Tuesday, August 13, 2019

When I started the year, I had about a third of The Castle to complete. 

I've really put some effort in and I've only a little tiny bit to finish. I'm really hoping to keep chugging away at it and finish it before the end of the year. It's still so hard to work on because of All. The. Blended. Colors. Yeesh.

My plan is not to put this one away until it's complete. Here's hoping.

I'm also working on my Phoenix still. The fourth yarn cake did everything from the green to the yellow and the blue is the start of the fifth cake. 2400 yards down, 3600 to go.

 I also started an afghan from 100 Afghans to Knit and Crochet. This is using the purple Vanna's yarn that I purchased to make a cable afghan. And then I discovered that I don't like making cable-ghans and so the yarn has been repurposed. The purple rows are supposed to be all puff stitches. I didn't want to do the 106 puff stitches per row so I substituted a dc3tog and it is working out perfectly.

The variegated yarn is Red Heart Super Saver in "Artist Print."

Happy Stitching all.

Friday, July 26, 2019

Gnome Phoenix Continued

59 rounds done of 108, approximately 2000 yards of yarn. According to yarn usage estimates this project is 1/3 complete. I've used 3 cakes and then a good chunk of a fourth.

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

The Evolution of the Gnome Phoenix

Greetings again crafters, I have been spending the last couple of weeks obsessing over the Phoenix CAL. If you haven't downloaded it yet, the last part is released this Friday, after which it will become a paid pattern. Look up Hooked on Sunshine to find the pattern.

I made it all the way through my second cake of Mandala in Gnome and have made a decent start on the third cake to finish the ex-puff row. I believe I'm up to row 47, but I'll have to check my pattern to be certain.

My other focus project is my Slytherin crest, which is coming along quite nicely.

I'm hoping to make it back into my sewing room this upcoming week, as the grandparents will be picking up the Smidget for a day and there are several sewing projects that I'd like to see completed. I still haven't finished my Amethyst bag and I have several quilts in various stages of incompletion that could use some TLC.

Sunday, June 30, 2019

Stitching to Mordor

Greetings all my fellow crafty people. I took a long hiatus from writing due to a plethora of Real Life things that needed attention and a couple Fake Life things that brought me down quite a ways. Something had to give and unfortunately, it was my blogging. My stitchy bug has been on vacation, due mostly I think to how an activity that I was enjoying so much was decimated by a few vindictive individuals.

Back at the end of April, the Harry Potter group imploded. This was for a lot of reasons, and I did my best to stay out of it, but I was hit with backlash due to being in Slytherin House and being an active contributing member. I ended up leaving the group entirely. Some of us followed one of our fearless leaders to a new Facebook Group that is called The Stitchy Quest to Destroy the One Ring. We are reading the Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings and participating in a series of events that relate. It's a cooperative rather than a competitive setup, and I think that will prevent a similar disaster from striking. I haven't done any of the short term events yet but I'm still tracking my stitches for the Stitching to Mordor event. 

For Stitching to Mordor, we have a spreadsheet that describes each leg of the Journey for all the Lord of the Rings Books and we've set it to 20 stitches per mile. Which would mean that once I complete the whole things, in say 5 or 6 years, I'll have stitched over 150,000 stitches. Which is a pretty cool way to track things. I'm still on my way along the first leg of the journey, trying to get my reluctant hobbit behind to Rivendell. 

So here's my Slytherin House Crest, which has been my primary stitching project. As someone who has identified as Gryffindor for most of my life, I'm now a Slytherclaw, so the Ravenclaw crest will be next.

One of the cooler things about the LOTR group is that there's also a bunch of yarn artists and we are collaborating to crochet and knit our way to Mordor as well. It's a running total for group effort, so I'm just reporting yardage when I finish a skein and it's added to the group total. I'd like to introduce you to my Phoenix CAL by Hooked on Sunshine. This a free CAL until the last part is released in a couple of weeks, so head over to Hooked on Sunshine and grab it while it's free - and don't forget to download the final parts when they're released, before it becomes paid.

I'm using Lion Brand Mandala in Gnome for this project. I think I have 10 cakes so I'm hoping to get the whole thing done with what I have on hand.

In other news, Ragnarok has come and gone this year and brought with it a huge number of sewing projects. I actually managed quite a bit, most of which I didn't take pictures of, but this dress was the crowning achievement and it took four tries before I finally got it finished. It was a wedding present for a friend who was married in May.

That's about it for me these days. I hope to blog a little more often, if only because I like having a record of what I've been up to. Happy stitching all!

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Harry Potter QAL

Okay, I don't know how I missed this one but somehow I did.

Lorna at Sew Fresh Quilts is hosting a FREE Harry Potter QAL this year. It started on January 15.

While I'm not able to take on such a project at this time, I am saving the information for later stitchy goodness.

I do personally have a couple of sewing projects that I've been putting off as they fall into the category of "have to" instead of "want to" but the deadline is fast approaching and I need to get them done. I plan to spend a lot of time the next couple of weeks in my sewing room in the hopes of just burning through them lickety-split.

And because it would be a shame to not share my most recent photo of a crafty project, here is my progress on Small Cuppa by Charting Creations.

Happy stitching!