projects that I worked on this month are as follows:
New Starts: Winter Mandala, Eagle Table Runner, Prayer shawl for my grandmother
Finishes: Pinky Baby Blanket, 2 St. Charles Ornaments, NOEL, Ohio State placemats

Stash Consumed: 
Yarn: 1492 yds for blanket
Fabric: 2 yds for table runner, 2 yads for placemats and coasters
Stitching: NOEL kit consumed, scrap 36ct linen and some floss for ornaments.

All in all in was a good month! Happy Stitching everyone! Hopefully I can remember to take progress pics when I get home later.

Monday, April 21, 2014

IHSW recap

This past weekend was International Hermitting and Stitching Weekend where one can sign up to hermit with some projects to dedicate set time to getting them done. I focused on 2 projects this weekend. The first being the Winter Mandala by Ink Circles. I put my first stitch in on Friday night and by Sunday evening, this was my progress:
Winter Mandala - Ink Circles
16ct. White AIDA
Called for DMC
I also worked on a Table runner that will be a gift for my mother-in-law. My dear husband picked out the fabric so I spent a lot of saturday determining the design and size of things. I completed piecing together the entire top and intend to quilt it sometime this weekend.

Eagle Table Runner
Progress 4/20/2014

Eagle Table runner, close up of fabric choices.

All in all it was a very productive weekend. My dear husband is going to his cousin's wedding out of town this weekend and I am taking those days off to have a crafting Marathon. Hopefully it will be a productive marathon.

Happy Stitching everyone!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

WIPocalypse Check-in

It's time for another check-in for WIPocalypse. If you would like more information as to what this is, see the button in my sidebar to the right. I worked on 2 of the projects on my list since the last check in, these were also the 2 projects I worked on for TurtleTrot (that I missed the post for :( ).

1.) NOEL - this project is a kit from 1975(before I was born) that was handed down to be from my dear Husbands grandmother. It is on 30ct. even weave stitched 1x1.

NOEL (circa 1975)
The Carolina Cross Stitch Company
30 ct. even weave 1x1 DMC
I only have a little of the light green to finish on the N and I can call this one complete.

2.) Dream Catcher - this is one that I blogged about earlier so here is the progress when I put it down.

Dream Catcher - March WIPocalypse check-in

Dream Catcher - April WIPocalypse check-in

Besides posting about the progress on Projects we are supposed to answer a prompt from Measi:

How do you keep your stash organized? This one is an interesting one for me as I am slightly OCD when it comes to organizing things. First, for Cross Stitch Items:

I have a 4X4 cube shelving unit from IKEA that houses all kits, floss, fabric and patterns. I am in the process of digitizing that inventory. I keep the fabric that is not kitted to a pattern in a bag labeled with the count, color, and size if possible. Floss is wound on labeled bobbins or kept in labeled ziploc bags. Kits are organized by subject matter and designer. Patterns that I have kitted up are in bags with the pattern, floss, and fabric. finishing items, needles, beads and kreinik are kept in an antique spice cabinet in on a shelf.

Yarn is kept in 2 places: In the 4 blue cubes in the last picture above, I have cotton yarn for dishrags and baby blanket yarn. I have a shelving unit on the wall that i won in an auction that has 30 cubby holes that can hold up to 4 caron simply soft skeins each.

Fabric storage is something that I am still figuring out. Currently, quilting yardage is folded in 2 large 31 totes. Precut items are in one of the black cubes in the picture above. My goal at the end of this year is to have all items in this one room in my house.

I will say that some in progress projects are next to the couch in a large lined basket where I typically stitch.

Happy stitching everyone!

Monday, April 14, 2014


I totally took a picture for TUSAL (if you want to know more, click Here). It was supposed to be posted on March 30th but I guess 15 days late isn't horrible.

3/30/14 TUSAL

It's mainly some ORTs from weaving in some of the ends on the blankets and a little from the Dream catcher project. Hopefully I will have some progress to show on some WIPocalypse projects.

Happy stitching!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Pinky Baby Blanket Complete

I finished it last night!!!! I love the how it looks as I wrapped it with some scrap ribbon I had in my stash

Pinky Baby Blanket Complete
Size 10 Needles
Pink/Green Variegated, light pink Baby Bernat

Happy Stitching Everyone!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Christmas Ornaments and Baby Blankets

I have been working heavily on the Pinky baby blanket. I am really enjoying this one…the colors and pattern are very easy to work with.

The baby that this is for was adopted by a couple of close friends of mine. I used some variegated pink/green yarn combined with some light pink Bernat baby on size 10 needles. Hopefully I will be finishing this one in the next 2 nights or so.

I also worked some on a few Christmas ornaments as well. I used the free St. Charles Pattern by Ink Circles.

St. Charles by Ink Circles
32ct. Linen
The one on the bottom left used some of the floss I bought from Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe's 1795 floss collection - Christmas Red and Green. I decided to try a few other color options as well.

I was sick with a pretty nasty cold this past weekend so I wasn't as productive as I would have liked but all in all not bad. This week I would like to finish a few more christmas ornaments and possibly a new start.

Happy Stitching everyone!