Easter Blog Hop

Happy Easter, and welcome to the next stop in Jo’s East Blog Hop.

Easter Ribbons, from CherryWood Design Studios

Easter Ribbons, from CherryWood Design Studios

Your letter for this stop is:

R

Your next stop is Jocondine. And, if you’d like to learn about the blog hop, and start at the beginning, head over to Jo’s blog at Serendipitous Stitching.

I hope you have a lovely Easter weekend planned (or just a lovely weekend if you don’t celebrate Easter).

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Easter Eggs

My goodness, the year sure is moving fast. Can you believe that Easter is just around the corner? Thankfully, I have the little man’s Easter basket goodies well in hand, but I haven’t started decorating yet. But, I have been crocheting!

Tiny eggs

Tiny eggs

These eggs are from PlanetJune’s latest free pattern Tiny Eggs. If you give her a small donation, you will get a PDF version of the pattern, which includes bonus instructions for the tiny nest. My nest and eggs are made from various shades of Bernat Satin, which is my current favourite yarn for amigurumi. (Unfortunately, the store I used to buy it from no longer stocks it! Whaaa!)

Easter eggs

Easter eggs

I’ve also crocheted some larger Easter eggs, this time from PlanetJune’s Easter Eggs pattern. Again, I used Bernat Satin.

The little man was delighted when he saw these, because he had spent the afternoon at school decorating real eggs. And then he decided to make me a Lego egg. I think it is really nice that we were able to connect through our different Easter egg projects.

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Small Peek at a Small

So, how is your smalls stitching going for this month? Here’s a peek at what I’m working on.

Small peek!

Small peek!

Don’t forget, this month’s check in is on April 30th. You’ve got tonnes of time! And, if you’d like more info about the Smalls SAL, head over here for all the details.

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Purple Dress

Work on My Needle’s Work continues, despite my continued arm/hand pain. (Man, I wish I could put down my needlework for a little while, but I would lose my mind.)

My Needle's Work (WIP)

My Needle’s Work (WIP)

I switched out a couple of colours, using Plum Paisley for the dress; using the light pink from elsewhere in the pattern and Toasted Marshmallow for her underskirt stripes; and La Tierra for her hair. (The colours are off, of course.) I’m still not 100% sure if I like these colour choices. I suppose I won’t know until I get the border done. But I do know that it sure will look nice in my new craft room. ;)

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Turtle Trot – April 2014

It is Turtle Trot time! I’ve been sidetracked by My Needle’s Work, so my progress on Turtle Trot projects was minimal this month.

Here is Tradewinds before I worked on it:

Tradewinds by Teresa Wentzler

Tradewinds by Teresa Wentzler

And here is my progress:

Tradewinds as of April 2014

Tradewinds as of April 2014

It is the first attention it has seen in maybe eight years! o_O At this rate it might be done before the end of the century!

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Little Lighthouse

I know I’ve been working on a lot of smalls this year (heck, I’ve got a whole Smalls SAL going on!), but sometimes you need something even smaller!

A little lighthouse

A little lighthouse

The kit was a gift from a knitting friend who was getting rid of some of her cross stitch supplies. I think is was from the DMC mentor program (which apparently they still do). It was a very quick stitch, but I think the kit would have been confusing for complete beginners. Not only do two of the reds look almost identical, the colour names don’t really help you figure out which should be the darker one and which the brighter one. (I was too lazy to get out my colour card, so I guessed).) And, for a couple of the stitches, you actually need to pierce the adia cloth. That isn’t something I would get a complete beginner to do.

If you like this design, DMC has a freebie that features a more detailed version of this lighthouse. Check it out here.

Were you ever part of the DMC mentor program? If so, did you use the supplies to teach anyone? Which kits did you have? (I had a flower, I think.)

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Kitty Hat

I’ve been taking a break from knitting for the last little while because of the pain in my hand. But, thankfully, I can still pick up a crochet hook and doing some hooking for short periods of time.

Kitty Earflap Hat

Kitty Earflap Hat

I made this adorable Kitty Earflap Hat as a baby gift. The yarn is Paton’s Canadiana and Mary Maxim Starlette, both of which are very washable. In keeping with my goals, they came from stash. ;) And, bonus, the pattern was free! (You can find it here on Ravelry.)

Hopefully I can get back to knitting shortly. I have three shawls that are at least 3/4 finished, and I really want to get them done!

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