Some Yarn Porn

January 22, 2007 at 7:02 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 4 Comments

Decided to add some yarn porn tonight.  I really do need to focus a little bit on my knitting but I am so loving stitching on Mermaids of the Deep Blue. 

Here’s a sock that I’m working on.  Yarn is Cherry Tree Hill and the pattern is the Basketweave Pattern from Stitches of Violet.  Only my fourth pair of socks but I’m definitely hooked.  I could probably do socks and shawls forever!

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Next is a Forest Canopy Shawl that I’m working on.   My very first successful piece of lace knitting.  I handspun the yarn for this myself on my Ashford Joy so I’ll be verrrrry proud when this is finished. I plyed the yarn with 2 plies of merino and 1 ply of silk, then dyed it. The silk took up the dye differently than the merino creating this wonderful tweedy effect. And the yarn itself is oooohhhh so soft and squishy.

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Close up of the stitches. Obviously this will look mucho better when blocked and I can’t wait to finish it and wear it!!

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First Finish of 2007

January 17, 2007 at 6:26 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Once I decided that the quickest way to finish Garden Maze was to load eight or nine needles with the different colors instead of feeding one needle, I flew through this piece.  I couldn’t find didn’t feel like looking for my Pako organizer.  Odds are that it’s stuck in the cedar chest with the rest of my stash and we do not want to go in there yet, lol.  I threaded my needles and just stuck them into the mattress cause that’s where I was stitching.  I had a nice sleep last night so I don’t think I lost any!
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This piece is just soooo pretty and the frame is nice and hefty.  My only complaint is that it has an easel back like a picture frame.  The directions state to use iron on interfacing on the back of the stitching which I didn’t use.  The easel back prevents you from leaving any excess cause there’s no way to tack it down.  I did leave excess which I just taped in the back using acid free artist’s tape, but I have to come up with a more permanent, cleaner looking solution to the problem. 

I gave my QSnaps to a coworker to run through her dishwasher.  They are stretched just a little bit too much, and even though I layer flannel beneath my work and the clamp, I still get looseness.  Here’s hoping that the heat/dry cycle on the dishwasher works to shrink them a bit.  If it doesn’t work, I’ll need to buy replacement clamps.  Since I don’t have my QSnaps (and probably won’t get them back till next week), I guess I’ll have to work on MODB since it’s on scroll rods on my Hearthside frame.  Not that I’m complaining as I love every stitch I put into this piece.   I got two FQ’s of fabric in the mail from SMF.  Shimmering Ocean and Shimmering Forget Me Knot Grove both in 28 ct Cashel.  I’m thinking Mermaid of the Pearls on one of them.

Went to the eye doctor yesterday and my eye pressure is climbing back up.  I had cold laser surgery on the surface of my eyes about 1 1/2 years ago which kept the pressure down to a manageable degree so that I didn’t have to use eye drops.  Now it’s climbing back up again so I have to go for some more testing in six weeks and back for another pressure check in two months.  If it’s still elevated, we’ll decide whether to go for another round of laser or back to the meds.  I really need to keep this under control because I’m so fearful of losing my sight!  My mom had glaucoma also plus she suffered a detached retina that wasn’t caught in time, so she lost sight in one eye.  She cross stitched too, and crocheted, and being blind in one eye really compromised all of that.  She missed it so much.  I seem to take after my mom healthwise, but she had lots of other health issues that I haven’t acquired yet and I want to keep it that way.  Other than my eyes, for an old bag, I’m not doing too bad.  Could stand to lose about 20 lbs, but I’ve been battling that issue my whole life, and gave up on it, lol. 

Soapin and Stitchin

January 15, 2007 at 12:14 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Here are pics of what I’m currently working on:

Mermaids of the Deep Blue

Believe

Just Nan Garden Maze

I left the MODB as a thumbnail because I couldn’t get a properly lighted pic and yes, I know that it’s not on a handdyed! I want to pull in some color with mats (hopefully by Jill Rensel) and didn’t want the business of a handpaint and possible clashing.

The Just Nan Garden Maze, though small, seems to be taking forever because of the color changes. I was able to get the limited frame for this piece though so it will be gorgeous when completed.

I saw the “Believe” on one of the stitching boards and just had to have it! Frosty Blues, which are my fav color, along with the saying and the wintry setting, just struck a chord in me. I purchased the frame and triple mat from Stoney Creek also, so I’ll be framing this one myself.

On the knitting front, I’m working on a pair of socks.  Pics will come when completed.  I’m really excited about this pair done in Cherry Tree Hill sock yarn.  I also have some pillow tops that I’m working on done in Entrelac, a wonderful technique.  And a shawl done in my own handspun.  I’ll post piccies of those at a later time.

 On the soaping front, I realized that I’m becoming dreadfully low on stock.  I usually have 100 bars or so in stock that we use for our own use and for gifts.  Hubby’s boss just loves the soap and told him that he has a job as long as we keep him stocked, lol.  Anyway, that 100 bars is significantly diminished so I had to break out the soap pot.  Batches made recently include Lavender/Peppermint, Peach Mango, and Oatmeal, Milk, and Honey.  The OMH was made with goat’s milk.  I purchased some tallow from KB on one of my soaping lists and tried buffalo tallow for the first time.  I used it in the OMH and am anxious for it to cure (six weeks) so that I can try it.  I revised my favorite recipe to include tallow (beef, deer, or buffalo), coconut oil, lard, olive oil, cocoa butter, shea butter, and castor.  I know a lot of soapers that love tallow, and a lot who won’t use it at all.  I find tallow bars to be creamier, harder, and much longer lasting than a veg bar and I don’t ever soap without it.  That’s my story and I’m sticking to it, lol.

Took one of my floating holidays from work today and I’m off tomorrow because of an eye dr. appt.  I was up till 3 AM watching Memoirs of a Geisha on TV.  Second time seeing this movie and just love it.  Might read the book some day.  Anyway, hope I’m not up till 3 tonight because I’ll really be throwing the sleep schedule off and will be impossible to wake on on Wednesday for work.  Man, I can’t wait to retire and throw the clock out the window!

Back to Blogging!

January 14, 2007 at 6:10 pm | Posted in cross stitch | 1 Comment

Heirloom Homecoming

Well, after a somewhat brief yearlong respite, I’m back to blogging!  I used to have a blog through Blogger called A Stitchinaddiction but I got into some new crafts that consumed more time than I had to keep it all together.  I tried rug hooking with wool strips (and spent another small fortune), and spinning on a spinning wheel (small fortune #85).  I had loads of fun learning those new crafts, but became more than overwhelmed trying to learn new things, maintain old things, plus work a full time job.  I gave up the hooking and the spinning, though I did decide to keep knitting and went back to cross stitch, my first love.  Right now I’m working on Mermaids of the Deep Blue.  They’ve been hiding in the stash calling me back for over a year now and are quite pleased to be back in the lineup.  I’m also working on “Believe” which was in Feb 06 Stoney Creek magazine.  Pics to come soon as soon as I figure out how WordPress works!  Going to try to upload a pic of my Heirloom Homecoming.  And just a note that the image in my header is of two bears that I designed and made a few years ago.

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