Sunday, April 17, 2016

Slow Sunday Stitching

Its been a little quiet on the blogging front lately, because I haven't had much to report. Most of the previous week was spent working in the yard and cleaning up the house. Next week will be more of the same, at least yard work wise. I am finally getting around to tearing out that horrible groundcover that takes up 20% of my front yard but I have several more afternoons of work before the task is completed.

This past Friday I hosted an Essential Oils 101 class, taught by a friend who is a Young Living Rep. It was really interesting, because I've been using them for about eight months now and I didn't realize how much I used them until I started explaining to other people.

And finally yesterday, my young cousin came over and we spent the day working on her sewing projects, playing the Minecraft Card Game, and watching a movie.

All this excitement has left me little time to work on my own crafty projects, although I have gotten some done on my shawl during my lunch breaks at work.

You can see that I haven't quite been able to eliminate that weird slope. The sides should be level with the center top of the shawl. I've decided to finish the row I'm working on and then go back and try to use partial rows to fill it in somehow. This is what I get for deviating from the pattern, for it was right about when I started adding the rows of the hdc that the stitching became twisted. Have no fear, I will make it work.

The other crochet project on my list is this basketweave scarf. I'm still loving the pattern and its stitching up nice and thick.

Lastly I was able to do a little work on Library Kittens yesterday, almost filling in and finishing the second kitten. 

When I fill in everything directly below the black kitten, I'll move the Q-snap and take a full picture. For now I've been ignoring all the backstitching, but at this point it might be easier to finish that all at the end. Library Kittens will be my project today after church.

Having cleaned the house, I got up yesterday and realized how totally spartan most of my house is. We've never been a family for decorating, but now I'm dying to get some artwork on my walls.

Of course, it can't just be any artwork. I'm going to have to make it myself. I have visions of stitching Wanderer's Cove and hanging it up on the wall in the dining room nook.

I think it would look amazing against the grey wall.

SOOOOOOO many things I want to do! Dream big my friends.

Linking up to Slow Sunday Stitching at Kathy's Quilts.


  1. It all looks great, Kaelyn! But, it is NOT easier to leave the backstitch to the end. I have two projects that are done except for the backstitching, and they've been waiting for years now. A professional cross stitcher once advised me to do the backstitch after you finish each section, and I think that was good advice! I wish I had followed it. :D

  2. Your crochet projects are coming along nicely, a similar thing happened to me while making a shawl a few years ago one side went wonky so after the shawl was done I crocheted a few inches of a ruffly edge around the entire shawl and the wonkiness just melding in.

  3. Your cross-stitch is beautiful and the one your hope to do for your dining room is gorgeous.

  4. Lovely projects Kaelyn. Oh I would love to watch you working on Wanderers' Cove. It would look awesome in your dining room.


  5. amazing yes! What a beautiful image! Copy that and enlarge it and hang it up!!!

    1. I couldn't in good conscience do that but Aimee Stewart does license canvas prints of her art. You can find them at RedBubble:

  6. Thirty years from now we will be busily crafting away in old lady armchairs talking about how there are SO many projects we want to do and still don't have enough time. Sounds like a pretty good vision for the future. :) I feel the same way about the lack of art / wall hangings in our place, but that means I have to actually make something for the walls....

  7. Your crochet projects look perfect to me! I think Library Kittens would look great in your dining room. I'm glad I'm not the only one who can't bear to hang something that hasn't been stitched.

  8. Absolutely dream big!
    Love that texture on the basketweave scarf!