Stitchalong

It’s time for another cross stitch update. Three weeks since I last shared with you and ….. I’ve got nothing! Oops

Life here has been so hectic. Last time I was just back from lanzarote having looked at houses. This time I am back in lanzarote to fill out paperwork that is only semi to do with moving (The kinds of things you need to do before buying a house) Which means I just haven’t had time to do any cross stitch and I barely caught up with everyones posts and comments last time. Blogging and cross stitching have taken back seats.

I’m not sure where I’ll be and what will be going on next time either so I may have to bow out of this amazing group of stitchers.

But for now here are the links to everyone else who actually has made progress since last time

Avis // Claire // Gun // Carole // LucyAnn// Kate // Sue // Constanze // Debbierose // Christina // Kathy // Margaret // Cindy // Helen // Steph // Linda // Heidi // Jackie // Sunny // Hayley // Megan // Catherine // Connie // Clare // Mary Margaret // Renee // Jenny // Carmela // Jocelyn // Sharon!

We are supposed to post updates on our individual projects every three weeks and they are great to watch grow.

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Latin Quote Cross Stitch Update (sal)

It’s been three weeks since I shared my cross stitch with you (how? Time is moving too fast!)

I’ve been on holiday so I didn’t think I’d have much progress to share with you but I did rather strategicly decide to do the small gold lettering so it LOOKS like I did lots!

Here’s where my latin quote was last time out…

Some of you guessed the quote right last time and some of you were just slightly off. The quote will read Veni, Vidi, Amavi. I came, I saw, I loved. A little bit of a twist on the more familiar I came, I saw, I conquered.

This time, as I said, I started on the little gold letters…

I’m not sure how clear the little letters are but I’m really liking the gold against black fabric. Hopefully next time I’ll have a little more to share with you but everything is up in the air here at the moment so who knows!

Here are the links to everyone else taking part in the stitchalong

Avis // Claire // Gun // Carole // LucyAnn// Kate // Sue // Constanze // Debbierose // Christina // Kathy // Margaret // Cindy // Helen // Steph // Linda // Heidi // Jackie // Sunny // Hayley // Megan // Catherine // Connie // Clare // Mary Margaret // Renee // Jenny // Carmela and Jocelyn

Welcome to Sharon!

We all post updates on the different projects we are stitching every three weeks.

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A stumbling of Blankets

I mentioned in my last post about crochet that I’d started another blanket from the yarn I received from Christmas but not everything went as smoothly as planned.

First off I’m doing a crochet entrelac blanket vaguely using this pattern off ravelry. I chained a different number of stitches, am doing a different number of stitches per square and using dk yarn instead of Aran but the general idea is the same.

Where I slipped up is the colours. It’s so very difficult to colour match yarn online. I bought two purples that I hoped would work together but after stitching my first lot of colours I decided I didn’t like it.

Here it is with the old purple

So I went online and bought a new second darker purple and hoped, again, that it would work. The good news is that it’s closer in tone and matches better than the last one. It’s still not perfect but there’s only so many times I can buy new yarn hoping it’ll match and I think it’s good enough to continue!

So here it is with the new second purple and then also carrying on back to the black for the colour repeats.

The yarn, scheepjes dk colour crafter, is so soft and warm. And I love the fact that I don’t have to join any squares together! I’ll still have to weave the ends of each row in which will be enough for me!

In other news, I’m currently on holiday. Lying down somewhere in the sun (hopefully) but I’ll get to any comments when I return!

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First Finish of the Year

I’m starting the year off with a finish and no, it’s neither of the blankets I was working on last time I shared my crochet projects. Whoops! Instead I started a new blanket from the yarn I received from Christmas because it was new and exciting. 

My initial idea actually didn’t work as the yarn I bought has colour changes a lot shorter than I expected from the picture and ended up looking muddy and messy. So I frogged it all and had a think.

I decided to follow this pattern from raverly which is a corner to corner linen stitch. One of the projects actually used similar colours to what I had so I copied that and…..

Ta da….

The new idea used two instead of the the three yarns I was originally planning to use so it’s smaller. A good sized lap blanket.

I love the colours and the way it goes from rainbow to monochrome.

The pattern says it’s square /rectangle deepening on which you want but I’m not certain it truly is. It might be if I were to block it but currently it lies a little skewed. But then, it’ll be draped over someones lap when in use so it really doesn’t matter much!

Now that’s finished I should get back to those two linen stitch square blankets I need to finish, right? Well, ummm, I may have started a completely different blanket from more of the yarn I got from Christmas! Double whoops!!!

Too early to share it yet but the yarn, scheepjes colour crofter, is SO SOFT it’s actually ridiculous. It’s DK and pretty cheap especially considering how gorgeous it feels!

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New Year, New Project (SAL)

It’s a new year, and with finally finishing the stitching on my Christmas project (which no, I haven’t finished up properly yet), it’s also time for a new project.

I’ve only just got this started and is going to be a really simple design. A Latin quote, big letters, nothing fancy except I’m stitching it on black fabric for the first time (18 count aida, my go to).

The letters are really big (like 3 inches high) and I might do a smaller version to use up some of the left over fabric as the scraps are a bit too small to use for anything else.

I think the black would look amazing with bright colours like I’ve seen a few of the other stitchalongers do but I thought I’d keep it simple for my first time stitching on black but also because I haven’t had time to design anything else!

Here are the links to everyone else stitching something for the SAL:

Avis // Claire // Gun // Carole // LucyAnn// Kate // Sue // Constanze // Debbierose // Christina // Kathy // Margaret // Cindy // Helen // Steph // Linda // Heidi // Jackie // Sunny // Hayley // Megan // Catherine // Connie // Clare

Welcome back to Mary Margaret, and hello to our new stitchers Renee & Jenny !!

We post updates for all our individual projects every three weeks

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Christmas is Here!! (SAL)

I finished it! I have a very Christmassy happy dance to share with you all! The final bells are in place and the fabric has been unrolled.

Here is my Christmas cross stitch all finished:

By all finished I obviously just mean the stitching. It has not been made into a wall hanging yet. Too much going on to even attempt that but I will hopefully get that done after Christmas. Although it definitely won’t be for the next update. I have no idea what I will show you then because I’m not sure I have another project to jump into. I’ve been too busy to design anything. Hmmmmm.

It’s taken me a very long time (over a year at least) but I’m very happy with it. I’m so pleased the gold works with the white. I’m still in love with the bright red fabric. Yay.

Here are the links to everyone else who is taking part in the stitchalong where we post our progress on which ever projects we’re working on every three weeks.

Avis // Claire // Gun // Carole // LucyAnn// Kate // Sue // Constanze // Debbierose // Christina // Kathy // Margaret // Cindy // Helen // Steph // Linda // Heidi // Jackie // Sunny // Hayley // Megan // Catherine // Connie // Clare

I hope everyone has a lovely Christmas and Happy holidays and I look forward to seeing more lovely projects grow next year!

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