Finishing the Things

Pretty proud of all the stuff I managed to accomplish during the last 3 months as a result of participating in the HPKCHC! Ravelry is such an awesome place. 😀 So, pictures.

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Boy hat!

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Baby sleepsack!

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Dishcloth!

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Massive Halloween sampler!

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Yarn!

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More yarn!

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And more!

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Last yarn!

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Sweater vest!

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Baby hat!

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And last but not at all least (see the beads?), Mr. Penguin ornament!!

It feels so good to be making things again. Hope everyone else had a great November, I’ll be back with holiday stuffs postings soon!

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The Wheel Turns

I love this time of year. This time and spring makes me feel the most connected with history, both my own personal history and the history of the world. I like the old traditions of Halloween, or Samhain as my Irish and Scottish ancestors probably would have called it. All the modern day gore and zombies aren’t what I love about the season. It’s the idea of the thinning of the veil, of our loved ones perhaps being able to see us or maaaaaybe even communicate with us that pulls me. My dear grandfather passed near this time, on October 6, 12 years ago, so perhaps that has something to do with it. Every October, I miss him and wish I could talk to him, even once more.

Samhain also seems to be my time to finish things. Around this time I feel a huge push to get things done, largely because I want to start new ones. But I really think there’s a desire for closure that pushes me too. Anyway, here is my large finish for this year’s Halloween season.

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I’ll get some better pictures once it’s framed, but I’m so damn proud of it. It won’t hang on the wall this year, but definitely next. My husband even likes it and kept asking me if it was going to be done on time. I’d pick up another project and he would ask if it was finished. All kinds of motivation there!

Hope you all have a very happy, blessed Samhain.

Stitching Rotation – Or How to Make Progress With Project ADD

I mentioned switching projects in my post last week, and I decided that I would work on my Quilter stitch for a week before moving back to Earth Goddess. I wrote in 3 days this week to work on it for an hour – which, including this weekend, I probably put in about 5 hours of work on it. Listened to The Dark is Rising while I stitched. Why didn’t I read these books when I was a kid? Anyway. I’m pretty stoked about how much progress I’ve made since picking it up last week! Check it out.

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And now:

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How about yeah??? I’m thinking even if I only work on this every 3rd week, a Christmas finish is definitely in reach. I would be so excited to be able to mail this to my grandma for her Christmas present. SO EXCITED. Fingers crossed.

In the midst of this progress, I discovered I was missing a thread color. Because it seems I can NEVER buy thread for a project without missing one or two. So of course I had to put in a 123Stitch order…squee! Coming this week. Can’t wait. Because, also of course, I didn’t just order the one skein of floss. Hehe.

I might work on Earth Goddess some this week, but my main goal is to get a little caught up on the Sabbat smalls I’ve been supposed to be working on since February. I ordered more fabric for them from 123Stitch and since I found a tiny little scrap shuffled into the middle of my patterns when I was reorganizing (and inventorying) this morning, I’ve started on the Beltane pattern. We’ll see if I can finish it by next week!

A Little Progress

I’m feeling a little lost in the making stuff area right now. I know what I WANT to work on, but since my sewing machine and all my fabric/quilting stuff is still at home…gah. Along with everything else I really care about. But I’m NOT going to make this a whiny post! There is progress to be seen! 😛

So, I’ve been working on my cross stitch. Sadly NOT the sabbats plan from earlier this year…I’m currently out of fabric for it, but that should soon be fixed, as soon as my 123Stitch order arrives. I was plodding along on my “Earth Goddess,” but I might have looked at the sheer size of it and despaired of ever finishing, so I switched back over to my slightly smaller “Quilter” WIP until my courage comes back. I think I made some decent progress tonight! Sorry for the bad lighting, and I’m not sure why WordPress has decided to squish all my photos recently…

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This is where it was when I started.

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And here when I stopped. Not sure how long I actually worked on it, because I took some breaks and got distracted a few times. For once I was just stitching, not listening to an audiobook. Very calming.

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Posed shot from when I got irritated with my unorganized threads and stopped to put them on the rings in order.

I think I’ll try to work on this for about a week and then see how I feel about Earth Goddess. I reeeeeeally want to finish her and have her up on my wall somewhere, but it’s just SO BIG and it feels like I stitch so damn slowly!

February Small

I’ve been waiting to post this! I’m crazy about this little piece, wish I could have got it framed and sent home to my other half for Valentine’s, but it wasn’t to be. Some time in the near future though. I hope. The design is one of Lizzie Kate’s Snippets, and I’ve been in love with it forever. It was one of the first to rekindle my interest in cross stitch. So yay! Two little things finished this year – actually 3 if you count the poor little lost Imbolc stitch I sent to Drakken. 😦 Anyway! Linking up with the Smalls SAL hosted by Stitching Lotus again (or I will be, once my computer stops being stupid and loads the linky for me). 🙂

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Expectations

I had this long list of things to do this weekend. I was going to be so productive.

Um. Yeah no. About the only thing I accomplished was spending money. And this. More on it later.

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Trying to tell myself that sometimes, it’s ok to not be productive. Sometimes the mind and body just need to rest. The only thing is, I feel like I tell myself that a lot.

Smalls 2015 – January

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Well, I’ve already posted this picture, but sadly I’m not in the position to actually finish this as an ornament right now! And since my Imbolc to Drakken seems to have certainly been lost or indefinitely delayed (many tears…let’s not discuss it anymore) this is my only finish for January. The pretty little Valentine’s thing in my last post is almost done but not quite. I’m excited to do this Smalls SAL though! Hopefully I can maintain my momentum through the rest of the year. I would love to do a Christmas ornament a month, but knowing me I’ll probably get distracted.

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Another Small Victory

I’ve had my eye on this darling little ornament pattern from Little House Needleworks for about 2 years now. I bought it about a year ago, FINALLY started on it about a week ago, and voila! It’s done. I’m thrilled with it and can’t wait to get back to my fabrics and sewing machine to finish it completely. It’s the Hot Cocoa ornament from their 2012 series.

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Accomplished

Well, we’re on the first one and I already feel accomplished…because in spite of all the craziness of my school schedule and that good stuff right now, I managed to finish the stitching on Imbolc in a week! I dropped it off in the mailbox to Draken tonight, so it should be on it’s way to her tomorrow morning. I can’t wait to see her work her sewing magic on it. I’m just hoping I didn’t mess up the edges too badly when I trimmed it with fingernail clippers, for lack of any scissors. Here’s a peek! Try not to judge my stitching too harshly…this is only my second attempt on linen. I love the feel of linen and the way finished pieces look but find it a little harder to stitch on, especially in the poor light in my room.

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Finding Time

First I want to point out the new header. It’s a little grainy, but it’s of the view off my grandma’s front porch and I think it’s beautiful. One of these days I’ll have a decent camera!

School has been keeping me CRAZY busy. I love a good challenge, but I also love a little time to mentally recharge by doing something that’s NOT school. That’s a little hard right now, but most nights I still manage about 15-20 minutes to listen to a little of my book (or talk on the phone) and stitch a little. Right now I’m listening to Over Sea, Under Stone by Susan Cooper. It’s a series I’ve been wanting to read for awhile but have just never gotten around to it. I have a real weakness for kids’ books, haha.

Also, I found a project that I think is both long enough for me to feel accomplished but small enough for me to complete no matter what (knock. on. wood.) I end up doing for the rest of the year. Even better, it’s going to allow collaboration with my friend Draken’s Dottir!

She has tons of beautiful designs, and awesome other things for stitching! And I love the way she styles her photographs.

The Primitive Hare has this beautiful set of free patterns celebrating each of the pagan sabbats. While I’m not a real proponent of any religion, I LOVE watching the seasons change and nature prepare for each one. It’s a big part of the reason I loved Virginia so much. You get all four seasons and they’re all beautiful. Anyway, I think the sabbats are a lovely way to celebrate the change of the seasons, and the fact that there are eight of them means you get to celebrate both the change of seasons and the season itself. These little patterns make sweet little ornaments or pillows, or you could even put them all together. We’re going to do them individually, I’ll stitch and Draken will finish them.

So, the next sabbat is Imbolc, on February 2. The goal (subject to change, we both have rather busy, crazy lives) is to have the first one done by then, at which time I’ll put up finished pictures and a brief history of or story about Imbolc. She’ll also be blogging about it, but I’m not sure what she has planned. Enought talk, more pictures. This is the lovely pattern, and I’m using all DMC on Weeks Dye Works Tin Roof 28 count, from The Silver Needle.

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Hopefully this will work out and we’ll stay motivated! Anyone want to join us? If there’s any interest we could make it a group thing. 🙂