Monday, 20 March 2017

March 20, 2017

Instead of posting a picture of the progress being made on my bib, I am posting a photo of my thread palette which I keep on the arm of the couch while I am stitching. The chart was done in Anchor colours so these are my best approximation in DMC, thanks to an online conversion chart.

When I looked to my right this afternoon, I saw this:
Maggie is such a goofball!

Happy stitching!

Sunday, 19 March 2017

March 19, 2017

So, this was one of my views this past week. Not much stitching occurred while we sunbathed on the beach and thoroughly enjoyed being far away from snow and any temperatures below 25C. Actually, no stitching occurred despite my best intentions of at least stitching on the flights to and from the Dominican Republic. We spent a fabulous week at the Gran Bahia Principe resort in Punta Cana, DR, celebrating our friends' wedding and loving the resort life.

A few minutes after we said hello to the dog and dropped our bags on the floor, I started stitching this piece. The pattern comes from pinterest and will be given as a baby shower gift. One of my coworkers has commissioned me to stitch this for her.

Now to return to stitching on this little bib so that I can keep my focus away from the many mosquito bites on my legs that are driving me crazy!

Happy stitching!

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

March 7, 2017

Here is a sneak peek at the bib I am working on. The pattern comes from pinterest.

I think that the piece is adorable and for once, there is no end goal in sight. A friend of mine is due in May, but they do not know the sex of the baby and this one is rather pink although I am sick of the whole "pink for girls, blue for boys" thing. Who cares?? Is the item clean and good repair? That is all that should count. Gender colour social conditioning be damned! That being said, I have some other patterns that are not pink or blue so I may stitch that up for the little one after I stitch up the one I have promised to a co-worker. There are 6 or 8 bibs in my stash pile so this line of decluttering will keep me busy for a bit.

The decluttering of the craft supplies has been successful enough that some of the shelves now see daylight. No more boxes on the floor in front of the shelving unit and fewer random stuff like a note that I found that only had "wasted" on it. Slow and steady is winning the battle against clutter.

Happy stitching!

Sunday, 5 March 2017

March 5, 2017

Two views of my orts for the TUSAL (totally useless stitch a long). There has been a fair bit of stitching of Christmas ornaments in the past month. My attention is now on baby bibs as I have a commission to do two bibs for a friend of mine who is attending several baby showers this spring!

Thursday, 2 March 2017

March 2, 2017

After finishing the last mitten the other, I dug around in my craft pile and came across this scarf that was maybe 1/2 finished and left in a bag. I suspect that it is a leftover project from a summer road trip as knitting is the only project I can do without getting carsick when we drive from Nova Scotia to Ontario for summer holidays. The yarn is Briggs and Little wool, a wonderful scratchy wool from my home province of New Brunswick.The pattern is not from pinterest for once. I do not know the proper name for this knit pattern, but I would describe it as a knit 2, purl 2 to form a box type stitch. The scarf is a bit short, but long enough to cross in the front and then fit nicely under my jacket without creating bulk.

Spring had been here briefly but Winter has rolled back in with lots of wind and that sneaky white stuff called snow. Maggie is as done with winter as her humans. Life is beyond rough in this house for this dog.

Happy stitching!

Monday, 27 February 2017

February 27, 2017

Here it is! The thirteenth mitten. (pinterest) Who knew that I could squeeze so many cute designs onto a piece of fabric that I detest using usually. My next step will be to figure out how to finish them all before washing the pieces and finishing them. Finishing is not my favourite thing to do so I usually drag my feet about doing it, but in the interest of downsizing the mess in the spare room, I have promised myself that finishing will be a priority.  Plus, we are still in limbo as we wait for the posting (transfer) notices to come out so I am both killing time by doing this stitching and trying to get ahead for Christmas stitching.

Since I have bought up enough fabric for quite a while, I am going to share a great source for cross stitch fabric that I stumbled across on ebay recently. The seller is named Jennifer and she has a large array of fabrics and colours for sale. Her prices are quite reasonable and her shipping rates to Canada are amazing. Usually between the US to Canadian dollar exchange rate and the shipping rates to Canada, it is very expensive for me to buy fabrics from American sellers so it was a joy to find this seller and to have such great fabrics arrive in my mail box. I was so thrilled that I recently placed a second order to bulk up my fabric stash which was seriously depleted because there are no decent places around here to buy cross stitch fabric. Check her out! I highly recommend this seller.

Sunday, 26 February 2017

February 26, 2017

Hello dear readers! There has been a little stitching going on this past week although my pace has slowed considerably. The whole hours in a day plus things I want to do along side my need for lots of sleep and things just don't all get done as quickly as they once might have. This mitten was finished earlier this evening (pattern from pinterest).  My attention then turned to the final square of fabric for this series while watching the movie "Lion".

We went to Halifax last night for a fabulous, and I do mean FABULOUS, evening of a wonderful dinner on the waterfront, a concert with my all time and forever favourite band Blue Rodeo and an overnight stay with my brother and his girlfriend. I had a delicious seafood chowder as an appetizer than this delicious lobster for the main. The concert was an emotional and moving experience for me as I have not seen Blue Rodeo live in concert in 22 years while listening to their albums hundreds of times. There was nothing else in the world for me once we moved away from the rude twats who were talking so loud behind us that we could not hear the music.

For a bit of fun, this sculpture know as "Disco Lobster" was in the foyer of the pub and restaurant where we had supper last night. You know you are on the East Coast when.......