Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Fibery Friends Sampler - finished! :)

Ahhh, finally a finish! This is the cute Fibery Friends Sampler by The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery. I made a few small changes to colors here and there to balance out the usage of colors (and also because I refuse to stitch a purple rabbit on a sampler celebrating natural fibers!), and I'm really happy with how it came out. :)

I finally have a new cell phone (mine was over four years old!) which means getting used to how the camera works. It's the same model as my wife's phone, so this photo is overexposed, just like all the ones I've taken with her camera in the past. Time to read up on adjusting the settings!


From here, I'll bounce back to the Beautiful Sea Quaker SAL and catch up again, then I'll swap to Cirque des Carreaux or the cute Coffee Sampler. Itching for a new start (I neeeeeeed a Mirabilia!) but I'm holding off at least until the SAL is done.

Of course, there was a preview of a new Ship's Manor SAL today and it looks like exactly my sort of thing... This could be bad. :p

Friday, April 21, 2017

quick update post!

Not much to say since I haven't been doing a lot of stitching, but there's still some visible progress which makes me pretty happy. :)


First, the Fibery Friends Sampler by Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery. The camera didn't pick up the colors very well, but the fabric is a little brighter in person. For some reason you can really see the thread trails between letters in this pic, but I swear it's not this bad in real life. Maybe it's due to stitching on 28ct evenweave which feels like it has big holes? I dunno.


And I finally caught up on the Beautiful Sea Quaker SAL... just in time for a new part to be released! I'm happy, though, I've really enjoyed stitching this despite the problem with inadequate threads in the kit and the obvious difference in dye lot. I'm leaving it this way. Good enough. :p


Also, is anyone else getting this annoying problem when you try to make a new post or edit any of the pages on your blog? It says "loading" forever at the top and nothing on the page is editable... until you get annoyed and reload, and in that split second before it actually reloads, then the text boxes turn white, etc. I have to reload a billion times to get it to work, and god forbid I make a post and want to go back and edit out a typo or something. *eyeroll*

Yeah, yeah, free blogging platform and such, but I expect things to perform their basic functions...

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

a ton of projects!

Whoops, long time no post. I've pretty much chucked my goals out the window in favor of doing what makes me happy, so there's a couple of new projects in here. :)

First up, WIPs:


Yes, this is a terrible photo of the Beautiful Sea Quaker SAL by Ship's Manor. I'm working on the lower left corner and trying to be zen about the fact that my second skein of the blue (ordered later) is wildly different from the rest of the border. Looking back at progress photos in the FB group, it seems like the current skein is correct for this color and my initial one was really dull. I have a third skein as well so I could redo the entire border if I wanted to, but... no one wants to redo that much. Ugh.


Next up, Cirque des Carreaux! I reached the corner of the design and will be working down pages one and two once I pick this one up again.

Now, new starts because I DO WHAT I WANT:


The very popular Coffee Quaker by Heartstring Samplery! This was the first Belfast project I worked on after getting used to the 40ct on Cirque and whooooa, 32ct seems HUGE now. I feel like I'm stitching on the large print edition of something, haha. Also amazed at how quickly thread gets eaten up when stitching with two strands.

Honestly not really feeling this one. Maybe it's the shock of the fabric count change or something. Or maybe it's all the brown, heh.


I also started Fibery Friends Sampler by The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery! This is even huger, 28ct and evenweave to boot (I'm a linen girl through and through, but this color worked really well and it was in my stash so yeah), so it's a bit of a challenge. I haven't really worked on this since starting it, but I'll probably pick it up again once I catch up on the Beautiful Sea SAL.

Making this for my wife the obsessive knitter, obviously. :p

Oh, one more little (ha) project - winding up a full set of DMC floss:


About halfway done! This is one side of a double-sided box that's big enough to hold the entire set of solid colors, plus a bit extra. Maybe I can fit the nice variegated DMC in here too...

Hmm, I feel like I haven't been stitching much but I guess I have! Alas, that won't continue because:


RIP all my free time FOREVER.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

March & April goals

The end of the month is here already, so it's time for another goals post!

March goals were:

- blog about progress once a week - missed one week as expected (family stuff)
- no craft (or nail polish) spending! - slipped in both areas, sigh
- finish Waterlily - YES!
- keep up with Beautiful Sea Quaker SAL - almost, except for the latest part

April goals are:

- blog about progress once a week
- finish Cirque des Carreaux
- keep up with Beautiful Sea Quaker SAL
- any craft spending must be covered by personal sales
- keep polish spending to FF only

other thoughts:

I don't normally write about personal junk here but I'm grumpy today soooooo...

I had a long rant with details all typed out, but I realized no one wants to read that sort of thing. The tl;dr version is that my little family has been hit with about $28k of extra expenses in the past nine months, and we're facing either $5k or $9k more next month to replace our hail-damaged roof.

The good news is, we've replaced every damn thing on this house recently so after this, there's no other expensive things left to break. Unless the walls spontaneously fall down or something. :x

The bad news is, I'm finding it hard to give a s*** about spending $20 here and there on random things because lol what is twenty bucks compared to over $30k?

I'll do my best to keep the "eff it" attitude in check, but it's hard to stay positive right now. Loosening up the spending goals a bit next month for sure... I don't need an artificial sense of failure on top of all this other mess. :(

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Cirque des Carreaux - update #2

This is the part where you pretend this picture isn't blurry. :p


The little diamond near the middle of the left side marks the edge of page one, so this photo is a good chunk of pages one and two (out of six total). Still a lot more to go, but there's just something really satisfying about a project with so many little motifs. Each one feels like a mini finish. :)

Friday, March 24, 2017

Cirque des Carreaux - update #1

Here's the promised new start, Cirque des Carreaux by Ink Circles! As usual, the colors are kind of off, so I'll try to get a better shot next time.


Somehow it looks like a small start in this picture, but it's actually quite a bit. The center of the pattern is where the point of the doubled square comes in on the right side, and the small squares at the top are the top edge of the chart. Not quite half of page two (out of six total), I think, but still a pretty decent start!

As far as details go, I'm stitching on 40ct linen (not sure of the color but it's a solid) and using one strand of Carrie's Creations silk in the color Epiphany. It's the exact color called for on the chart but I suspect the model was stitched in cotton because it's very different from the cover photo, much darker and richer. I prefer my version, thankfully!

I may work on this one straight through to a finish. We'll see. :)

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Beautiful Sea Quaker - update #3

I keep forgetting to post this one! This is mostly complete up through part 12, with some of the motifs that are split across multiple parts not started, since I'll do those when I can stitch them all at once and not worry about parking a bunch of threads. :3


Sorry about the overexposed and oversharpened picture. I don't know what's up with my wife's phone camera, but it always messes up pictures of stitching. It's totally fine for other types of photos. I guess it has something to do with the level of detail or the weave of the fabric? Weird.

Also, sorry for not responding to any comments or leaving any on other blogs in a while. Things have been kind of crazy at home and I can't keep to my usual routine at this time. Next week should be back to business as usual, though. :)

Next post will feature a new start! Whee!