Sunday, June 29, 2014

A Little Holy, a Little Hoot

I've been stitching away on Hoot, the Halloween biscornu. Here's where I am now:


I've decided to concentrate on one half at a time, just so I don't get bored stitching with one color for a day. I finished up the two little houses on this side, plus the moons, and started the orange line that will go around the biscornu. I love how the colors pop!


So today is the beginning of Ramadan, our holy month. It's a month of fasting (we don't eat or drink anything from sunrise to sundown) but it's also supposed to be a month of introspection and of trying to be a better person. I have cleverly taken this month off work, so I can concentrate on cooking our sundown feast (we call it Iftar) and taking care of myself and my family. We all need a little quiet time, don't we?

Oh, and don't forget to sign up for the 4th July traveling pattern! You can do so here.

Be blessed, everyone!

Thursday, June 26, 2014

A Hoot and a Half

I've put my knitting needles away for a little while, and since I'm still waiting on for the floss to finish up the Fresh Berry, I thought I'd pick up another project to keep me occupied. So here's Lizzie Kate's Halloween limited edition biscornu kit, Hoot.


As you all know, I love making biscornus. It was only a matter of time before I bought it. I'm stitching this with the recommended DMC floss on the fabric that comes in the kit, 30 count natural linen. I realized I didn't have all the colors needed, so the pile on the left are the new flosses I just bought.


It's a little early for Halloween, isn't it? It's such a cute design, though. I'll keep stitching on this baby for the next little while.

And don't forget to sign up for the 4th July traveling pattern! You can do so here.

Enormous piles of love,


Monday, June 23, 2014

Needles Clicking Away

I've been at it again! After the success of my husband's house slippers, I made another pair for myself.


I bought a couple of beautiful balls of yarn a while ago, a lovely variegated shade of Lang yarn. I stitched these with garter stitches on my 5mm needles, keeping a braided edge again so I could just sew them shut.


If I was happy with the last pair, I'm ecstatic about these! They're so warm and cozy and they fit perfectly. The pattern is huge (remember I had to make them an inch shorter for my husband?) and I've got small feet, so these are two inches shorter than the pattern. The pattern also says to cast on 40 stitches, which worked for my husband, but for myself I only cast on 30. If you'd like the pattern, it's available on Ravelry for free here.


And don't forget to sign up for my 4th July traveling pattern! You can do so here.

Big hugs,

Friday, June 20, 2014

A Little Hand-Knitted Coziness

Since I'm waiting around for the floss I need to finish Fresh Berry, I picked up my knitting needles again. I've been wanting to make something more difficult than a scarf or a blanket, so I found a free pattern on Ravelry for some house slippers. Here's my first attempt!


The pattern is for size 41, so I made some for my husband first. I had some Red Heart Super Saver in Aran Fleck left over from a scarf I'd made him a couple of years ago, so I took out my 5mm knitting needles and whipped these up!


So I had a couple of problems with this pattern. It says it's for size 41, which is my husband's size, but it was way too big, so I had to shorten it by an inch. Then, to finish it off, you have to crochet around the edges and down the middle. I cannot crochet if my life depended on it, so I decided not to even attempt it. Instead, I made sure to braid the edges while I was knitting, and then I discreetly sewed it all together. I finished them off by weaving some navy blue yarn around the back and down the front, just to make them more interesting but still manly.


It's a super easy garter stitch pattern, though. I did learn a few new techniques, which I'm really happy about: decreasing, slip slip knit, the three needle bind-off. I love how they turned out! And, perhaps more importantly, so does my husband! I'll be making myself a pair next. If you'd like to try them for yourself, here's the free pattern.

Happy knitting!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Hitting a Fruity Wall

The inevitable has happened: I've run out of WDW's Strawberry Fields. I did manage to make more progress on Fresh Berry before I ran out:


So I've really only got a quarter of the strawberry left to stitch! I hate it when this happens, don't you?


Not much else going on around here. Still forced to watch the World Cup (so happy the US won their first game last night!). Still going to work. Just normal day-to-day stuff. What's up with you guys?

Don't forget to sign up for the 4th July traveling pattern! You can do so here.

Lots of love,

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Berry-Licious

I've been stitching along on Fresh Berry, and here's how far I've come:


I'm about halfway through, but the more I stitch the more I'm convinced that I'm going to run out of the pink floss, WDW's Strawberry Fields (how appropriate is that name?). If I do, I'll have to put this piece aside for a while, order it online, and wait for it to be delivered. I really hope it doesn't come to that, but it's looking more and more inevitable.


Have you all been watching the World Cup? I'm not a football fan, but my husband is obsessed. You should see our apartment right now: Spain paraphernalia EVERYWHERE! So you can imagine the devastation last night when Spain lost 5-1. If Spain doesn't make it past the group stage, I may have to put my husband on suicide watch!

Don't forget to join in on the 4th July traveling pattern! You can be part of it if you click here.

Happy xxx's!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Another Summer Fruit!

Riding high on the Melon Wedge finish, I took out my other SamSarah design, Fresh Berry. I bought it the same time I bought Fresh Melon, and I've had them both kitted up for almost a year. Again, I'm not going to be stitching the banner of fruit right now, just the 3D strawberry. Here's my start:


This is about a third of the strawberry so far. I'm stitching this on 28 count Olive Jobelan too, with the recommended Weeks Dye Works and Crescent Colors floss. With the difficulties I had with the Melon Wedge, I'm kinda dreading putting this together. But I'll worry about that when the time comes!


Don't forget to enter the draw for my July 4th traveling pattern! You can enter here.

Big hugs,

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Melon Finish-Finish

I finished the Melon Wedge!! Lots of thanks to Emma (Emma's Bloglet) for sending me the interfacing. As soon as I got it, I started working on putting it all together.


I had mega problems with this finish. It was my first time finishing a 3D piece that wasn't a biscornu, and I could not for the life of me figure out how to sew these two (different-sized and -shaped) pieces together. I took it apart and put it back together at least three times! Do you see how the pieces still don't match up? *sigh*


And it's so small! So much smaller than I expected. But it's cute!


Don't forget to sign up for my July 4th traveling pattern (on this post)!

Lots of love,

Thursday, June 5, 2014

A Finish and a New Traveling Pattern!

Quite a while ago, I finished stitching a cute Bent Creek kit I'd received in an exchange, Land of Liberty. Here's what it looked like before:


I finally got some fabric to finish it off, so I sat down and got to sewing. So here's what it looks like now:


It turned out a little bigger than I expected, but that's okay. I had this image in my head of what I wanted it to look like, so I'm really happy with it!

All right, now that I'm done with the kit, I would really like to pass it on as a traveling pattern! Since it's a patriotic Americana chart, I'm going to make the draw in a month, on July 4th. How does that sound? That should give everyone who's interested plenty of time to enter!

And I wanted to make this even more fun. I thought everyone who passes the pattern on should include some goodies along with it. And those goodies should spell out something thematic, so I chose the word "FLAG." That's good, isn't it? It's not too "Americana," so anyone can join in. And I've come up with a bunch of different ideas of things that start with these letters, but I finally decided on the ones I'm sending:


So, of course, there's the Bent Creek "Land of Liberty" pattern. I'm also including some fat quarters of fabric (two F's!) in red, white, and blue; little (L - yes, I'm counting the adjective!) blue and red buttons; and an Americana (A!) hanging mini quilt that I found in a craft fair and thought would be perfect for this. All I'm missing is the G (a gift from Dubai) that I'm leaving a surprise.

So what do you guys think? Interested? If you are, here are a couple of rules:

1. Be a follower of this blog,
2. Have an active blog yourself (so you can pass on the traveling pattern!),
3. Leave a comment on this post.

There it is! And again, the draw will be on July 4th, so you've got about a month to enter.

Enjoy!

Monday, June 2, 2014

(More) Exchanges with Emma!

Emma (from Emma's Bloglet) and I decided to have another exchange! We had one last summer and we both enjoyed it so much we thought we'd do it again. This time, we each picked a color for our package.

Emma picked red, so I set out to find some red goodies. I found this great cherry biscornu pattern on Rainburst Embroidery. I stitched on 14-count Aida and added tiny red buttons:


I wanted to add another make, so I found a pattern on Stitches & Crosses Marijke for a sweet scissor fob. I stitched on 14-count Aida again with DMC 115 and finished it biscornu-style around the edges.


I included some more red goodies: a pre-finished red heart to cross-stitch on, red wooden buttons, some hibiscus tea (very common in the Middle East - we call it karkaday - and it's very, very red), and a Dubai souvenir apron.

And this is what Emma sent me:


She actually went on my 1-2-3 Stitch wishlist and bought me this Prairie Schooler pattern I had my eye on. Isn't that sweet? Also in the package were some gummy candy, a Durham tea towel, a little blue frame, and a pretty needle minder. She stuck in some interfacing, too, when she saw my post about finishing up my Melon Wedge and not knowing where to get any.

She made me a beautiful pillow with a butterfly done in black-work (actually blue-work). Here's a closeup:


Looking forward to doing this again next summer, Emma! :D