Sunday, October 30, 2011

Lust and Window update

Last week, I showed you a picture of my Window I I'm stitching with Sticklounge. I couldn't decide at the time what I was going to do with it so I put it aside for a little while and pulled out Lust instead which had been screaming at me for some attention.  Today, I've decided I've had enough of the confetti and have switched back to Window I

I've gone through my minis from the custom color forum at HDF.  I've got two different varigated colors picked out for the outside of the flowers and a couple of reds and a green.  

Yesterday, we went to visit the Indian Caves Park in southeast Nebraska.  It's about an hour and a half drive from home so that isn't too bad.  Here's some pictures that we took during our hike. 

I tried to get this little flower into focus a couple of times, but theree was just enough breeze that it wasn't cooperating.

 Here's what we saw upon entering the park.  All the trees have put on their autumn colors and it was really very pretty.

The park is right on the Missouri river and was flooded for most of the summer.  This is right along the Missouri on top of one of the hills on our hike.

 Here you can see all the colors with the river running through the bluffs.

I just thought the roots of this huge old tree looked interesting.  Couldn't you just see some little fairies or something making this home?

Where we were standing for this picture was under water this summer.  You could see the high water marks up several feet.

And my favorite pictures of the entire day.  Both my boys worn out and sleeping on the way home.

There may be another update later tonight.  Since I'm using varigated colors for Window, I'm only going to finish each square when the "lead" is complete.  There are only so many of those right now.  Then I think, I'm going to pull 1900 ABC back out.  It's sitting on my end table taunting me


Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Input please!

Ok, this is my start to Window I.  Can you see any difference between the two blues at the top or the greens in the bottom right?  I'm still working out my colors and am having some difficulty deciding.

Monday, October 24, 2011

1900 ABC

Here's 1900 ABC that I'm stitching with Sticklounge.  Otherwise it would probably remain a WIP forever!  Over the last week, I've managed to stitch two pages of this monster and finally got to the right side.  Since I'd started stitching on a full yard of 36/40 ct fabric, I was able to measure out three inches and cut off the excess fabric on that side!  Yeah!!  It made it so much easier to deal with.  The excess on the bottom is going to be waiting a little while. 

I debated about starting the next page on this but I've had enough of the border for a while.  I'm sure it will come back out to play more often, but that border needs some time before I'm ready to tackle some more of it. 

So, instead of starting the next page of 1900 ABC, I started another Sticklounge piece.  It's called Window I from Kelly Searles of Suthern Stitchin and you can currently get it 25% off her regular price here  I'm trying to get my colors to work out so you can see the change from dark to light.  I'm working on blues and jade for the flower.  Hopefully, I'll have it where I'm happy with my colors sometime this week and post a pic.

Now, I have to work...Later!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

1900 ABC

I haven't worked on this one at all since April.  But after finishing part 2 of Petit Sampler, I decided it was time to give it some love. 

Don't know why I waited so long.  I had the top squiggly the second border inside that on page 5 done last night and the second half of U, V, X, and Y done over lunch today with a start on the second squiggly border.  T and U of the larger alphabet was done by the time the boys went to bed.  So, I'm going to see if I have page 6 printed off ans start on the last page in the top row.  After the outer borders are done, this should start going really fast.  I may have to work on it more often!

If you're interested...I'm stitching this on 36/40 ct linen from HDF with Old Maid of the Heart also from Vikki.


Monday, October 17, 2011

Petit Sampler

Welcome to all of my new followers!

Last night I finished part 2 of Petit Sampler that I'm stitching with the Sticklounge group.  I know the chart is available from the original designer's blog, but I have to remember who that is before I can share it.  This is stitched on a custom color from HDF on 40 ct HDF Mermaid Blue linen.  I'm really liking the bright colors on the dark fabric!

Friday, I stopped by Michaels on my way home.  I've been debating the idea of making the boys new scarves to keep them warm this winter.  This is the color, I picked out for them.  It's a very soft yarn, called Simply Soft, I think.  I've pulled everything out twice since this is my first attempt with tunisian crochet.  I started out with single crochet which made this just curl terribly.  So I started again with double crochet and this is the result!  So, now I have two scarves to work on in this color and another one for me.  I bought an alpaca yarn for mine.  It was a more expensive than this but I wanted to try something different too.

Last night after I finished part 2 of Petit Sampler, I pulled out it's much bigger cousin.  I really like this one...just wish I had more patience for all the repeats in the border.  Once I get into the inside and away from the border, it should stitch up faster.


Tuesday, October 11, 2011

A WIP update and a finish!

I finally finished part 4 of Spring Knotgarden Sunday.  Almost didn't make it though...that last repeat almost did me in.  I persevered though and here's the result.
 Here's a closeup of the upper left corner.  I'm very happy with how the colors in the leaves blended together.

Tonight I finally finished the final part of Purple Garden stitched with the Sticklounge group.  To celebrate, I pulled out Petit Sampler which has not had any love for a while.

I almost forgot!  Welcome to my new followers!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Spring Knotgarden update

I finished the top half of Spring Knotgarden part four last night.  It is so sparkly in person!

I've also added Caribbean to my conversion page.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Winter Watergarden

I've added my Winter Watergarden conversion to my conversions page.  Thanks to Vikki for help on this one!