Thursday, February 25, 2016

February Smalls SAL post

I unexpectedly started on February from the Joyful World SAL last weekend, so I decided to make it my Smalls SAL project for this month:

I like how these designs are simple (not overly many stitches, very very little confetti) but challenging (counting threads on 36 ct linen...let's just say my eyes are not as young as they used to be). I've been using pins to mark off progress as I stitch the borders, which helps a lot.

Other smalls I finished this month:
Sidenote: I had initially planned to stitch this design for this month's Small, but it has been an absolute pain and I've had to put it aside. The fabric I got for it turned out to be very stiff and awkward to work with; for some reason I kept stitching the leaves wrong and having to frog and re-stitch; and then I discovered that I had made a mistake and an entire bit of vine was misaligned, and who knows how much I'll have to unpick to fix it, ARGH. So I gave up on that one for now.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Gone Batty

I'm back from 2 weeks of work travel, hopefully with no more travel for a little while. (I do enjoy traveling, but work travel - with the requirement to be social from breakfast through dinner - wears me out.) Luckily the Airport Security Theater let me take my stitching (with both needle and fold-up embroidery scissors) along with me, so I spent the usually boring hours in the airports and on the planes mostly* stitching.

I finished the Alsatian Redwork Heart during the first trip (see previous post). That was 1 over 1 on 28 ct linen with overdyed pink thread. After that I needed something different, so I settled on a Halloween design on Aida, with DMC threads.
This is "Gone Batty" from Just Cross Stitch magazine (October 2015 I think), done on 16 ct Aida. I liked the whimsy of it. It was super annoying to stitch - the Aida was incredibly stiff and I had a heck of a time finding the holes with the needle. But I like how it turned out.

* I also picked up a book to read, "The Happiness Project" by Gretchen Rubin. I've tried to read it in the past, but it never really spoke to me. There are still many things that don't really apply to me, but instead of being annoyed by them as I was before, I am finding them interesting.

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Heart finish

I've been out of town for business for a week, and leave again tomorrow for same. Ugh. I took along a project, though, and managed to finish it. Just in time for Valentine's Day, the Alsatian Redwork Heart from Just Cross Stitch mag (Jan/Feb 2016) done in pink:

I had the middle section and part of the bottom section done before I left; the rest represents about 13 hours of stitching time, done on flights, in airports, and a bit in my hotel room.

Now to find something to take along on my next trip....

Thursday, February 4, 2016

January goals/February goals

Tracking and setting goals: drudgery at work, much more fun for cross stitching.

How I did on my January goals:
  • finish something for the Smalls SAL done
  • finish the top of the reboot of Bless This Home - Mos Eisley Edition (this is my take-to-work project) *sad trombone* did not get this done
  • finish the tree, leaves, and critters in the tree on Tall Oaks done, and started on the nest & the words
  • stitch the border, word, and flowers on the Joyful World SAL 'January' pattern  finished 'January' altogether, and started the border of 'February'
Not bad!

For February I'm not expecting to make much progress on WIPs. I will be traveling 2 weeks out of the month, and unfortunately my housemates won't be interested in keeping up the evening stitching for me. ;)

February goals:
  • finish something for the Smalls SAL done
  • Tall Oaks: finish the nest, left and right side borders (words and acorns), and the foxes
  • Mos Eisley: finish the top of the design done!
  • Joyful World SAL: no goal this month (finishing 'February' will be my March goal) got stitching on 'February' after all of the work travel and finished it
I don't have a goal for the Alsatian Redwork heart, because right now it's just something to take along on my travel to occupy me during flights and any rare quiet evenings I end up with. Not clue how much time I'll actually be able to spend on it, so no point in setting a goal.

I've made progress on Tall Oaks this week, though. Cannot for the life of me get a decent picture of it, but this is what it looks like so far, plus a close-up of the critters:

It all looks very beige-y in the photos, but overall it's a bit brighter in real life. It's on antique white lugana, and while the colors are muted, there are a few pops of color that don't translate well in the photos. For example, the words are a nice, soft blue, and the top and bottom leaves are definite shades of green (the middle leaves are the only ones with a brownish cast to them).

The one thing I might change is the eyes - I get kind of a zombie vibe off the empty, stitchless eyes, so I may go with dark brown or black for the squirrels and bird, and yellow for the owl. The foxes that sit at the base of the tree have black eyes, and I definitely like that better.

Monday, February 1, 2016

New start for February

Even though I have three projects in work (Tall Oaks, Joyful World SAL & Mos Eisley) I went ahead and started something new. And it's not my small for this month's Smalls SAL.

I have good reasons though. I can't settle on what fabric to use for my February small; but I'm traveling for work for a couple of weeks this month and need something portable to work on. Those are good reasons, right?

This is the Alsatian Redwork Heart from the Jan/Feb 2016 Just Cross Stitch magazine. I'm using DMC overdyed floss, but 107 (pinks) instead of 115 (crimsons) as called for, because I want it to be a February heart as opposed to a Christmas heart. I'm stitching 1 over 1 on 28 count antique white lugana, and it is SO TINY AND CUTE. This may end up being my small for the month, if I don't have a chance to do anything else.

Speaking of the Smalls SAL, I've really enjoyed seeing all of the projects people have done, and discovering new blogs and stitchers. I've been trying to go through each of the entries and comment, though I tend to get distracted by looking through the blogs themselves so it's slow going.

Happy February, all.

A FFO and stuff

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