Hey Blog Buddies, Hope you had a groovy weekend. The weather here is still a bit wintry for so late in March. Just another excuse to stay home and stitch!
So far--and I know it's only March--I am keeping up with Lainey's Halloween Ornament SAL blog. This month's theme was haunted houses, so I chose the haunted house from Prairie Schooler's Boo to You booklet:
I changed the colors a bit because
I thought the model looked too cheery:
I used 40-count PTP Heritage linen
which is a mottled khaki green (hard to tell in the photo),
I "turned out the lights" in the windows,
and the door is purple instead of orange.
I used Gloriana Charcoal instead of DMC 310
and I like the coverage better.
The silk floss is just a wee bit fatter than the cotton.
I guess I will be using it for future ornies
in spite of the fact that I hate stitching with it
(it sticks to my fingers and continually pops out of the needle!).
And it's finish-finished!
I'm making these into ornaments as I go along
because I can't think of anything worse
than having 10 stitched-but-unfinished ornaments
Over the weekend, I started to think spring
despite the fact that we had a bit of snow here yesterday.
But I'm not complaining: the folks south of here
got 10-12 inches and we got less than an inch.
I know my UK friends have had more than their share, too.
Here is my start on Erica Michaels' Random Thoughts of Spring:
The fabric is a 30-count overdyed springy green color--
I'm very bad about keeping track of fabric names.
And I'm using two strands of good old DMC 500
which makes me a happy camper.
Don't know how much stitching I'll get in this week.
Our local cable company is having a "Watchathon"
until the end of this month,
which means you can catch up on past seasons of programs for "free"
(read: no additional fee).
So I'm planning on watching all three seasons of Downton Abbey.
I have one week.
And no, they don't allow you to record "on demand" shows.
I probably won't be stitching while watching because
I do love my International Hermit and Stitch Weekend (IHSW) stitch-a-longs! I didn't have too much time to stitch on Sunday, but I made up for it on Saturday. The "finally" is because I finally stitched the January square from Crabby All Year! It missed its turn in the rotation last month, and I wasn't super-enthusiastic about it, but I'm glad it's done!
I made the "W" and the "C" much larger than charted, just because.
This square is actually more appropriate around here
this month than this past January when we had only a trace of snow,
as opposed to the 9 inches we had almost two weeks ago!
You can see from this photo that I also started on the header
since I've now made my way to the top row of the piece.
I finished the (January part of the) header after the sun went down,
so I had to take this with a flash,
hence the totally different color of the fabric and threads!
Actually, I think this is more representative of the real colors.
I also did a little sewing
(trying to piece together a table topper to match my
Circle Dance wall hanging),
and a little knitting
(on the same cowl that you've already seen),
but I'll show these when finished so as not to bore you to tears.
Hey Blog Buddies, Both stitching and knitting were vying for my attention this past week (which is weird because "I don't knit")! But 2013 is turning out to be kinda weird all the way around for me so far. How I solved the problem was--I did a little of both. I'll show you the knitting first:
This is a pretty big project (for me).
It's going to be a cowl, and the circular needles
are 32 inches long.
I believe I cast on enough for a 40" cowl (159 stitches),
so I can double it up when I wear it,
which will probably not happen until next winter.
I have two skeins of yarn,
and I'm just going to knit until they are both used up!
It's a nice, mindless piece.
The yarn is Malabrigo Merino Worsted again,
a bit darker than what I used for my mittens,
but certainly in the same color family.
And yes, the piece is all seed stitch.
Stitchers, don't you fret--
I have something for you, too.
Most of you will recognize this as
Little House Needlework's ever-popular
Home of a Needleworker (Too).
I've had this kitted up for a while now,
and it was on my 2013 to-stitch list.
The only things I have left to do are
the house and all the flowering vines.
Oh yes, and the bird's legs!
I used 32-count Belfast Antique Ivory linen
instead of the called-for 28-count,
and it's still working up a bit larger than I thought it would.
The 9" of snow we got last Tuesday is all but gone now.
We've had rain much of this past weekend
in addition to the warmer weather,
so flooding is an issue, but no water in the house yet.