Saturday, February 17, 2018

FNSI - A Late Valentine

Didn't get as much done as I had wanted this time, but did get a late little Valentine project finished off. This was a fun little stitching project by Heartstrings Samplery called 'Handprint on my Heart'. I did it over one on 32 ct linen with the called-for CC Cherry Cobbler.                               
I finished it into a little pillow hanger for a china hutch in our living room.
I had this stitched in time to get it all finished up before Valentine's day, but didn't get to it until last night. I had hoped to also make a grime (or crud) guard for another q-snap frame I just bought, but hubby wanted to go out for dinner when he got home last night, and who am I to say that I'd really rather cook dinner myself? :) So we went out and then rented a movie, so that took the rest of the evening. 

The rest of this weekend will be spent doing as much stitching as possible! Well, I may need to do a little cleaning and cooking too as my mother-in-law is coming over tomorrow:) But this weekend is IHSW - International Hermit and Stitching Weekend!! This is a stitch-a-long I participated in some a little over a year ago, and it kind of fell apart for a while, but it is back!! And I'm pretty happy about it. You are welcome to join in as well, if you'd like:) 

So now I'm off to look a bit at what others worked on last night, and then do some stitching:) 

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Craft On - Un-Knitting

Linking up with Nicole of Frontier Dreams and her 'Craft-On' blog hop.

This week has proven to be super un-productive knitting wise. Last Thursday I showed off  my 'Cloud Wrap' that I thought I had finally figured out how to make the star stitch look decent. I ripped out what I had and got to knitting it (again)...
I knitted until I got to the star stitches and even though they were still not turning out how I wanted them to, I kept on going until I knitted 2 too many rows and knew I needed to tink back. That's when I took a real hard look my knitting and decided that it's not so much the star stitches turning out badly, it's just that with how fine and airy this yarn it, they just don't show up - and this is even after ripping it back initially to knit on a smaller needle. To the point that I have a hard time finding them even when I know where they should be. So I ripped it out...
And started it (AGAIN!!!), but this time with a little heavier yarn. I was using Cloud from Knit Picks which is a lace weight yarn in an Alpaca base. It is so light and soft and I LOVE the color, but do not love knitting with it. This yarn is from Loops and Thread and is an acrylic yarn, but is super soft. It shows as a fingering weight but has 650 yards per 100 grams, so a really light fingering yarn. I like the color, though not as much as the other, but I really love how the fabric is turning out. It won't be as light as the original, but I think it will drape just fine and since I'm still using the smaller needles, it should come out about the right size.
So, all-in-all, it's not a total loss, just frustrating. I will eventually look for another project to use the lace with, but not any time soon :)

I also had a bit of a snag (literally) with this pair of socks. These were the first I knit and I love wearing them, but old floors - hardwood and uneven carpeted- doesn't make for the best friends with hand knit socks. The snag was bad enough that it would eventually unravel, so I decided to pull it out from the toe and work back up. I thought that would be easy enough, but even though these are made from washable wool they have felted just a little around the foot/toe area. Made pulling out the stitches not so easy, but I got them and just need to tink back another row or two and then it should be right at where I will start the toe decreases. Thankfully I still had some of the yarn from making these:)
I did get a bit more done on my Hermione socks as well, but not enough to take a picture of. Hopefully by next week I'll have the one I'm working on done and the second one cast on. Hoping for a more productive week!! :) 

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Yarn Along

Linking with Ginny at Small Things with her Yarn Along and Nicole at Frontier Dreams with her Craft-On.

I am not getting super far on my knitting/crocheting lately and I totally blame my stitching projects!! :) I've been having a hard time deciding on where I want to go with the knitting this year. I learned to make socks last year and even started a cardigan and those where two things I really wanted to learn. I still need to learn the cardigan and it's been so long since I've worked on it that I think I'm going to need to rip it out and start again because I can't remember what changes I made to the pattern that will need to be repeated for the front of it.

I think the problem with the cardigan is that I'm not sold on the pattern. I'm afraid it's going to be too tight fitting when what I really want is loose and snuggly. I need to make a decision on that:)

But I did work on my Hermione sock which I'm loving!!!
Love the texture with this sock!! And I did get a crocheted pot holder done...
This is Peaches and Cream cotton yarn and this ball had more yardage than the last I used so I was able to make it bigger which I really like. This one is about 9in x 9in and is a perfect size for me.

I also read The Practice House by Laura McNeal. I usually listen to books as I have a hard time reading and knitting at the same time :) but I did read this one. I think I liked it, I got through it so I guess I liked it. It was partially set in Kansas during the dust bowl, and as I live in rural Kansas, and know of the places that was mentioned, I could connect. But I just kept rooting for everyone to do what they should have done instead of what they did do and I found that I just didn't like most of the characters, even though I really wanted to like them. Anyway, it was okay, well written and interesting characters even if I wanted them to make different decisions:)

Okay, back to knitting... As I've been trying to find what I will knit next I ended up buying a MKAL pattern for a wrap/scarf and then had to decide on yarn - this is what trips me up more times than not. I had a color scheme in mind - because of some yarn that I have but that is totally the wrong weight. I can't find what I want in the right weight so then I started looking for patterns that would work for the yarn I have... but I'm having hard time finding something I think will work for the colors that I have!! HAHA. Anyway I decided to go back to a WIP that I put away a while back...
I put this away because I wasn't happy with the way my 'Star' stitches were turning out. So today I played with it, did the stitch a couple different ways and got to a point that I'm happy with the stitch. I did decide to rip the whole thing back so I can make them all they same, but I think I'll be able to move forward on this now. And while looking through my WIPs to find this one, I ended up finding about 3 other things that I want to work on!! I guess I just needed to get excited about one of them to get my knitting mojo back:)

I'm off to see what others have been working on!! Happy knitting/crafting!!

Monday, February 5, 2018

Shopping Trip

I mentioned last week that I was really excited to be going to my local needlework shop with my sister-in-law and a friend. I don't get to the LNS very often because even though it is the most 'local' needlework shop to me, it is still over an hour away. I usually only go during Christmas break, around my birthday and maybe one or two more time during the year. I was also excited because a design I had be waiting on was finally in!! I knew we would be tight on time as our friend needed to get back to pick up kids, so I spent part of Thursday going through my stash to see what I had and what I might be able to substitute if need be.

I pulled threads that I already had...

And I even made notes from what others had substituted and what I thought would match up well...
I'm really glad I made these notes because the LNS was out of many of the floss colors that we needed - they were waiting on a shipment. So this helped not only me but my sister-in-law and our friend too.

In the end I was able to kit up and get a small start on LHN's Farmhouse Christmas...

And With Thy Needle and Thread's 'O Tannenbaum. 

 I have actually gotten a bit more done on this one today, I just can't put it down!!

It was a really fun shopping trip and after our friend picked up her son, we got back together and had lunch - I even got to play with her baby for a bit!! :) Hoping we can do this again at some point, it's nice to have a girls day out.

Well, I'm off to do a little housework before hubby gets home and sees that all I really got done today was stitching:) Oops!!

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Craft On - Lots of Yarn!!

As I posted a few days ago, last week ended up not being very productive due to our household coming down with a cold (but thankfully not the flu!!). Most of this is progress from the week before, but I didn't get a chance to show it off so I am now:)

One thing I got done was a scarf I was working on for our 4-H carnival. It went into a basket our club put together with a 'Winter' theme and then was auctioned off along with baskets from the other clubs in the county. It was a pretty simple crochet pattern I found looking at wash cloth patterns:)

I have been working on crocheting another pot holder too as quite a few of mine are falling apart. This one will be a bit bigger than the last I made and I'm thinking it'll be the perfect size.
I am also working on another sock:) This is the 'Hermione's Everyday Sock' pattern that I started sometime in November when I was working on a lot of Christmas gifts. I needed something to work on when our daughter was home and I couldn't work on her gifts. I really love the texture in this pattern and am ready to make the heel flap now.

I need to pull out a few WIPs and projects that I have kitted, but haven't started yet to see what I want to work on next. I know I want to continue with socks, and I have an afghan that I need to work on too. I may pull out the sweater I started, but I'm not sure. Hmm, maybe I need a new project all-together!! :) We will see.

Linked with Nicole of Frontier Dreams

Monday, January 29, 2018

Stitchy Update

I was all set to post last week with some stitching/sewing/knitting fun, but our household got hit with sickness like so many other seem to have. Thankfully ours was the cold and not the flu and so was much less severe and shorter lasting. Daughter and I are feeling almost back to normal now, hubby was the last to get it so he still has a few days to go.

I thought I'd update on what I'm currently stitching on today since that might change by the end of the week:) The beginning of a series that I've been waiting on recently released - Farmhouse Christmas from Little House Needleworks!!! And as such, I will be going on a little shopping trip later this week to pick it up along with supplies and anything else that catches my eye. It'll allow me to use up the gift card my mother-in-law always gets me for Christmas. Usually I use it right after Christmas when my local needlework shop has their inventory sale, but I knew this was coming out soon so I saved it;)

Right now I'm continuing to focus on...
I'm not sure if you can really tell the progress I've made on this in the last couple of weeks. Right now I'm mostly filling in all the little spots that is one stitch here and one stitch there. It takes longer but doesn't show progress. Bummer. I'm still on the first page, but am a little over half way now, so that is good:) 

I'm also working on Winter Snapperland from Bent Creek. I've just about got the first of four blocks done.
AND a finish!!! This is 'Handprint on My Heart'. I had planned to get it sewn together so I could hang it up last week, but that's about when the sickies hit, so hopefully I'll have that to show off later this week.
 That is all for now. I'm pretty excited for my shopping trip, so I think I'll go and make a supply list right now:)

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Friday Night Sew-In

Joining in on Friday Night Sew-In with Wendy from Sugarlane Designs.

I'm pretty excited to be getting back to a couple sew/knit/stitch blog hops. Helps to keep me motivated:) 

I started a big stitching project for the beginning of the year, 'The Way Things Used to Be' from Artecy designs. It is so big that I can't fold up the fabric on one side of the q-snap to hold it in place. I don't usually use a q-snap or frame/holder of any kind, but this one is a must. My sister-in-law suggested that I make a grime/crud guard for it as it would keep me from getting the fabric dirty and help hold in the fabric..
  Look at all that extra fabric!!
 So much better!!

I showed my sister-in-law that I had figured out how to make one (loosely following THESE instructions) and she asked if I could make her one with the coordinating fabric I used when making her a stitching bag and I decided I needed one more for another semi-big project I'm working on, so...

 This stitching project is 'Winter Snapperland' from Bent Creek.
And now I have another request from a friend for one or two for her. Thankfully they are super simple to make so I don't mind:)

I have yet to actually use them as I needed to get a scarf done that I was working on, but that is done now so it's time for some stitching!!

Off to see what others got done last night as well!!